NANBOKU SABU I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 7th lunar month of 1695

Connection:

Son: Nanboku Sabu II

Nephew (?): Tsuruya Nanboku I

Career:

Before 1674: born in the city of Sakai in the province of Senshű. He is related to the Murayama clan, whose most famous member, Murayama Matasabur˘ I, founded the Murayamaza in Edo.

6th lunar month of 1674: first recorded performance, in Ky˘to at Ebisuya's theater, where he performs as a d˘kegata; his stage partners are Fujita Koheiji, Komai Sh˘zaemon, Imamura Kumenosuke, Fujita Minanoj˘, Kaneko Rokuemon, Nakajima Yaheita, It˘ Kodayű II, Tamagawa San'ya, Dekijima Tanomo and Kumamoto Bun'emon.

11th lunar month of 1683 ~ 1684: Sabu performs in ďsaka for the zamoto Araki Yojibŕ I; his yearly salary is 70 ry˘.

1st lunar month of 1688: Sabu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is (superior).

Spring 1695: Sabu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

7th lunar month of 1695: Sabu dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Nanboku Sabu I, who made all his career in Kamigata from the 1670s to the 1690s, was considered at the end of his career as an "old style" d˘kegata. According to the chronicles, the audience loved his facial appearance, the way he rolled his big eyes and his weird dancing.

Nanboku Sabu I performing the role of a yamabushi priest (1693)

 
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