Izumo no Okuni

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Okuni (出雲阿国, Izumo no Okuni, born c. 1578; died c. 1613) was a Japanese 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 196,205 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Izumo no Okuni is the 5,245th most popular politician (up from 5,352nd in 2019), the 376th most popular biography from Japan (up from 393rd in 2019) and the 131st most popular Japanese Politician.

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Among politicians, Izumo no Okuni ranks 5,245 out of 15,710Before her are Guillaume Henri Dufour, Roland Bonaparte, Joan Blaeu, Christian Wulff, Magdalena of France, and Drypetis. After her are Charles II, Duke of Savoy, Wolfgang Kapp, Maria of Montpellier, Simon Thassi, Emperor Go-Kameyama, and Pierre Mauroy.

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Among people born in 1572, Izumo no Okuni ranks 10Before her are Ben Jonson, Cornelis Drebbel, Sigismund Báthory, Cyril Lucaris, Jane Frances de Chantal, and Francis II, Duke of Lorraine. After her are Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Marie Elisabeth of France, Fakhr al-Din II, Susenyos I, and Thomas Dekker.

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Among people born in Japan, Izumo no Okuni ranks 376 out of 5,560Before her are Emperor Go-Uda (1267), Azai Nagamasa (1545), Kenji Miyazawa (1896), Hon'inbō Shūsaku (1829), Akira Nozawa (1914), and Kikuzo Kisaka (null). After her are Emperor Go-Kameyama (1347), Ihara Saikaku (1642), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Shigechiyo Izumi (1865), Keizō Obuchi (1937), and Konishi Yukinaga (1555).


Among politicians born in Japan, Izumo no Okuni ranks 131Before her are Emperor Yūryaku (418), Ashikaga Yoshiteru (1536), Emperor Go-Saga (1220), Emperor Seiwa (850), Emperor Go-Uda (1267), and Azai Nagamasa (1545). After her are Emperor Go-Kameyama (1347), Shigechiyo Izumi (1865), Keizō Obuchi (1937), Konishi Yukinaga (1555), Kondō Isami (1834), and Emperor Konoe (1139).