Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Beginnings: Narrow Road to the Deep North

Rose City Reader invites us to "join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires."

"Following the example of the ancient priest who is said to have travelled thousands of miles caring naught for his provisions and attaining the state of sheer ecstasy under the pure beams of the moon, I left my broken house on the River Sumida in the August of the first year of Jyokyo among the wails of the autumn wind."

Sigh.  This so makes me want to walk in the misty mountains of Japan in the autumn wind and write my impressions in the form of haiku.  Especially since it's 104 degrees where I live right now and likely to stay that way for the next several months...


  1. "...the wails of the autumn wind" -- I like that. Very nice beginning. And I'm with you on the heat. I love summer but 104 just isn't a good time.

  2. I have always wanted to go to Japan, it just sounds so mystical and interesting. It has a great culture! Thanks for sharing!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. Wow, that's a very vivid opening.

    Here's my Book Beginnings.

  4. I agree with your need for cool. Very hot here. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I love Basho's haiku - I didn't know he wrote travel books as well. What a delightfully zen weekend you have ahead of you!

  6. I want to read more! Japan is on my bucket list, for sure! :)

    Thanks for visiting!

  7. "The pure beams of the moon" creates a lovely visual image. The writing is quite inviting.