[Nasu Gaku Q&A 2] How many days did Basho Matsuo stay in the Nasu area?

Did you know that the connection between Basho Matsuo, famous for “Oku no Hosendo”, and the Nasu area is quite deep?
Basho Matsuo and his disciple Sora Kawai Sora, who left Edo on March 27, 1689 (Genroku 2) in the late Edo period, visited the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and then stayed in Kuroha, Otawara City, next to Nasu Town for 14 days. (Refer to Nasu test text)

Basho Matsuo and Sora Statue

It is the longest stay in Okunosendo as a district, and one theory says that the travels of Okunosodo started from Kurobane.
I have stayed in Kurobane for such a long time because it was originally one of Basho’s disciples, the Joshiro Ikuro, Johoji book Takakatsu (Momobushi Tousetsu) and his younger brother. It is said to have been invited by Toyoaki Oka (Haiku: Tosui Momosu). He said he enjoyed haiku meetings with locals every day.

After that, Basho Matsuo and Sora visited Nasu Town and stayed for two nights at the Kazuzamon Gate, visiting Nasu Onsen Shrine and Sekiseki Stone.
Basho Matsuo answered Nasu area and stayed for 16 days

Nasu kill stone

The poem written with the killing stone is “stone incense and summer grass red dew atsushi”
Basho Matsuo describes the slaughter stone as “the poisonousness of the stones does not perish, and the bees and butterflies die overly invisible to the color of the Masago sand of the bees and butterflies.”

When I moved to the countryside, I became interested in various things about the land.Mr. Basho Matsuo, who was only considered as a historical figure, also became able to capture the connection with the local area, and in the history It gives you the feeling that you are living.

by Dai