SODESAKI ISENO I

Stage names:

Sodesaki Iseno I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Gyokushi

Existence: 1697 ~ 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1735 [1]

Connection:

Master: Sodesaki Karyű

Son: Sodesaki Iseno II

Grandson: Sodesaki Iseno III

Family map: the Sodesaki Clan

Career:

11th lunar month of 1719: he starts his career on stage as an iroko performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1726: Iseno becomes wakaonnagata and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Onoe-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

11th lunar month of 1727: Iseno performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki", which welcomes back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrates the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Iseno plays in the same theater the role of Kisegawa in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan".

3rd lunar month of 1728: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1728: Iseno plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ky˘-no-Kimi in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Tadanobu, Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Tadanobu's wife Kowata and Shizuka Gozen are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Tsugawa Kamon and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1729: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1729: Iseno plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Katsuragi in the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya".

1st lunar month of 1730: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Sodesaki Miwano I.

11th lunar month of 1730: Iseno moves to the Ichimuraza where he plays the role of Matsuyo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Hiragana Tokiwa Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1731: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1731: Iseno plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Kumo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Eiga Butai"; his stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1732: Iseno plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Asahi-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1733: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1733: Iseno goes back to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Osen in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Arashi Otohachi I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1734: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). He shares the same rank with Hayakawa Hatsuse. He plays the role of ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Jűhakk˘ Imay˘ Soga". This is his last stage appearance as he falls ill and has to retire.

2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1735 [1]: Iseno dies in Edo.

Comments:

Sodesaki Iseno I was a popular Edo onnagata actor, who was active from the end of the 1710s to the first half of the 1730s, mainly at the Nakamuraza but also at the Ichimuraza. He was said to be equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas. It is worthy to note that he was a j˘-j˘-kichi actor for one season (1733).

[1] The 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of the 20th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 24th of February 1735 in the western calendar.

The actors Sodesaki Kikutar˘ (left), Hayakawa Shinkatsu (top) and Sodesaki Iseno I (right) playing the roles of Kinugasa, Ugajin and Asahi-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Ichimuraza

The Sodesaki Iseno line of actors

 
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