NINETEENTH CENTURY 1801~1900
1801 (Kansei 13 / Ky˘wa 1)
 

4th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Arashi Hinasuke II (1774~1801) dies.

29th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III (1753~1801) dies.

8th lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Hamamuraya guild; the actors Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively take the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi" [casting].

13th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Matatar˘ IV dies.

11th lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the K˘raiya guild; the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, his son Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Ichikawa Santar˘ respectively take the names of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV.

1802 (Ky˘wa 2)
 

11th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor ďtani Hiroji III (1746~1802) dies.

27th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV (1737~1802) dies.

Summer: the play "Ehon Taik˘ki" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, produced by Arashi Sankichi at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

4th day of the 11th lunar month: a fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Naniwa-ch˘ and destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1803 (Ky˘wa 3)
 

5th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Yamamura Giemon II (1736~1803) dies.

2nd day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Arashi Raishi I (1732~1803) dies.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bei Sh˘jin Manaita" [casting].

1804 (Ky˘wa 4 / Bunka 1)
 

11th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Segawa Tomisabur˘ II dies.

24th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Yamamura Tomoemon I (1763~1804) dies.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi" [casting].

1805 (Bunka 2)
 

26th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Anegawa Shinshir˘ III (1748~1805) dies.

11th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I (1774~1805) dies.

28th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III (1778~1805) dies.

17th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Kodanji II dies.

1806 (Bunka 3)
 

2nd lunar month: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi temple. The main roles are played by Yamashina Jinkichi II (Princess Toki), Band˘ Jűtar˘ (Miuranosuke) and Mimasu Daigor˘ III (Takatsuna).

27th day of the 6th lunar month: the playwright Sakurada Jisuke I dies (1734~1806).

25th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Asao Tamejűr˘ II (1779~1806) dies.

29th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Naritaya Shichizaemon (1741~1806), who held the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V from 1770 to 1791, dies.

13th day of the 11th lunar month: a fire breaks out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihombashi Fukiya-ch˘. It spreads and burns both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza, killing many spectators.

1807 (Bunka 4)
 

4th lunar month: "Chikagoro Kawara no Tatehiki" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Horie no Shibai (casting unknown).

25th day of the 7th lunar month: the playwright Namiki Sh˘z˘ II dies.

11th lunar month: grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Nakamuraza, where Segawa Rok˘ III and Segawa Michinosuke respectively take the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV.

1808 (Bunka 5)
 

2nd day of the 2nd lunar month: the playwright Namiki Gohei I (1747~1808) dies.

3rd lunar month: "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

10th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Seki San'emon (1747~1808) dies.

6th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Kataoka Ainosuke I (1791~1808) dies.

16th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Fujikawa Tomokichi I (1759~1808) dies.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi" [casting].

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘" [casting].

9th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ II (1763~1808) dies.

17th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor ďtani Tokuji I (1756~1808) dies.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai of the drama "Kuni Namari Futaba no Oizuru" [casting].

16th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II (1753~1808) dies.

10th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" [casting].

9th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IV (1745~1808) dies.

1809 (Bunka 6)
 

1st day of the 1st lunar month: a fire breaks out in the district of Nihombashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome" [casting].

9th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Onoe Koisabur˘ I (1745~1809) dies.

4th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; one of the roles, "Onna Date" is still part of the Kabuki repertoire [more details].

6th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's ghost play "Okuni Gozen Kesh˘ no Sugatami" [casting].

1810 (Bunka 7)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito" [casting].

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Namiki Miyosuke ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta" [casting].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta") [casting].

5th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" [casting].

23rd day of the 8th lunar month: the playwright Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ (1751~1810) dies.

26th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Yoshizawa Ayame V (1754~1810) dies.

9th lunar month: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamamba" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza [casting].

9th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 3-role hengemono "Mata Atarashiku Mitsu no Sakazuki", which is performed by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. One of the roles, "Kairaishi", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

4th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Segawa Senjo, who held the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ III from the 11th lunar month of 1774 to the 7th lunar month of 1801, dies.

25th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Yoshizawa Sakinosuke IV (1785~1810) dies.

1811 (Bunka 8)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based hengemono "Osozakura Teniha no Nana Moji"; the seven roles are performed by Nakamura Utaemon III. The 4th role is still part of the current repertoire and is staged under the title "Echigo Jishi".

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's 7-role Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae", a program made up of seven dances: "Nyo San no Miya", "Kajiwara Genta", "Shiokumi", "Sarumawashi" (a monkey showman), "Gannin B˘zu" (a monk), "R˘jo" (an old woman) and "Kan'u" (a Chinese warlord). All the roles are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. The choreography is made by Fujima Kanjűr˘ I and the musical accompaniment is made by Kishizawa Koshikibu III. The dances "Gannin B˘zu" and "Shiokumi" are still part of the current repertoire; the former is staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu".

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto".

1812 (Bunka 9)
 

5th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Arashi Sampachi I (1750~1812) dies.

26th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (1750~1812) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Mata Kuru Haru Suzuna no Tanemaki", which is commonly called "Shitadashi Sambas˘" or "Tanemaki Sambas˘" [more details].

