Sodeoka Sasao
Sodeoka Sasao  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. Was he a disciple of Sodeoka Masanosuke II? Unanswered question! Born and trained in ďsaka in kodomo shibai, he settled in Edo in Fall 1723 and performed as a wakaonnagata iroko in the 11th lunar month of 1723 at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinagata Shuten D˘ji". He became wakaonnagata in 1728 and played at the Nakamuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1728 the role of Princess Wakamatsu in the new year sogamono drama "Soga H˘raisan". He went back to ďsaka in Fall 1729 and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Matsuda T˘suke's ny˘b˘ Omon in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Yakata Manp˘ no Mikura", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I. His rank in the ďsaka 1730 hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He played in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1730 the role of Kuniemon's younger sister Kureha in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai", which was produced by Asao Motogor˘ I. He was recorded for the last time in the book "Sangoku R˘ei Ky˘butai", which was published in the 3rd lunar month of 1731. No record afterwards.

Sodeoka Sasao in an illustration from the 1st volume of the book "Sangoku R˘ei Ky˘butai" (1731)
Courtesy of the Main Library, Ky˘to University - Sangoku R˘ei Ky˘butai
Image slightly edited by Sh˘riya Aragor˘ (reuse rules)

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