Edogawa Park and Basho-An / Mejirodai, Sekiguchi, Bunkyo ward
In Edo era, the water of Kanda river was supplied to Kanda, Nihonbashi, and Kyobashi area of Edo city through the artificial water line. This was lifeline of Edo and called “Kanda Josui (Kanda water supply)”.
This area was a bifurcation point of water line. There is a ruin of water gate of the water supply in the park even now.
Around 100 meters away from the Edogawa park, there is a small old temple on the Kanda river.
Before telling about this temple, let me tell you about Haiku, the shortest poem in the world. It consists of three short phrases, 1st and last phrases are 5 syllabled, and 2nd phrase contains 7 syllables. One season word is required.
Basho started his Haiku author's carrier as an amateur in his home town Iga (Mie prefecture). He was also a petty official.
When he was 36years old, he moved to Edo (Tokyo) to study Haiku. In next year, he found a job of a site overseer of the flood maintenance project of Kanda Josui.
He had lived in a small temple on the river for 4 years. 4 years after he had worked there, he quitted his job and moved to Fukagawa (Edo downtown area), and became a 100% professional Haiku author.
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