1813 (Bunka 10)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's play "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri" (commonly called "Osome no Nanayaku", in English "The seven roles of Osome"). The seven roles are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V [casting].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 12-role hengemono "Shiki no Nagame Yosete Mitsudaiji", made up of twelve dances, one for each month of the lunar calendar. All the roles are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, including the Bonito seller, which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Katsuo Uri".

6th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of the 8-role hengemono "Mata Koko-ni Sugata Hakkei" [more details].

2nd day of the 9th lunar month: a fire breaks out in ďsaka in a chaya near the Naka no Shibai; it partially destroys this theater.

13th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Aragor˘ I (1759~1813) dies.

29th day of the 11th lunar month: a fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Takasago-ch˘ and destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1814 (Bunka 11)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Harusuke I's drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto", the first play in Kabuki history based on the "Asagao Nikki" world [casting].

1st lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of the Nagauta-based dance "Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri" [casting].

22nd day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor and zamoto Band˘ Yasosuke I (1759~1814) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen" [more details].

5th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 12-role hengemono "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", which is performed by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII. One of the roles, "Tombi Yakko", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

19th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakayama Bungor˘ I (1761~1814) dies.

15th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Sanj˘ Namie II (1757~1814) dies.

20th day of the 10th lunar month: the playwright Nagawa Shimesuke I (1754~1814) dies.

1815 (Bunka 12)
 

5th lunar month: premiere of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu") at the Kawarazakiza, starring Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the ten roles of Date), whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world. The ten roles are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII [casting].

23rd day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakayama Raisuke IV dies (1768~1815).

16th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Onoe Sh˘roku I (1744~1815) dies.

10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ III dies.

1816 (Bunka 13)
 

8th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Nakamura T˘z˘ II (1777~1816) dies.

1817 (Bunka 14)
 

The actor Arashi Shimpei IV dies.

12th day of the 1st lunar month: a fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Norimono-ch˘ and destroys both the Nakamuraza and the Kiriza.

28th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Sawamura Tanosuke II (1788~1817) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘" [casting].

2nd day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Dannosuke III (1786~1817) dies.

11th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Ky˘jűr˘ III dies.

1818 (Bunka 15 / Bunsei 1)
 

23rd day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Nakayama Yoshio I (1776~1818) dies.

2nd lunar month: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza [casting].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Miyakoza of Shinoda Kinji I's 7-role hengemono "Miyama no Hana Todokanu Edaburi", starring Onoe Kikugor˘ III in the seven roles. One of these roles is "Kosode Monogurui" ("the short-sleeved garment madness"), staged nowadays as an independent Kiyomoto-based dance called "Yasuna".

18th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Onoe Shinshichi II (1780~1818) dies.

2nd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (1739~1818) dies.

8th day of the 9th lunar month: the playwright Fukumori Kyűsuke I (1767~1818) dies.

13th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Suketakaya Takasuke II (1747~1818) dies.

1819 (Bunsei 2)
 

14th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tomosa I (1762~1819) dies.

7th day of the 7th lunar month: the playwright Namiki Gohei II (1768~1819) dies.

10th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I (1760~1819) dies.

9th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shikan I, who is about to travel back to his native Kamigata, performs his onagori ky˘gen at the Nakamuraza, which includes a spectacular 9-role hengemono which is entitled "Onagori Oshie no Mazebari". One of these roles is the independent dance "Tobae". This is also the first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura" [casting].

21st day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Yoshizawa Iroha II (1783~1819) dies.

1820 (Bunsei 3)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome" [casting].

11th day of the 7th lunar month: the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon XI (1791~1820) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role hengemono "Setsugekka Nagori no Bundai". All the seven dances are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. Three dances ("Asazuma Bune", "Makasho" and "Tama Usagi") are still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

11th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ II (1796~1820) dies.

1821 (Bunsei 4)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ K˘bai Tazuna", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I [casting].

6th lunar month: Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo at the Ichimuraza [casting], in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

9th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kiku no En Tsuki no Shiranami". The main role is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ III (Sadakur˘).

26th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Arashi Rikan I (1769~1821) dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Sembon", which mixes the "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds [casting].

1822 (Bunsei 5)
 

6th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Hamaz˘ dies.

29th day of the 10th lunar month: the furitsuke Ichiyama Shichijűr˘ II dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kidai no Ishikiri", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I [casting].

13th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Mihoemon IV (1779~1822) dies.

12th lunar month: premiere at at the Ichimuraza of the danmari "Ichiharano no Danmari" [more details].

1823 (Bunsei 6)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma" [casting].

22nd day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Daikichi I (1773~1823) dies.

6th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kesakake Matsu Narita no Riken", starring Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII in the roles of Kasane and Yoemon. The michiyuki, commonly called "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", is still regularly performed.

1824 (Bunsei 7)
 

27th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke III (1794~1824) dies.

29th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor ďtani Bajű II (1794~1824) dies.

22nd day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Asao Kuzaemon I (1758~1824) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the drama "Banshű Sarayashiki", a revision of the puppet play by Nakawa Harusuke I [more details].

17th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ III (1782~1824) dies.

1825 (Bunsei 8)
 

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" [casting].

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu" [casting].

