A Komuso (literally, nothingness monk) of the Fuke Zen sect, wearing a "tengai": a woven straw hat which covers the head completely. The tengai indicates the denial of self, taught by the practice. Komusa also carry and play the "shakuhachi" bamboo flute.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is another beautiful pilgrimage tale by Basho the hailku poet. toshi kurenu / kasa kite waraji / hakinagara another year is gone / a traveler's shade on my head, / straw sandals at my feet