Gompachi Shirai was a samurai. His real family name was Hirai but is now better known as Shirai as he is called in popular kabuki plays write about his adventurous life.
Gompachi Shirai was born about 1600.
Gompachi Shirai was a retainer of the Tottori Clan who, falling victim to the charms of Komurasaki, a courtesan, took to a wild life and even committed burglaries. He finally surrendered himself to the Shogunate police and was executed.
In the kabuki plays, he is represented as a friend of Chobe Banzuiin, noted kyokaku (townsman or chivalrous spirit).