20th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Arashi Izabur˘ I (1766~1825) dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Oniwaka Kongen Butai". The main roles are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Iwai Shijaku I (Osome) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Hisamatsu). The michiyuki, which is called "Ukine no Tomodori", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

8th day of the 12th lunar month: a fire breaks out in Edo in the puppet theater Yűkiza, located in the district of Fukiya-ch˘, and destroys both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

1826 (Bunsei 9)
 

19th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Matsumoto Kojir˘ dies.

6th lunar month: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III performs at the Ichimuraza in a 3-role Kiyomoto-based hengemono entitled "Mata Koko-ni Kabuki no Hanadashi". The 3 roles are Take-no-Uchi no Sukeneya (a legendary character famous for his extraordinary long life), a fisherman fighting a giant octopus and a tekomai festival dancer. The fisherman and the dancer are nowadays independent dances, which are staged under the respective titles of "Ami Uchi" and "Omatsuri".

9th lunar month: Seki Sanjűr˘ II, who is about to travel back to his native Kamigata after 19 seasons spent in Edo, performs his onagori ky˘gen at the Nakamuraza. The program includes a 5-role hengemono entitled "Kaesu Gaesu Onagori no ďtsue". The 5 roles are the Wisteria Maiden, a blind masseur, the God Tenjin, a footman (yakko) and a boatman. These roles are created based on ˘tsue, popular paintings made in the city of ďtsu (close to Ky˘to). Three of these roles are still part of the current Kabuki repertoire: the Wisteria Maiden (the first version of the famous dance "Fuji Musume"), the blind masseur (performed under the title "Zat˘") and the footman, which is performed in the independent dance "Sekisan Yakko".

15th day of the 11th lunar month: the wakaonnagata actor Arashi Koroku IV (1783~1826) dies.

1827 (Bunsei 10)
 

3rd day of the 1st lunar month: a fire breaks out in Edo from the third floor of the Ichimuraza and destroys the Ichimuraza, the Nakamuraza and 2 puppet theaters.

5th day of the 2nd lunar month: a fire breaks out in the Kadomaru no Shibai in ďsaka and destroys also the Naka no Shibai and the ďnishi no Shibai.

6th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi" [casting].

16th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I (1777~1827) dies.

25th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Nakayama Shinkur˘ III (1761~1827) dies.

1828 (Bunsei 11)
 

1st lunar month: revival at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" by Segawa Jok˘ II [more details].

21st day of the 1st lunar month: the playwright Katsui Gempachi (1778~1828) dies.

18th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III (1754~1828) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role hengemono "Nijirigaki Nanatsu Iroha", which is performed by Nakamura Shikan II. Two of the roles, "Keisei" and "Tomo Yakko", are still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

21st day of the 8th lunar month: the playwright Katsu Hy˘suke (1786~1828) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Nochi no Tsuki Shuen no Shimadai" (commonly called "Kakuemon"). The main roles are played by Nakamura Shikan II and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

9th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Ogino Izabur˘ III (1786~1828) dies.

1829 (Bunsei 12)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Saru Shima Dairi". The main roles are played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (Takiyasha) and Nakamura Shikan II (Band˘ Tar˘).

21st day of the 3rd lunar month: a fire breaks out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Edo theaters district. The Moritaza, the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza are burnt to ashes.

14th day of the 4th lunar month: the playwright Matsushima Ch˘fu I (1768~1829) dies.

4th day of the 8th lunar month of 1829: the zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI (1766~1829) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of 4-role hengemono "Hana ni Ch˘ Magaki no Ukareme"; all the roles are performed by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V; the 2nd role, "Komori", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire and is performed independently under the title "Mitsumen Komori" [more details].

3rd day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ogino Izabur˘ II, who held the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II from the 11th lunar month of 1785 to the 10th lunar month of 1799, dies.

24th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ II (1806~1829) dies.

27th day of the 11th lunar month: the great playwright Tsuruya Namboku IV (1755~1829) dies. He wrote around 120 plays.

1830 (Bunsei 13 / Tenp˘ 1)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 9-role hengemono "Minokoshite Haru no Kokonoe"; Nakamura Shikan II plays all the roles, including the Yashima Court Lady, which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Kanjo".

24th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor ďtani Tomoemon II (1769~1830) dies.

16th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Arashi Tomisabur˘ II (1791~1830) dies.

23rd day of the 12th lunar month: a fire breaks out in the district of Nihombashi Kodemma-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1831 (Tenp˘ 2)
 

5th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Onoe Fujaku III (1793~1831) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the five-role hengemono "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" [more details].

27th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (1775~1831) dies.

1832 (Tenp˘ 3)
 

7th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (1802~1832) dies.

2nd lunar month: the "Goj˘bashi" scene of "ďgiya Kumagai", which was not in the original puppet drama, is added to this drama for the first time and staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [more details].

3rd lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII takes back the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VI, who is only 9 years old, becomes Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 3-part Kiyomoto-based dance "Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri", starring Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV and Nakamura Shikan II in the leading roles. This dance is still sometimes performed in its entirety but the first part, "Sanja Matsuri" is frequently staged independently.

6th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Shirogor˘ II dies.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 4-role hengemono "Odoke Niwaka Shabon no Tamatori"; Nakamura Shikan II plays all the roles, including a soap-bubbles peddler, which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Tamaya".

19th day of the 10th lunar month: Kagaya Hashinosuke I dies.

