SAKATA ICHITARď

Stage name:

Sakata Ichitar˘ In Japanese

Poetry name: Ch˘sh˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Adoptive father: Sakata T˘jűr˘ II (?) [1]

Master: Sakata Hangor˘ I (?) [1]

Career:

1727: he moved from Ky˘to to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1728: Ichitar˘ performed at the Nakamuraza as an iroko wakaonnagata the role of Kisegawa in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan".

11th lunar month of 1728: Ichitar˘ performed as an iroko at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu".

11th lunar month of 1735: Ichitar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Fujitsubo in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

11th lunar month of 1730: Ichitar˘ became wakaonnagata and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yadoriki in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Ichitar˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sodesaki Iseno I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1735: Ichitar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Fujitsubo Gozen in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

Fall 1740: Ichitar˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1740: Ichitar˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Otsuyu in the kaomise drama "Asuka Miyako Jindai no Maki", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1741: Ichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Ichitar˘ performed in the same theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďigawa".

2nd lunar month of 1741: Ichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) in the san-no-kawari drama "Date Kosode Susono no Sakura". This drama was sogamono, a rare feature in Kamigata. The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) were played by Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Ichitar˘ became zamoto and produced in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Wag˘ no Futahashira", in which he played the role of Tabakoya Oiyo.

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Kassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Ichitar˘ produced the drama and played the role of Okatsu [more details].

11th lunar month of 1742: Ichitar˘ produced in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role the kaomise drama "Yamato-fumi Kaoyo Hinagata", in which he played the role of the goke Sekiya.

1st lunar month of 1743: Ichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1743: no record in any kaomise in Ky˘to or ďsaka. Was he on tour (tabi shibai)? Was he on sick leave?

11th lunar month of 1744: Ichitar˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the tsubone Kiyose (the menoto of Princess Tamano) in the kaomise drama "Yamazaki Yojibŕ Imay˘ Sugata",

1st lunar month of 1745: Ichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1745: Ichitar˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the keisei Hanaura in the kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Shinpei I and Arashi San'emon IV.

1st lunar month of 1746: Ichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1748: Ichitar˘ became tachiyaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Wada Yoshiuji in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa".

1st lunar month of 1749: Ichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Utaemon I, Sawamura Shinji, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yamamoto Koheiji and Ichimura Oniji.

1750: Ichitar˘ performed as a tachiyaku in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Sakata Ichitar˘ was active in Kamigata and in Edo from the second half of the 1720s to the beginning of the 1750s. He was an onnagata actor up to the end of the 1740s. Then, he switched to tachiyaku roles. His mon was not the classic ones of the Sakata clan but a butterfly in a circle.

[1] He was said to be either the adopted son of Sakata T˘jűr˘ II or a disciple of Sakata Hangor˘ I. Or maybe both ...

Fujimura Handayű II and Sakata Ichitar˘ playing the roles of Naniwazu and Fujitsubo Gozen in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1735 at the Nakamuraza

 
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