Shikitei Sanba was a significant literary figure of the early 19th century. His kokkeibon (humorous books) and other works are prized for their depiction of the vibrant life of working-class urban communities. Two of his most celebrated works are Ukiyoburo (Floating World Bathhouse, pub. 1809-1813) and Ukiyodoko (Floating World Barbershop, pub. 1813-1814).
Sanba was born and raised the son of a professional artisan, a woodblock carver. He opened and ran his own cosmetics business while also writing books, and working with publishers to get them published.
- Tom Gaubatz, "A Barbershop on Every Corner: Urban Space and Identity Performance in the Fiction of Shikitei Sanba," guest lecture, UC Santa Barbara, 7 Jan 2016.