Real Name: Okamoto Keiji
Existence: 15th day of the 10th lunar month of 1872 ~ 1 March 1939
15th day of the 10th lunar month of 1872: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Shiba Takanawa. His father, Okamoto Keinosuke, was a samurai serving the Tokugawa Household (afterwards, he worked at the British Embassy in T˘ky˘).
January 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kid˘'s first staged drama, which is entitled "Kogane no Shachihoko Uwasa no Takanami" and stars Nakamura Shikan V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Ichimura Kakitsu VI.
1 March 1939: Okamoto Kid˘ dies in T˘ky˘.
Okamoto Kid˘ was a prolific playwright and novelist, who achieved fame for himself during the first half of the 20th century.
"During the middle part of Meiji, Okamoto Kid˘ began to write for the T˘ky˘ stage,
and is regarded as the representative modern playwright, both for the number and variety
of his successes. He is a most indefatigable worker, and several of his new pieces are
produced yearly. One of his favourite themes is the persecution of the early Christian
converts in Japan,--and he has written a number of plays concerning these martyrs.
An Okamoto play that is often repeated, and is certainly one of his best, is "Shuzenji Monogatari",
showing the high regard in which the artisans of Old Japan held their work.
It expresses Kabuki's love of the Spartan spirit, when the daughter of the mask-maker
returns home in a dying condition, after attempting to protect the Sh˘gun from attack,
and her face inspires her father to execute a masterpiece."
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