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

Don’t have a Kindle? And I left a verse by my door: I was sent a replacement and the printing is still uneven from page to page.

Lnterior Branch, is our resident connoisseur of classic literature. There were a lot of incidental insights into what these places were like in the time, and years of history before his trip.

I also really like the way the text was translated in your openning passage. The travel journal, Narrow Road to the Interior, is one of these. Unfortunately, Japanese haiku loses a lot in translation. It is beautiful and it totally gets me.

Matsuo Basho served a Samurai household until the master of that house died. This volume includes a masterful translation of this celebrated work along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: Monks at intrrior foot of the mountain offered rooms, then we climbed the ridge to nadrow temple, scrambling up through ancient gnarled pine and oak, gray smooth stones and moss.


Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings by Matsuo Bashō

The travel log, itself narroe interesting, but hard to picture and it simply a list of places that they went, when they were built and by whom. I seemed to be possessed by the spirits of wanderlust, and they all but deprived me of my senses. Traveling across Japan, a light stroll through the works of Basho,while on a bus or shinkansen, is a great way to spend your time. In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho’s life and work and an essay on the art of haiku.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Seventeenth century haiku and prose -travelogue of the great poet Basho.

Even if you don’t care much for poetry, this can be read as a fascinating travelogue. Through his exemplary life, Basho demonstrates that it’s possible to 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 One of the great masterpieces of Buddhist literature — or, indeed, of literature of any sort.

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The oak’s nobility– indifferent to flowers– or so it appears. One person found this helpful. 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.

It manages to strike a delicate balance between all the elements to produce a powerful account. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Given the great changes from Japan of to Japan in the 21st century, this is impossible in any real sense. Another edition is available from Shambhala with 3 other lesser known travelogues, also translated by Hamill. I expect much more from Shambhala.


I read the first section in all of them and this one, by Sam Hamill, was my favorite by far. The Narrow Road to the Interior provides a beautiful journey of an influential Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho and his companion.

Feb 20, Dawn rated it really liked it. Basho allegedly wrote this while he was on his journey. I know nothing about Japanese, but my guess is that Hamill’s is a looser translation geared more toward capturing the spirit of the words than their literal meanings.

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This entry was posted in Uncategorized. 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. Be the first to ask a question about Narrow Road to the Interior.

These fellow travelers start to feel like friends. Ultimately, though, words fail to capture bssho 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 his predecessors who tried to do so.