EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 1701~1800
1701 (Genroku 14)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the bombastic play "Z˘hiki" (Kabuki Jűhachiban), included in the drama "Keisei ďsh˘kun". The hero and the villain were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

7th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Arashi San'emon II (1661~1701) died.

The actor Suzuki Heizaemon I died.

1702 (Genroku 15)
 

1st lunar month: premiere in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mibu Dainenbutsu". The 2 leading roles were played by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I and Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I.

1703 (Genroku 16)
 

7th day of the 4th lunar month: double suicide in ďsaka of the couple of lovers Hiranoya Tokubŕ (a soy sauce dealer) and Tenmaya Ohatsu (a courtesan). This real incident inspired the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, who wrote his first shinjűmono, whose title was "Sonezaki Shinjű" and which was performed at the Takemotoza puppets theater for the first time in the 5th lunar month of 1703.

29th day of the 11th lunar month: an earthquake hit Edo and the resulting fires destroyed the city. The 4 main theaters, the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza, the Moritaza and the Yamamuraza, were burnt to ashes. This catastrophe was nicknamed "Genroku Jishin Kaji" ("Genroku Earthquake and Fire").

1704 (Genroku 17 / H˘ei 1)
 

10th day of the 1st lunar month [25]: the actor Yamatoya Jinbŕ II died.

19th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I (1660~1704) died.

28th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Band˘ Matatar˘ I (1667~1704) died.

3rd day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Ikushima Hanroku, who murdered Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, was executed in Edo.

1st day of the 8th lunar month: the onnagata actor Ogino Sawanoj˘ (1656~1704) died.

Winter (?): double suicide in ďsaka of the couple of lovers K˘ya Tokubŕ (a dyer) and Ofusa (a courtesan). This real incident inspired the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, who wrote his second shinjűmono, whose title was "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu" and which was performed at the Takemotoza puppet theater for the first time in 1707.

1705 (H˘ei 2)
 

9th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I (1656~1705) died.

1706 (H˘ei 3)
 

14th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda Renjaku-ch˘. It spread and burned both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

20th day of the 11th lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Izumi-ch˘. It spread and burned both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the drama "Taihei Shusse Kagekiyo", which was considered as an earlier version of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo" [casting].

1707 (H˘ei 4)
 

8th day of the 3rd lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Kodenma-ch˘. It spread and burned both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

8th lunar month: the actor Murayama Heijűr˘ I died.

4th day of the 10th lunar month: a powerful earthquake destroyed ďsaka.

1708 (H˘ei 5)
 

3rd day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I (1662~1708) died.

1709 (H˘ei 6)
 

1st lunar month: the 4 Edo theaters, the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza, the Moritaza and the Yamamuraza, produced simultaneously a sogamono new year drama. This was the beginning of a custom which was still somehow observed nowadays.

1st day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Sakata T˘jűr˘ I (1646~1709) died.

1710 (H˘ei 7)
 

3rd lunar month: Tsuuchi Jihŕ II worked at the Nakamuraza on the revival of the seigen-sakurahimemono "Isshin Niga Byakud˘", which was staged for the first time in the 7th lunar month of 1695 at the Yamamuraza. The roles of Seigen and Princess Sakura were played by Nakajima Kanzaemon I and Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I. For the first time, Tsuuchi Jihŕ II mixed jidaimono and sewamono elements in the same drama. This was the first jidai-sewamono in Kabuki history.

18th day of the 12th lunar month: a fire broke out in the somptuous palace of the daimy˘ Sanada, located in the district of Kanda Koyanagi-ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

1711 (H˘ei 8 / Sh˘toku 1)
 

19th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Kokan Tar˘ji I (1644~1711) died.

1712 (Sh˘toku 2)
 

5th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shirogor˘ I (1651~1712) died.

23rd day of the 2nd lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Horie-Ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

24th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Takeshima K˘zaemon I died.

12th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Sadoshima Denpachi died.

1713 (Sh˘toku 3)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the play "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which was the first version of "Sukeroku". Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II played the leading role of Sukeroku [casting].

15th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I died.

25th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Denkur˘ I (1662~1713) died.

22nd day of the 12th lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya By˘busaka and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1714 (Sh˘toku 4)
 

2nd lunar month: Ejima, a court lady who was at the service of the mother of the Sh˘gun, was in love with the star Ikushima Shingor˘. Their affair was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, which has broken the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the authorities which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ were exiled to different places. Those in the Sh˘gun's household, who were held responsible, were executed. The Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined [more details].

1715 (Sh˘toku 5)
 

1st lunar month (spring?): first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Daiky˘ji" and was staged in ďsaka [casting].

1st day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon I (1656~1715) died.

1716 (Sh˘toku 6 / Ky˘h˘ 1)
 

11th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

22nd day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Kanzaemon I (1662~1716) died.

24th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Gennosuke (1666~1716) died.

Fall: First Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater [casting].

5th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Azuma T˘z˘ I (1665~1716) died.

