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Tawara Collection: Yatate

By Shoichi Tawara

ISBN 4-7636-1545-9

Publisher: The author

Publishing Year: 1997

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: Japanese-English

Book Format: Soft Cover

Book Dimensions: 10.5x15.2 cm

255 Pages



“The term “yatate” appears in the beginning of Matsuo Basho’s famous poetic travel diary Oku No Hosimichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North). Yatate is a portable writing implement made up of an inkpad and a case to accommodate a writing brush. Basho set out on his trip in the second year of Genroku (1689). The haiku poems and travel diary were written with the brush taken out of his yatate.

The yatate Basho took with him on his trip was made of mulberry and in hiogi (fan made of cypress slats) shape. It was custom-ordered by his pupil Ozawa Bokushaku, who presented it to Basho as a farewell gift. The hipgi – shaped yatate takes the form of the closed fan. When the lid is pivoted open, the inkpad and the brush case appear.

The inkpad is made of cotton or moxa impregnated with ink. When the ink dried up, a few drops of water were added.
The inkpad of yatate had a combined function of inkstone and inkstick."



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