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Dodoitsu (都々逸) is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. Often concerning love or work, and usually comical, Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme for a total of 26 syllables, making it one of the longer Japanese forms. The form, tone and structure of Dodoitsu derive from Japanese folk song traditions.[1]

In popular media[edit]

Dodoitsu poetry is referenced in the manga and anime series Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū in reference to its historical recitation by dancers in Japanese red-light districts.[2]


  1. ^ Kenneth Rexroth, 'Literature,' Encyclopædia Britannica Online (
  2. ^ "Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju," Episode 2.