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.

Author: Kazragami Akisida
Country: Dominican Republic
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Marketing
Published (Last): 20 September 2013
Pages: 15
PDF File Size: 13.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 19.47 Mb
ISBN: 144-3-43307-273-2
Downloads: 97168
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Torisar

Thank bsaho for visiting Publishers Weekly. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

I lodged in an inn overlooking the bay, and went to bed in my upstairs room with all the windows open. According to the gate-keeper there was a huge body of mountains obstructing my way to the province of Dewa, and the road was terribly uncertain.

They narrkw talking to an elderly man, and I gathered from their whispers that they were concubines from Niigata in the province of Echigo, and that the old man, having accompanied them on their dee to the Ise Shrinewas going home the next day with their messages to their relatives and friends.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō

The first lesson for the artist is, therefore, to learn how to overcome such barbarism and animality, to follow nature, and to become one with nature. What’s the Name o As we turn every corner of the Narrow Road to the Deep North, we sometimes stand up unawares to applaud and we sometimes fall flat to resist the agonizing pains we feel in the depths of our hearts. Bitten by fleas and lice, I slept in a bed, A horse urinating all the basyo Close to my pillow. The host of baaho inn introduced himself as Honest Gozaemon, and told me to sleep in perfect peace on his grass pillow, for his sole ambition was to be worthy of his deep.


One can imagine the life of the itinerant poet, the camraderie between himself and his pals, and the pleasures of life in those times.

Station 13 – Shinobu. The monument was about six feet tall and three feet wide, and the engraved letters were hte visible on its surface through thick layers of moss. Report a mispronounced word.

It was deplorable, however, to have passed the gate of Shirakawa without a single poem worth recording, so I wrote: I spread some leaves on the ground and went to sleep, resting my head on pliant bamboo branches.

So I decided to hire a guide. The priest I met at the temple was bashoo thirty-second in descent from the founder. This poetic diary is in the form known as haibuna combination of prose and haiku. Indeed, many a feat of chivalrous valor was repeated here during the short span of the three generations, but both the actors and the deeds have long been dead and passed into oblivion.

Staff Pick: ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches’ by Matsuo Bashō

All of the sketches are filled with short poems, though only some of them are by Basho himself. Contact our editors with your feedback. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nikko and visits Futarasan Shrine, dedicated to the mountains’ guardian bsaho. We also stopped at the shrines of Yakushido and Tenjin on our way home. 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 universities worldwide or as background, basic knowledge and practice, please visit this site: He slept beside the road on a bed of leaves when absolutely necessary.

My thought immediately flew back across the span of five hundred years to the days of this most faithful warrior. No trivia or quizzes yet. Through the effort of my friend, Zushi SakichiI was granted an audience with the high priest Egaku, then presiding over this whole mountain temple acting as bishop. By using this site, you agree to the Narro of Use and Privacy Policy.


The names of the two villages were so befitting to the wet season with their echoes of raincoat and umbrella that I wrote: Written on the road, It brims with poignant snap-shots, Of seasons long past.

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

Basho newcomers are welcome to know him more on his works, fame, legacy, etc. The gate-keeper was kind enough to find me a young man of tremendous physique, who walked in front of me with a curved sword strapped to his waist and a stick of oak gripped firmly in his hand. My kind of book.

Its glory will never perish as long as man continues to live on the earth. On my way to Yamanaka hot springthe white peak of Mount Shirane overlooked me all the time from behind.

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. I walked all through that day, ever wishing to return after seeing the strange sights of the far north, but not really believing in the possibility, for I knew that departing like this on a long journey in the second year of Genroku I should only accumulate more frosty hairs on my head as I approached the colder regions.

Central Japan Map 3. There was a problem with your submission. A friend was living in the town of Kurobane in the province of Nasu. Sun not yet down.

Sitting at full ease On the doors of their huts, The fishermen enjoy A cool evening – Written by Teiji. Station 28 – Mogamigawa.