Stage names:

Imamura Motojűr˘ In Japanese
Nakamura Motojűr˘ In Japanese
Imamura Shichisabur˘ I In Japanese
Takahashi Motojir˘ In Japanese
Sakata Hanzabur˘ In Japanese

Poetry name: Riyű

Existence: ???


Relative: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I


Before 1702: this relative of the stage giant Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I starts his career in the Sakata clan. His first stage name is Sakata Hanzabur˘ (relationship to Sakata Hangor˘ I unknown).

11th lunar month of 1702: he takes the name of Takahashi Motojir˘ to perform as a wakashugata in Edo at the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1703: he becomes wakaonnagata.

1st lunar month of 1708: Motojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is (superior).

11th lunar month of 1709: Motojir˘ becomes tachiyaku; he plays at the Moritaza the role of Minamoto no Yorinaga in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Furiwakegami", which welcomes in Edo the ďsaka actors Hisamatsu Tasanta and Iwai Tamanoe.

Winter 1711: he takes the name of Imamura Shichisabur˘ I.

Fall 1711: Shichisabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1711: Shichisabur˘ plays in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Futabashira Aioi Ch˘ja", which is coproduced by Ogino Yaegiri I and Miyazaki Denkichi.

Fall 1716: Shichisabur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1716: Imamura Shichisabur˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Motojűr˘ at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrates also the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1717: Nakamura Motojűr˘ takes the name of Imamura Motojűr˘ at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise program "H˘n˘ Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘, Hayakawa Dengor˘ and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Motojűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Moritaza the role of Sasaki Takatsuna in the new year drama "Keisei Murasaki Tazuna".


Imamura Motojűr˘, who was active from the beginning of the 1700s to the end of the 1710s, was a tachiyaku actor and the founder of the Imamura clan. His forte was yatsushigoto and nuregoto. There are some unanswered questions regarding this actor. For the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, he did not take the names of Nakamura Motojűr˘ or Imamura Motojűr˘ and he died holding the name of Imamura Shichisabur˘ I the 23rd of the 11th lunar month of 1714. We've decided to trust the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" for this actor.

Imamura Motojűr˘ playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise program "H˘n˘ Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 at the Moritaza

Prints & Illustrations

The Imamura Shichisabur˘ line of actors

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