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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 (Far Roads Press, 2015).

For a translation of Matsuo Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi, see Narrow Road to the Deep North, translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa (Penguin Books, original edition 1966; reprint 1996).

For notes by Stephen Kohl, see Notes.

Bashō and Sora departing from Senju

For a Google Map of Bashō's journey, with stops and routes, see Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi ("Narrow Road to the Deep North"). The translations and notes in the markers of the map are from a new translation: Summer Grasses, Autumn Wind: a Translation of Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi, with Photographs of Landscapes and Traces of the Journey, scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 at