|NANBOKU SABU I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 7th lunar month of 1695
Son: Nanboku Sabu II
Nephew (?): Tsuruya Nanboku I
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.
7th lunar month of 1695: Sabu dies in ďsaka.
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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