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Ihara Saikaku

1642 - 1693

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Ihara Saikaku (井原 西鶴, 1642 – September 9, 1693) was a Japanese poet and creator of the "floating world" genre of Japanese prose (ukiyo-zōshi). Born as Hirayama Tōgo (平山藤五), the son of a wealthy merchant in Osaka, he first studied haikai poetry under Matsunaga Teitoku and later studied under Nishiyama Sōin of the Danrin school of poetry, which emphasized comic linked verse. Scholars have described numerous extraordinary feats of solo haikai composition at one sitting; most famously, over the course of a single day and night in 1677, Saikaku is reported to have composed at least 16,000 haikai stanzas, with some sources placing the number at over 23,500 stanzas.Later in life he began writing racy accounts of the financial and amorous affairs of the merchant class and the demimonde. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ihara Saikaku has received more than 157,946 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Ihara Saikaku is the 1,392nd most popular writer (up from 1,483rd in 2019), the 320th most popular biography from Japan (up from 378th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Japanese Writer.

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Among writers, Ihara Saikaku ranks 1,392 out of 5,755Before him are Thornton Wilder, John Dryden, Eva Schloss, Don Juan Manuel, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, and Rafael Alberti. After him are Hartmann Schedel, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Pehr Henrik Ling, Hieronymus of Cardia, Marcus Garvey, and Lord Alfred Douglas.

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Among people born in 1642, Ihara Saikaku ranks 10Before him are Andrea Pozzo, Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Johann Christoph Bach, Shitao, André Charles Boulle, and Louis I, Prince of Monaco. After him are Seki Takakazu, Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, Zheng Jing, Anne Hilarion de Tourville, and Giovanni Maria Bononcini. Among people deceased in 1693, Ihara Saikaku ranks 5Before him are Mehmed IV, Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier, and Madame de La Fayette. After him are Willem Kalf, Nicolaes Maes, Odoardo Farnese, Hereditary Prince of Parma, Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Elisabeth Hevelius, Maria van Oosterwijck, and John George II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ihara Saikaku ranks 320 out of 6,048Before him are Kenji Miyazawa (1896), Yamato Takeru (72), Shigechiyo Izumi (1865), Nobuyuki Kato (1920), Emperor Fushimi (1265), and Yoshio Okada (1926). After him are Megumu Tamura (1927), Nobutake Kondō (1886), Toshihide Maskawa (1940), Hisataka Okamoto (1933), Kōki Hirota (1878), and Kakuei Tanaka (1918).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Ihara Saikaku ranks 29Before him are Eiji Yoshikawa (1892), Yosa Buson (1716), Shūsaku Endō (1923), Yosano Akiko (1878), Chūya Nakahara (1907), and Kenji Miyazawa (1896). After him are Ichiyō Higuchi (1872), Ono no Komachi (825), Ryū Murakami (1952), Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653), Minamoto no Sanetomo (1192), and Masaoka Shiki (1867).