11th lunar month: "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously produced in 2 theaters, the ďnishi no Shibai and the Higashi no Shibai. It was produced by the zamoto Sawamura S˘jűr˘ for the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon in the former theater, starring the actors Anegawa Shinshir˘ I (Wat˘nai) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ (Kanki). It was produced by the zamoto Arashi Gosabur˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon in the latter theater, starring the actors Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I (Wat˘nai), Sanogawa Mangiku (Kinsh˘jo), Takenaka T˘zabur˘ (Kanki), Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I (R˘ikkan) and Kirinami Takie (Wat˘nai's mother).

1717 (Ky˘h˘ 2)
 

7th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Owari-ch˘ and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying the Moritaza.

18th day of the 1st lunar month [27]: the actor Yamashita Ky˘emon I (1652~1717) died.

22nd day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Koishikawa and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

2nd day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danshir˘ I (1651~1717) died.

5th lunar month of 1717: first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters (Nakamuraza / Ichimuraza / Moritaza).

1718 (Ky˘h˘ 3)
 

1st lunar month: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II played at the Moritaza the leading role in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban), which was performed in the second part (nibanme) of the new year sogamono "Wakamidori Ikioi Soga". The performance was a successful long run (from the 1st lunar month to the 7th lunar month of 1718).

23rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1718: the actor Shinozuka Jirozaemon I (1657~1718) died.

2nd lunar month: First Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Nihon Furisode Hajime", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater [casting].

5th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Murayama Heiemon III (1662~1718) died.

21st day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ I died.

1719 (Ky˘h˘ 4)
 

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was written in the 8th lunar month of 1708. The play was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

Spring 1719: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Sonezaki Shinjű" was performed for the first time at the Nakamuraza, starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sanogawa Mangiku in the roles of Hiranoya Tokubŕ and the courtesan Ohatsu (Tokubŕ's lover).

20th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Hayakawa Dengor˘ (1670~1719) died.

1720 (Ky˘h˘ 5)
 

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which was written in 1719. The play was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater shinjűmono "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu", which was written in 1707. The same play was simultaneously produced in the 3 Edo theaters and commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the suicide of the couple Tokubŕ and Ofusa. Check each theater page for the castings: Nakamuraza / Ichimuraza / Moritaza.

13th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Sakai-ch˘; the Nakamuraza was half-burnt.

27th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Kuz˘ died.

1721 (Ky˘h˘ 6)
 

19th day of the 2nd lunar month [10]: the actor ďtani Hiroemon I (1666~1721) died.

5th lunar month: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima", which was originally written for the puppet theater in the 12th lunar month of 1720, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged in Edo at the Moritaza. The roles of Kamiya Jihŕ and Koharu were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sodesaki Miwano I.

19th day of the 7th lunar month [24]: the actor Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I (1677~1721) died.

10th day of the 12th lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda Tominaga-ch˘ and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

1722 (Ky˘h˘ 7)
 

24th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Band˘ Matakur˘ III died.

12th lunar month of 1722: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Nebiki no Kadomatsu", which was originally written in the 1st lunar month of 1718. The play was staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai under the new title "Yamazaki Yojibei Hanchű Bushi" [casting].

1723 (Ky˘h˘ 8)
 

7th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation in Ky˘to of the puppet theater drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" [more details].

1724 (Ky˘h˘ 9)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama welcoming in ďsaka the Edo actor ďtani Hiroji I [more details].

21st day of the 3rd lunar month: a fire broke out in ďsaka and destroyed several theaters.

15th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Yamanaka Heikur˘ I (1642~1724) died.

14th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Uemura Kichiya III died.

15th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Sodeoka Masanosuke II (1666~1724) died.

27th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Sakata T˘jűr˘ II (1669~1724) died.

25th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Takesabur˘ I died.

11th lunar month: the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653~1724) died.

1725 (Ky˘h˘ 10)
 

26th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I (1669~1725) died.

1726 (Ky˘h˘ 11)
 

27th day of the 11th lunar month: a fire broke out in the shibai jaya Maruya, located in the district of Fukiya-ch˘, and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

12th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Kodanji I (1676~1726) died.

1727 (Ky˘h˘ 12)
 

25th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I died.

23rd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ I (1679~1727) died.

1728 (Ky˘h˘ 13)
 

11th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Kaneko Kichizaemon died.

9th lunar month: the actor Yamada Jinpachi died.

1729 (Ky˘h˘ 14)
 

25th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke I (1691~1729) died.

3rd day of the 3rd lunar month [30]: the actor Fujikawa Buzaemon I (1632~1729) died.

15th day of the 7th lunar month [17]: the great onnagata actor Yoshizawa Ayame I (1673~1729) died.

1730 (Ky˘h˘ 15)
 

Karyű Jiemon, who held the name of Sodesaki Karyű up to Winter 1718, died.

29th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I (1674~1730) died.

15th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Hayakawa Hatsuse died.

8th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Hasegawa Senshi and Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ puppet theater drama "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", which was written in the 2nd lunar month of 1730. The play was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

1731 (Ky˘h˘ 16)
 

The actor Osagawa Jűemon died.

2nd lunar month: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I played at the Nakamuraza the leading role of the first d˘j˘jimono of Kabuki history, entitled "Mugen no Kane Shind˘j˘ji".

13th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I died.

1732 (Ky˘h˘ 17)
 

Summer: the actors Otowa Jirosabur˘ I and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I died.

