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History

21 November 1889: opening of the Kabukiza, built in T˘ky˘ in the district of Kobiki-ch˘ (Ginza).

October 1890: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Mokuami's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Modoribashi", which is performed with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Sayuri, the demon of Mount Atago Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Watanabe Genji Tsuna Ichikawa Sadanji I

March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo" which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Taira no Kagekiyo, the carpenter Rokuz˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX
Akoya Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Hatakeyama Shigetada Ichikawa Gonjűr˘
Minamoto no Yoritomo, the carpenter Edo Shigenari Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII
Akoya's brother Iba-no-Jűz˘ Nakamura Kangor˘ XII
The plasterer Kyűsaku, Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka Ichikawa Ennosuke I
Mionoya Shir˘ Ichikawa Shinz˘ V
The daigűji of the Atsuta Shrine, Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki, a carpenter (in reality Satomi Yoshinari) Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V
The daughter of the daigűji of the Atsuta Shrine, Kagekiyo's daughter Princess Hitomaru, Shigemori's sister Koch˘ Ichikawa Metora II
Kagekiyo's son Ishiwaka Nakamura Kofuku

September 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Z˘ho Onna Narukami", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The ama Narukami (in reality Matsunaga's daughter Hatsuse-no-Mae) Nakamura Fukusuke IV
Kumo no Taemanosuke, Tomiwakamaru (in reality Kumo no Taemanosuke) Band˘ Kakitsu I
Sakuma Gemba Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII

January 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Shiobara Tasuke Ichidaiki", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Shiobara Tasuke, Michizure Kohei Onoe Kikugor˘ V
The r˘nin Shiobara Kakuemon, Hara Tanji Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII
Kakuemon's wife Osei, the goke Okame Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Hara Tanzabur˘ Onoe Kikunosuke II
Fujinoya Mokuemon Band˘ Kakitsu I
The farmer Shiobara Kakuemon, Akidarugai Kyűhachi, Matatabi Okaku Onoe Matsusuke IV
Kishidaya Unosuke (in reality Kishida Unai), Gohachi, Tsugitate no Nisuke Onoe Kikushir˘ III

July 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘", adapted to Kabuki from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘, staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Tomoz˘, Oyone's ghost Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Genjir˘'s lover Okuni, Tomoz˘'s wife Omine Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Hagiwara Shinzabur˘ Onoe Kikunosuke II
Iijima Heizaemon Onoe Matsusuke IV
Otsuyu, Otsuyu's ghost Onoe Eizabur˘ V
Miyanobe Genjir˘ Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII

July 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of the dance "Makura Jid˘", which stars Onoe Kikugor˘ V in the role of Kikujid˘.

October 1892: 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.

March 1893: 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 played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. His two daughters play the roles of the butterflies.

January 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's dance-drama "Hagoromo", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The celestial creature Onoe Kikugor˘ V
The fisherman Hakury˘ Onoe Eizabur˘ V
The fisherman Mihoji Onoe Matsusuke IV
The fisherman Isomatsu Kataoka Ichiz˘ III

May 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Omatsuri Sashichi Onoe Kikugor˘ V
The courtesan Koito Onoe Eizabur˘ V
Kurata Bampei, the tobigashira Kan'emon Kataoka Ichiz˘ III
Koito's foster mother Otetsu Onoe Matsusuke IV
Kan'emon's ny˘b˘ Otatsu Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Mi no Sankichi Ichimura Kakitsu VI
Oyuki Onoe Umejir˘
Otane Kataoka Kamez˘ III
The Yoshinoya bant˘ Yahei Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ VI
Yoshinoya Tomijir˘ Mimasu Inemaru III
The hakomawashi Kyűsuke Onoe Kanijűr˘ II
The tobi Nizabur˘ Ichikawa Danshichi III
Odedeko Denji Ichikawa Hataya
Sudare no Yoshimatsu Onoe Kikusabur˘ V (?)
Onaka Onoe Kikuji I (?)

May 1901: Nakamura Fukusuke IV takes the name of Nakamura Shikan V at the Kabukiza.

