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The last place of haiku master Matsuo Basho

Days and months are travelers of eternity. 
So are the years that pass by.
    - The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Matsuo Basho

On the Midosuji Street, Osaka's main arterial road running north-south in the city, there is a small historical place.Midosuji

It is easy to miss but, if you look carefully, beyond the many vehicles that use the road daily, a stone monument can be found.  It says "Here is said to be the place where Matsuo Basho ended his life."
Monument

Basyou1Matsuo Basho ( 1644-1694 ) was one of the most famous haiku poets of Japan's Edo Period and is said to have established haiku as an art form of Japanese poetry.  He spent most of his life traveling and writing travel stories and haiku poems.

In Osaka, during a stopover on his journey to Kyushu, he was taken ill and ended up staying in the city.  The monument stands at the place that is said to be where he passed away.

There is also a stone tablet inscribed with Basho's last haiku in the precinct of Minami-Mido Temple, which is located near the monument.

Basho ( 芭蕉 ) means a banana plant in Japanese.  It is said that Matsuo Basho took his pen name after the banana tree planted in his yard.

Some banana trees are standing next to the stone tablet with Basho's last haiku on it.
Stone_tablet
At the temple you will often see many Basho fans, as well as lovers of haiku poems.

This is Matsuo Basho's final haiku poem:

    旅に病んで夢は枯野をかけ廻る
    tabi ni yande / yume wa kareno wo / kake meguru

     falling sick on a journey
     my dream goes wandering
     over a field of dried grass

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