Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904, American-Japanese author, b. Lefkás, Ionian Islands, of Irish-Greek parentage. He was educated in Ireland, England, and France before immigrating to the United States in 1869. Handicapped by partial blindness, Hearn was a colorful, imaginative, but morbidly discontented man, who was most admired for his sensitive use of language in writing about the macabre and in creating strange exotic moods. Hearn first attracted attention with the originality and highly polished style of his "Fantastics," a series of weird sketches that appeared in a New Orleans paper. His first published book was One of Cleopatra's Nights (1882), a translation of six Gautier stories. In 1890 he went to Japan to write a series of articles for an American publisher. There he spent the rest of his life, writing what is considered his best work. He married a Japanese woman, taught in Japanese universities, and became a Japanese citizen in 1895, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. Of his 12 books written during this period, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), Kokoro (1896), Japanese Fairy Tales (1902), and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904) are most memorable.

See biography by E. Stevenson (1961).

Japanese Koizumi Yakumo

(born June 27, 1850, Levkás, Ionian Islands, Greece—died Sept. 26, 1904, Omacrkubo, Japan) Irish-U.S.-Japanese writer, translator, and teacher. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 19 and worked as a reporter and translator, writing on a wide range of subjects. In 1890 he traveled as a magazine writer to Japan, where he soon became a teacher, took a Japanese wife and name, and became a Japanese subject. Articles and books about Japan's customs, religion, and literature followed, including Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), Exotics and Retrospective (1898), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), and A Japanese Miscellany (1901); Kwaidan (1904) is a collection of supernatural stories and haiku translations. It was Hearn who, perhaps more than any other single person, introduced the broad culture of Japan to the West.

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Melinda "Midajah" McCullum (born March 23, 1973 in Seattle, Washington) is an American actress, singer and fitness model, former professional wrestler and valet for World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling All-Stars and Ultimate Pro Wrestling.


World Championship Wrestling

McCullum worked as a personal trainer and bodybuilder and became a fitness model. She married bodybuilder Michael O'Hearn. She first joined WCW with a group of fitness models (April Hunter, Pamela Paulshock, and Kim Kanner), as nWo girls. Midajah and Shakira O'Neal (Fitness model Kim Kanner) were valets of Scott Steiner and were nicknamed the "Freaks". She then became the main valet for Scott Steiner and became part of the Magnificent Seven. Midajah trained at the WCW Power Plant but never had a match. She had a brief feud with Leia Meow. She appeared on the final episode of Nitro in Steiner's corner as he fell to Booker T.

World Wrestling All-Stars and Ultimate Pro Wrestling

McCullum went to World Wrestling All-Stars with Steiner when WCW was purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment. In WWA she was valet for Perry Saturn and was regularly attacked by the Hardcore Midgets. Midajah also spent some time in Ultimate Pro Wrestling where she trained at their wrestling school until leaving wrestling.

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