BASHO: The Complete Haiku, translated by Jane Reichhold (Kodansha International)

Japan's most revered poet has never before had all of his haiku translated into English and gathered into one volume. Translator Jane Reichhold spent nearly 10 years at this task and our reward is all 1,012 poems, smartly translated, finely edited, nicely printed.

Koyasan is the general name for the Buddhist monastic complex atop Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture and often regarded as one of the most sacred sites in Japan. Philip L. Nicoloff's splendid account of the place can be used as a guide, but it can also serve as a Buddhist breviary. It is captivating reading and you will certainly take your copy with you on the eventual pilgrimage to Koyasan that this book will impel you to make.