"From time immemorial the art of keeping diaries while on the road was popular among the people, and such great writers as Lord Ki, Chomei, and the nun Abutsu brought it to perfection .... The readers will find in my diary a random collection of what I have seen on the road, views somehow remaining in my heart - an isolated house in the mountains, or a lonely inn surrounded by the moor, for example. I jotted down these records with the hope that they might provoke pleasant conversation among my readers and that they might be of some use to those who would travel the same way"
Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches, p. 73
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