9th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ and Hasegawa Senshi puppet theater drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". The play was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Ky˘to [casting].

9th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji and Miyoshi Sh˘raku puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". The play was produced by Arashi Kokuseki in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. The casting was unknown.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kagekiyo", which was produced under the title "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo" [casting].

1733 (Ky˘h˘ 18)
 

3rd lunar month: the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

1734 (Ky˘h˘ 19)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Fűryű Aioi Jishi".

24th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor and zamoto Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I (1675~1734) died.

1st lunar month: the Moritaza went bankrupt. The hikae yagura system was authorized by the Shogunate. Morita Kan'ya IV gave his right for Kabuki performances to Kawarazaki Gonnosuke III, zamoto of the Kawarazakiza.

19th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Matakur˘ II died.

1735 (Ky˘h˘ 20)
 

2nd day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Sodesaki Iseno I (1697~1735) died.

23rd day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Sakata Hangor˘ I (1683~1735) died.

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo 5-act puppet theater drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which was written in 1734. The play was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater [casting].

11th lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II gave his name to his adopted son and took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II during the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi". The actors Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

1736 (Ky˘h˘ 21 / Genbun 1)
 

The actor Ogino Yaegiri I died.

1st lunar month: the play "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1735 in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai (unknown casting).

1st lunar month : the trio made up of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Ichimura Manz˘ performed together at the Ichimuraza in "Sayo no Nakayama Asama-ga-Dake", the first Tokiwazu-based dance-drama in Kabuki history.

26nd day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Sodesaki Miwano I (1680~1736) died.

Summer of Fall 1736: first (partial) Kabuki adaptation of the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru" [more details].

9th day of the 8th lunar month [29]: the actor Yamashita Matashir˘ I (1661~1736) died.

9th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Tsuruya Nanboku I (1672~1736) died.

1737 (Genbun 2)
 

6th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Ogawa Zengor˘ I (1682~1737) died.

11th lunar month: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarazakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo" [casting].

1738 (Genbun 3)
 

4th day of the 8th lunar month: the zamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke II died.

29th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Murayama Heijűr˘ III (1700~1738) died.

1739 (Genbun 4)
 

12th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ II died.

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the Matsuda Bunk˘d˘, Takeda Izumo I, Takeda Koizumo, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Asada Kakei puppet theater drama "Hirakana Seisuiki". The play was produced in Ky˘to by Mizuki Tatsunosuke II for the nadai Hoteiya Umenoj˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting].

12th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Arashi Sangor˘ I (1687~1739) died.

22nd day of the 8th lunar month [15]: the actor Arashi Kanshir˘ I died.

1740 (Genbun 5)
 

5th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ I (1684~1740) died.

26th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Sengoku Hikosuke I (1684~1740) died.

9th lunar month: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai. It was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I played the role of Chidori.

20th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ II (1710~1740) died.

1741 (Genbun 6 / Kanp˘ 1)
 

18th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Haruyama Genshichi II died.

8th lunar month: the play "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 5th lunar month of 1741 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater [casting].

4th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Otoemon I (1687~1741) died.

1742 (Kanp˘ 2)
 

The actor Ikushima Shingor˘ was back in Edo after a very long exil (Cf. 1714).

1st lunar month: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which was produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I [casting].

27th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (1721~1742) died.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Hanabusa Shishi no Rangyoku", the third part (sanbanme) of the program "Fuji Miru Sato Sakae Soga"; Segawa Kikunoj˘ I played the leading role of this Lion dance, still in the Kabuki repertoire and commonly called "Makura Jishi".

5th lunar month: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen", which was originally written for the puppet theater and premiered in the 8th lunar month of 1721 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai [more details].

7th lunar month: the play "Keisei Hangonk˘" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza [casting].

7~9th day of the 8th lunar month: a violent typhoon hit Edo, causing floods in the city; the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza had to stop their performances for a while.

1743 (Kanp˘ 3)
 

The actor Ikushima Shingor˘ died in Edo.

Summer: the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I died.

17th day of the 9th lunar month: the zamoto Morita Kan'ya IV died.

1744 (Kanp˘ 4 / Enky˘ 1)
 

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji". The leading female role was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and ďtani Hiroji I.

1745 (Enky˘ 2)
 

1st lunar month : Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" was performed for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting].

8th lunar month: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 7th lunar month of 1745 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was immediately adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1745 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater [more details].

23rd day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Mizuki Tatsunosuke I (1673~1745) died.

12th lunar month: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance and line-up:

[Naka no Shibai] [Kado no Shibai] [ďnishi no Shibai]

25th day of the 12th lunar month [11]: the actor ďtani Hiroemon II died.

1745: the actor Tamiya Shirogor˘ (1685~1745) died.

1746 (Enky˘ 3)
 

2nd lunar month (end of month): a fire broke out in the district of Tsukiji, in the mansion of Tsubouchi Gonzaemon. It spread and destroyed the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza and the Moritaza.

9th lunar month: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1746 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I [casting].

1747 (Enky˘ 4)
 

10th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I (1692~1747) died.

Spring: the actor Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I died.

3rd lunar month: the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting].

5th lunar month: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time [casting].

