Sadayakko (1871 - 1946)

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Occupation, Status Artist
Birthplace(modern name) Tokyo
Date of Birth and Death Sep. 2, 1871 - Dec. 7, 1946
Pen name etc. Kawakami, Sadayakko


Became a geisha of Yoshi-cho, Tokyo and got married to the actor Otojiro Kawakami in 1891. She made a tour of Europe in the company of Otojiro and enjoyed a great deal of popularity as Madame Sadayakko. After returning to Japan, she was active as a marquee actress of the Seigeki Undo (dialogue-based theater movement) by Otojiro. She established the Teikoku Joyu Yoseijo (the Imperial Actress Training Institute) in 1908. Although she retired after the death of Otojiro in 1917, she launched the Kawakami Jido Gakugeki-dan in 1924 and endeavored to popularize the infant theater. She built the Teishoji temple in Unuma, Gifu Prefecture and she became a monk in 1933.

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Source:Bakumatsu Meiji Taisho Kaiko 80nenshi vol.8
Call no.:210.6-To591b
Monochrome, 4.8×6.9 cm