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Article on Comparing Oku no Hosomichi and Tosa Nikki

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"The one I knew -- If only she was an ageless pine! What need then of those grievous farewells?" -Tosa nikki(935) In Japan, the pine tree(matsu) is also an important symbol of longevity as well as a symbol that appears quite often in Japanese verse(waka) and Japanese literature because a double meaning, one has been the literal significance of a pine tree, along with another meaning to wait or to long for, as the phrase matsu composed in different kanji can mean 'to wait'. Like a pine tree, Japanese traveling books are eternal, offering amazingly well-detailed glimpses to the traveling and life experiences of the authors of the diaries to modern readers long after these authors have passed on. Additional these travel books can also be compared to a flower pressed to the pages of a book, which reveals its beauty and special qualities every time it is looked upon. Two examples of such travel journals that were very famous in Japanese literary heritage are Tosa nikki, composed by Ki no Tsurayuki during the Heian period in the year 935, and Oku no hosomichi(The Narrow Road to the Deep North) written by the acclaimed haiku and renga(linked verse) poet Matsuo Bashō in the spring of 1689 into December of 1691 during the Tokugawa period. Regardless of the separation of these two functions by over seven hundred years, these works possess many similarities, such as the use of poetry for a way to show the ideas and feelings of the people about the journey along with the detailed accounts of their journeys of the writers and their companions. This paper will also explain the differences between both of these travel journals. Although Tosa nikki and Oku no hosomichi are alike in the fact that they both detail journeys to distant regions of Japan, their primary differences lie i.. .

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