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A Haiku Journey: Basho's Narrow Road to a Far Province (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
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In the seventeenth century, the pilgrim-poet Basho undertook on foot a difficult and perilous journey to the remote northeastern provinces of Honshu, Japan's main island. Throughout the five-month journey, the master of haiku kept a record of his impressions in a prose-poetry diary later called The Narrow Road to a Far Province. His diary was to become one of the classics of Japanese literature.
Noted professor of Japanese literature J. Thomas Rimer wrote of this classic: "In his diary, which Basho kept reworking and revising until his death, he mixed fact, fiction, poetry, and prose to create the record of a journey that moves both geographically and spiritually, one strand mixing with the other on virtually every page. Read and reread with care, The Narrow Road to a Far Province can reveal more qualities still basic to Japanese cultural attitudes than perhaps any other work in the whole canon of classical literature. For once, the highest of reputations is truly deserved."
This new edition is illustrated with sumi-e ink sketches by Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura.
Book News Annotation:
Many glimpses into daily life and culture are contained in the journal entries and haiku that record the 17th-century Japanese poet's impressions of his journey to the northern province of Honshu. This newly illustrated edition features sumi-e ink sketches by Shiro Tsujimura. The original Japanese text follows the translation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
DOROTHY BRITTON-writer, poet, and composer-is half English and half American, and was born in Japan. Educated in all three countries, she studied composition with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in California. Her suites Yedo Fantasy and Tokyo Impressions were described by the American Record Guide as a highly successful "translation of the koto-samisen aesthetic into Occidental terms." Besides music, she has published poems, essays, articles, and books in both English and Japanese, as well as numerous translations. She is the author of The Japanese Crane and co-author of National Parks of Japan, and more recently she has translated Princess Chichibu's autobiography, The Silver Drum.
SHIRO TSUJIMURA is a ceramic artist and painter working in Mima-cho, in the hills above Nara, Japan. After a short tenure in a Zen temple in his youth, he turned to art, spending the next seven years teaching himself how to throw pots and paint. His work is exhibited regularly throughout Japan, and can be found in private and museum collections in Japan, the United States, and Europe. His pieces have also been shown in New York, London, and Frankfurt.
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