Tambanojo Sakurai was a Japanese Joruri (ballad drama) reciter.
Tambanojo Sakurai was born in 1650 in Japan. He is said to have originated Edo joruri.
A disciple of Joun Satsuma.
His style of recitation was powerful and manly and made him the most popular reciter in Edo in 1652-1661. At first he called himself Toraya-Izumidayu. His joruri was called Kimpira joruri because he liked to recite a story about Kimpira, a fictitious character said to be the son of Kintoki Sakata, a legendary warrior. He assumed the name of Sakurai Tambanojo Taira-no-Masanobu (1662) and gave the name of Izumidayti II to his son. They were popular joruri artists for 20 years.