Places Associated with Basho Matsuo

Places Associated with Basho Matsuo

In the Edo era, expert in the art of playful verse, Matsuo Basho leaving many apt remarks and accounts of a trip was active based in hermitage of Fukagawa, and magnificent trip of "Oku no Hosomichi" began from this ground. Therefore a lot of historic spots concerning Basho are left in Fukagawa neighborhood. You take a walk through the ground related to Basho, and would you like to think of great man of going charges?

List of sightseeing theme spots

1. The site of Onagigawa River Gohonmatsu (historical site) (onagigawagohommatsuato)

The site of Onagigawa River Gohonmatsu (historical site)

There is good Oimatu of form that put branch on mansion of the Kukis of Onagigawa River northern coast in the Edo era and it becomes famous and is described in Hiroshige because Iemitsu Tokugawa admired, and stop by ship, and "we do the upper part of a river and this river, and Basho leaves phrase of friend in haze month" for this place, too. This pine withered and died at the end of the Meiji era, but revived in the current ground in (1988) September in 1988.

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2. Chokeiji Temple (chokeiji)

Chokeiji Temple

There is "Basho old man phrase mound trace" which was also called first line mound, autumn shower mound, strip of paper mound in the precincts. Phrase mound is lost in war damage, and foundation stone is left, and it is the present.

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3. Bashoan Memorial Garden (bashoanshisekitemboteien)

Bashoan Memorial Garden

There is Bashoan Memorial Garden which is annex of Basho Museum along the promenade of the Sumida River. Fine-view garden is next to the Sumida River and Onagigawa River and can enjoy scenery of seasonal waterside. In garden, there is relief of Basho old man image and Basho hermitage turning at 17:00 and can remember former times. In addition, we are lighted up until 22:00 and can see from promenade of the Sumida River. ※You cannot see place where image turns close for from 9:15 to 16:30 at time when garden is opened.

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4. Basho-Inari Shrine (bashoinarijinja)

Basho-Inari Shrine

Basho-Inari Shrine was enshrined in (1917) by hand of local people in 1917, and, in the precincts, there is stone tablet of monument and Basho of Basho hermitage trace. It is said that there was Basho hermitage where Basho lived in and becomes historic site of Tokyo around here. Land of hermitage appeared on trips of the whole country from this ground until we died at 51 years old in (1694) October in 1694 after moving to (1680) in the land of Sugiyama Sanpu which was disciple of Basho in 1680.

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5. Basho Museum (bashokinenkan)

Basho Museum

There is this memorial in the ground of connection which the bank of the Sumida River which can overlook Shin-ohashi Bridge and Kiyosubashi Bridge, eminent haiku poet, Matsuo Basho tied up hermitage to. Basho left accounts of a trip such as many apt remarks or "Oku no Hosomichi" based in this hermitage. In addition, the Japan P.E.N. club of trip in Japan performs Basho Museum in (2002) May in 2002; "rose of the 21st century, Basho" and, as authorization place, was authorized alone in Tokyo. Monument of "old Shin-ohashi Bridge trace" is built on the sidewalk close to memorial. Shin-ohashi Bridge which was built over (1693) first in 1693. Basho who just lived in Basho Fukagawa hermitage nearly that time composed on phrase of "frost of bridge which stepped on arigatayaitadaite" on seeing completion of bridge by phrase of "the top of first snow of the year yakakekakaritaru Bridge" during construction of Shin-ohashi Bridge again.

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6. Rinsenji Temple

Rinsenji Temple

In 1653, a Reizan Buddhist priest of Kashima Komponji (Ibaraki) made a thatched hut near Onagi River and it later became Zuiozan Rinsenji Temple. This temple is famous for its connection to Basho, as he moved to this area, had a close association with the Butcho Zenji (Zen master), and often practiced Zen. In the temple, there is a wooden statue of Basho. Also on the precincts are the Suminaoshi-no-hi and Monument of Yuishozuka, both associated with Basho.

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7. Ojima Inari-jinja Shrine (ojimainarijinja)

Ojima Inari-jinja Shrine

In Shinto shrine dedicated to God of staple grains abundant harvest, it is also called Ojima Shinto shrine. In the precincts, there is monument "concave wood mound monument" of Koto City registration cultural assets which phrase of Matsuo Basho was written, and there are stone tablets of Basho image and Issa Kobayashi, too.

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8. Watarai Sonome's grave

Watarai Sonome's grave

Sonome, born in Ise-yamada in 1664, was the wife of Doctor Kazuari Shiba (Watarai). She lived with her husband in Osaka, liked Haikai, and became a disciple of Basho. After her husband passed away, she moved to Edo in 1705 relying on Kikaku Takarai, and practiced as an ophthalmologist at an office in front of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine. Sonome loved cherry blossoms, planted and dedicated 36 cherry trees (all of which burned down) to Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine around the Shotoku period. She passed away in 1726 and is buried at Omatsuin.

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9. The site of Saitoan (historical site)

The site of Saitoan (historical site)

In 1689, Basho Matsuo left from here for his Okuno Hosomichi trip. Saitoan is a second home of Basho's student, Sanpuh Sugiyama. The precise location is unknown, but it is said to be near Umibe-bashi Bridge over Sendai-borigawa River. Because of this, a statue of a traveling Basho, sitting on a narrow wooden passageway stands by the abutment of Umibe Bridge.

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