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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However the publisher’s QA was bashi lacking in the printing. To ask other readers questions about Narrow Road to the Interiorplease sign up. I think this is it: Quotes from The Narrow Road t This poetic diary is in the form known as haibuna combination of prose and haiku. Also in Shambhala Pocket Library. Interio at Tama Water song dancing sparkles Hello dear Basho. This awareness of the evanescence of the world of the senses, and its beauty is strong in Japanese culture.

Still I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering.

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He means although it is tiresome and harsh, it will make you wiser to see the world. In form, the work is an haibun, a mixture of prose and haiku. They are my meditations in Nature. This is one of those books I’ve been reading very slowly and in tiny pieces over the course of years—usually right before bed to help make my brain shut up. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Given the great changes from Japan of to Japan in the 21st century, this is impossible in any real sense. I was sent a replacement and the printing is still uneven from page to page.

A pretty enjoyable slim little volume, though not a source of any great inspiration for me. Written more than years ago, this book is still makes for a good travel companion.


I found it helpful to read both. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Really enjoyable, it’s by my bedside, reading excerpts every night before bed. There is also a selection of over two hundred fifty of Basho’s finest haiku. 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.

The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. When the cherry blossom comes into bloom, people will take a day for picnics with family and friends, or simply use the day to sit in wonder at the beautiful pink blossoms which blow away in the wind — the beauty of the blossoms is very finite and consequently very dear. Everyone told us to see it.

Later, Basho and Sora lodge at an inn in the Nikko Mountains.

And Thr Writings Shambhala Classics. Yuasa provided more detailed endnotes. This insight is summed up by the phrase mono-no-aware, the perception of the natural poignancy of temporal things.

Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings

Bernie Gourley Top Contributor: It’s quite moving to me, and I think I would love to read something similar about America.

And I left a verse by my door:. This temple is Tendai sect, like the one in Edo on Toei Hill. Sunday, January 6, The Basho haiku that transcend cultures, the ones about nature, are exquisite.

The Narrow Road to the Bzsho provides a beautiful journey of an influential Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho and his companion. This volume includes a masterful translation of this celebrated work along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho’s life and work and an essay on the art of haiku. Reading some of the poems in Romanji despite not understanding Japanese other than bashi terms, it is an easy and regular language in pronunciation, at least when written in that form added some, although I still actually preferred the travelogue aspect with the poems embedded in context.


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 trying himself and calling to mind roa predecessors who tried to do so. Tech Coach Drop In at Southeast. I listened to the stories several times over.

One of the great masterpieces of Buddhist literature — or, indeed, of literature of any sort. Through his exemplary life, Basho demonstrates that it’s possible baaho 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.

Although this Shambhala bazho takes its title from the best known of the works, it includes all four travel journals as well as an extensive selection of Haiku. While the poetic work became seminal of its own account, the poet’s travels in the text have since inspired many people to follow in his footsteps and trace his journey for themselves.

The Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

The first half, I liked his symbolism, like how he related his empty house to a doll house, or how he interpreted the environment around him to mean a very specific things, but it gets tiring. Sep 26, Pages. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Videos, narros, and audio recordings of previous Signature Events at the Library. The Shambhala Centaur edition fits in th palm of your hand and, though out of print, is readily available on the used market.