11th lunar month: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza for the Iwai clan; Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Iwai Hisajir˘ II respectively take the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III. They play together in Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroshiro".

1833 (Tenp˘ 4)
 

1st lunar month: Asao Gakujűr˘ and Asao Enzabur˘ take the respective names of Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ I and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I at the Naka no Shibai. This is the foundation of the Jitsukawa clan.
Nakamura Matsue III takes the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, which has not been held since 8th lunar month of 1786, at the Kado no Shibai.
Premiere of "Chichi Morai" at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of "Hana Fubuki Koi no Tekagami" [casting].

7th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Omez˘ I (1781~1833) dies.

The actor Arashi Raishi II dies.

1834 (Tenp˘ 5)
 

7th day of the 2nd lunar month: a fire breaks out in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1835 (Tenp˘ 6)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the dance "Wake Futatsu Ninin D˘j˘ji", which stars Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II and Nakamura Shikan II.

19th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Asao Kunigor˘ III (1769~1835) dies.

15th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Matsue IV (1814~1835) dies.

12th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Naritaya S˘bei (1766~1835) dies.

6th lunar month: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1773, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting].

4th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ I (1782~1835) dies.

1836 (Tenp˘ 7)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa" [casting].

8th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI (1799~1836) dies.

4th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono" [casting].

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono". The roles of Princess Takiyasha and Mitsukuni are played by Ichikawa Kuz˘ II and Ichimura Uzaemon XII.

12th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ III (1787~1836) dies.

1837 (Tenp˘ 8)
 

13th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Arashi Rikan II (1788~1837) dies.

29th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Arashi Sangor˘ IV (1804~1837) dies.

14th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor S˘ry˘ Jinroku II dies.

1838 (Tenp˘ 9)
 

10th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (1764~1838) dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke IV's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanabutai Kasumi no Saruhiki", commonly called "Utsubo Zaru". The choreography is made by Matsumoto Goroichi and the musical accompaniment is made by Kishizawa Shikisa V [casting].

1839 (Tenp˘ 10)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago" [casting].

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 8-role hengemono "Hana Goyomi Iro no Showake", which is performed by Nakamura Utaemon IV. One of the role, "Toshima", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dances "Kaminari Send˘", "Yashiki Musume" and "Yuki no Shakky˘", which stars the actor Sawamura Tossh˘ I [more details].

3rd lunar month: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

5th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor ďtani Tomoemon III (1793~1839) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Shimero Yare Iro no Kakegoe", which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Kanda Matsuri". It stars Sawamura Tossh˘ I, Onoe Eizabur˘ III and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

26th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Arashi Rik˘ I (1784~1839) dies.

28th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ II (1786~1839) dies.

7th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Sakata Hangor˘ IV (1793~1839) dies.

1840 (Tenp˘ 11)
 

The actor Asao Kunigor˘ IV dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" [more details].

8th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi", a revised version of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Hakata Kojor˘ Nami Makura" [casting].

21st day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shirobei dies.

24th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Jutar˘ I (1769~1840) dies.

1841 (Tenp˘ 12)
 

Beginning of the Tenp˘ reforms led by Mizuno Tadakuni; sumptuary laws are enforced and the Kabuki world is targeted: the theaters have to move to the remote district of Saruwaka-ch˘, performances within the precincts of temples or shrines are forbidden, actors prints are temporarily proscribed and the Edo star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V is exiled to Kamigata.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Ame no Gor˘", which is performed by Onoe Tamiz˘ II as part of a nine-role hengemono entitled "Yae Kokonoe Hana no Sugatae".

6th day of the 10th lunar month: a fire breaks out from the backstages of the Nakamuraza in the district of Sakai-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

20th day of the 10th lunar month: the Edo authorities forbid the reconstruction of the destroyed theaters in Sakai-ch˘.

19th day of the 12th lunar month: the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza are ordered to move to the remote district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘.

1843 (Tenp˘ 14)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari" (commonly called "Noriaibune"), which is staged within the new year drama "Kioi Uta Soga no Hanadashi" [more details].

15th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Daikichi I (1767~1843) dies.

24th of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V dies.

1845 (K˘ka 2)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Awa Mochi" [more details].

1st day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VII (1804~1845) dies.

6th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ V (1788~1845) dies.

3rd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV (1772~1845) dies.

11th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Asao Kuzaemon II (1786~1845) dies.

1846 (K˘ka 3)
 

4th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Mitsuemon I (1788~1846) dies.

7th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Sampachi IV dies.

27th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Arashi Izabur˘ II (1774~1846) dies.

1847 (K˘ka 4)
 

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 11-role hengemono "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (same title as the classic drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"); each role, which is performed by Ichimura Uzaemon XII, is based on 1 act of "Chűshingura" [more details]. The 6th role, "Kagoya", is an independent dance belonging to the current Kabuki repertoire.

6th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Iwai Tojaku (1776~1847) dies.

4th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance-drama "Shiki no Hina Asakusa Hakkei" (commonly called "Ky˘ Ningy˘") [casting].

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII organises a great pilgrimage to the Narita Fud˘ temple, gathering a band of forty people (actors, hair-dressers, musicians, geisha and taiko mochi from the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter). They revel nights and days on the way to the temple, there and on the way back to Edo. According to the chronicles, this revellers pilgrimage costed around 1,200 ry˘, the huge amount of money at that time.