25th day of the 5th lunar month [13]: the actor ďtani Hiroji I (1696~1747) died.

15th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I (1671~1747) died.

19th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Sanogawa Mangiku (1690~1747) died.

1748 (Enky˘ 5 / Kan'en 1)
 

1st lunar month: the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1747 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged in Ise with the actors Kataoka Nizaemon IV (Tokaiya Ginpei, Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan) and Yamamoto Koheiji (Tadanobu).

6th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Ogino Izabur˘ I (1703~1748) died.

5th lunar month: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza [casting].

8th lunar month: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

25th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ died.

12th lunar month: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

1749 (Kan'en 2)
 

2nd lunar month: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza.

3rd lunar month: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

4th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor and playwright Hayakawa Denshir˘ (1698~1749) died.

5th lunar month: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was produced at the Ichimuraza for the first time.

6th lunar month: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time [casting].

25th day of the 11th lunar month [2]: the star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I (1685~1749) died.

26th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor ďtani Ryűzaemon II died.

1750 (Kan'en 3)
 

4th lunar month: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Moritaza for the first time [casting].

20th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Arashi Sanjűr˘ II died.

2nd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Yamashita Kinsaku I died.

1751 (Kan'en 4 / H˘reki 1)
 

1st day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (1693~1751) died.

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which was produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater [casting].

7th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which was originally written by Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Yoshida Kanshi in the 2nd lunar month of 1751. The play was staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza [casting].

7th day of the 9th lunar month: the playwright Namiki S˘suke (1695~1751) died.

1752 (H˘reki 2)
 

4th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which was originally written by Namiki S˘suke and Asada Icch˘ in the 12th lunar month of 1751. The play was staged in Edo at the Moritaza [casting].

11th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I (1687~1752) died.

11th lunar month: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naka no Shibai as a kaomise drama [casting].

1753 (H˘reki 3)
 

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which was produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I [casting].

3rd ~ 6th lunar months: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I achieved a huge success for several months by playing the main role of the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", which was performed for the first time at the Nakamuraza [print].

25th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Genjir˘ died.

7th lunar month: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting].

2nd day of the 9th lunar month [6]: the actor Tsuyama Yűz˘ I (1703~1753) died.

1754 (H˘reki 4)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi".

10th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Arashi Shinpei I (1697~1754) died.

18th day of the 7th lunar month [18]: the actor Yoshizawa Ayame II (1702~1754) died.

11th lunar month: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Matsumoto K˘z˘ respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III during the kaomise program "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki".

11th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘", which was originally staged in the 7th lunar month of 1754 in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza; this production was staged at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to as the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji" [more details].

27th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Hayakawa Shinkatsu died.

1755 (H˘reki 5)
 

1st lunar month: publication of the hy˘banki "Yakusha Sankazu", which gave clearly the reasons of the decline and dullness of Kabuki in the city of Ky˘to.

2nd lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri", which was originally written by Takeda Izumo II, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Chikamatsu Hanji in 1754. It was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting].

1756 (H˘reki 6)
 

3rd day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Suketakaya Takasuke I (1685~1756), who held also the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, died.

14th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Shinzaimoku-ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

22nd day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Arashi San'emon IV (1732~1756) died.

23rd day of the 11th lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of K˘jimachi. It spread and destroyed the Moritaza.

1757 (H˘reki 7)
 

1st lunar month: the play "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza [casting].

13th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I (1700~1757) died.

9th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Namiki Senryű I and Miyoshi Sh˘raku puppet theater drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which was written in 1749. The play was produced by Anegawa Daikichi I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai (casting unknown).

14th day of the 9th lunar month [8]: the actor Fujioka Daikichi died.

25th day of the 11th lunar month: the retired zamoto Nakamura Kankur˘ II (1688~1757) died.

1758 (H˘reki 8)
 

1st lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was originally written by Asada Icch˘, Nakamura Akei and Toyotake ďritsu in the 12th lunar month of 1757. It was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

5th lunar month: the play "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza [casting].

24th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (1688~1758), who held the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II from 1704 to 1735, died.

18th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Narumi Goroshir˘ I died.

12th lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari"; for the very first time in Kabuki history, a mawaributai, invented by Namiki Sh˘z˘ I, was built and used on the stage of a theater [more details].

1759 (H˘reki 9)
 

19th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I (1730~1759) died.

11th lunar month: the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Minamigawa no Shibai. The play was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘ and the roles of Yoshitsune and Tadanobu were played by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura", in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai.

26th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Iwai Hanshir˘ III (1698~1759) died.

1760 (H˘reki 10)
 

20th day of the 1st lunar month [7]: the playwright Tsuuchi Eishi I (1679~1761) died.

2nd lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda and spread to Susaki in Fukagawa. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. It was called "Akashiya no Kaji" ("the Akashiya fire"), based on the name of the shop where it started.

3rd lunar month: premiere of the bombastic play "Kaneiri Gedatsu no Koromo" (commonly called "Gedatsu", a play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban), performed within the drama "Soga Mannen Bashira" at the Ichimuraza, with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Anegawa Daikichi I in the roles of Kagekiyo and Princess Hitomaru.

13th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Fujimura Hanjűr˘ II died.

