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The Love Suicides at Amijima (Shinjū Ten no Amijima or Shinjūten no Amijima 心中天網島) is a domestic play ( sewamono) by Japanese playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Originally written for the bunraku puppet theatre, it was adapted into kabuki shortly after its premiere on 3 January 1721. It is widely regarded as one of his greatest domestic plays [1] [2] and was hailed by Donald Keene as “Chikamatsu’s masterpiece”. [3]


The Japanese new wave filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda directed a stylized adaptation of the story as Double Suicide in 1969.

Milwaukee, WI-based Dale Gutzman (book, lyrics) and Todd Wellman (score) debuted the musical adaption AmijimA in 2007.

The Australian National University's Za Kabuki performed a version of the play in 2005, directed by Mr. Shun Ikeda.


  1. ^ Shirane, Haruo (2002-07-10). Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900. Columbia University Press. p. 313. ISBN  9780231507431.
  2. ^ Nichols, Robert (2010-10-18). Masterpieces of Chikamatsu: The Japanese Shakespeare. Routledge. p. 42. ISBN  9781136913426.
  3. ^ Keene, Donald (1999). World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-modern Era, 1600-1867. Columbia University Press. p. 258. ISBN  9780231114677.
  • pg 170–208 of Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu
  • Chikamatsu Monzaemon, The Love Suicides at Amijima, in Haruo Shirane, ed., Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600–1900 (Columbia University Press, 2002), pp. 313–47. ISBN  0-231-14415-6.

Further reading

  • Major Plays of Chikamatsu, translated and introduced by Donald Keene (NY: Columbia University Press. 1961/1990), pp. 387–425.

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