Other Literary Forms
Ihara Saikaku’s best-known work is the picaresque novel Kshoku ichidai otoko (1683; The Life of an Amorous Man, 1964). He first won fame as a poet, however, with Ikudama manku (1673; ten thousand verses at Ikudama), a compilation that includes haikai (comic linked verse) of Saikaku and more than two hundred of his associates. His solo haikai performances are recorded in Dokugin ichinichi senku (1675; solo verses, one thousand in one day), Saikaku haikai kuzaku (1677; Saikaku’s haikai, a great many verses), and Saikaku yakazu (1681; Saikaku’s a great many arrows). Saikaku also wrote two puppet plays, Koyomi (calendar) and Gaijin Yashima (triumphant return from Yashima), both of which were staged in 1685.