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Sadayakko

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  • Born: 1871
  • Died: 1946
  • Japanese: 川上貞奴 (Kawakami Sadayakko)

Sadayakko is often regarded as Japan's first modern actress.

As a child, Sadayakko was educated in reading & writing, judo, and horseback riding. She later became a mistress to Prime Minister Itô Hirobumi, before marrying actor & theatre troupe leader Kawakami Otojirô, with whom she toured the United States.

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