October 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", whose script is based on a famous story written by the rakugoka Sanyűtei Ench˘. The casting includes the following actors:

Roles Actors
Ch˘bei Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Ch˘bei's wife Okane Onoe Eizabur˘ V
The Izumiya tedai Bunshichi Ichimura Kakitsu VI
Ch˘bei's daughter Ohisa Onoe Ushinosuke II
The Kadoebi Brothel madam Okoma Nakamura Shikan V
Izumiya Seibei Onoe Matsusuke IV

March 1903: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Otowaya guild; the actors Onoe Ushinosuke II, Onoe Eizabur˘ V and Onoe Eiz˘ respectively take the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Onoe Eizabur˘ VI. The three actors play the roles of Soga Gor˘, Soga Jűr˘ and Hachiman Sabur˘ in the drama "Kichirei Soga no Ishizue". They also play together with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX in the drama "Kiyomasa Seichűroku". Casting for "Kichirei Soga no Ishizue":

Roles Actors
Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX
Soga Gor˘ Tokimune Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari Onoe Baik˘ VI
ďiso no Tora Nakamura Shikan V
Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ Ichikawa Monnosuke VI
Kobayashi Asahina Sabur˘ Ichikawa Gonjűr˘
Hachiman Sabur˘ Onoe Eizabur˘ VI
ďmi no Kot˘ta Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV
Oni˘ Shinzaemon Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII

June 1904: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Meiboku Kasane Monogatari", which is is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Yoemon Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII
Kasane Onoe Baik˘ VI
Princess Utakata Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Kingor˘ Onoe Matsusuke IV
The t˘fu maker Saburobei Kataoka Ichiz˘ III

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of the kabuki jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo", which is staged with a Tokiwazu musical accompaniment and the following casting:

Roles Actors
Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII
Kagekiyo's wife Akoya Onoe Baik˘ VI
Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada Nakamura Shikan V
Nitan no Shir˘ Tadatsune Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII
Hase no Hachir˘ Ichikawa Ennosuke I
Hanzawa Rokur˘ Narikiyo Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki Onoe Matsusuke IV
Kagekiyo's daughter Princess Hitomaru Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII

April 1910: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", a few scenes taken from "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" focusing on Kataoka Naojir˘ and his lover Michitose and staged independently from the rest of the play, which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Kataoka Naojir˘ Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Michitose Onoe Baik˘ VI
Kaneko Ichinoj˘ Ichikawa Ennosuke I
The blind masseur J˘ga Onoe Matsusuke IV
Kurayami no Ushimatsu Nakamura Kichiemon I

November 1911: Nakamura Shikan V takes the name of Nakamura Utaemon V at the Kabukiza.

April 1912: premiere at the Kabukiza of the dance "Hashi Benkei", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Benkei Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Ushiwakamaru Kataoka Gad˘ IV

November 1912: premiŔre at the Kabukiza of Enomoto Torahiko's drama "Meik˘ Kakiemon". The leading role of Kakiemon, the Bernard Palissy of Japan, is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XI.

April 1916: Nakamura Kotar˘ II takes the name of Nakamura Fukusuke V at the Kabukiza.

August 1917: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Danshichi Kurobei Jitsukawa Enjaku II
Issun Tokubei Ichikawa Sadanji II
Tsuribune Sabu Nakamura Karoku III
Otatsu Sawamura Gennosuke IV
Mikawaya Giheiji Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Okaji Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI

October 1918: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Ichikawa Matsuo respectively take the names of Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

September 1919: premiere at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Sumidagawa", a adapted to Kabuki by Yamazaki Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment made by Kiyomoto Umekichi II and inspired by Russian ballets seen by Ichikawa Ennosuke II during his European study tour. It is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Hanjo-no-Mae Ichikawa Ennosuke II
The boatman Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
The spirit of Umewakamaru Ichikawa Danko II
A traveller Ichikawa Kodayű II

October 1921: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "ďsakaj˘". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) is played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

30 October 1921: the Kabukiza is burnt to the ground in a fire caused by an electrical short circuit.

1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ is destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which kills more than 200,000 people; the Kabukiza is burnt to ashes.

April 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Matsui Sh˘˘'s drama "Yodogimi Odawara Jin". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) is played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

July 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Gonza to Sukejű", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Gonza Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Sukejű Ichikawa Sadanji II
The landlord Rokurobei Nakamura Kichiemon I
Sukehachi Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Okan Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II

July 1927: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", an adaptation to Kabuki by the playwright Kimura Kinka of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel, which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Karakotoya Tanjir˘ Ichimura Uzaemon XV
The geisha Yonehachi Onoe Baik˘ VI
The geisha Adahachi Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII

September 1928: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kimura Tomiko's Tokiwazu-based dance "Koma", with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Tokiwazu Mojibei III; the leading role is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

June 1929: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance "Gannin B˘zu", which was premiered in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. It is staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu". The role of the bonze look-alike beggar is played by the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, who uses a different musical accompaniment, written by Kiyomoto Enjudayű V.

