Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan contains a story called "Hoichi the Earless," in which a blind minstrel is hoodwinked into retelling a famous story for a company of ghosts. Who are the ghosts?


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Hoichi is playing for the ghosts Taira (or Heike) clan, who died off the shores of Shimonoseki near the temple in which Hoichi is staying. The story told by the song he sings is of their demise.

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