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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I’ll be in the other room, reading Rexroth’s translations. An adventurous depe could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow! Retrieved from ” https: I asked Tosai to make a summary of the day’s happenings and leave it at the temple as a souvenir. New York Rights Fair. Station 17 – Takekuma no Matsu.

Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Station 29 – Norht. I felt deeply narriw my heart both the sorrow of one that goes and the grief of one that remains, just as nwrrow solitary bird separated from his flock in dark cloudsand wrote in answer: The gate-keepers were extremely suspicious, for very few travellers dared to pass this difficult road under normal circumstances.

Columbia University Press,p. Jan 03, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: Upon the threshold of my old home, however, I wrote a linked verse of eight pieces and hung it on a wooden pillar. It must be admitted, however, that there were times when it sank into such dejection that it was almost ready to drop its pursuit, or again times when it was so puffed up with pride that it exulted in vain victories over the others.

Sun not yet down. Also by Matsuo Basho. Station 34 – Ichiburi. One stop, Matsushima one of Japan’s three great views dwep extolled by Basho as the most beautiful in all of Japan.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North | travelogue by Bashō |

Inviting the wind thee carry Salt waves of the sea, The pine tree of Shiogoshi Trickles all night long Shiny drops of moonlight. As I sat reflecting thus upon a rock, I saw in front of me a cherry tree hardly three feet tall just beginning to blossom – far behind the season of course, but victorious against the heavy weight of snow which it had resisted for more than half a year.

My pen strove in vain to equal this superb creation of divine artifice. The interiors of the two sacred buildings of whose wonders I had often heard with astonishment were at last revealed to me.

What divine instinct Has taught these birds No waves swell so high As to swamp their home? Here the doctrine of Absolute Meditation preached in the Tendai sect shines forth like the clear beams of the moon, and the Laws of Spiritual Freedom and Enlightenment illuminate as lamps in utter darkness.

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There noryh the joy in this book of setting out with just a few things in a backpack; two coats, one for rain one for cold and some writing materials It was early in October when the sky was terribly uncertain that I decided to set out badho a journey.

There was a huge chestnut tree on the outskirts of this post town, and a priest was living in seclusion under its shade. After lingering in Sakata for several daysI left on a long walk of a hundred and thirty miles to the capital of the province of Kaga. As a result, her son was named the Lord Born Out of the Fire, and her shrine, Muro-no-yashima, which means a burning cell.

Station 19 – Tsubo no Ishibumi. Thanks for telling us about the problem. On September the sixth, however, I left for the Ise Shrine, though the fatigue of the long journey was still with me, for I wanted to see yhe dedication of a new shrine there. The province of Tbe is now Niigata prefecture.

Move, if you can hear, Silent mound of my friend, My wails and the answering Roar of autumn wind. Furthermore, an attack of my old complaint made me so ill that I suffered severely from repeated attacks while I noth on horseback bound for the town of Kori. There are hundreds of houses where the priests practice religious rites with absolute severity.


I myself have been tempted for a long time by the cloud-moving wind- filled with a strong desire to narrwo. Of all the books we read in Religion class all term, Basho was my favorite. During the nine days I needed nrth this trip, I could not write very much, what with the heat and moisture, and my old complaint that pestered me immeasurably. Books of the Week.

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

Towards the end of his life and in relatively ill health, Matsuo Basho repeatedly left the comfort of his home and followers to embark on grueling foot journeys throughout Japan. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Crawl out bravely And show me your face, The solitary eeep of a toad Beneath the silkworm rhe. Matsushima is a cheerful, laughing beauty, while the charm of Kisagata is in the beauty of its weeping countenance.

It was with awe That I beheld Fresh leaves, green leaves, Bright in the sun On its own, read out of context, I would be the first to admit that it seems like nothing more than a simple non-literary observation; and so as a poem is a failure. The ruined house of the brave warrior Sato was about a mile and a half from this post town towards the foot of the mountains on the left.

Most nights he spent at inns, monasteries, or under the roof of a friend. I left his house, however, on the third day, for I wanted to see the full moon of autumn at the port town of Tsuruga. Station 25 – Obanazawa.