April 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's "Yoritomo no Shi", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
H˘j˘ Masako Nakamura Utaemon V
Minamoto no Yoriie Ichikawa Sadanji II
ďe Hiromoto Kataoka Nizaemon XII
Hatakeyama Shigeyasu Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI
Kosu˘ Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II

June 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Irezumi Ch˘han", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Hantar˘ Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Onaka Nakamura Fukusuke V
Masagor˘ Ichimura Uzaemon XV

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura", which is staged from the 1st to the 25th of February with the following casting:

Roles Actors
ďishi Kuranosuke Ichikawa Sadanji II
Isogai Jűr˘zaemon Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI
Chikamatsu Kanroku Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV
Tominomori Sukeemon Nakamura Shikaku II
Yada Gor˘emon Ichimura Kakitsu VII
ďishi Sezaemon Ichikawa Somegor˘ V
Hosokawa Naiki Nakamura Moshio IV
Araki Jűzaemon Nakamura Kichiemon I
Hisanaga Naiki Ichikawa Komaz˘ IX
The bonze Tokuan Nakamura Matagor˘ II
Horiuchi Den'emon Sawamura Tosshi VIII
Shizuma, in reality Omino Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
Horibe Yahei Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I
Akabane Genz˘ Ichimura Kamez˘ III
Murai Gembei Ichikawa Sash˘ II

May 1936: revival at the Kabukiza of "Nanatsu Men", which uses a new script written by Yamazaki Shik˘ and is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The mask-maker Kagose Akaemon, in reality Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon Ichikawa Sansh˘ V
Yoshida no Sh˘sh˘, in reality the priest Seigen Ichimura Kakitsu VII
Princess Sakura Nakamura Fukusuke VI

November 1938: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Nambuzaka no Yuki Wakare", the sixth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
ďishi Kuranosuke Ichikawa Sadanji II
Lady Y˘zeiin Kataoka Nizaemon XII
Hagura Itsuki Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI
The koshimoto Oume Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
Ochiai Yoemon Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
The koshimoto Miyuki Suketakaya Kodenji II
Shibukawa Godayű Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I
The koshimoto Yosame Nakamura Shikaku II

April 1939: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Fushimi Shumokumachi", the fourth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

May 1940: Ichikawa Komaz˘ IX takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX at the Kabukiza, playing the role of role of a uir˘ peddler, in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in disguise, in the drama "Uir˘ Uri", which is revived for this occasion.

10 March 1945 (00:08 AM): 344 US Army B29 bombers drops 2,000 tons of bombs on T˘ky˘, killing more than 120,000 people and destroying almost everything; the Kabukiza is burnt to ashes.

January 1951: the Kabukiza reopens.

April 1951: Nakamura Shikan VI takes the name of Nakamura Utaemon VI at the Kabukiza.

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Minobe Iori Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Iori's wife Run Nakamura Tokiz˘ III
Iori's son Kyűya Ichikawa Sh˘en II
Kyűya's wife Kiku Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III
Run's brother Kyűemon Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII
Shimojima Jin'emon Sawamura Tosshi VIII

("Jiisan Baasan" was also premiered in July 1951 in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza [casting])

July 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki", which is staged with the following actors:

Roles Actors
Harukata Ichikawa Jukai III
Tomone Nakamura Utaemon VI
Hideto Ichimura Uzaemon XVI
Akinobu Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII
Natsumasa Sawamura Tanosuke V
Teruyoshi Iwai Hanshir˘ X
Sokumitsu Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII
Fuyutoshi Matsumoto Komagor˘ I
ďna Band˘ Shűch˘ IV

October 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga", which is staged with the following actors:

Roles Actors
Nobunaga Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX
Yayoi Onoe Baik˘ VII
Hirate Masahide Onoe Sh˘roku II
Kinoshita T˘kichir˘ Ichikawa Sadanji III

