Izumo no Okuni

1572 - Today

Photo of Izumo no Okuni

Icon of person Izumo no Okuni

Izumo no Okuni (出雲 阿国, born c. 1578; died c. 1613) was a Japanese entertainer and shrine maiden who is believed to have invented the theatrical art form of kabuki. She is thought to have begun performing her new art style of kabuki (lit. 'the art of singing and dancing') theatre in the dry riverbed of the Kamo River in Kyoto. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Izumo no Okuni has received more than 262,282 page views. Her biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Izumo no Okuni is the 24th most popular dancer, the 341st most popular biography from Japan (down from 273rd in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Dancer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 260k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.38

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.75

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.00

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among dancers, Izumo no Okuni ranks 24 out of 116Before her are Tamara Karsavina, Galina Ulanova, George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Alicia Alonso, and Carlo Blasis. After her are Bronislava Nijinska, Olga Khokhlova, Filippo Taglioni, La Goulue, Mary Wigman, and August Bournonville.

Most Popular Dancers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1572, Izumo no Okuni ranks 9Before her are Cornelis Drebbel, Johann Bayer, Ben Jonson, Sigismund Báthory, Jane Frances de Chantal, and Cyril Lucaris. After her are Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Francis II, Duke of Lorraine, Fakhr al-Din II, Marie Elisabeth of France, Susenyos I, and Thomas Dekker.

Others Born in 1572

Go to all Rankings

In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Izumo no Okuni ranks 341 out of 6,245Before her are Jisaburō Ozawa (1886), Saburō Sakai (1916), Kenji Doihara (1883), Saionji Kinmochi (1849), Kaoru Ishikawa (1915), and Inukai Tsuyoshi (1855). After her are Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127), Hirokazu Kore-eda (1962), Emperor Chōkei (1343), Kiyonosuke Marutani (null), Emperor Go-Saga (1220), and Kuroda Kiyotaka (1840).

Among DANCERS In Japan

Among dancers born in Japan, Izumo no Okuni ranks 1