TSUUCHI JIH╩
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Tsuuchi Jihŕ I
Tsuuchi Jihŕ I  In Japanese | Tsuyama Jihŕ  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was an actor in Kamigata from the 1680s and his stage name was Tsuyama Jihŕ. He became xxx in 1694 and took the name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ I. He worked in the 7th lunar month of 1694 in ďsaka on the drama "Nihon Ajase Taishi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I and starred the Edo actor Band˘ Matatar˘ I. He went to Edo in Fall 1700 with the actor Iwai Sagenta I. He worked in the 1st and 2nd lunar months of 1701 at the Ichimuraza on the dramas "Jit˘ Tenn˘ Miyako Utsushi" (1st lunar month) and "Keisei Uba Zakura" (2nd lunar month). No record afterwards. He was the founder of the Tsuuchi clan. He was also the father of Tsuuchi Jihŕ II and the master of Tsuuchi Kuheiji I.

Tsuuchi Jihŕ II
 

The sakusha Tsuuchi Eishi I held the name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ II from 1704 to the 10th lunar month of 1753.

The name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ II in a 1752 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Tsuuchi Jihŕ III
Dontsű Yosabŕ I  In Japanese | Tsuuchi Jihŕ III  In Japanese | Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ I  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Tsuuchi Jihŕ II, his first pen name was Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ I. He worked at the Moritaza, along with Tsuuchi Eishi I, Namiki Ry˘suke and Nakamura Seikur˘ II, on the kaomise drama Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki. He became tatesakusha and took the name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ III in the 11th lunar month of 1762, working at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon IX and ďtani Hiroji III. He took the name of Dontsű Yosabŕ I in the 11th lunar month of 1765, working at the Nakamuraza, along with Masuyama Kinpachi I, Nakamura Jűsuke II, Ida Sorobŕ and Nakamura Sadasuke, on the kaomise drama "Kagura Uta Amagoi Komachi", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. He died the 19th day of the 4th lunar month of 1771 [1]. He was the master of Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Dontsű Yosabŕ I in kabuki21.com.

Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV
Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV  In Japanese | Dontsű Yosabŕ II  In Japanese | Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV  In Japanese | Tsuuchi Kumaz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Tsuuchi Jihŕ III, his first pen name was Tsuuchi Kumaz˘. He took the name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1828, working at the Kawarazakiza, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji and Shinoda Kinji II, on the kaomise drama "Sakigake Genji no Kibamusha", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sawamura Gennosuke II, Arashi Danpachi and Yoshizawa Enjir˘. Jihŕ's yearly salary was 40 ry˘ [2]. He took the name of Dontsű Yosabŕ II in the 11th lunar month of 1836, working at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke III and Matsushima Ch˘fu II, on the kaomise drama "Shind˘ Saemon Tsukushi no Kumiobi". He took back the name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV in 1840. No record afterwards.

The name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV in a 1829 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] The 19th day of the 4th lunar month of the 8th year of the Meiwa era was the 1st of June 1771 in the western calendar.

[2] Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the best Edo playwright, was paid 175 ry˘. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, the zagashira at the Kawarazakiza, was paid 700 ry˘.

 
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