Category: Fukagawa in poetry: Basho and Fukagawa

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Basho’s Life and Fukagawa

Matsuo Basho is the most popular poet in Edo era. At the age of 29, he went to Edo dreaming of becoming a haikai or professional haiku, because his house was poor and he was the second son.Since people from rural areas who have no track record can not make ends meet by haiku immediately,...

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Basho sites in Fukagawa

Here are some spots in Fukagawa related to Matsuo Basho: Saito-an Remains / 採荼庵跡 1-11 Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo This villa is located near the place where Basho started his journey to the north in 1689 and wrote the book, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (Oku no Hosomichi). One of Basho’s disciples called this...

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Matsuo Basho 松尾 芭蕉

Matsuo Basho  (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694) was the most renowned poet from the Edo period. He was recognized for the haikai no renga form of writing and is now known as a master of haiku. Although he was famous in the West for his haiku, he believed that his bests works are his renku. Basho was born...

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Basho in Fukagawa

Basho Memorial Outlook Garden This garden is actually just a very small rooftop garden, where aside from a bronze Bashō statue, you have spectacular views of the Sumida river and Kiyosubashi bridge. It is built at the connection of the small Onagi river and the Sumida river and is an official part of the Basho...

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Basho and Fukagawa

Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房), was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of...

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Matsuo Basho, the Japanese Poet

Matsuo Basho, born in 1644 in Ueno in Iga Province, was one of the greatest poets of Japan. He was teaching Chinese classics and poetry and after he retired in 1680, he left to Fukugawa and lived there for nine years that mark several important moments in his life.  The reason why Fukugawa is so...

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Fukagawa in poetry: Basho and Fukagawa

Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. He was known for his works in haikai no renga form which was introduced to Basho when he was a servant of Todo Yoshitada. Haikai is a sequence which was written in a verse in 5-7-5 mora format; it...

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