|TSURUYA NANBOKU V|
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Kayű
Existence: 1796 ~ 21st day of the 1st lunar month of 1852 
11th lunar month of 1802: he makes his debut on stage at the Ichimuraza, where he performs under the name of Nanboku Ushizaemon as a koyaku in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Toki-ni ďshű Tsubo no Ishibumi".
7th lunar month of 1805: Ushizaemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tarokichi in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki"; the roles of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori, Koman, Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneyasu, Aoi Gozen and Kurosuke are played by Sawamura Gennosuke I, Nakamura Utagor˘, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I.
1821: he becomes sakusha and his first pen name is Tsurumine Sensuke I.
1824: he occasionally performs on stage as a d˘kegata; his new stage name is Tsurumine Ushizaemon.
27th day of the 11th lunar month of 1829: Tsuruya Nanboku IV dies in Edo.
1833: he takes back the name of Nanboku Magotar˘ IV.
11th lunar month of 1838: Nanboku works, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Sakurada Jisuke III, Nakamura Jűsuke IV and Matsushima Ch˘fu II, at the Nakamuraza on the drama "Isse Ichidai Kuriki no My˘noji", which celebrates the isse ichidai performance of the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III.
End of 1847/beginning of 1848: Nanboku goes to Kamigata.
9th lunar month of 1848: Nanboku works at the Kado no Shibai, along with Namiki Gohei III, on the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which stars ďkawa Hashiz˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Shund˘ Genba), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Kakuju, Matsu˘maru), Arashi Rikan III (Sukune Tar˘), Arashi San'emon IX (Tatsuta-no-Mae, Chiyo, Yae), ďkawa Sanch˘ (Ume˘maru), Ichikawa Sukejur˘ (Takebe Genz˘), Onoe Eizabur˘ IV (Princess Kariya) and Ichikawa Shik˘ III (Terukuni, Sakuramaru).
Spring (?) or Summer (?) 1849: Nanboku goes back to Edo.
21st day of the 1st lunar month of 1852 : Nanboku dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the precincts of the Shingy˘ji temple.
Tsuruya Nanboku V's greatest achievement was the transmission of the heritage of Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the major playwright of the first half of the 19th century, to Kawatake Shinshichi II, the major playwright of the second half of the 19th century. Tsuruya Nanboku V was not a genius like Tsuruya Nanboku IV but he successfully raised the talent of a future genius.
 The 21st day of the 1st lunar month of the 5th year of the Kaei era was the 10th of February 1852 in the western calendar.
 "Given the title, audiences might have expected a version of Jippensha Ikku's (1765ľ1831) best-selling comic novel T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige (popularly known as Shank's Mare), but what they got instead was a spectacle of frightening scenes, along with erotic interplay and comic spoofing of Nanboku's favorite themes. Ume no haru, like its predecessor, included a monstrous demon cat, but also added a renegade priest who masters rat magic and a thief named Nezumi Koz˘ ("Kid Rat"). With these elements, the play qualified as a type of drama called neko-s˘d˘mono." (from osakaprints.com)
The name of Tsuruya Nanboku V in a 1842 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the left side of the picture)
The Tsuruya Nanboku line of playwrights
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