Monument of the favorite pupil of Matsuo Basho a poet in Arashiyama
Rakushisha is the former thatched hut of Mukai Kyorai, the leading student of a famous Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. A 15 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, the place can be recognized by its thatched roof with rice fields stretching out in front. It is a very exciting place for anyone who loves haiku. Centering around Hon-An (main house) with the thatched roof, there are also stone monuments laid out haiku and the Ji-An (sub hall) where haiku writing events are held still today. Mukai Kyorai was not only a poet, but also had a talent, what would now be called the skills of a producer. It is said that he put Basho’s some wonderful haiku in a book called "Kyorai-sho" and tell people around whole Japan. This is also the place where Matsuo Basho wrote his travel diary "Saga nikki" (Basho’s Journey). Since an English translation of this book has also been published, Basho fans come here from all around the world.
This is the room in the Hon-An (main hall) where Matsuo Basho wrote "Saga nikki" (Basho’s Journey). This travel diary was written by Basho while spending here for around 20 days. This is the only diary left from his life, and almost all his fans must have read it. A desk and Zabuton (Japanese cushion) are placed in the room and it makes you imagine how Basho stayed with Mukai Kyorai and his other students. it seems like they are still living here today.
Seasonal flowers for Haiku
Persimmon trees and seasonal flowers are planted within the grounds. In haiku, it is standard to use seasonal words called Kigo. For example, “cherry blossoms” are for spring, “red leaves” are for Autumn, and so on. This photograph shows Murasaki-shikibu, one of the Kigo for fall. You will want to keep coming back to see what flowers bloom in spring, summer and winter.
Try to write a Haiku!
Attraction here is to write haiku and put it into a box. lets you freely compose and mail your own haiku. It can be in any language, so you should definitely try. Don't worry about Kigo. It is not necessary to use Kigo. Just express what you feel at the time. Paper and pens are prepared near the long mailbox with putting space. Write a poem about your Kyoto trip and put it in the box.
Come into an entrance of the main house
The Main house entryway. The center is an Irori, a Japanese Stove. For immediate relief from the cold in mid-winter, it is placed in the entryway normally it should be in a living room. If you look up from this place, you can see the inside of the thatched roof. Don’t get too caught up by what’s below, please remember to look up as well.
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Rakushisha / 落柿舎
|Address||20, Sagaogurayama Hinomyojincho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8391|
|Directions||15-minute walk from JR Line Saga-Aarashiyama Stn. 30-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Stn. 10-minute walk from city bus SagaShogakko stop getting off.|
|Open Hours||9am - 5pm (January and February : 10am - 4pm)|
|Closed||December 31th, January 1st|
Adult: ￥250 | Student ￥150
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Even though it is in a popular tourist area, Arashiyama, Rakushisha has a charming atmosphere that like time has stopped. There are pamphlets in English, and it is an ideal place for anyone interested in haiku.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|