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Volume XII, Number 1 | winter 2019

Miscellany

In Japanese tradition, ghosts and spirits are more likely to appear at dusk or dawn than in the middle of the night. “In order for people to see them and be frightened by them,” wrote folklorist Kunio Yanagita, “emerging in the pitch-dark after even the plants have fallen asleep is, to say the least, just not good business practice.”

I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.

—Sarah Williams, 1868

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