chapter  12
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Kabuki, the Yoshiwara & Shogun Ienobu

That long period gave birth to a real dramatic art form. The plays, which at the beginning only contained one act and the text of which was not fixed, became compositions in three or five acts, written by talented authors, among whom were Sakurada Jisuke, Miyasaki Denkichi and the actor Danjuro the First. Chikamatsu Monzaemon who lived in Osaka was, however, the most prolific and famous playwright. There was a mutual influence between the theatres in Kyoto, Osaka and Edo. The Bunraku, or puppet theatre, which had probably originated in Kyoto, had moved to Osaka and to Edo and was extremely fashionable for a while: there were two Bunraku halls in Edo.