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The hatamoto Honda Koroku Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX
The hatamoto D˘mae Daikichi Onoe Sh˘roku II
The geisha Oriki Onoe Baik˘ VII
Otose Nakamura Fukusuke VII
The hatamoto Matsudaira Kamon Ichikawa Sadanji III
The old boatman Shimbei Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II
Okin Onoe Taganoj˘ III
Yoshida Ippeita Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII
Amitoku's daughter Och˘ ďkawa Hashiz˘ II
The hatamoto Sekine Mondonoj˘ Sawamura Tanosuke V
Kamon's wife Omura Nakamura Shikaku II
Tokumatsu Band˘ Mitsunobu
Kuroiwa Dennai Kataoka Ichiz˘ V
A boatman Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘ IV
The sobaya master Ichibei Ichikawa Arajir˘ II
The hatamoto Uchikoshi Ikunosuke Suketakaya Kodenji II

June 1953: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII takes the name of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII at the Kabukiza.

September 1953: Sawamura Tossh˘ IV takes the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

March 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" as part of the first edition of the Tsubomi no Kai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI. The actor works with Nagauta and Tokiwazu musicians to create a new music; the "Sum˘" part is created by the Nagauta musicians Kineya Eiji, Yoshimura Gor˘ji II and Tanaka Denzaemon XI; the "Oshidori" part is created by the Tokiwazu musicians Tokiwazu Chitosedayű and Tokiwazu Kikusabur˘; the choreography is supervised by Fujima Kanjűr˘ VI; "Oshidori" is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The keisei Kisegawa, the spirit of the female mandarin duck Nakamura Utaemon VI
Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu, the spirit of the male mandarin duck Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX
Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa Onoe Sh˘roku II

July 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" as part of a regular Kabuki program; is is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The keisei Kisegawa, the spirit of the female mandarin duck Nakamura Utaemon VI
Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu, the spirit of the male mandarin duck Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa Morita Kan'ya XIV

November 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mishima Yukio's comical play "Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Sarugenji Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Hotarubi (in reality the Princess of Tankaku Castle) Nakamura Utaemon VI
Ebina Naamidabutsu Ichikawa Chűsha VIII
The proprietor Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII

February 1955: the drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors, at the Kabukiza. It was premiered in October 1951 at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ by a Shinpa troupe. It is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Princess Tomi Nakamura Utaemon VI
Zushonosuke Morita Kan'ya XIV
Princess Kame Nakamura Senjaku
ďminoj˘ T˘roku Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
Shitanaga Uba Nakamura Shikaku II
Susuki Nakamura Matagor˘ II
Shu-no-Banb˘ Nakamura Fukusuke V

February 1955: revival at the Kabukiza of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The shiraby˘shi Tsumagiku, in reality the spirit of a ground spider Nakamura Utaemon VI
Sakata Kintoki Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII
Usui Sadamitsu Nakamura Matagor˘ II
The catfish woman Oden Nakamura Shibajaku VI
The catfish priest Raiun Ichikawa Komaz˘ X
A female page, in reality a ground spider Sawamura Tossh˘ V
A female page, in reality a ground spider Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI

July 1955: Kataoka Roen V takes the name of Kataoka Gad˘ V at the Kabukiza.

October 1955: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII takes the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XVII at the Kabukiza.

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of the michiyuki "Ch˘ no Michiyuki"; the roles of Komaki and Sukekuni are played by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII. Revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", which is commonly called "Onna Seigen", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Princess Hanako, the Shinkiyomizu ama Seigen, the ghost of the nun Seigen Nakamura Utaemon VI
Sarushima no S˘ta Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII
Yoshida Matsuwakamaru Morita Kan'ya XIV
Awazu Rokuemon Toshikane Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
Gunsuke Ichikawa Chűsha VIII
The Shinkiyomizu chief priest Todorokib˘ Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
The watashimori Otsuna Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII
Princess Sakura Ichikawa Komaz˘ X
Matsuyoi Nakamura Matagor˘ II
The yakko Tobahei Ichimura Kakitsu VIII
The tsubone Sanuki Nakamura Shikaku II
ďtomo Hitachinosuke Yorikuni, Arai Kit˘ta Ichikawa Kuz˘ V
The yakko Sudahei Nakamura Fukusuke V

September 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto version of the dance "Takao Zange" in which Nakamura Utaemon VI plays the role of the ghost of the keisei Takao.

