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Chikamatsu Monzaemon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Japanese playwright whose numerous plays, mostly written for the puppet theater, deeply influenced Japanese drama.


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  • In "Shinjû Ten no Amijima," written in 1721 by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), the main female characters are the heroines; the leading man is a weak link.

    Puppet Love

  • Among the great writers and artists of the age were Matsuo Bash (1644–94), who made the haiku a great poetic form; Ihara Saikaku (1642–93), the author of many risqué novels about courtesans; Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653–1725), Japan's greatest playwright, who wrote about love and loyalty; and Hishikawa Moronobu (d. 1694), generally considered the founder and a master of ukiyo-e.


  • Thus, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, of Osaka, the greatest dramatist that his country ever possessed, composed plays which have earned for him the title of the "Shakespeare of Japan;" and as for the light literature of the era, though it was disfigured by erotic features, it faithfully reflected in other respects the social conditions and sentiments of the time.

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

  • The theater itself, both in the puppet drama and the newer kabuki, as written by the greatest dramatist, Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1724), relied on the clash between duty and inclination in the context of revenge and love.

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