Born in 1363, Zeami, also known as Kanze Motokiyo, is one of the greatest playwrights and theorists of Japanese Noh theatre. The modern form of Noh theatre is credited to Zeami and his father, Kan'ami. Zeami is credited with approximately 90 of the existent 230 Noh plays. In 1422, he retired to become a Zen monk, allowing his son to succeed him. He passed away in 1443.
Zeami is featured in Sanbusaku 1 三部作