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: the sound of water.  
 
: the sound of water.  
  
Tired with a sedentary life, in 1684 he embarked on the first of his many trips, traveling to [[Mount Fuji]] and [[Ise]].  His art reached its greatest form during his five-month trip to the Deep North in 1689, during which he wrote his masterpiece ''The Narrow Road to the Deep North'' developing his concept of ''sabi'', the identification of man with natural beauty.
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Tired with a sedentary life, in 1684 he embarked on the first of his many trips, travelling to [[Mount Fuji]] and [[Ise]].  His art reached its greatest form during his five-month trip to the Deep North in 1689, during which he wrote his masterpiece ''The Narrow Road to the Deep North'' developing his concept of ''sabi'', the identification of man with natural beauty.
  
 
Basho died in 1694 shortly after leaving Kyoto on another trip, and is buried in the town of [[Otsu]].}}
 
Basho died in 1694 shortly after leaving Kyoto on another trip, and is buried in the town of [[Otsu]].}}
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Basho's original itinerary is as follows, with modern place names or major nearby cities in parentheses where applicable.
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Basho's original itinerary is as follows, with modern placenames or major nearby cities in parentheses where applicable.
  
 
* Stages 1-2: [[Tokyo/Senju]] ([[Tokyo]])
 
* Stages 1-2: [[Tokyo/Senju]] ([[Tokyo]])
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* Stage 21: [[Matsushima]]
 
* Stage 21: [[Matsushima]]
  
The craggy pine tree islands here are considered one of [[Japan's Top 3]] scenic spots.
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The craggy pine tree islands here are considered one of the [[Japan's Top 3]] scenic spots.
  
 
* Stage 22: [[Ishinomaki]]
 
* Stage 22: [[Ishinomaki]]
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* Stage 24: '''Dewagoe''' ([[Naruko]])
 
* Stage 24: '''Dewagoe''' ([[Naruko]])
  
At this point Basho abandoned the original plan to head all the way north to [[Aomori]] and instead decided to head across the mountains.  Naruko is now a popular hot spring resort.
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At this point Basho abandoned the original plan to head all the way north to [[Aomori]] and instead decided to head across the mountains.  Naruko is now popular hot spring resort.
  
 
* Stage 25: [[Obanazawa]]
 
* Stage 25: [[Obanazawa]]
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You might also wish to detour to [[Otsu]] on the shores of [[Lake Biwa]], where Basho died in 1694.  He is buried in that city at the small temple of Gichu-ji.
 
You might also wish to detour to [[Otsu]] on the shores of [[Lake Biwa]], where Basho died in 1694.  He is buried in that city at the small temple of Gichu-ji.
  
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==References==
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* ''[http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~kohl/basho/ Narrow Road to the Deep North]'', translation by Nobuyuki Yuasa
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* ''Narrow Road to the Interior'' ISBN 1570627169
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*(Spanish) (Japanese)[http://es.geocities.com/bosque_de_bambu/archivos/sendas_de_oku/00.html Oku no Hosomichi]''
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[[WikiPedia:Oku no Hosomichi]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Oku no Hosomichi]]

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