Suggested Chikamatsu Play for Reading
In one of Chikamatsu's most famous plays, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki,
the protagonist Tokubei is an apprentice clerk; his beloved Ohatsu is
a prostitute in the pleasure quarters in the merchant city of Osaka.
Tokubei is dishonored by a series of unfortunate events, and he and Ohatsu,
finding no way to join their lives, decide to commit suicide together
so that they can at least be together in death. As you read, keep in
mind the values and choices that create the circumstances of their story.
of The Love Suicides at Sonezaki can be found in Donald Keene, Anthology
of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century (Grove