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The hero of the *kabuki ̕ play of the same name and the subject of woodblock prints *ukiyo-e G. In the play, the commoner Sukeroku defeats the warrior Ikyuu Ӌx to win the courtesan *Agemaki g. At the end of the play it is revealed that Sukeroku actually is the famous warrior Soga Gorou ]ܘY (see *YA-NO-NE ̍ and *Soga monogatari-e ]䕨G), and that he has really been searching for a precious sword stolen by Ikyuu. The play, one of the *Kabuki Juuhachiban ̕\, is famous for the grand entrance of Sukeroku in which the actor pauses dramatically along the hanamichi ԓ and for his provoking stratagems to get various warriors to unsheathe their swords. Created in 1713 for the actor Ichikawa Danjuurou sc\Y, the play was performed frequently under various titles in later years. In the many actor prints *yakusha-e ҊG by various artists illustrating the play, Sukeroku appears as the quintessential Edo dandy, typically wearing a black *kosode , with sleeves pressed back to show red lining, purple crepe headband, and a short sword sheathed in sharkskin, while carrying a shakuhachi ڔ and bull's-eye pattern umbrella.
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