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘". The new script, which is based on Iwaya Shin'ichi's script for "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘" (more details), is revised by Mishima Yukio. It is is produced under its original title with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The priest Seigen, Tsurigane no Gonsuke, Shinobu no S˘ta Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII
Princess Sakura, Fűrin Ohime Nakamura Utaemon VI
Tsunaemon Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
Matsui Gengo Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
The priest Zangetsu Ichikawa Chűsha VIII
Awazu Shichir˘, Sentar˘ Nakamura Matagor˘ II
Iruma Akugor˘ Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX
Katsushika no Ojű Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII
Nagaura Nakamura Shikaku II

January 1960: premiere (or revival?) at the Kabukiza of the dance "Kuruwa Sambas˘", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The keisei Chitosedayű Nakamura Utaemon VI
The shinz˘ Umezato Kataoka Gad˘ V
The taiko mochi T˘chű Morita Kan'ya XIV

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The fishmonger Shichibei, the masseur Tominoichi, later Shiranui Kengy˘ II Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Kurakichi, later K˘kichi Morita Kan'ya XIV
Tobaya Tanji Ichikawa Chűsha VIII
Tobaya Tamatar˘ Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II
Iwai T˘jűr˘ Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII
Shichibei's wife Oshin Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III
Iwai's okugata Namie Kataoka Gad˘ V
Yushima no Ohan Nakamura Shibajaku VI
Shiranui Kengy˘ I Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
Ohan's mother Omoto Onoe Taganoj˘ III
Otsuma Nakamura Shikaku II
The young master Ch˘jir˘ Ichimura Kakitsu VIII
Fusagor˘ Nakamura Matagor˘ II
Sh˘-no-Ichi Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI
Kanji Nakamura Kichijűr˘ II
Kakuz˘ Kataoka Ainosuke V
Oran Ichikawa Dannosuke VI
Ishizuka Kinai Matsumoto Komagor˘ II

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari", which is part of a program celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV and commemorating the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of late Nakamura Tokiz˘ III; the music is performed by a Tokiwazu ensemble by Tokiwazu Chitosedayű and Tokiwazu Kikusabur˘ and a Nagauta ensemble (performing ďzatsuma) led by Yoshimura Gor˘ji II and Tanaka Denzaemon XI; there is also a Gidayű ensemble; it is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Princess Sarashina, in reality the female demon of Mount Togakushi Nakamura Utaemon VI
Taira no Koremochi Ichikawa Ennosuke II
The shitenn˘ Ueda Tar˘ Yoshiharu Nakamura Fukusuke V
The shitenn˘ Komoro Jir˘ Mitsusada Ichikawa Kuz˘ V
The shitenn˘ Usunaga Sabur˘ Akimune Nakamura Kichijűr˘ II
The shitenn˘ Takat˘ Shir˘ Kaneyoshi Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX
The messenger from the God of the Otokoyama Hachiman shrine Chiakihiko Kagaya Fukunosuke I
The messenger from the God of the Otokoyama Hachiman shrine Hyakuakihiko Kagaya Hashinosuke
A female retainer, in reality a female demon Nakamura Matagor˘ II
A female retainer, in reality a female demon Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III
A female retainer, in reality a female demon Ichikawa Komaz˘ X
A female retainer, in reality a female demon Sawamura Tossh˘ V
A female retainer, in reality a female demon Ichikawa Danko III
The attendant Yukir˘ta Ichimura Kakitsu VIII
The attendant Tsukir˘go Nakamura T˘tar˘

April 1962: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI at the Kabukiza.

September 1962: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII, Band˘ Yasosuke IV becomes Band˘ Minosuke VII and Band˘ Yasosuke V makes his first appearance on stage.

May 1963: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Omodakaya guild; Ichikawa Ennosuke II, Ichikawa Danko III and Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I respectively take the names of Ichikawa En'˘ I, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Ichikawa Danko IV.

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; the music was written by Kineya Rokuzaemon XIV and the choreography was made by Fujima Kanjűr˘ VI; it is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Shuten D˘ji Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Minamoto Yorimitsu (Raik˘) Onoe Sh˘roku II
Hirai Yasumasa Onoe Kur˘emon II
Watanabe Tsuna Ichimura Kakitsu VIII
Usui Sadamitsu Band˘ Minosuke VII
Sakata Kintoki Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III
Urabe Suetake Onoe Kikuz˘ VI
Lady Nadeshiko Nakamura Senjaku II
Lady Sawarabi Nakamura Fukusuke VII
Lady Wakasa ďtani Tomoemon VII

