The poet BashÅ is named after the Japanese word for a banana plant. The “bashÅ” planted in his garden by a grateful student became a source of inspiration to his poetry, as well as a symbol of his life and home.
[BashÅ’s] disciples built him a rustic hut and planted a banana tree (èŠè•‰, bashÅ) in the yard, giving BashÅ a new haigÅ and his first permanent home.
Fundoshi (è¤Œ) is the traditional Japanese underwear for adult males, made from a length of cotton. Before World War II the fundoshi was the main form of underwear for Japanese adult males; however it went out of use quickly after the war with the advent of new underwear, such as briefs and trunks, on the Japanese market.