Tragic tales from Chikamatsu and Saikaku laud variant values in ethics, honor, and love for the lower social classes of feudal Japan.Read more "Values for the Commoner"
Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s artistry stemmed from a deep respect for the power of words. With each play, he sought to paint a vivid portrait of reality amidst a sense of wonder. He believed that feeling was the link between the stage and its audience, best achieved through lively prose, a logical story line, and un-restrained imagination. […]Read more "Chikamatsu’s Principles"