Reading the signs at the subway station near my job the other day, I noticed it mentioned a place named "Kareno mound" (karenozuka). I remembered one of my visits to the city of Sakai in Osaka prefecture, where the world's largest tumulus or burial mound is located (it is approximately 490 meters long and 35 meters high). Since I've never seen anything like that near my job, I decided to go and take a look. Following the signs I came to a very narrow street (like most streets in Japan).curiously located less than a block away from my place of work. Thinking I had misread the signs, I was about to turn around when I saw this one... 20 meters? but where. if there are only houses here... it can't possibly be there... well, from here it looks like... and if I go inside would somebody tell me to go away? Upon walking into the narrow passage, I found what looked like a small tombstone. In front of it there was a large sign written in English and Japanese with the following text:
"Famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho died in 1694 in Osaka while travelling to Chikushi.
On his deathbed, he composed a poem that was anotated by Donshu, one of his companions, and then brought to Hakata by one of his leading disciples Mukai Kyorai . He then presented it to Matsuzukian Hosen, a haiku poet from Hakozaki. Hosen was deeply moved by this gesture and asked Shida Noha, another of Basho's disciples, to engrave the poem on a memorial stone.
This monument was erected in 1700 and named the Kareno Mound" (this name can be translated as "the mound of the withered or desolated field").
This is a translation of the poem I found on the internet:
I've always believed that wherever we go, we can find history in the most unexpected places. It is only a matter of being curious and look for things. Is there any place of historical interest near you house or workplace?