1761 (H˘reki 11)
 

4th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Heikur˘ (1698~1761) died.

17th day of the 9th lunar month: a fire broke out in the Gekiza theater. It destroyed the Ichimuraza and damaged the Nakamuraza.

1762 (H˘reki 12)
 

The actor Sanogawa Hanazuma II died.

23rd day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakajima Mihoemon I died.

29th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Imamura Shichisabur˘ II (1720~1762) died.

4th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi", which was staged at the Naka no Shibai [casting].
The role of the Heron Maiden ("Sagi Musume") was performed for the first time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, by the star Segawa Kikunoj˘ II in a 5-role hengemono, which was entitled "Yanagi Hina Shoch˘ no Saezuri".

7th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon VIII (1698~1762) died.

5th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Koi Hakke Hashira Goyomi", which was a revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi" [more details].

5th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Kanzaemon II (1696~1762) died.

10th day of the 9th lunar month [14]: the actor Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I (1707~1762) died.

16th day of the 9th lunar month [26]: the actor Yamashita Matatar˘ I (1712~1762) died.

12th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu I (1722~1762) died.

1763 (H˘reki 13)
 

2nd lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which was staged at the Moritaza [casting|illustrations].

3rd day of the 4th lunar month [23]: the actor Hanai Saizabur˘ III (1702~1763) died.

20th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Ogino Yaegiri II (1726~1763) died.

13th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Sukegor˘ I (1711~1763) died.

9th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Iwata Somematsu I (1717~1763) died.

11th lunar month: the play "Suma no Miyako Genpei Tsutsuji", which was originally written by Hasegawa Senshi and Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ for the puppet theater in 1730, was adapted for Kabuki 33 years later by the playwright Namiki Eisuke I. It was entitled "Sakigake Genpei Tsutsuji" (the second drama of an unusual 3-part kaomise program) and staged at the Naka no Shibai, starring Nakamura Kichiemon I and Arashi Hinasuke I in the roles of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Taira no Atsumori.

1764 (H˘reki 14 / Meiwa 1)
 

9th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki" [casting]. A similar play was staged one day later under a different title, "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai.

20th day of the 10th lunar month [28]: the actor Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I (1700~1764) died.

1765 (Meiwa 2)
 

17th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kichibŕ I (1684~1765) died.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kanai Sansh˘'s Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari" [more details].

1766 (Meiwa 3)
 

29th day of the 2nd lunar month: a fire broke out in the district of Sakai-ch˘, in the cosmetics shop owned and managed by the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. This fire was nicknamed "Kikugor˘ Aburamise Kaji" ("Kikugor˘'s cosmetics shop fire").

16th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Ujűr˘ I (1684~1766) died.

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was originally written by Chikamatsu Hanji, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Takeda Inaba and performed at the Takemotoza in the 1st lunar month of 1766. The play was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

12th day of the 5th lunar month [9]: the actor Osagawa Tsuneyo I (1724~1766) died.

9th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Arashi Tominosuke I (1720~1766) died.

20th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shirogor˘ III (1725~1766) died.

1767 (Meiwa 4)
 

2nd lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which was originally written by Chikamatsu Hanji and performed at the Takemotoza in the 10th lunar month of 1766. The play was staged in Edo at the Ichimuraza [casting].

18th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Kasaya Matakur˘ I (1712~1767) died.

12th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ I (1724~1767) died.

2nd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Sakakiyama Koshir˘ III (1724~1767) died.

9th lunar month: premiere in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" (casting unknown).

24th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Kamakura Heikur˘ II died.

14th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III (1740~1767) died.

12th lunar month: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was produced at the Kado no Shibai for the first time [casting].

1768 (Meiwa 5)
 

9th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Sakakiyama Sagisuke (1697~1768) died.

7th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Sakakiyama Koshir˘ IV (1740~1768) died.

4th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II (1741~1768) died.

7th lunar month: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Takeda no Shibai, a koshibai venue [casting].

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume", the first version of "Yoshiwara Suzume" [more details].

1769 (Meiwa 6)
 

2nd lunar month: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1767 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Edo at the Moritaza [casting].

26th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Arashi Otohachi I (1711~1769) died.

19th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kichijűr˘ I (1743~1769) died.

10th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II (1732~1769) died.

1770 (Meiwa 7)
 

11th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Band˘ Sanpachi I died.

3rd day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Sakata Sajűr˘ I died.

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's gidayű ky˘gen "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". The play was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

6th lunar month: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

17th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kichiemon I (1694~1770) died.

30th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II (1713~1770) died.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto", a revision of Chikamatsu Hanji's 1768 puppet drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto" [more details].

9th lunar month: Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza [casting].

11th lunar month: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV took back his previous name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III received the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V during the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which also celebrated the arrival of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Yamashita Kinsaku II at the Nakamuraza and the shűmei of the actors Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

1771 (Meiwa 8)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari" [casting].

1st lunar month: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the deity Aizen My˘˘ and the seven roles of Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Sakaich˘ Soga no Nendaiki".

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

15th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Datez˘ I died.

10th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Sadajűr˘ died.

8th lunar month of 1771: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I achieved a great success at the Moritaza by performing a seven-roles Nagauta-based dance called "Kiku ha Yae Shichinin Gesh˘" [more details].

