was first performed in 1703, shortly after
the deaths that stirred Chikamatsu Monzaemon

to write his drama. Sometimes criticized
for its simple plot, the story of Ohatsu, a young

courtesan of the Temmaya Tea House, and Tokubei,
a poor clerk promised to someone else, is distinguished

by the beauty of the michiyuki, or love-journey,
of its final scene. In a brief, rarely included prologue,

Ohatsu visits the temples of Osaka looking for
solace. The text here consists of puns on sacred names,

prayers mixed with lyrics from the pleasure
quarter, fragments of classical poetry, and folk songs.