Zeami Motokiyo

1363 - 1443

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Zeami Motokiyo (世阿弥 元清) (c. 1363 – c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zeami Motokiyo has received more than 187,278 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Zeami Motokiyo is the 868th most popular writer (up from 973rd in 2019), the 152nd most popular biography from Japan (up from 174th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Japanese Writer.

Zeami Motokiyo is most famous for inventing the Noh theater.

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Notable Works

On the art of the Nō drama
No (Teatro Japonés) - Historia
This annotated translation is the first systematic rendering into any Western language of the nine major treatises on the art of the Japanese No theater by Zeami Motokivo (1363-1443). Zeami, who transformed the No from a country entertainment into a vehicle for profound theatrical and philosophical experience, was a brilliant actor himself, and his treatises touch on every aspect of the theater of his time. His theories, mixing philosophical and practical insights, often seem strikingly contemporary. Since their discovery early in this century. these secret treatises have been considered among the most valuable and representative documents in the history of Japanese aesthetics. They discuss subjects from the art of the playwright to the reciprocal nature of the relationship between performer and audience.

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Over the past year Zeami Motokiyo has had the most page views in the with 90,930 views, followed by English (22,969), and Chinese (7,925). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are (490.60%), Kurdish (Kurmanji) (100.00%), and Galician (90.20%)


Among writers, Zeami Motokiyo ranks 868 out of 7,302Before him are Philostratus, Peter Weiss, Frederick Forsyth, Aziz Nesin, Wilkie Collins, and Bernard-Henri Lévy. After him are Aubrey Beardsley, Nizar Qabbani, Charles Nodier, Philip Pullman, Gaius Lucilius, and Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi.

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Among people born in 1363, Zeami Motokiyo ranks 1After him are Jean Gerson, Margaret of Bavaria, Maria, Queen of Sicily, Eleanor of Castile, Queen of Navarre, Matthew, Count of Foix, and Albert IV, Duke of Mecklenburg. Among people deceased in 1443, Zeami Motokiyo ranks 1After him are La Hire, Erasmo of Narni, Tvrtko II of Bosnia, Ferdinand the Holy Prince, John, Count Palatine of Neumarkt, Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, and Niccolò Albergati.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Zeami Motokiyo ranks 152 out of 6,245Before him are Emperor Sujin (-147), Ishikawa Goemon (1558), Emperor Kanmu (737), Emperor Kōrei (-341), Torakusu Yamaha (1851), and Issey Miyake (1938). After him are Kenzō Takada (1939), Kazuyoshi Miura (1967), Junko Tabei (1939), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), and Iwane Matsui (1878).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Zeami Motokiyo ranks 17Before him are Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Kōbō Abe (1924), Sugawara no Michizane (845), Sei Shōnagon (966), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), and Masaru Emoto (1943). After him are Kobayashi Issa (1763), Shoko Asahara (1955), Mori Ōgai (1862), Shūsaku Endō (1923), D. T. Suzuki (1870), and Yosano Akiko (1878).