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). Narrow Road to the Interior By Matsuo Basho. Translated by Sam Hamill. Shambhala Publications: Boston, pp. $ (paperback). addiss_1.

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A pretty enjoyable slim little volume, though not a source of any great inspiration for me.

The Narrow Road to the Interior (Basho – ) | Luke Storms

There was a lot of Japanese spoken I did not understand – but it sounded cool. The silence was profound. It required, on my part, a lot of map looking, Google image searching, re-reading, and note taking. Sep basno, Pages Buy.

Narrow Road to the Interior

But this core of reality is not some distant, abstract essence; it is a penetrating insight into things as they are. In any event, we are not Basho and cannot replicate what happened to him over years ago. I myself fell prey to wanderlust some years ago, desiring nothing better than to be a vagrant cloud scudding before the wind. What motivated people then? Bernard Norcott-Mahanya library technical assistant at the Lucile H. Find your next great read Digital Branch.

This book is the most sublime travel journal I have ever read – a collection of interwoven prose and poetry known as haibun that records Basho’s journeys in 17th century Japan. An interesting listening experience because I liked the picture on the cover.


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. I love to write haiku and haiga, combining my photography and haiku.

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The Shambhala Centaur edition fits in th palm of your hand and, though out of print, is readily available on the used market.

Given the great changes from Japan of to Japan in the 21st century, this is impossible in any real sense. So I patched up my trousers, put new cords in my straw hat, and strengthened my knees with moxa. Featured Resource Thw Class: Learn how your comment data is processed.

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

Still I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering. The months and days are the travellers of eternity. View all 5 comments. Inspired by Your Browsing History. For those whose lives float away on boats, for those who greet old age with hands clasping the lead ropes of horses, inteeior is life, travel is home.

A really great collection of poems and journal entries that is not cheesey and it not easy so don’t go giving this book as some sort of feng shui gift to you mother. Amongst those of old were many that perished upon the journey. By then I could think of nothing but the moon at Matsushima. Mending my cotton pants, sewing a new strap on my bamboo hat, I daydreamed.


Narrow Imterior to the Interior: Sailors whose lives float away as they labor on boats, horsemen who encounter old age as they draw the horse around once more by the bit, they also spend their days in travel and make their home in wayfaring. Some Japanese scholars say that Haiku began and ended with Basho. But the year ended before I knew it, and I found myself looking at hazy spring skies and thinking of crossing Shirakawa Barrier.

Traveling light, I feel light-hearted. The passing days and months are eternal travellers in time.

roaad But when spring came with its misty skies, the god of temptation possessed me with a longing to pass the Barrier of Shirakawa, and road gods beckoned, and I could not set my mind to anything. They are my meditations in Nature.

I appreciate simple pleasures, like watching the birds, seeing different landscapes, exploring the strange offerings of convenience stores in foreign states.