The First Story

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Seijuro

Seijuro, a handsome young man apprenticed to a shopkeeper. Reluctantly, he returns the love of his master’s sister. They elope and are discovered. Wrongly convicted of stealing money (actually mislaid), Seijuro is executed.

Onatsu

Onatsu, the shopkeeper’s sister, who is in love with Seijuro. After his execution, she goes...

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Seijuro

Seijuro, a handsome young man apprenticed to a shopkeeper. Reluctantly, he returns the love of his master’s sister. They elope and are discovered. Wrongly convicted of stealing money (actually mislaid), Seijuro is executed.

Onatsu

Onatsu, the shopkeeper’s sister, who is in love with Seijuro. After his execution, she goes mad for a time and later enters a nunnery.

The Second Story

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Osen

Osen, the young wife of a cooper. Wrongly accused of adultery by Chozaemon’s wife, she takes impulsive revenge by actually giving herself to him. Discovered by her husband, she commits suicide.

Chozaemon

Chozaemon, a yeast maker and Osen’s partner in adultery, suspected and real. When his guilt is discovered, he is executed.

The Third Story

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Osan

Osan, a wife whose scheme to punish her maid’s reluctant lover by taking the maid’s place in bed runs counter to plan. She falls in love with him herself; after a period of hiding together in a distant village, they are found and executed.

Rin

Rin, Osan’s maid. She is a party to the scheme by which her lover is supposed to be punished.

Moemon

Moemon, a clerk and Rin’s reluctant lover, who is the victim of the substitution. He falls in love with Osan. When caught, they are executed.

The Fourth Story

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Oshichi

Oshichi, a young woman. Having taken refuge in a temple after her house burned down, she falls in love with Onogawa, whom she meets there. Later, unable to see him, she decides to arrange another meeting by setting a fire. Discovered, she is burned at the stake.

Onogawa Kichisaburo

Onogawa Kichisaburo, a young samurai whom Oshichi loves. Learning of her death, he contemplates suicide but finally becomes a monk.

The Fifth Story

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Gengobei

Gengobei, a Buddhist monk and a former pederast.

Hachijuro

Hachijuro, now dead, a boy whom Gengobei loved.

Oman

Oman, a young girl in love with Gengobei. Disguising herself as a boy, she wins Gengobei’s love. He leaves the priesthood to live with her and later to marry her.

Bibliography

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Kato, Shuichi. The Years of Isolation. Vol. 2 in A History of Japanese Literature. New York: Kodansha International, 1983. Pages 104-112 deal primarily with the third story in the collection, is related to Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s dramatic version of the same episode.

Keene, Donald. World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600-1867. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. Pages 167-215 discuss Five Women Who Loved Love in relation to Saikaku’s other works, particularly Life of an Amorous Man and Life of an Amorous Woman.

Kirkwood, Kenneth P. Renaissance in Japan: A Cultural Survey of the Seventeenth Century. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle, 1970. Pages 192-223 provide a general biographical sketch of Saikaku, including his work as a poet, playwright, and writer of fiction. It comments particularly on the Osaka cultural milieu.

Morris, Ivan. Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings. New York: New Directions, 1963. Pages 3-51 deal with Saikaku and his cultural and historical context. Comments as well on elements of literary style and on illustrations.

Rimer, J. Thomas. A Reader’s Guide to Japanese Literature from the Eighth Century to the Present. New York: Kodansha International, 1988. Pages 66-69 contain a brief discussion of one of the five stories in the collection. Also comments on Saikaku’s literary background.

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