Playwright known as ‘Shakespeare of Japan’ |

Playwright known as ‘Shakespeare of Japan’

Monzaemon Chikamatsu, considered by many scholars and thespians to be the “Shakespeare of Japan,” penned more than 110 bunraku (or puppet plays) and 30 Kabuki plays combining comedy and tragedy, poetry and prose.

His plays on adult subjects were historical romances and domestic tragedies of love and duty based on actual events.

Significantly influencing modern Japanese theater, Chikamatsu is easily remembered today as his plays are performed throughout the world almost three centuries after his death.

His biggest hits were the puppet plays, such as “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” written exactly 300 years ago about two actual suicides in 1703.

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