June 1963: revival at the Kabukiza of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Danshichi Mohei Onoe Sh˘roku II
The courtesan Otomi Nakamura Senjaku II
The playwright Namiki Sh˘z˘ Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Iwai-buro Jisuke Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII
Daimonjiya Jihei (commonly called Sakai no Daiji) Ichimura Uzaemon XVII
Arashi Sangor˘ Band˘ Minosuke VII
Sawamura Kunitar˘ Onoe Kikuz˘ VI
Jisuke's wife Okaji Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII
Takaichi Kazuemon Nakamura Sh˘jaku
Manriki Ichiemon Nakamura Fukusuke V
The owner of the Naniwa chaya Kawakyű Suketakaya Kodenji II
Kyűshichi Iwai Hanshir˘ X
The brothel-keeper Gonbei Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX

April 1964: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and his father Sawamura Tanosuke V respectively take the names of Sawamura Tanosuke VI and Sawamura Shozan III at the Kabukiza.

May 1964: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "Bukaku Setsugekka"; the music was written by Kineya Rokuzaemon XIV and the choreography was made by Fujima Kanjűr˘ VI; this dance-drama is made up of 3 short dances, the first one being about the spirit of the cherry blossoms ("Sakura"), which symbolizes Spring; the second dance is about insects under the full moon ("Matsumushi") which symbolizes the autumn; the third dance is about a snowman ("Yuki Daruma Goyomi"), which symbolizes Winter; it is staged with a Nagauta ensemble led by Kineya Rokuzaemon XIV and the following casting:

Roles Actors
The spirit of the cherry blossoms, the insect, the snowman Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
The little insect ("Matsumushi") Nakamura Kankur˘ V

September 1964: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Ky˘ya and Akashiya guilds; ďtani Tomoemon VII, ďtani Hirotar˘ II and ďtani Hiromatsu I respectively take the names of Nakamura Jakuemon IV, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII.

May 1965: shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 young actors of the Otowaya guild; Onoe Ushinosuke V, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV and Onoe Sakon I respectively take the names of Onoe Kikunosuke IV, Band˘ Shinsui VIII, and Onoe Tatsunosuke I.

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The priest Shűkei Onoe Sh˘roku II
The woman of the blue cloth Onoe Baik˘ VII
The d˘d˘ji Ichimura Uzaemon XVII
A rengy˘shű Band˘ Minosuke VII
A rengy˘shű Ichikawa Omez˘ V
A rengy˘shű Onoe Tatsunosuke I
A rengy˘shű Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI
A rengy˘shű Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI
A rengy˘shű Nakamura Kichiemon II
A rengy˘shű Ichikawa Komaz˘ X
A rengy˘shű Onoe Kikuz˘ VI
A rengy˘shű Band˘ Kichiya II
A rengy˘shű Ichikawa Ginnosuke I
A rengy˘shű Matsumoto Kingo III
A young temple attendant Nakamura Yonekichi IV

April 1967: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Narikomaya and Kagaya guilds; Nakamura Fukusuke VII, Kagaya Fukunosuke, Kagaya Hashinosuke and Nakamura Tamatar˘ III respectively take the names of Nakamura Shikan VII, Nakamura Fukusuke VIII, Nakamura Matsue V and Nakamura T˘z˘ VI; Shikan's son Nakamura Kotar˘ V makes his first stage appearance.

May 1969: Ichikawa Danko IV takes the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV at the Kabukiza.

November 1969: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X at the Kabukiza.

May 1972: Band˘ Shinsui VIII and Ichimura Takematsu V respectively take the name of Band˘ Kamez˘ II and Ichimura Manjir˘ II at the Kabukiza.

September 1972: Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI takes the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V at the Kabukiza.

October 1973: Onoe Kikunosuke IV takes the name of Onoe Kikugor˘ VII at the Kabukiza.

September 1976: Sawamura Tossh˘ V takes the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX at the Kabukiza.

July 1977: revival at the Kabukiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Inugami Hy˘bu, Okada Ry˘suke, the yakko Kikuhei (in reality the fox of Mt. My˘jin) Ichikawa Ennosuke III
Ogasawara T˘t˘mi-no-Kami Nakamura Ganjir˘ II
Koheiji Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV
Ogasawara Haito Nakamura Yonekichi IV
Odai-no-Kata, Ohaya Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
Ogasawara Buzen-no-Kami Ichikawa Omez˘ V

February 1979: Ichikawa Omez˘ V takes the name of Ichikawa Sadanji IV at the Kabukiza.