3rd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Kan˘ Hinasuke III (1812~1847) dies.

24th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shibajűr˘ (1799~1847) dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 7-role hengemono "Shiki Utsushi Tosae no Futsutsuka" [more details].

1848 (K˘ka 5 / Kaei 1)
 

11th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Nakamura T˘z˘ III (1791~1848) dies.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari" [casting].

19th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Sank˘ III dies.

1849 (Kaei 2)
 

24th day of the 4th lunar month: the star ďkawa Hashiz˘ I (1784~1849), who held the prestigious name of Onoe Kikugor˘ III from the 11th lunar month of 1815 to the 3rd lunar month of 1848, dies.

24th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Zenji III dies.

3rd day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Matsumoto Kinsh˘ (1812~1849) dies.

1850 (Kaei 3)
 

9th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Minoriyoshi Kogane no Kikuzuki", a revision by Segawa Jok˘ III of the ghost play "Banshű Sarayashiki" [more details].

1851 (Kaei 4)
 

1st lunar month: the actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Ichimura Kur˘emon respectively take the names of Ichimura Takenoj˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII; the new Uzaemon becomes the manager of the Ichimuraza.

5th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tsurusuke III (1811~1851) dies.

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘" or "Akegarasu" [casting].

4th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Tokiwazu-based dance "Kioi Jishi Kabuki no Hanakago", commonly called "Kioi Jishi", starring Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Band˘ Takesabur˘ I, Onoe Kikujir˘ II and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III.

22nd day of the 5th lunar month: the zamoto Morita Kan'ya X dies.

7th lunar month: the actor Onoe Matsusuke III (1805~1851) dies.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden") [casting].

4th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Kach˘ dies.

20th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Ichimura Takenoj˘ V (1812~1851), who held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XII from the 11th lunar month of 1821 to the 12th lunar month of 1850, dies.

18th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Ogawa Kichitar˘ III (1785~1851) dies.

11th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII (1800~1851) dies.

9th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Asao Yoroku I (1797~1851) dies.

1852 (Kaei 5)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III drama "Satomi Hakkenden" [casting].

21st day of the 4th lunar month: a fire breaks out within the Kado no Shibai in ďsaka and destroys three theaters and numerous others buildings.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari" [casting].

8th lunar month: premiere at the Chikugo no Shibai of the dance "Ayatsuri Sambas˘"; the role of Sambas˘ is performed by Arashi Rikaku II.

9th lunar month: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting].

1853 (Kaei 6)
 

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance "Yanagi no Ito Hikuya Gohiiki"; the role of Sambas˘ is performed by Arashi Rikaku II.

15th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakayama Hyakka (1764~1853) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa") [casting].

1854 (Kaei 7 / Ansei 1)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami" [casting].

6th lunar month: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Shinoda Sasuke's drama "Kumo no Uwasa Onna Narukami" [casting].

6th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (1823~1854) commits suicide in ďsaka.

5th day of the 11th lunar month: a big fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Seiten-ch˘ and reduces to ashes the Ichimuraza, the Nakamuraza and the Moritaza.

8th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Arashi Otohachi III (1786~1854) dies.

1855 (Ansei 2)
 

13th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II (1786~1855) dies.

6th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Band˘ Shűka I (1813~1855) dies.

2nd day of the 10th lunar month: the Ansei earthquake (Ansei Daijishin) destroys Edo, killing many people and tearing down all the theaters.

10th day of the 10th lunar month: the playwright Namiki Gohei III (1789~1855) dies.

1856 (Ansei 3)
 

3rd lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Band˘ branch of the Otowaya guild; Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I respectively take the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V. The two actors play together in the dramas "Tsuruhachi to Suehiro Soga", "Hikinuide Kasumi no Midomise" and "Yume Musubu Ch˘ ni Torioi".

6th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Shibajaku I (1820~1856) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 9-act drama "Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge". The 2 leading stars are Ichikawa Kodanji IV (the blind masseur Bun'ya and the thief Niza) and Band˘ Kamez˘ I (Itamiya Jűbei).

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sh˘chikubai Yuki no Akebono" [casting]. Premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Joro no Makoto Osada no Chűk˘" [casting].

1857 (Ansei 4)
 

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘" [casting].

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ D˘ro no Kikukiri" (commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke"). The roles of Shichinosuke and Takigawa are played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Onoe Kikugor˘ IV.

11th day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Daikichi III (1815~1857) dies.

1858 (Ansei 5)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; the nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku") [more details].

27th day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Inemaru I (1834~1858) dies.

23rd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Nakayama Nanshi II (1790~1858) dies.

8th lunar month: the actor Arashi Koroku V dies.

19th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV (1809~1858) dies.

23rd day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Yamashita Kinsaku IV (1791~1858) dies.

1859 (Ansei 6)
 

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" (commonly called "Izayoi Seishin") [casting].

16th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Arashi San'emon IX (1805~1859) dies.

23rd day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (1791~1859), who held the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII from 1800 to 1832, dies.

