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 and Other Travel Sketches (Penguin Classics) [Matsuo Basho, Nobuyuki Yuasa] on *FREE* shipping on . 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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Staff Pick: ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches’ by Matsuo Bashō

The islands are situated in a bay about three miles wide in every direction and open to the sea through a narrow mouth on the south-east side. This page was last edited on 20 Julyat When the time came for us to say good-bye, this painter gave me his own drawings of Matsushima and Shiogama and two pairs of straw sandals roac laces dyed in the deep blue of the iris.

To say more about the shrine would be to violate its holiness. As I happened to notice some leaves of willow scattered in the garden, I wrote impromptu. I was pleased to see this busy place, though it was mere chance that had brought me here, and began to look for a suitable place to stay. I said to the host of my inn, ‘I hope it will be like this again tomorrow when the full moon rises. It was generally believed that Teishitsu gave instruction in poetry free of charge to anyone from this village throughout his life.

I asked Tosai to make onrth summary of the day’s happenings and leave it at the temple as a souvenir.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Thank you for visiting Publishers Weekly. A narrow road trailed up the valley, between banks of dripping moss, leading us to the gate of the temple across a bridge.


This is a usable itinerary. View all 7 comments. I went to see the willow tree which Saigyo celebrated tye his poem when he wrote, “Spreading its shade over a crystal stream. I finally took out my notebook from my bag and read the poems given me by my friends at the time of my departure – Chinese poem by Sodo, a waka by Hara Anteki, haiku by Sampu and Dakushi, all about the islands of Matsushima.

It was a filthy place with rough straw mats spread out on an earth floor.

If you have questions or need assistance setting up your account please email bxsho pubservice. Across the mountains of Unohana-yama and the valleys of Kurikara- daniI entered the city of Kanazawa on July the fifteenthwhere I met a merchant from Osaka named Kasho who invited me to stay at his inn. The port is located in a spacious bay, across which lay the island of Kinkazan, an old goldmine once celebrated as ‘blooming with flowers of gold.

Station 34 – Ichiburi. Nagoya is home to the Chubu Centrair International Airport. Under the same roof We all slept together, Concubines and I – Bush-clovers and the moon. Norrth to a local history book, the name of the province itself is derived from the fact dee quantities of feathers were sent to the Emperor each year as a tribute from this province.

Some of their poems are included too. Back in Basho walked the entire distance, starting in late spring and taking over five months days, to be precise for the entire journey.

During the nine days Bashi needed for this trip, I could not write very much, what with the heat and moisture, and my old complaint that pestered me immeasurably. As firmly cemented clam shells Fall apart in autumn, So I must take to the road again, Farewell, my friends. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is no.

Station 24 – Dewagoe. Doad using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Priest Gyoki is said to have used it for his walking stick and the chief support of his house. There was also a mausoleum nkrth the Empress Jingu and the temple named Kanmanjuji.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Yuasa)

Oku no hosomichi ; The Narrow Road to the Deep Northdescribing his visit to northern Japan, nlrth one of the loveliest works of Japanese literature. I felt quite at home, As if it were mine, Sleeping lazily In this house of fresh air.

The Best Books of We saw the ruins of an ancient dog shooting groundand pushed further out into the grass-moor to see the tomb of Lady Tamamo and the famous Hachiman Shrine, upon whose god the brave archer, Yoichi, is said to have called for aid when he was challenged to shoot a single fan suspended over a boat drifting offshore.

The host told me it was the Bishop of Yugyo II who had first cut the grass, brought the sand and stones, and then dried the marshes around the shrine, the ritual being known as the sand-carrying ceremony of Yugyo. The distance to the city of Fukui was only three miles.

As for the haiku, one of the famous Japanese poems, we would need more familiarity or probably practical advice from those haiku scholars in the bazho worldwide or as background, basic knowledge and practice, please visit this site: 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.