February 1980: Band˘ Kamez˘ II takes the name of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

July 1980: t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" at the Kabukiza; Ichikawa Ennosuke III creates and stages as a large-scale tachimawari the never-performed 5th act of this drama with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Sat˘ Shiroby˘ei Tadanobu Ichikawa Ennosuke III
Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan, in reality Taira no Noritsune Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Nakamura Ganjir˘ II
Shizuka Gozen Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
Kamei Rokur˘ Shigekiyo Nakamura Yonekichi IV
Kataoka Hachir˘ Kiyoshige Ichikawa Koyone II
Ise Sabur˘ Yoshimori Nakamura Shinjir˘
Suruga Jir˘ Kiyoshige Ichikawa Ukon
Washinoo Sabur˘ Yoshihisa Band˘ Yajűr˘

June 1981: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Yorozuya guild; Nakamura Yonekichi IV, Nakamura Baishi III, Nakamura Mitsuteru and Ogawa Mikihiro respectively take the names of Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Kash˘ III and Nakamura Shid˘ II.

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Yurugi Daigaku, the umakata Sankichi (in reality Tamba no Yohachir˘), Omatsu, Osan (in reality the spirit of the Cat Demon), the hinin Edobei, the ghost of Omatsu, Nippon Daemon (in reality Tamba no Yohachir˘), the decchi Ch˘kichi, Shinanoya Ohan, the courtesan Yukino, Okinu, Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke, Dote no D˘tetsu, Oshige, the tobi boss Masakichi, the thunder, a ferryman, Kimon no Kihei, Dote no Oroku Ichikawa Ennosuke III
Tsuruya Namboku IV Nakamura Ganjir˘ II
Akabori Mizuemon Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV
Yui Minbunosuke, Nakano T˘suke Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX
Ishi Sanai Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII
Osode Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
The female hinin Ohagi Sawamura T˘jűr˘ II
Ishi Hanjir˘ Nakamura Karoku V
Ippei Nakamura Kash˘ III
Princess Shigenoi Nakamura Tokiz˘ V
The koshimoto Fujinami, Denkichi Nakamura Shinjir˘
Akabori Kandayű Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II
Akabori Gengo, Akabaneya Jirosaku Kataoka Roen VI
Kurihara Tanz˘ Nakamura Kangor˘ XIII
Onami Sawamura Gennosuke V
Yajirobei Nakamura Shirogor˘ VII
Kitahachi Nakamura Sukegor˘ IV
The bonze Gantetsu, Kikugawa Heima, the kagokaki Matahachi Arashi Kanjűr˘ VI
Nadaroku Ichikawa Juen II
The koshimoto Wakana Ichikawa Koyone II
Okon Sawamura T˘sha
Oshima Sawamura Komondo IV
The hunter Gakeshichi Kataoka Matsunosuke IV
The servant Danroku, Hanekawa Kyűma, the kagokaki Sh˘roku Nakamura Tar˘ II

October 1981: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (k˘raiya sandai shűmei); Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI, Matsumoto Kintar˘ III, Ichikawa Nakanosuke III and Ichikawa Momomaru respectively take the names of Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘emon and Ichikawa Shinsha II.

April 1985: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII at the Kabukiza.

November 1990: Nakamura Senjaku II takes the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ III at the Kabukiza.

April 1992: Nakamura Fukusuke VIII and Nakamura Kotar˘ V respectively take the names of Nakamura Baigyoku IV and Nakamura Fukusuke IX at the Kabukiza.

May 1996: Onoe Ushinosuke VI takes the name of Onoe Kikunosuke V at the Kabukiza.

August 1996: revival at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi", with a script revised by Nagawa Sh˘suke. This is the Edo version of the drama and it was entitled "Edo Miyage" ("Souvenir from Edo"). It is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Inosuke Nakamura Kankur˘ V
Okiwa Nakamura Fukusuke IX
The priest Jűzen Band˘ Yasosuke V
Fukuz˘ Kataoka Kamez˘ IV
Osome Nakamura Shid˘ II
Mataichi Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII
Jimbei Band˘ Kichiya II

January 1998: Kataoka Takao takes the name of Kataoka Nizaemon XV at the Kabukiza.

