Takizawa Bakin

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  • Born: 1767
  • Died: 1848
  • Other Names: 曲亭馬琴 (Kyokutei Bakin)
  • Japanese: 滝沢馬琴 (Takizawa Bakin)

Takizawa Bakin was a prominent writer of Edo period fiction. His most popular works are likely Nansô satomi hakkenden (1814-1842), and Chinsetsu yumihari tsuki (1807-1811, a tale of Minamoto no Tametomo).[1]

Bakin also wrote the first widely distributed Japanese-language version of the Suikoden, published serially from 1805 to 1835, with illustrations by Katsushika Hokusai.

He kept an extensive diary, which has been transcribed and published several times.[2]


  1. William Fleming, “The World Beyond the Walls: Morishima Chūryō (1756-1810) and the Development of Late Edo Fiction,” PhD dissertation, Harvard University (2011), 96.
  2. Shibata Mitsuhiko 柴田光彦 (ed.), Kyokutei Bakin nikki 曲亭馬琴日記, four volumes, Tokyo: Chuo koron shinsha (2009).