Komurasaki (小紫 / 濃紫) (Biographical details)

Komurasaki (小紫 / 濃紫) (literary character; Japanese; Female; 1794; c. active)

Also known as

Komurasaki

Biography

Courtesan of Tamaya in Yoshiwara and later role in play. According to the legends surrounding the establishment of the famous Hiyoku-zuka (lover's memorial) at Meguro Fudo Shrine, Hirai Gompachi was a warrior of the Tottori fief who murdered one Honjo Suke-dayu and fled to Edo. Apprehended by the authorities, he was sentenced to death in 1679, whereupon his lover Komurasaki, a courtesan of the Miuraya house in Yoshiwara, is said to have committed suicide at his grave. Plays for the puppet and Kabuki stages based on this story are known as "Gompachi-Murasaki pieces" and this work relates to the same theme.