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The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

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The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (曾根崎心中, Sonezaki Shinjū) is a love-suicide Bunraku play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. While not his first one (which was probably the puppet play The Soga Successors in 1683) nor his most popular (which would be The Battles of Coxinga), it is probably the most popular of his "domestic tragedies" or "domestic plays" (sewamono) as Donald Keene characterizes the non-historical plays. It was first performed 20 June 1703. It was revived in 1717, with additional scenes added by Chikamatsu, such as the punishment of the villain, but the version typically translated and performed is the 1703 version.
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language: Japanese
genre: shinjūmono
narrative location: Ōsaka

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