June 2000: revival at the Kabukiza of the spectacular hengemono "ďtsue D˘j˘ji", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The wisteria maiden, a falcon-handler, a zat˘, a boatman and the ˘tsue demon Nakamura Ganjir˘ III
Ya-no-Ne no Gor˘ Nakamura Kanjaku V
Benkei Band˘ Kichiya II

December 2000: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Kaka Saiyűki", Ichikawa Ennosuke III's version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki" (Kaka is the haimy˘ of Ichikawa Ennosuke III), which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Songokű Ichikawa Ukon
The Priest Sanz˘ Ichikawa Emiya
Chohakkai Ichikawa En'ya
Sagoj˘ Ichikawa Danjir˘
The queen of the Sairy˘ Province, in reality the spirit of a giant spider Ichikawa Emisabur˘
The queen's sister Fuy˘, in reality the spirit of a giant spider Ichikawa Shun'en

January 2001: Band˘ Yasosuke V takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X at the Kabukiza.

April 2002: Nakamura Matsue V takes the name of Nakamura Kaishun II at the Kabukiza.

May 2002: Onoe Tatsunosuke II takes the name of Onoe Sh˘roku IV at the Kabukiza.

May 2003: Band˘ Sh˘nosuke, Kataoka Jűz˘ VI and Ichikawa Otora VI take the respective names of Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ IV, Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI and Ichikawa Omez˘ VI at the Kabukiza.

May 2004: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII take the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI at the Kabukiza.

March 2005: Nakamura Kankur˘ V take the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII at the Kabukiza.

April 2007: Nakamura Shinjir˘ takes the name of Nakamura Kinnosuke II at the Kabukiza.

November 2008: the Kabukiza, the main Kabuki theater in Japan, will be torn down and rebuilt from May 2010. The new theater complex will be built on the current site, in the Eastern part of the Ginza district of T˘ky˘. The rebuilding is expected to take at least three years. To celebrate the closing of this prestigious theater, a series of performances titled Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) will be held from January 2009 to April 2010. The Sh˘chiku Company announces that from May 2010 until the new theater's scheduled reopening in 2013, Kabuki performances will be held at the Shimbashi Embuj˘.

January 2009: 1st of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

February 2009: 2nd of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

March 2009: 3rd of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

April 2009: 4th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

May 2009: 5th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

June 2009: 6th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances); isse ichidai performance of Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of Yohei in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Abura no Jigoku" and the hatsubutai of Matsumoto K˘shir˘'s grandson Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV [more details].

July 2009: 7th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

August 2009: 8th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

September 2009: 9th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

October 2009: 10th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

November 2009: 11th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

December 2009: 12th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

January 2010: 13th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

February 2010: 14th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances); commemoration of the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII [more details]. Revival at the Kabukiza of the Nagauta-based dance "Tsume˘", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The fox Nakamura Kantar˘
The falcon Fubuki Nakamura Shichinosuke
The falconer Band˘ Yajűr˘
The sh˘ya Nakamura Kinnosuke

March 2010: 15th of the 16 Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

April 2010: final Kabukiza Sayonara K˘en (Kabukiza Farewell Performances) [more details].

30th April 2010: Kabukiza closing Ceremony [more details].

May 2010 ~ Spring 2013: destruction of the 4th Kabukiza; building of the 5th Kabukiza.

28th March 2013: traditional ceremonial hand-clapping (koshiki kaomise tejimeshiki in Japanese; the traditional face-showing ritual of hand-clapping) with all actors and Kabuki-related people on the brand-new stage for the successful opening of the 5th Kabukiza.

April 2013: 1st of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

May 2013: 2nd of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

June 2013: 3rd of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances); isse ichidai [more details].

July 2013: 4th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

August 2013: 5th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) and and 21st edition of the Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki (literally "the August cool-breeze Kabuki"), a summer program which features a group of popular young stars in three short programs of Kabuki to fight the heat of summer [more details].

September 2013: 6th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

October 2013: 7th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

November 2013: 8th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances), which celebrates the promotion to the first league of Kabuki actors ("kambu sh˘shin") for two veterans, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ and Kataoka Matsunosuke [more details].

December 2013: 9th of the 12 Kokera Otoshi ďkabuki (Opening Ceremony Grand Kabuki Performances) [more details].

The Kabukiza (April 2013)
Photographes of the Kabukiza
Matsuri in front of the Kabukiza the 1st of January 2010
Kabukiza Construction Site (March 2012)
 
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