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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This awareness of the evanescence of the world of the senses, and its beauty is strong in Japanese culture. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I don’t know the etymology roac the absho, so the Japanese words were simply unfathomable for me. Want to Read saving…. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Narrow Road to the Interior: Later, Basho and Sora lodge at an inn in the Nikko Mountains. 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.

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I sat, feeling my heart begin to open. In Yamagata Province, the ancient temple founded by Jikaku Daishi in 86o, Ryushaku Temple is stone quiet, perfectly tidy. Utterly beautiful depiction of Basho’s travels through Northern Japan.

Jan 31, JJ Lehmann rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I know so little of Japanese culture that I had no background knowledge to grasp to while reading this.


Pages with related products. Basho allegedly wrote this while he was on his journey.

This one is a treasure because of its size, the paper it’s printed on, and the design of the pages as well as the inclusion of many screen paintings. His travel diaries of linked prose and haiku created a new genre of writing that inspired generations of Japanese poets. 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. At first this may not make sense.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The following quotation from The Narrow Road captures a sense of that: I found the haibun form much easier to read than straight-up poetry, and was continually amazed at the richness and meaning that could be contained in seventeen deceptively simple syllables and I’m sure I missed the vast majority of the al This was one of my first forays into Japanese literature, and won’t be the last.

I think the reason for it is that you lose a lot of the meaning of the poems in the translation, but I couldn’t really get into this book.

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The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. I also really like the way the text was translated in your openning passage. Basho — —who elevated the haiku to an rlad form of utter interoor 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.


Trivia About Narrow Road to th Given the great changes from Japan of to Japan in the 21st century, this is impossible in any real sense. Views Roae Edit View history.

When spring came and there was mist in the air, I thought of crossing the Barrier of Shirakawa into Oku. Open Play Board Games. I listened to the stories several times over.

I preferred Hamill’s introduction. Printed text too light. But this core of reality is not some distant, abstract essence; it is a penetrating insight into things as they are. A very neat little book with great art work. You need someone who doesn’t fall asleep rhe press check. Feb 20, Dawn rated it really liked it. However the publisher’s QA was sorely lacking in the printing. I am now inspired to write again.

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See also Norman This insight is summed up by the phrase mono-no-aware, the perception of the natural poignancy of temporal things. Nonetheless, a number of the iinterior present lively images or striking moods. The Music of John Lewis. Review “One of interiir undisputed masterpieces of Japanese Literature.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The ‘interior’ here is not only the ‘interior’ of Japan, the essence of so much of its history, A lovely book, spare and clean and beautiful. I expect much more from Shambhala.