|KAWARASAKI GONNOSUKE I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1596 ~ 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690
Son (or adopted son ?): Kawarasaki Gonnosuke II
1596: born in Ky˘to. He helped his father, Kawarasaki Gonnosuke (not an official member of this line), who was the manager of a N˘ theater.
1648: he went to Edo and opened a N˘ theater.
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-Kawarasaki joint venture; Gonnosuke retired.
22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690: Gonnosuke died in Edo.
Kawarasaki Gonnosuke I was the founder of an important line of theater managers and opened the Kawarasakiza 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 Kawarasaki Gonnosuke I (right) in the 11th lunar month of 1675
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