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Tsugawa Handayű
Tsugawa Handayű  In Japanese | Suzuki Matsunosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Suzuki Heizaemon I, his first stage name was Suzuki Matsunosuke. He performed as a wakashugata in ďsaka. He became wakaonnagata in 1697. Then, he went to Edo and took the name of Tsugawa Handayű at the Yamamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1698. He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1707 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1707 at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Nakaba-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Zeni". He went back to ďsaka in Fall 1709 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1709 the role of Okiku in the kaomise "Inari Ch˘ja Kokonotsu Kogura", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II. He played in the 1st lunar month of 1712 the role of Akoya in the new year drama "Soga Furiwake Gami". No record afterwards. Tsugawa Handayű was an onnagata actor, who made a short career in ďsaka, Edo and Ky˘to from the end of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1710s. He was good in keisei and ny˘b˘ roles. He was also outstanding in onna bud˘. He was said to be an excellent musician. He was the master of Tsugawa Mandayű and Tsugawa Kamon.

The actors Tsugawa Handayű (bottom/left), Anegawa Shinshir˘ I (top) and Sanogawa Hanazuma I (bottom/right) playing the roles of Okane, Okiishi Hankur˘ and Oraku in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1711 in ďsaka

Tsugawa Mandayű
Tsugawa Mandayű  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of the d˘kegata actor Ikuta Zenroku, he started his career around 1704 in ďsaka as a disciple of Tsugawa Handayű, who gave him the name of Tsugawa Mandayű. He was trained as a wakaonnagata. He performed in tabi shibai during the first years of the Ky˘h˘ era and went to Edo in the 1st lunar month of 1721, where he performed at the Moritaza in the new year sogamono "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga". He also performed in the 11th lunar month of 1721 in the same theater in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki". His rank in the 1722 Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata was one stroke below j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He performed in tabi shibai for a few years and went back to Kamigata in Fall 1726. He performed in the 11th lunar month of 1726 in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater. No record afterwards.

 
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