The Okabes 1900 – 1914

Okabe Senkichi, Okabe Sachi (slack wire walker), Okabe Kotaro (kakubeijishi). 7 jugglers and acrobats, including 2 boys. Kiyoshi Hata. Juggling, balancing, contortion, tumbling. Later 8 members.

1900 January – Okabe family of Japanese wonders arrive in Britain

1901 May – 6 members.

1902 January – seven Japanese jugglers. Ladies, gentlemen and two boys.

1903 March – Kiyoshi Hata of Okabe troupe dies of meningitis in Norwich.

1903 August – Blackpool Winter Gardens.

1908 May – Okabe Family first appearance in Europe.

1909 October – Equilibrism and somersault throwing. Gymnastic and balancing feats.

1910 January – Britain, then Denmark

1910 May – July – Switzerland, France

1912 August – September in Britain – 8 in number

1913 March – May in England, July – August in Scotland

1914 February depart London for Buenos Aires – Yoshimura Okabe female aged 49, Kojima Okabe, male aged 27, Okabe Katagiri male aged 24, Okabe Shimizin male aged 23, Okabe Kobayashi male aged 22, Okabe Emori male aged 17, Okabe Kurozawa male aged 14, Okabe Ekatsu male aged 15.

1914 June – O’Kabes arrived in Liverpool from Buenos Aires. Yoshimira, aged 52, female. Males – Mine 24, Yome 22, Kojina 28, Tatsu 23, Seijiro 18, Kurozawa 12. Nicoli 11 female. Tour Britain June – August