13th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ IV (1798~1859) dies.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's Kiyomoto-based dance "Jitsugetsusei Chűya no Oriwake", commonly called "Ryűsei". The leading roles are played by Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ III and Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

1860 (Ansei 7 / Man'en 1)
 

1st lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai" (commonly called "Sannin Kichisa") [casting].

1st lunar month: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") is adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it is integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" [casting].

15th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tamashichi I (1837~1860) dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji" [casting].

28th day of the 6th lunar month: the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ IV (1808~1860) dies.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hachiman Matsuri Yomiya no Nigiwai" (commonly called "Chijimiya Shinsuke") [casting].

13th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Sukejur˘ (1783~1860) dies.

1861 (Man'en 2 / Bunkyű 1)
 

6th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor ďtani Tomoemon IV (1791~1861) dies.

7th day of the 1st lunar month: the actor Nakamura Kanjaku II (1834~1861) dies.

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Chigiru Koi Haru no Awa Mochi" [casting].

15th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Mimasu Gennosuke II (1818~1861) dies.

16th day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Nakamura Tomosa II (1795~1861) dies.

24th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Nakajima Mihoemon V (1798~1861) dies.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi", [casting].

10th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe" [casting].

1862 (Bunkyű 2)
 

The actor Nakayama Bungor˘ II dies.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko") [casting].

22nd day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ I (1792~1862) dies.

8th day of the 8th lunar month: the musician Tokiwazu Bungonodaij˘ I, also named Ichikawa Monnosuke IV, (1804~1862) dies.

8th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri" [casting].

8th lunar month: revival at the Moritaza of the drama "Miyajima no Danmari", with a new script written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and starring Ichikawa Kodanji IV in the leading roles of the courtesan Ukifune and the thief Kesatar˘.

8th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Asao Yoroku II (1821~1862) dies.

15th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Azuma Ichinoj˘ I (1821~1862) dies.

2nd day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Kataoka Ainosuke III dies.

1863 (Bunkyű 3)
 

16th day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (1810~1863) dies.

21st day of the 4th lunar month of 1863: the actor Arashi Rikan III (1812~1863) dies.

15th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Sawamura Gennosuke III (1804~1863) dies.

1864 (Bunkyű 4 / Genji 1)
 

The actor Arashi Kanjűr˘ III (1819~1864) dies.

2nd lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome" [casting].

21st day of the 4th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Otomi", in English "Scarface Otomi") [casting].

22nd day of the 4th lunar month: the following day after the premiere of "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi", a fire breaks out in a Moritaza's shibai jaya; it quickly spreads and burns the Moritaza, the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

14th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Arashi Rikaku II (1812~1864) dies.

9th lunar month: the rebuilt Moritaza reopens with a program which is entitled "Chigusa Hana Masago no Shinbutai". Kawatake Shinshichi II's "Kirare Otomi" is staged with the same casting within this program, in a slightly revised version which is entitled "Musume Gonomi Ukina no Yokogushi" [more details].

28th day of the 9th lunar month: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ III (1810~1864) dies.

11th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami" (commonly called "Kogitsune Reiza") [casting].

11th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Dannosuke V dies.

1865 (Genji 2 / Kei˘ 1)
 

2nd day of the 3rd lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III (1833~1865) dies.

1866 (Kei˘ 2)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", the first adaptation to Kabuki of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel [casting].

7th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ V (1820~1866) dies.

8th day of the 5th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV (1812~1866) dies.

1867 (Kei˘ 3)
 

22nd day of the 2nd lunar month: the actor Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II (1813~1867) dies.

21st day of the 4th lunar month: the actor Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ I (1849~1867) dies.

6th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Fukusuke II (1839~1867) dies.

1868 (Kei˘ 4 / Meiji 1)
 

8th lunar month: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; Ichimura Kakitsu IV and Ichimura Takematsu III respectively take the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIV.

8th day of the 9th lunar month: beginning of the Meiji era, which means the end of both the Tokugawa shogounate and the Edo period and the restoration of the imperial power.

23rd day of the 9th lunar month: the zamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VI (1814~1868) dies.

1869 (Meiji 2)
 

7th lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kichisama Mairu Yukari no Otozure". The main roles are played by Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI.

9th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Momoyama Monogatari", commonly called "Jishin Kat˘" ("Earthquake Kat˘"); Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII plays the leading role of Kat˘ Kiyomasa. This drama is a first experiment, which foreshadows the katsureki plays.

1870 (Meiji 3)
 

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Keian Taiheiki". The leading role of Marubashi Chűya is played by Ichikawa Sadanji I.

3rd lunar month: premiere at the Nakamuraza of "Ume Goyomi Tatsumi no Sono", an adaptation to Kabuki by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Segawa Jok˘ III of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi" [casting].

18th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ III (1805~1870) dies.

1871 (Meiji 4)
 

11th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Ogino Senjo dies.

18th day of the 8th lunar month: the actor Nakamura Jakuemon I (1806~1871) dies.

22nd day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VI (1800~1871) dies.

22nd day of the 11th lunar month: the actor Kataoka Gat˘ II (1839~1871) dies.

1872 (Meiji 5)
 

7th lunar month: premiere at the Murayamaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance "Renjishi", which stars Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V and Sawamura Tossh˘ II in the roles of the spirits of Lions (parent and cub).

