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Narrow Roads of Oku


Table of Contents

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Introduction
1. Departure, Spring, 1689

Musashi

2. Senju / May 16
3. Sōka / May 16

Shimotsuke

4. Muro-no-Yashima / May 18
5. Hotoke Gozaemon / May 19, Last Day of Spring
6. Nikkō / May 20, First Day of Summer-May 22
7. Nasu / May 23-24
8. Kurobane, May 23-June 7
9. Ungan Temple / May 24
10. Sesshōseki ("Killing Stone") and Ashino / May 31

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Mutsu

11. Shirakawa Barrier / June 8
12. Sukagawa / June 10-17
13. Mt. Asaka / June 18
14. Shinobu Village / June 19
15. Ancient Traces of Satō Shōji / June 19-20
16. Iizaka / June 20
17. Kasajima / June 21
18. Takekuma / June 21
19. Sendai / June 21-25
20. Tsubo Stone Monument / June 25
21. Sue no Matsuyama / June 26
22. Shiogama Myōjin / June 26
23. Matsushima / June 26-28

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24. Ishinomaki / June 29
25. Hiraizumi / June 30
26. Shitomae Barrier / July 1-4

Dewa

27. Obanazawa / July 4-17
28. Ryūshaku Temple / July 14
29. Mogami River / July 19
30. Three Mountains of Dewa / July 19-25
31. Sakata / July 27-30
32. Kisakata / July 31– August 2

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Echigo

33. Echigo / August 10-25 (First day of Autumn: August 16)

Etchū

34. Ichiburi / August 26-28
35. Kurobe / August 29

Kaga

36. Kanazawa / August 30-September 7
37. Tada Shrine / August 9
38. Nata Temple / September 11
39 Yamanaka / September 12-17
40. Zenshō Temple / September 20-21

Echizen

41. Shiokoshi Pines / September 21-25
42. Fukui / September 25-27
43. Tsuruga / September 27-28
44. Iro Beach / September 29

Mino

45. Ōgaki / October 19
Places Related to Bashō's Life

Roads of Oku: Travels in Japan, Inspired by Bashō

Personal Journeys

Spring 2004: On the Road in Kansai / Summer 2005: Roads of Oku / Fall 2006: Where Gods Alight / Summer 2007: Hōkūle‘a in Yokohama / Winter 2008: Snow Country / Spring 2008: Full Bloom & Festivals / Summer 2009: Fireflies & Sweet Fish / Fall 2009: North Country Colors / Summer 2010: Legends of the Land / Spring 2011: On the Far Side of Disaster / Summer 2012: Travels in the Fifth Moon / Summer 2013: Far Roads: Finishing Touches

Memorable ...

Roads / Seacoasts & Coastal Roads / Bridges / Ferries / Walks & Hikes / Mountains / Ropeways / Rivers / Waterfalls / Lakes / Trees / Rocks / Caves / Hot Springs / Sakura / Fall Colors / Archaeology and History / Castles / Shrines / Temples / Gardens / Festivals / Food / Drinks
Photos: Dennis Kawaharada and Karen Ono

Roads of Oku: Journeys in the Heartland

A collection of essays on Japanese culture, history and literature. Available at Amazon.com. (Far Roads Press, 2015).

This webpage, formerly "Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi," is being replaced by a new webpage, "Narrow Roads of Oku, A Translation of Matsuo Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi" (Annotated and Illustrated Version + Text Only Verision).

The new webpages, currently being construction and edited in summer 2015, are available at the link in the right sidebar menu.

Bashō and Sora departing at Senju. Ink Painting by Yosa Buson (1716-1784)