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Baba Bunko

Author, Japanese
Baba Bunko (1718–1759) was an itinerant storyteller, political satirist, and social critic in Edo (present-day Tokyo). He made his living telling fortunes, giving readings of military tales, and discussing the latest rumors and scandals of the capital on the grounds of Asakusa Temple. Bunko’s public criticism of government officials led to his execution in 1759 at the public execution grounds of Kozukappara.
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