Poetry name: Kengai
Existence: ??? ~ 1708
Before 1690: he performed in tabi shibai under the name of Somekawa Jûrobê.
1690: first record in ôshibai in Kyôto.
1698: Jûrobê played in Kyôto the role of Saemon-no-Kami Kiyotsura in the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse".
3rd lunar month of 1698: Jûrobê played in Kyôto the role of Harukawa Tosanosuke in the drama "Yoyo no Migakura".
Fall 1699: Jûrobê went to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1700: Jûrobê played in the same theater the role of Kondô Sakonnosuke in the new year drama "Mannen Goyomi Inariyama".
1st lunar month of 1701: Jûrobê played in the same theater the role of Tôkurô Morinaga in the new year drama "Keisei Mitsu Urokogata".
Fall 1701: Jûrobê went to Ôsaka.
3rd lunar month of 1704: Jûrobê played in the same theater the role of Kinjûrô in the san-no-kawari drama "Kaga no Kuni Bijo no Iwaya".
1st lunar month of 1708: Jûrobê performed in the same theater in the new year drama "Minamoto no Manjû Okina Muko". No record afterwards. He most likely died in 1708.
Somekawa Jûrobê was a Genroku period Kamigata actor, who was specialized in tachiyaku roles. He started his career in tabi shibai and was active in ôshibai during the 1690s and the 1700s. He made a 2-year stay in Edo. His recollections were recorded in a book which was written by the sakusha Azuma Sanpachi and was entitled "The Kengai Collection" (translated by Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunzô in "The Actors' Analects").
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