Unless you have been to a music concert or sporting event, or at a Black Friday event at your favorite store, and waiting patiently for the doors to be unlocked and the gates open, you may not get Basho’s anticipation of getting into the Floating Hall on Lake Biwa during the lantern festival that begins in August of each year.
鎖 (じやう)あけ て月さし入れよ 浮み堂Matsuo Basho, August 1691 or 1690
joo akete/ tsuki sashireyo/ Ukimi Doo
open the gates
let the moon shine in –
Ukimodo (Floating Hall)
August 1690, 1691, Ukimodo Temple
Ten years have passed since Matsuo Basho moved from Edo to Fukagawa. Beside his hut grew a banana plant, a gift, form which he took the name Basho, meaning banana, a frail useless plant blown by the winds. His hut has burned down twice. He has taken many trips, including the Oku no Hosomichi, Journey to the Northern Interior, which is not yet published. His needs are few and financially he seems not to worry.
He continues to journey including this trip to Lake Biwa, north of Kyoto, where he had spent his student days.
Ukimido Temple, beside Lake Biwa in Ōtsu, Buddhist, founded in 995. The official name is Mangetsu-ji (満月寺) Full Moon Temple. It is entered through the “Dragon Gate”. It is called Ukimido, Floating Hall because it appears to float on Lake Biwa as one approaches Otsu.
Joo, じやう chain baring the gate.