At the museum we have almost 60,000 items related to Shiki. They are valuable materials for the study of modern Japanese literature, modern haiku and tanka in particular. For example, we have Najimi-shu, a compilation by Shiki of haiku by friends and associates that had long been missing; the poem manuscript Takenosato-uta (Songs from a Bamboo Village); and the manuscript of Byosho rokushaku (Six-foot Sickbed). In the permanent exhibition area, we have a replica of ‘Gudabutsu-an’ (Foolish Buddha’s Hermitage), where Shiki and his friend Natsume Soseki lived for about 50 days in the fall of 1895. You can imagine them sitting in the tatami-mat room debating about literature. Shiki worked on Haikai taiyo (Elements of Haikai) and recuperated there. They rambled around the vicinity of Dogo Onsen and wrote haiku. Later Soseki used his life in Matsuyama as a basis for the novel Botchan.
At the museum shop we offer various books on Shiki (two in English), as well as books on haiku and tanka from Matsuyama and Ehime. We also have postcards and other souvenir items.
For an interesting adventure, first enjoy the exhibition, and then follow the footsteps of Shiki and Soseki around Dogo.