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Saitoan Marker

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When the poet Basho began his 'Oku no Hosomichi' (The Narrow Road to the Interior) journey on Yayoi 27 (May 16) of Genroku 2 (1689), he set out from Saitoan, located here in Fukagawa in present-day Koto Ward. This is the site of the Sendaibori dock (as it was on the moat surrounding the manor of the Sendai clan), from which he set off by boat up the Sumida River to Senju.


Saitoan was the site of the second home of Sugiyama Sanpu, one of Basho's students, and Basho lived here for some time before embarking on his journey. He had moved here, across the Sumida River from the main part of Tokyo, after becoming restless with life in the city.


This statue is located in the Fukagawa neighborhood of Koto Ward, at the Kiyosumi-Dori bridge over Sendaibori River.

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Taken on February 23, 2012