Ueda Akinari wrote picture storybooks and
readingbooks on everyday life,during the later part of the Edo
period. While renowned also as a peet and scholar in Japanese
studies,he is perhaps best known for Ugetsu monogatari(Tales
of Moonlight and Rain). He was commonly called Tosaku,but also
wrote under the pseudonyms Mucho,Wayaku Taro,Senshi Kijin Uzurai.
Several years after he was born in Osaka,he
become the adopted son of Ueda family,who ran an oil and paper
merchant business named Shimaya.The Confucian scholar and physician
Tsuga Teisho,of Osaka,was his mentarizm in the study of Chinese
classics. He took up Japanese studis under the guidanxe of Takebe
Ayatari,and Kato Umaki,a pupil of Kamono Mabuchi.
In 1766,then 33 years old,he publishud the
ukio storybook,Shodo kiukimimi sekenzaru. At 38,after falling
victim to disaster,he studied medicine and began a medical practice
in Osaka.At a scholar of Japanese,he had a falling out with Motoori
Norinaga on phonetics and kana use in olden times and in revival
of earlier thinking.
When in his sixties,Ueda Akinari moved with
his wife to Kyoto,where they lived for a while in Nanjzenji area
and elsewhere in 1809,he passed away in the house of a friend,Hakura
Nobuyoshi,in Teramachi Hiroko-ji.