1772 (Meiwa 9 / An'ei 1)
 

24th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III (1709~1772) died.

1773 (An'ei 2)
 

16th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Sawamura Ujűr˘ II died.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I [casting].

1774 (An'ei 3)
 

5th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Sono Omokage Ninin Wankyű". The roles of Wankyű and the courtesan Matsuyama were played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Segawa Tomisabur˘ I. This dance commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII.

28th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Edosaka Ky˘emon (1726~1774) died.

24th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Sakata T˘jűr˘ III (1701~1774) died.

2nd day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ (1703~1774) died.

18th day of the 11th lunar month [19]: the actor Yoshizawa Ayame III (1720~1774) died.

1775 (An'ei 4)
 

24th day of the 1st lunar month: the zamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke III died.

28th day of the 2nd lunar month: the zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII (1717~1775) died.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi I's dance-drama "Shinobu-gusa Koi no Utsushie" [more details].

28th day of the 3rd lunar month [21]: the sakusha Fujikawa Sanpachi (1723~1775) died.

4th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" [more details].

8th lunar month: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai [more details].

11th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kanai Sansh˘'s Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Shijűhatte Koi no Showake", the first version of "Oshidori", which was staged within the kaomise drama "Hana Zum˘ Genji Biiki" [more details].

1776 (An'ei 5)
 

The actor Asao Kunigor˘ I died.

1st lunar month: for the first time in Kabuki history, chiwata threads were used in the scene of the bloody murder of the priest Dainichib˘ by Akoya in the new year drama "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga, which was performed at the Ichimuraza. This new technique was very well received by the audience.

3rd lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsu Kanshi I's puppet theater drama "Koi Musume Mukashi Hachij˘", which was written in 1775. The play was staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza [casting].

11th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Azuma T˘z˘ II (1724~1776) died.

5th lunar month: the play "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza [casting].

7th lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Iso Isosuke's drama "Yamato Kotoba Suikoden" [casting].

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Momo Yogiku Iro no Yo no Naka" [casting].

12th lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa" [casting].

1777 (An'ei 6)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot was very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa" [casting].

4th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" [casting].

4th lunar month: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

18th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I (1721~1777) died.

3rd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II (1735~1777) died.

15th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I (1724~1777) died.

19th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ died.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke II's Tomimoto-based (musical accompaniment was written by Namizaki Tokuji) dance-drama "Meotozake Kawaranu Nakanaka" (commonly called "Kurama Jishi") [casting].

15th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII (1719~1777) died.

19th day of the 11th lunar month: the actors Nakamura Noshio I (1752~1777) and Nakamura Shingor˘ II (1747~1777) died.

29th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (1730~1777) died.

1778 (An'ei 7)
 

1st lunar month: the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza [casting].

1st lunar month: premiere at the Minamigawa no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Hakataori" [casting].

7th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ II died (1754~1778).

25th day of the 2nd lunar month [5]: the actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (1711~1778) died.

4th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei's play "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" [casting].

7th lunar month: premiere of Sakurada Jisuke I and Kasanui Sensuke I play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki" at the Nakamuraza [casting].

11th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Onoe Kumesuke (1748~1778) died.
He died in fact the 11th day of the 12th lunar month of the 7th year of the An'ei era, which was the 28th of January 1779 in the western calendar.

1780 (An'ei 9)
 

1st lunar month: Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", which was premiered in the 4th lunar month of 1778 at the Kado no Shibai, was produced for the first time in Ky˘to [casting].

7th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor S˘ry˘ Jinroku I died.

4th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Emba, Kij˘ Tar˘ and Y˘ Y˘dai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which was written in the 1st lunar month of 1780. The play was staged in Edo at the Moritaza [casting].

19th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Morita Kan'ya VI (1724~1780) died.

25th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ I (1718~1780) died.

8th day of the 12th lunar month [16]: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (1737~1780) died.

1781 (Tenmei 1)
 

19th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Ogawa Kichitar˘ I (1737~1781) died.

3rd lunar month: Ichikawa Danz˘ IV played 7 roles (nanayaku) in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the Moritaza. Roles: En'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Honz˘'s wife Tonase, Amakawaya Gihei, Yoichibŕ, Ono no Sadakur˘ and ďwashi Bungo. This was the first time in Kabuki history that an actor played seven roles in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

16th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor ďtani Tomoemon I (1744~1781) died.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi" (commonly called "Kumo no Hy˘shimai"), which was performed within the kaomise program "Shitenn˘ Tonoi no Kisewata" [casting].

12th lunar month: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play was staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was a huge success and a long run. The performance at the Naka no Shibai was a commercial failure.

1782 (Tenmei 2)
 

1st lunar month: the play "Tengajaya-mura" was staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

4th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Suga Sensuke's 1767 puppet theater drama "Some Moy˘ Imose no Kadomatsu"; it was produced by Yamashita Kinsaku II in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai (unknown casting).

10th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I (1745~1782) died.

17th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Sakata Hangor˘ II (1724~1782) died.

17th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Mihoemon II (1724~1782) died.

