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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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Another edition is available from Shambhala with 3 other lesser known travelogues, also translated by Hamill. On Love and Barley: There is also a nice translation online by Tim Chilcott.

At the conclusion of his journey from Edo Tokyo to the north, and back again, he spent five years refining and completing the work for publication. This is said to be one of the great works of Japanese literature; unfortunately all of the allusions to Japanese and Chinese literature, locations, events and religion, although pointed out in footnotes, didn’t mean much to me and I can’t really experience its “greatness”.

Add to Cart Add to Cart. I saw my first palm tree on a trip through Georgia. Nov 14, Pages Buy. The various philosophies of his haiku and other poets’ haiku are fascinating.

This awareness of the evanescence of the world of the senses, and its beauty is strong in Japanese culture.

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.


The Narrow Road to the Interior provides a beautiful journey of an influential Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho and his companion. Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature.

I don’t want you to think that I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did. The a stories of his travels along across Japan, and his mentions of famous sites in Nara, Ise, Kyoto, Sendai, and more create an even stronger connection as you visit those areas. Here is my favorite from the book: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. February 27, at 7: Basho — —who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan.

But we can appreciate his own depiction of that experience. Bernard Norcott-Mahanya library technical assistant at the Lucile H. See and roav other items: They lamented the child’s tragic fate, yet never aided. The travel log, itself seems interesting, but hard to picture and it simply a list of pla I am not sure if this story would be better in print or better if I had a printed copy to see as I listened along.

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How do you cry to the autumn wind As the year concludes- intwrior hat on my head sandals on my feet Gorgeous. It can be seen in the annual cherry blossom festivals in Japan held in different locations at different times from late March into early May. The Shambhala Centaur edition fits in th palm of your hand and, though out of print, is readily available on the used market. Still I have always been drawn by wind-blown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering. The travel journal, Narrow Road to the Interior, is one of these.


Mainly because they are short and take no time at all to read or write, which is great for my tiny attention span.

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Get to Know Us. Its blessing flows down from these mountains, enriching narrwo our lives. Again a great book, but Shambala, shame! I was especially moved and intrigued by the descriptions of Basho’s loving and perhaps not entirely platonic friendship with his faithful traveling companion, a man named Sora.

Trivia About Narrow Road to th He traveled widely, sometimes on horseback, but more often on foot. It manages to strike a delicate balance between all the elements to produce a powerful account. Matsuo Basho constructed this poem as if it were one large travel diary ths a journey.

His translation is plain and fluid, where many of the other translators seem excessively formal and dense.