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Updated: April 2, 2018
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) is hailed as a luminary of Japanese haiku, which follows a five-seven-five syllable format. His simple yet evocative poetry is known throughout Japan and the world, and often depicts scenes of Japan's landscapes and nature.
Learn about Basho's works and the major Japanese literary artform at the Basho Museum, a commemorative space built in the poet's honor in Koto City. The gallery stands on a possible site where Basho once lived and wrote most of his travel journals.
The displays, which are mostly in Japanese, include memorabilia related to Basho's life as well as exhibits of haiku literature.
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