SEKI SANJ█Rď III

Stage names:

Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V
Ichikawa Dankichi I

Others names:

Ichikawa Chűsha V
Fujima Kangor˘

Nickname: Hana no Sanjűr˘ (Sanjűr˘ the nose)

Guilds: Owariya, Tachibanaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Chűsha (5), Kijaku, Kazan

Existence: 1805 ~ 18th day of the 12th lunar month of 1870

Connections:

Father: Fujima Kambei III (dance master)

Brother-in-law: Nakamura Utaemon IV

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII

Adopted son: Seki Sanjűr˘ IV

Career:

1805~1827: born in Edo. His father is the choreographer Fujima Kambei III. He starts his career as a disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Dankichi.

11th lunar month of 1827: Ichikawa Dankichi I takes the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of the gold trader Kichiji and Motoyoshi Shir˘ Tadahira in the drama "Kinbusen Yosooi Genji".

3rd lunar month of 1828: Yaoz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Atsumori and Kumagai Kojir˘ in the epic drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane is played by Nakamura Shikan II.

11th lunar month of 1828: his yearly salary for the new season at the Nakamuraza is 250 ry˘.

3rd lunar month of 1829: Yaoz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kokingo and Suruga Jir˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of Kitashirakawa no Anchin and Nose Gengo [more details].

8th lunar month of 1830: Yaoz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Koganosuke in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

6th lunar month of 1834: Yaoz˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Yomoshichi in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

9th lunar month of 1834: Yaoz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Sakuramaru and Kakuju in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

5th lunar month of 1835: Yaoz˘ goes on tour with Seki Sanjűr˘ II in Ise and Kamigata. This is an excellent opportunity for Yaoz˘ to learn the art and techniques of such a great star.

9th lunar month of 1839: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ II dies.

4th lunar month of 1840: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V takes the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka and Chichibu Sh˘ji Shigetada in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki" and the role of Umakata Hachiz˘ in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". The k˘j˘ celebrating this shűmei is led by the star Nakamura Utaemon IV.

1st lunar month of 1843: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari" (commonly called "Noriaibune"), which is staged within the new year drama "Kioi Uta Soga no Hanadashi"; Sanjűr˘ is one of the seven dancers [more details].

1st lunar month of 1846: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Kagura Uta Kumoi no Kyokumari", which is commonly called "Dontsuku"; Sanjűr˘ dances in it [more details].

1st lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Satomi Hakkenden"; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of ďtsuka Bansaku Kazunari, Inukawa S˘suke, Kanamari Daisuke, Komiyama Kageyu Saemon, Inukai Genpachi and Inugawa Gakuz˘ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1852: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Gapp˘ [casting].

1853: Sanjűr˘ goes on tour in Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1854: Sanjűr˘ goes back to Edo and performas as a jitsuaku at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Matsu Ich˘ Tsurukame Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1858: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; the nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku"); Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Torii Shinzaemon and the shirozake seller Shinbŕ [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" (commonly called "Izayoi Seishin"); Sanjűr˘ plays the role of the poet Tsukioka Hakuren, in reality the thief ďdera Sh˘bei, [casting].

1st lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai"; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and Ch˘jiya Ch˘bŕ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji"; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Mochizuki Danj˘ [casting].

7th lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hachiman Matsuri Yomiya no Nigiwai" (commonly called "Chijimiya Shinsuke"); Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Genzaemon [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko"); Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Nippon Daemon [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome"; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Hoshikage Doemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Otomi"); Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Izutsu Yozaemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1870: Sanjűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

Comments:

Seki Sanjűr˘ III was an outstanding tachiyaku actor, who excelled in katakiyaku and jitsuaku roles. He looked like Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, sharing the same facial feature: an amazing nose! The playwright Kawatake Mokuami considered that Seki Sanjűr˘ III was the best actor he ever met.

Seki Sanjűr˘ III playing the role of Iwami Tar˘ Tomohide in the drama "Kozotte Kuruwa Mimasu no Datezome", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1853 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada

Print made by Utagawa Kuniharu in 1830

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1834

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

The Seki Sanjűr˘ line of actors

 
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