KAWARAZAKI GONNOSUKE I

Stage name:

Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I In Japanese

Guild: Yamazakiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1596 ~ 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690

Connection:

Son (or adopted son ?): Kawarazaki Gonnosuke II

Career:

1596: born in Ky˘to. He helped his father, Kawarazaki Gonnosuke (not an official member of this line), who was the manager of a theater.

1648: he went to Edo and opened a theater.

1650s: Gonnosuke had the chance to meet the Kabuki actor Band˘ Matakur˘ I, who convinced him to give up and to become a Kabuki zamoto.

1656: Gonnosuke opened his Kabuki theater. He had the brilliant idea to use paper fan to promote his programs all over town.

9th lunar month of 1668: Gonnosuke and Morita Kan'ya I joined forces to open a new common theater in the district of Kobiki-ch˘.

1686: Gonnosuke published an important comments book about Kabuki entitled "Bukyoku Senrin".

1689: end of the Morita-Kawarazaki joint venture; Gonnosuke retired.

22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690: Gonnosuke died in Edo.

Comments:

Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I was the founder of an important line of theater managers and opened the Kawarazakiza in Edo, a theater which became later on the hikae yagura of the Moritaza. He was also occasionally an actor and a playwright: "among several plays he composed, that concerning the revenge of the Soga Brothers was most popular." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Morita Kan'ya I (left) and Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I (right) in the 11th lunar month of 1675

 
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