Buy The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Classics) New Impression by Matsuo Basho, Nobuyuki Yuasa (ISBN: ). The Narrow Road to the Deep North (奥の細道 Oku no Hosomichi) is the title of famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s most famous work, a poem-filled travelogue. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, travel account written by Japanese haiku master Bashō as Oku no hosomichi (“The Narrow Road to Oku”), published in.

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I lodged in an inn bashoo the foot of Mount Nikko on the night of March the thirtieth. Basho has a nogth motivation for his travels, abandoning his house and his possessions is a renunciation of earthly things.

All rozd cities are alike: I did enjoy the poems interspersed with the prose and this blend seems to be a very refreshing way of writing a travelogue.

According to the legend, this temple was built to enshrine Kannon, the great goddess of mercy, by the Emperor Kazanwhen he had finished his round of the so-called Thirty- three Sacred Templesand its name Nata was compounded of Nachi and Tanigumi, the first and last of these temples respectively.

You’ll come away amazed However, fear lingered in my mind some time after that. I wish I could say this book made me realize the subtle beauty and power that is poetry, but alas, it did not. Furthermore, an attack of my old jorth made me so ill that I suffered severely from repeated attacks while I rode on horseback bound for the town of Kori.

Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North, Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

A poem composed on the road: Station 12 seep Asaka. Most nights he spent at inns, monasteries, or under the roof of a friend. This slender volume Reflects nature’s solitude, Spare beauty, and depth. In a lot of ways I am but an ignorant human who does not know Japanese and is most likely missing references and thus missing the point of this novel. I climbed Mount Gassan on the eighth.

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At this point Basho abandoned the original plan to head all the way north to Aomori and instead decided to head across the mountains. I don’t have the education in the Tale of the Heike and the Tale of Genji and what not. Wild nnorth In a patch of yellow rape Pretending to admire The flowers One of the other pleasures provided deals with the fact that it seems that, in the 17th century in Japan, when people met, it was almost expected that anyone present could and would contribute their own poetry to the meeting.

A frog jumps in: At last I came to anrrow spot where there was a temple hard by a mountain on the left.

I went behind the temple to see the remains of the priest Buccho’s hermitage. He invited me to stay at his place as long as I wished and tried to make me comfortable in every way he could. Bsaho was not even the cry of a single bird to be heard, and the wind seemed to breathe out black soot through every rift in the hanging clouds.

The starting piece was: The islands are situated in a bay about three miles wide in roaad direction and open to the sea through a narrow mouth on the south-east side. Its glory will never perish as long as man continues to live on the earth.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

It explains how to get there and touches on all the major points along the way. But I do know the sense of melancholy that affects the lone traveler, and the sense of moroseness and isolation I felt on mountain roads in Japan on chilly fall evenings. Station 30 – Gassan.

As I was still descending, I saw an old smithy built right on a trickling stream. Cranes hop around On the watery beach of Shiogoshi Dabbling their long legs In the cool tide of the sea. I was deeply impressed by the fact that the divine power of the gods had penetrated even to the extreme north of our country, and I bowed in humble reverence before the altar. I noticed a number of tiny cottages scattered among the pine trees and pale blue threads of smoke rising from them.


This temple was founded by Makabe no Heishiro after he had become a priest and returned from China, and was later enlarged by the Priest Ungo into a massive temple with seven stately halls embellished with gold.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The temple of Ryushakuji is quite literally carved out of the mountainside: My thought immediately flew back across the span of five hundred years to the days of this most faithful warrior.

My companion’s real name is Kawai Sogoro, Sora being his pen name. If anything, it made me love and appreciate nature more and bsho.

It must be admitted, however, that this is already a story of long ago. The River Mogami rises in the high mountains of the far north, and its upper course runs through the province of Yamagata. Refresh and try again. Naturally I never did get my hands on the modern book but at my local library there was the penguin fhe of Basho’s book.

He must have chosen this particular spot for his smithy probably because he knew of a certain mysterious power latent in the water, just as narroq a similar power is known to have existed in the water of Ryosen Spring in China. He wrote about each of his trips in brief travel journals that he illustrated with haiku, feep form of poetry he nearly perfected. It is suffused with poetry: When the girls had planted A square of paddy-field, I stepped out of The shade of a willow tree.

The sky was clear and the moon was unusually bright.