A mountain haijin has come to the seaside. I am at a hot spring
the coast of the Japan Sea (a twelve hour train ride from my
town). The spring is located in the open, right by the beach.
A few steps away is the wide, wide expanse of the Japan Sea.
I watch the huge sunset as I warm myself in the hot water.
a boat's wake
leads to the setting sun
Basho walked along this beach on his "Narrow Road of
Oku" and wrote the following haiku:
the rough sea -
flowing toward Sado Island
the river of Heaven
Sado is too far to see from where I am. And I do not stay
observe the river of Heaven, the Milky Way. I have a party to
and, having been in the hot spring too long, I am more attracted
to cold beer and sake.
a treat for travelers,
milk for Basho
and sake for me