|TSURUYA NANBOKU I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1672 ~ 9th day of the 9th lunar month of 1736
Uncle (?): Nanboku Sabu I
Father: Murayama Gentar˘ I (Nanboku Kidayű I)
Elder brother: Murayama Gentar˘ II (Nanboku Kidayű II)
Son: Tsuruya Nanboku II
11th lunar month of 1719: Nanboku Magotar˘ I and his son Tsuruya Genz˘ respectively take the names of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing together in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura".
9th day of the 9th lunar month of 1736: Nanboku dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the precinct of the Sh˘k˘in temple.
Tsuruya Nanboku I, the founder of the Tsuruya clan, was a popular actor, who was specialized in comical roles and made all his career in Edo from the end of the Genroku era to the end of the Ky˘h˘ era. He was said to be a d˘kegata both on and off stage.
Tsuruya Nanboku I (right) and Nakajima Mihoemon I (left) playing the roles of Minamoto no Yoshitora and Nikki Danj˘ Saemon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1731 at the Nakamuraza
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