Welcome, traveler, to a long ago time in a far away place. The time is the 1600s, before America became a nation; and the place is Japan. Our story is about Basho, a gentle poet who was a master of a style of poetry called "haiku". Today he is much revered in Japan, and around the world.

The Gentlest and Greatest Friend of Moon and Winds

Basho (1644 - 1694)

Note: This story is from a children's book titled Little Pictures of Japan, edited by author Olive Beaupré Miller and beautifully illustrated by Katharine Sturges. It was originally published in 1925.

Basho Interpretations a comparison. Commentaries on Basho's"lonely road". Basho's own comments on his life as a poet. Basho Index