|YOSHIZAWA AYAME IV|
Yoshizawa Ayame IV
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Kokai, Shunsui, Hak˘
Existence: 1737 ~ 28th day of the 9th lunar month of 1792
Adoptive father: Yoshizawa Ayame II
Master: Yamashita Matatar˘ I
Disciples: Yoshizawa Goroichi II, Yoshizawa K˘nosuke, Yoshizawa Mikiz˘
Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan
1737 ~ 1745: born in Kamigata. He starts his career as a disciple of the actor Yamashita Matatar˘ I, receiving the names of Yamashita Koshikibu and Yamashita Ichigor˘ at unknown dates. Then, he joins Yoshizawa Ayame II, who gives him the name of Yoshizawa Goroichi I.
11th lunar month of 1745: Goroichi and his master go together to Edo and play at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Onna Kusunoki Yosooi Kagami".
11th lunar month of 1752: Goroichi goes back to Kamigata; he plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the drama "Tenka Taiheiki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV and celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Otoemon II.
11th lunar month of 1753: Yoshizawa Goroichi I takes the name of Yoshizawa Man'yo II, playing the role of Princess Hayasaki in the drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which is produced by Ichimura Sanohachi at the Naka no Shibai.
2nd lunar month of 1754: Man'yo plays the role of Konami in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is produced in the same theater. The role of Konami's mother Tonase is played by Yoshizawa Ayame II.
7th lunar month of 1754: his master Yoshizawa Ayame II dies.
11th lunar month of 1754: Man'yo goes to Edo and takes back the name of Yoshizawa Goroichi I, performing at the Nakamuraza.
11th lunar month of 1764: Yoshizawa Goroichi I takes the name of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Hanauri Osue (the flower-selling girl Osue) in the drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki".
11th lunar month of 1774: Sakinosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tabatanosuke's wife Osaki in the drama "Chigo Sakura Jűsan Gane".
11th lunar month of 1774: Yoshizawa Ayame III dies.
Fall 1775: Sakinosuke goes back to Kamigata, after 22 seasons spent in Edo.
11th lunar month of 1775: Sakinosuke achieves a great success in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Kaoyo in the drama "Hachitanashi Hyaku Monogatari", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.
10th lunar month of 1776: Sakinosuke plays in the same theater the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
7th lunar month of 1778: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki"; Sakinosuke plays the roles of Nikki Danj˘'s wife Urafuji, Kisakata Gozen, Saichi's wife Nayotake, Yarite Omiya and Izumo no Okuni [casting].
9th lunar month of 1787: Ayame appears on stage for the last time, performing in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai; his name does not appear anymore in the banzuke up to his death in the 9th lunar month of 1792.
Yoshizawa Ayame IV was the only member of this line to spend more than half of his career in the Edo theaters.
Yoshizawa Ayame IV in a print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘
The Yoshizawa Sakinosuke line of actors
The Yoshizawa Ayame line of actors
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