1783 (Tenmei 3)
 

19th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakayama Shinkur˘ II (1738~1783) died.

4th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Y˘ Y˘dai's puppet theater drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie", which was written in 1782. The play was staged in Edo at the Moritaza [casting].

8th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (1725~1783) died.

7th lunar month: the play "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

25th day of the 7th lunar month [3]: the actor Arashi Bungor˘ I (1741 ~ 1783) died.

10th day of the 8th lunar month: the zamoto Morita Kan'ya VII died.

9th lunar month: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 4th lunar month of 1783 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

4th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Mihoemon III (1736~1782) died.

28th day of the 10th lunar month: a fire broke out in Edo in the district of Kodenma-ch˘. It spread and burned both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

29th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I (1717~1783) died.

1784 (Tenmei 4)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi" [casting].

5th lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" [casting].

5th lunar month: the play "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami", which was originally written by Suga Sensuke for the puppet theater and premiered in the 10th lunar month of 1776 in ďsaka, was adapted by Namiki Gohei to Kabuki for the first time, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

11th lunar month: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To", which was performed within the kaomise drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura" [casting].

5th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Sango (1755~1784) died.

26th day of the 12th lunar month: a fire broke out in Edo in the palace of a daimy˘ and destroyed the Moritaza.

1785 (Tenmei 5)
 

2nd lunar month: Segawa Kikunoj˘ III performed at the Kiriza all the roles of a Nagauta-based 5-role hengemono, which was entitled "Haru-ha Mukashi Yukari no Hanabusa". 2 of these roles became independent dances, which are still part of the current repertoire: "Hane no Kamuro" (a kamuro with a Japanese battledore and shuttlecock racket) and "Shirozake Uri" (the sweet white sake seller).

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Shinpan Utazaimon", which was written in the 9th lunar month of 1780. The play was produced in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

25th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon IX (1725~1785) died.

26th day of the 8th lunar month: the actors Arashi San'emon VI (1760~1785) and Band˘ Aiz˘ (1747~1785) died.

1786 (Tenmei 6)
 

26th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Arashi San'emon V (1710~1786) died.

3rd day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (1719~1786) died.

11th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Rik˘ I (1742~1786) died.

1787 (Tenmei 7)
 

15th day of the 1st lunar month [1]: the actor Anegawa Daikichi I died.

9th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II (1747~1787) died.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Taik˘ Shinkenki", a play similar to "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" [casting].

12th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ II (1769~1787) died.

8th lunar month: Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Taik˘ Shinkenki", which was premiered in the 3rd lunar month of 1787 at the Naka no Shibai [casting], was staged for the first time in Ky˘to [casting].

1788 (Tenmei 8)
 

2nd lunar month: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku" [more details].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sewa Ry˘ri Yaoya Kondate" [more details].

29th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Segawa Kikusabur˘ I died.

5th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yasuz˘ and Umeno Shitakaze puppet theater drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which was written in 1786. The play was produced in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai [casting].

28th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Arashi Shichigor˘ II (1733~1788) died.

12th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Jűz˘ II (1740~1788) died.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata" (commonly called "Modori Kago"), which was staged within Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise program "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I [casting].

1789 (Tenmei 9 / Kansei 1)
 

15th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Mihogi Gizaemon II (1731~1789) died.

1790 (Kansei 2)
 

2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Jiroza II died.

3rd lunar month: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naka no Shibai. The casting was unknown.

23rd day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I (1736~1790) died.

9th lunar month: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrated the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I [more details].

14th day of the 9th lunar month [12]: the katakiyaku actor ďtani Hiroemon III (1726~1790) died.

1791 (Kansei 3)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was performed at the end of the new year program "Haru no Sekai Nigiwai Soga" [casting].

25th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Monzabur˘ I (1765~1791) died.

1792 (Kansei 4)
 

4th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance "Tenaraiko", which was performed by the star Iwai Hanshir˘ IV as part of a seven-role hengemono entitled "Kakitsubata Nanae no Someginu".

28th day of the 9th lunar month [20]: the actor Yoshizawa Ayame IV (1737~1792) died.

1793 (Kansei 5)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-s˘d˘mono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokus˘ [more details].

27th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ II (1748~1793) died.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa" (commonly called "Oniji Hy˘shimai" in the Kabuki repertoire) [casting].

1794 (Kansei 6)
 

23rd day of the 1st lunar month: the playwright Segawa Jok˘ I (1739~1794) died.

1st lunar month ~ 3rd lunar month: premiere of Tatsuoka Mansaku's drama "Keisei Haru no Tori", which was famous for its "Umagiri" scene and was produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [more details].

13th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Nakajima Kanzaemon III (1738~1794) died.

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki"; the last scenes were a sewamono drama, which was staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" [more details].

5th lunar month: premiere at the Nishi no Shibai (Ky˘to) of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" [casting].

15th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Ogawa Kichitar˘ II (1760~1794) died.

9th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Kamakura Sandaiki", which was written in 1781. The play was produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

19th day of the 11th lunar month [4]: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II (1743~1794) died.

1795 (Kansei 7)
 

The print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku began his short career, doing all his works between 1794 and the 2nd lunar month of 1795 before disappearing mysteriously, leaving behind him some of the most famous actor prints.