30th day of the 7th lunar month: the actor Band˘ Minosuke IV (1831~1872) dies.

10th lunar month: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's zangirimono "Tsuki no En Masu no Igaguri" [casting].

7th day of the 10th lunar month: the actor Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II (1848~1872) dies.

1873 (Meiji 6)
 

1 February: the actor ďtani Hiroji V (1833~1873) dies.

March: premiere at the Murayamaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Taiko no Oto Chiyű Sanryaku" (commonly called "Sakai no Taiko") [casting].

June: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘" (commonly called "Kamiyui Shinza") [casting].

11 August: the actor Onoe Tamimaru I dies.

20 August (?): the actor Onoe Usabur˘ I dies.

31 August: the actor Band˘ Jutar˘ III (1843~1873) dies.

11 September: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI (1846~1873) dies.

October: premiere at the Chikugo no Shibai of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima" [casting].

5 october: the actor Iwai Shijaku III (1840~1873) dies.

14 November: the actor Band˘ Kamez˘ I (1800~1873) dies.

1874 (Meiji 7)
 

October: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kumo no Ueno San'e no Sakumae" [casting].

1876 (Meiji 9)
 

End of February: a fire breaks out in the Western wing of the Chikugoza and destroys all the D˘tombori theaters.

12 April: a fire breaks out in the room of the actor Nakamura Kampachi and destroys the Takeda no Shibai.

June: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki" [casting].

1 November: the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ V (1807~1876) dies.

28 November: a fire breaks out in the district of Sukiya-ch˘ and destroys both the Nakabashiza and the Shintomiza.

31 December: a fire breaks out in Edo in Asakusa and destroys both the Satsumaza and the Nakamuraza.

1877 (Meiji 10)
 

The actor Asao Kunigor˘ V dies.

January: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", an adaptation to Kabuki by the playwright Katsu Genz˘ II of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel [casting].

13 October: the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V (1832~1877) dies.

19 October: the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ IV dies.

1878 (Meiji 11)
 

April: the actor Arashi San'emon X dies.

7 July: the actor Sawamura Tanosuke III (1845~1878) dies.

September: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki" [casting].

12 September: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke V (1821~1878) dies.

22 October: the actor Onoe Sh˘kaku I (1832~1878) dies.

1879 (Meiji 12)
 

15 July: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ IV dies.

16 July: gala night at the Shintomiza in the honor of the General Ulysses S. Grant, who ends his world tour with a stop in Japan [more details].

1 September: the actor Nakayama Bungor˘ III dies.

September: the zamoto Morita Kan'ya XII produces at the Shintomiza an original play "Hy˘ryű Kidan Seiy˘ Kabuki" ("A strange story about drifters and Western Kabuki"!), written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and staged with some Western actors. The plot is about the adventures of a group of Japanese in Europe and in the USA. The play includes several Italian-style operettas, which disconcert the audience. This original performance is a complete commercial failure.

16 october: the actor Sawamura Shozan I (1842~1879) dies.

1880 (Meiji 13)
 

24 January: the actor Asao Yoroku III dies.

23 May: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Arimatsuzome Sum˘ Yukata" [more details].

1881 (Meiji 14)
 

3 February: the actor Nakamura Kanjaku III (1841~1881) dies.

13 February: the actor Nakamura Kashichi IV (1817~1881) dies.

19 February: the young actor Band˘ Kamesabur˘ II (1862~1881) dies.

March: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" [casting].

March: the actor Asao Okuyama IV dies.

May: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "ďsakazuki Shusen no Tsuwamono" [casting].

June: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono" [casting]. Premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which is staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III [casting].

October: premiere at the Harukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bei" [casting].

October: premiere at the Ebisuza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara Shorei no Oku no Te" [casting].

November: Kawatake Shinshichi II takes the name of Kawatake Mokuami (to retire); premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono drama "Shima Chidori Tsuki no Shiranami" [casting].

1882 (Meiji 15)
 

23 January: a fire destroys the Saruwakaza.

19 February: the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII (1829~1882) dies.

June: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Mokuami's Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Imay˘ Mochizuki" (commonly called "Mochizuki") [casting].

18 June: the actor Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ II dies.

1883 (Meiji 16)
 

January: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Medeshi Yanagi Midori no Matsumae" [casting].

April: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Ibaraki" [casting].

May: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa" [casting].

November: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubei", a revision of Tsuruya Namboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi" [casting].

1884 (Meiji 17)
 

March: premiere at the Harukiza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi" [casting].

29 April: the actor Ichikawa Dannosuke dies.

November: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Mokuami's katsureki drama "H˘j˘ Kudai Meika no Isaoshi" [casting].

1885 (Meiji 18)
 

February: premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa" [casting].

May: first performance at the Harukiza for the Torikuma Shibai troupe.

18 September: the actor Jitsukawa Enjaku I (1831~1885) dies.

November: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Funa Benkei" [casting].

7 November: the actor Asao Okuyama V (1850~1885) dies.

1886 (Meiji 19)
 

2 March: the actor Onoe Tamiz˘ II (1799~1886) dies.

March: final performance at the Harukiza for the Torikuma Shibai troupe.

March: premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi" [casting].

