Katsuyama, Boat Landing

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Boat Landing Place at the Asahi River, Katsuyama

勝山の船着場 Katsuyama no Funatsukiba

The river was rather shallow (takase) and it was a dangerous job do ferry the goods from Katsuyama downriver.

The river boats (takasebune 高瀬舟) were manouvered with three people, two with poles in the front and one for the sail in the back. It took them two days to go downriver to Okayama town and then four days to bring the boat back home.

Text of the stone

The cobbled stones are from the Edo period. During a strong rain period, the river would come up very high.

Warehouse by the river


kaze ni noru kawagiri karushi takasebune

riding the wind
in light river mist -
the high-sided boat

Sooin (1604-82)


Takasebune (1916, The Boat on the Takase River)
This is the title of a famous novel by Mori Ogai.


Katsuyama, a postal station of the Road to Izumo


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Gabi Greve said...

I love Takasebune much.
There remained many rivers' transportation that was once used before locomotion age.

Main ports of the ships were at the big towns.
I found same condition at Tone river and Chikuma river where Issa's sponsors had lived and enjoyed haiku with him.

Thank you Gabi san for pleasant Izumo road news.



There will be more, Sakuo san !
Soon, I hope !


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful image, haiku!
E. from America

Anonymous said...

ima tokeru yuki wo nagasu ya chikuma kawa


the snow melting
now flows away...
Chikuma River

Kobayashi Issa
(Tr. David Lanoue)

The Shinano River (信濃川 Shinanogawa) is the longest river in Japan. It flows from Nagano Prefecture to Niigata Prefecture in Japan. It is 367km long (228 mi) and has 11,900 km² watershed (third largest in Japan). It is called the Chikuma River (千曲川 Chikumagawa) in Nagano Prefecture.

The river rises from Mount Kobushi on the border of Saitama, Yamanashi and Nagano, and flows to the northwest and meets the Sai River from Matsumoto. Kawanakajima (川中島), the junction of the Chikuma and the Sai, is the historic site where the Battles of Kawanakajima broke out. It turns to the northeast and empties into the Sea of Japan at Niigata City.

In 1922, the Ōkōzu Canal (大河津分水路 Ōkōzu Bunsuiro) was built to defend Niigata from floods. It enabled the Niigata Plains to be filled with rich rice fields.