|BENTENZA - TAKEDA NO SHIBAI|
Takeda no Shibai
1662: Takeda ďmi (?~1704) opens the Takeda no Shibai in the D˘tonbori district of ďsaka; this is a mechanized puppets theater at the beginning.
11th lunar month of 1759: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura", in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai.
12 April 1876: a fire breaks out in the room of the actor Nakamura Kanpachi and destroys the Takeda no Shibai.
May 1876: the theater is quickly rebuilt and renamed Bentenza.
13 March 1945: the Bentenza is destroyed during the bombing of ďsaka. This theater is no more rebuilt in the post-war years.
|The Bentenza in December 1902|
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