5 April: the actor Arashi Rish˘ II (1849~1886) dies.

10 November: the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ III (1809~1886) dies.

1887 (Meiji 20)
 

April: premiere at the Nakaza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Nikaigasa Yagyű Jikki" [casting].

26~29 April: first tenran kabuki in history! The emperor views Kabuki for the first time the 26th of April 1887 at the residence of Inoue Kaoru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The casting includes the three leading stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichikawa Sadanji I.

21 July: the actor Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ III (1853~1887) dies.

October: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's matsubamemono "Momijigari" [casting].

1888 (Meiji 21)
 

8 February: the actor Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III (1856~1888) dies.

5 May: the actor Nakamura Fukusuke III (1846~1888) dies.

9 June: the actor Kataoka Matsunosuke dies.

May: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" [casting].

9th day of the 12th lunar month: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ V dies.

1889 (Meiji 22)
 

13 March: the actor Iwai Shijaku IV (1854~1889) dies.

July: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ IV (1835~1889) dies.

8 October: the actor Nakamura S˘jűr˘ (1835~1889) dies.

21 November: opening of the Kabukiza in the district of Kobiki-ch˘ in T˘ky˘.

1890 (Meiji 23)
 

19 February: the actor Sawamura Yoshijir˘ II (1874~1890) dies.

17 March: the actor Nakamura Shibajaku III (1856~1890) dies.

April: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Hitotsuya"; Onoe Kikugor˘ V plays the leading role of the old woman Ibara.

11 April: the actor Nakamura Tsuruz˘ II (1831~1890) dies.

23 June: a fire destroys the Harukiza.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Mokuami's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Modoribashi" [casting].

1891 (Meiji 24)
 

March: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo" [casting].

5 May: the actor Band˘ Shűka II dies.

September: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Z˘ho Onna Narukami" [more details].

November: the title "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubei" is used for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Fukanoza [casting].

1892 (Meiji 25)
 

January: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Shiobara Tasuke Ichidaiki" [casting].

6 February: the actor Jitsukawa Yaoz˘ I (1838~1892) dies.

July: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘", adapted to Kabuki from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘ [casting].

July: premiere at the Kabukiza of the dance "Makura Jid˘", which stars Onoe Kikugor˘ V in the role of Kikujid˘.

25 September: the actor Nakamura Tsurusuke V (1846~1892) dies.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of the matsubamemono "Su˘ Otoshi", starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Nakamura Fukusuke IV in the roles of Tar˘kaja and the Princess.

1893 (Meiji 26)
 

22 January: the playwright Kawatake Mokuami (1816~1893) dies. He wrote around 360 plays. The same day, a fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Torigoe-ch˘ and reduces to ashes the Torigoeza.

March: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's Nagauta-based dance "Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi". The musical accompaniment is written by Kineya Sh˘jir˘ III, the choreography is made by Fujima Kan'emon II and the leading role is danced by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

18 March: the actor Band˘ Kakitsu I (1847~1893) dies.

4 July: the actor Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I (1842~1893) dies.

November: the puppet drama "Kamiko Jitate Ry˘men Kagami" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naniwaza [casting].

1894 (Meiji 27)
 

26 April: the actor Band˘ Tar˘ (1833~1894) dies.

May: revival at the Minamiza of "Unagidani" by the troupe led by Kataoka Gat˘ III.

31 May: the actor Arashi Rikan IV (1837~1894) dies.

28 August: the actor Onoe Fujaku VII dies.

1895 (Meiji 28)
 

15 April: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon X (1851~1895) dies.

20 July: the actor Nakamura Jakuemon II (1841~1895) dies.

19 October: the zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII (1828~1895) dies.

1896 (Meiji 29)
 

January: revival at the Harukiza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari", staged under the title "Noriaibune Eh˘ Manzai", with Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Nakamura Kangor˘ XII performing the two comic dancers.

31 August: the actor Nakamura Jusabur˘ III (1839~1896) dies.

1897 (Meiji 30)
 

March: opening of the T˘ky˘za in T˘ky˘ in the district of Kanda Misaki-ch˘; its first zagashira is Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX's disciple Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V.

28 June: the actor Onoe Kikunosuke II (1868~1897) dies.

9 July: the actor Ichikawa Shinz˘ V (1861~1897) dies.

21 August: the zamoto Morita Kan'ya XII (1846~1897) dies.

October: premiere at the Meijiza of Fukuchi ďchi's dance-drama "ďmori Hikoshichi" [casting].

November: the Meiji star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in "Shihei no Nana Warai", which is the second act of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű" revised by Fukuchi ďchi.

1898 (Meiji 31)
 

January: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's dance-drama "Hagoromo" [casting].

23 March: a fire destroys the Harukiza.

May: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi" [casting].

June: the play "R˘ben Sugi no Yurai", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in February 1887 in ďsaka, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Minamiza [more details].

9 October: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ V (1845~1898) dies.

October: premiere at the Meijiza of the dance-drama "Sannin Katawa" [casting].

1899 (Meiji 32)
 

16 January: the actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1830~1899) dies.

March: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen" [casting].

26 June: the actor Onoe Taganoj˘ II (1849~1899) dies.

The actor Asao Okuyama VI (1854~1899) dies.

1900 (Meiji 33)
 

16 March: the actor Nakamura Komanosuke VI (1849~1900) dies.

 
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