1st lunar month: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza [casting].

3rd lunar month: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was originally written for the puppet theater, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

14th day of the 3rd lunar month: the sakusha Kawatake Shinshichi I (1747~1795) died.

6th lunar month: the play "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kiriza [casting].

6th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Sakata Hangor˘ III (1756~1795) died.

17th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Iwagor˘ (1732~1795) died.

1796 (Kansei 8)
 

4th day of the 1st lunar month: the zamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke IV died.

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi" [casting].

2nd lunar month: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

29th day of the 3rd lunar month: the great Kamigata star Arashi Koroku III (1741~1796) died.

4th lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II [more details].

7th lunar month: premiere of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s play "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

9th lunar month: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza [casting] and the Miyakoza [casting].

7th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ II (1759~1796) died.

1797 (Kansei 9)
 

16th day of the 6th lunar month [22]: the sakusha Kanai Sansh˘ (1759~1797) died.

1798 (Kansei 10)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", which was commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ" [casting].

6th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Shibazaki Rinzaemon II (1741~1798) died.

19th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakayama Bunshichi II (1755~1798) died.

22nd day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakamura T˘z˘ I (1752~1798) died.

19th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Azuma T˘z˘ III (1756~1798) died.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Futa Omote Tsuki no Sugatae" [more details].

29th day of the 9th lunar month: the choreographer Shigayama Mansaku IX (1768~1798) died.

5th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Arashi Shichigor˘ III (1761~1798) died.

1799 (Kansei 11)
 

15th day of the 2nd lunar month: the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon X (1748~1799) died.

13th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI (1778~1799) died.

28th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Denkur˘ IV (1774~1799) died.

12th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Yamashita Kinsaku II (1733~1799) died.

1800 (Kansei 12)
 

2nd lunar month : Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri", which was premiered in the 4th lunar month of 1778 at the Kado no Shibai, was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version entitled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" [casting].

20th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Noshio II (1759~1800) died.

28th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV (1747~1800) died.

11th lunar month: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yanagi's puppet theater drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was written in the 7th lunar month of 1799. The play was produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

Notes
 

[1] The 15th day of the 1st lunar month of the 7th year of the Tenmei era was the 4th of March 1787 in the western calendar.

[2] The 25th day of the 11th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kan'en era was the 3rd of January 1750 in the western calendar.

[3] The 25th day of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenmei era was the 22nd of August 1783 in the western calendar.

[4] The 19th day of the 11th lunar month of the 6th year of the Kansei era was the 11th of December 1794 in the western calendar.

[5] The 25th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 7th year of the An'ei era was the 23rd of March 1778 in the western calendar.

[6] The 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the H˘reki era was the 28th of September 1753 in the western calendar.

[7] The 20th day of the 1st lunar month of the 10th year of the H˘reki era was the 7th of March 1760 in the western calendar.

[8] The 14th day of the 9th lunar month of the 7th year of the H˘reki era was the 26th of October 1757 in the western calendar.

[9] The 12th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Meiwa era was the 18th of June 1766 in the western calendar.

[10] The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 16th of March 1721 in the western calendar.

[11] The 25th day of the 12th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Enky˘ era was the 16th of January 1746 in the western calendar.

[12] The 14th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kansei era was the 21st of October 1790 in the western calendar.

[13] The 25th day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Enky˘ era was the 2nd of July 1747 in the western calendar.

[14] The 10th day of the 9th lunar month of the 12th year of the H˘reki era was the 26th of October 1762 in the western calendar.

[15] The 22nd day of the 8th lunar month of the 4th year of the Genbun era was the 24th of September 1739 in the western calendar.

[16] The 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the 9th year of the An'ei era was the 2nd of January 1781 in the western calendar.

[17] The 15th day of the 7th lunar month of the 14th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 9th of August 1729 in the western calendar.

[18] The 18th day of the 7th lunar month of the 4th year of the H˘reki era was the 4th of September 1754 in the western calendar.

[19] The 18th day of the 11th lunar month of the 3rd year of the An'ei era was the 20th of December 1774 in the western calendar.

[20] The 28th day of the 9th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kansei era was the 12th of November 1792 in the western calendar.

[21] The 28th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 4th year of the An'ei era was the 27th of April 1775 in the western calendar.

[22] The 16th day of the 6th lunar month of the 9th year of the Kansei era was the 10th of July 1797 in the western calendar.

[23] The 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 15th of May 1763 in the western calendar.

[24] The 19th day of the 7th lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 11th of August 1721 in the western calendar.

[25] The 10th day of the 1st lunar month of the 17th year of the Genroku era was the 14th of February 1704 in the western calendar.

[26] The 16th day of the 9th lunar month of the 12th year of the H˘reki era was the 1st of November 1762 in the western calendar.

[27] The 18th day of the 1st lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 28th of February 1717 in the western calendar.

[28] The 20th day of the 10th lunar month of the 1st year of the Meiwa era was the 13th of November 1764 in the western calendar.

[29] The 9th day of the 8th lunar month of the 1st year of the Genbun era was the 13th of September 1736 in the western calendar.

[30] The 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 14th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 31st of March 1729 in the western calendar.

 
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