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Yet_land_bg Japan: Basho's Road to the North

Dates: October 11 - October 23, 2019

Total Duration: 13 days

Cost: From $9,690 per person, double occupancy

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Faculty:
Edward Kamens
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.

Region: East Asia

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Overview


Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), the most famous poet of Japan's Edo period and recognized as the greatest master of haiku, renounced the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo) to wander throughout the countryside seeking inspiration for his writing. Basho's most famous poetic travelogue, Narrow Road to the North, is one of the great works of Japanese literature. Follow his travels in northern Honshu Island from Tokyo to Kanazawa, enjoying gorgeous scenery, delicious Japanese cuisine, fascinating museums, temples, and shrines, and a stay at a traditional hot springs inn.

During a full day in Tokyo, view some scrolls of Bashō's poetry and souvenirs from his journeys at the Bashō Kinenkan (museum), and participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Bonsai Museum. Marvel at the many shrines and temples in Nikko, including Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine, and visit the Shirikawa Barrier, the border between the "settled" regions of Japan proper and the "frontier" regions of northern Japan. Take the bullet train to Sendai to see the temples in Matsushima and enjoy a cruise on scenic Matsushima Bay. The town of Hiraizumi inspired one of Bashō's most well-known
haikus about the impermanence of human glory; a soba noodle lunch celebrates Japan's enduring culinary glory! Drive along the "Bashō Route" from Naruko Onsen to the Mogami River, and enjoy a river cruise on "Basho's Rhine." Explore the Japan Sea coast's Hiyoriyama Park, once visited by Bashō, where several monuments to the poet are situated around the grounds. End in Kanazawa, with its well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums, regional handicrafts, and celebrated Kenrokuen Garden. Immerse yourself in the Zen school of Buddhism at Eiheiji, one of Japan's most important Zen temples, with a meditation experience, guest lecture by a monk, and a Buddhist vegetarian lunch.
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Edward Kamens

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Edward Kamens is Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University, where he has taught since... more>>
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