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Japanese poetry and the night sky

Matsuo Bashō is a master at this art. This particular haiku, one of my favourites, he wrote on his way to Sado Island on a spring trip he took in rural Japan in 1689 to look for inspiration, and published in his masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Interior. Enjoy.

荒海や 佐渡によこたふ 天の河

The rough sea.

Stretching out towards Sado Island,

the Milky Way.

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