Revered to be the greatest Japanese poet, Basho was born in , some 30 The Narrow Road to the Interior is Basho’s most famous travel. Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (–)—who elevated the haiku . to his lucid and engaging translation of Bashō’s greatest achievement, his famed travelogue Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi).

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Through his exemplary life, Basho demonstrates that it’s possible to be a truly saintly person without having to be an ascetic — So many poems about drinking and hangovers, and even a handful of haiku that delicately hint at erotic sentiments e.

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In other projects Wikivoyage. Return to Book Page. Do yourself a favor and read this However, even if one isn’t from Japan or traveling within, his haiku deserve their own review, even if one is not inclined to poetry.

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Feb 01, Gideon rated it liked it. This volume includes a masterful translation of this celebrated work along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: Hamill Ultimately, though, words fail to capture everything from any experience, or fail to adequately describe all the wonder of the world, even though that does not keep Basho from niterior himself and calling riad mind his predecessors who tried to do so.


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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Views Read Edit View history. Looking for More Great Reads? A good portion, but not all, of the haiku contained in this book you have read countless times before, though they are translated slightly differently here. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Get to Know Us. Although this Shambhala edition takes its title from the best known of the works, it includes all four travel journals as well as an extensive selection of Haiku. Currents in Japanese Culture: While Basho honors us with the Haiku he wrote on this sojourn, he also offers his Zen Japan in a quiet, essential glory.

Even with an excellent introduction, afterword, and footnotes, I have the sense I still missed plenty of double meanings and connotations.

Last year I spent wandering along the seacoast. The following quotation from The Narrow Road captures a sense of that: Many of the men of old died on the road, and I too for years past have been stirred by the sight of a solitary cloud drifting with the wind to ceaseless thoughts of roaming.

I hope to one day realize such an awareness and heightened consciousness. It may be his best known work, but his I read the Shambhala Press edition …every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. Basho’s sublime poetry is interspersed throughout the travelogue adding to and completing his prose. Mending my cotton-pants, sewing a new strap on my bamboo hat, I daydreamed.


The format is th that one may read larger or smaller bits and take time to contemplate 17C Japanese art and scenery while enjoying the nature of one’s own back yard. Be the nagrow to ask a question about Narrow Road to the Interior.

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To me the real value of this book is that the poems are put in context of Basho’s larger world by the prose that surrounds them. Matsuo Basho served a Samurai household until the master of that house died. Rubbing moxa into my legs to strengthen them, I dreamed a bright moon rising over Matsushima. The travel log, itself seems interesting, but hard to picture and it simply a list of places that tne went, when they were built and by whom.

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I decided recently that I wanted to read them, but lnterior unsure which translation to choose there are quite a few. Even if you don’t care much for poetry, this can be read as a fascinating travelogue. The Narrow Road of the Interior.

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