Narrow Road to the Interior & Hojoki by Matsuo Bashō audiobook

Narrow Road to the Interior & Hojoki

By Matsuo Bashō and Kamo no Chōmei
Read by Togo Igawa and Takashi Sudo

Naxos
2.09 Hours Unabridged
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Japanese poetry is known for its clarity and concision, and Narrow Road to the Interior and Hōjōki are two of the best loved and most intensely Japanese works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of Narrow Road that it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it. The poem takes the form of a travel diary and traces the poet’s journey from Edo (modern day Tokyo) to the northern interior of the country. Hōjōki, a much earlier work written by Kamo no Chōmei, a Buddhist hermit, is essentially a meditation on the transience of the world. Read by the famous classical Japanese actor Togo Igawa, the full beauty of its ancient cadences and rhythms is drawn forth.

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Japanese poetry is known for its clarity and concision, and Narrow Road to the Interior and Hōjōki are two of the best loved and most intensely Japanese works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition.

It has been said of Narrow Road that it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it. The poem takes the form of a travel diary and traces the poet’s journey from Edo (modern day Tokyo) to the northern interior of the country.

Hōjōki, a much earlier work written by Kamo no Chōmei, a Buddhist hermit, is essentially a meditation on the transience of the world. Read by the famous classical Japanese actor Togo Igawa, the full beauty of its ancient cadences and rhythms is drawn forth.

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Editorial Reviews

“This fine rendering of two classic Japanese tales about the contemplative life demonstrates the power and effectiveness of the Naxos method of combining classic literature and classical music. The modern translations are enriched with verse excerpts in Japanese, traditional Japanese instruments in the musical bridges, and the use of Japanese actors as narrators…In addition to an informative booklet, the production includes a CD-ROM that provides detailed notes—a bonus for students and for the devoted listener. This outstanding production is an excellent introduction to two of the staples of Japanese literature.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Matsuo Bashō

Author Bio: Matsuo Bashō

Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Regarded as a master of the haiku, his work is praised for its brevity and clarity and its ability to capture the most subtle transitions. Many monuments in Japan bear his poems.

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Author Bio: Kamo no Chōmei

Author Bio: Kamo no Chōmei

Kamo no Chōmei (1155–1216) was a Japanese author, poet, and essayist. Born the son of a Shinto priest, he was educated as a poetic artist and his talent won him recognition from the court and eventually a government post. In 1204, after being denied an appointment as priest of Kamo Shrine, he turned his back on society and went to live in the forest as a hermit. His most popular essay, An Account of My Hut (Hōjōki), describes the advantages of a life of isolation and tranquility compared to the turbulence, hazards, and upheavals of city life.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 2.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English