Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bashō Passed Through Fukushima Once

In 1689 Matuso Bashō went on a long walk, starting in Edo (present day Tokyo) and ending 2400 kilometers later in Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture sometime in 1691.

On his way he passed through Fukushima. After bumbling around in the mountains looking fruitlessly for a purple, floppy-eared iris named katsumi — calling out "katsumi, katsumi" as he went along — Bashō poked about Kurozuka no Iwaya (the cave-house of Kurozuka, home to a she-devil) before searching for lodging in Fukushima.

Passing strange then. Passing strange now.

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