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In March 27, 1689, Basho (Bashō, Basyo) Matsuo who was the Japanese poet (haiku) started off his travel to North Japan from Horikawa’s Saito-an (Saida-an) in Tokyo that was made in his travel sketch, “The Narrow Road to the Interior” (Oku no Hosomichi) later. “The narrow road to the interior” is one of the greatest masterpiece in Japanese literatures. So I went to the short trip in order to trace his journey on May 17th (his date was lunar calendar, the solar calendar’s date is that day). Saidaan was a small hermitage (reconstruction), and Basho’s statue expressing the figure of just starting his great journey.

Basho's travel map

Basho’s travel map for “Narrow road to the interior”


Basho Matsuo, Saida-an, Fukakusa

Basho Matsuo’s figure at Saida-an. He had just started the journey for North Japan.

Saida-an(Saito-an) is located near the river and it was easy to go to the north by boat, so I rode a special ship for the Basho’s tour from Onagi river. This river is a waterway from Sumida river to Nakagawa river that was constructed by Shirobee Onagi for the order of Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1590’s, so it is called his name “Onagi” river.

Onagigawa river and water gate, Tokyo

Onagigawa river and water gate, Tokyo


Water bus Kawasemi, Tokyo

I rode Watr bus Kawasemi, that was used for a special Basho tour.


cormorant? at Onagigawa-river in Tokyo

Cormorant?

About one hour tour, I arrived at the small port at Kitasenjyu. Kitasenjyu is a North of used Senjyu where was the first Shukuba town of Nikko road and Ousyu road.

Sumida river, Nishi-Fukakgawabashi bridgeTokyo

Sumida river and Nishi-Fukagawa-bashi bridge in Tokyo


Flowers at the bank of Sumida river

Flowers at the bank of Sumida river

Basho made land at Kitasenjyu, and started his journey on foot.

Basho and his pupil Sora started the journey of "Okuno Hosomichi"

Basho and his pupil Sora started their journey. This was painted by Buson Yosa who was a famous poet.


Senjyu Ohasi bridge at Senjyu

Senjyu Ohashi bridge. Originally it was constructed by the order Syogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1594. At that time, there was only this bridge at Sumida river, but after many people was killed not to escape the other side of the river by Meireki big fire in 1657, second bridge Ryogoku-bashi was made. This bridge used to be 130m length and 7.9m width, and 6 times repairing from 17th to 18th century and never broken in Edo period. In 1927, it changed from wood bridge to the iron bridge after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.


by Hokusai Katsuhika, Senjyu town in Fugaku 36-kei

by Hokusai Katsuhika, Senjyu town in Fugaku 36-kei


by Hiroshige Ando in 1856, Senjyu

by Hiroshige Ando in 1856, Senjyu


Boat and Sumida river's image at Senjyu bridge

Boat and Sumida river’s image at Senjyu bridge


Basho started at Senjyu Yatate-Hajime

Basho started at Senjyu Yatate-Hajime. There is a vegetable market (Yacchaba) that was made in Edo period near the monument of Basho.


Baho's figure at Senjyu Yatate-Hajime

Baho’s figure at Senjyu Yatate-Hajime


Picture of the Samurai lord's parade

Picture of the Samurai lord’s parade

Picture of the Samurai lord's parade

Picture of the Samurai lord’s parade

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