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off to japan

Days and months are travellers of eternity. So are the years that pass by. Those who steer a boat across the sea, or drive a horse over the earth till they succumb to the weight of years, spend every minute of their lives travelling. There are a great number of ancients, too, who died on the road. I myself have been tempted for a long time by the cloud-moving wind - filled with a strong desire to wander.

- Bashō, from 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North', his famous travel diary / poetry collection.

Here's a map of the road he took, on foot, in 1689.


winter days

While on the subject of Raoul Servais (see previous post ), an interesting project he participated in is ' Winter Days ', an animated film based on a renku by Bashō and others. Renku are collaborative poems where poets would take tur… Read the full post »

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