SEKI SANJ█Rď IV

Stage names:

Seki Sanjűr˘ IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VI In Japanese
Seki Hanasuke I [3] In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Chűsha VI In Japanese

Real name: Seki Kihŕ

Guild: Owariya

Poetry names: Chűsha (6), Kijaku, Kazan

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: 1835 ~ 10 July 1889

Connection:

Adoptive father: Seki Sanjűr˘ III

Son: Seki Sanjűr˘ V

Career:

1835: born in Edo.

28th day of the 9th lunar month of 1839 [1]: Seki Sanjűr˘ II died.

1st lunar month of 1851: adopted by Seki Sanjűr˘ III, he received the name of Seki Hanasuke I [3] and appeared on stage for the first time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he performed as a wakashugata in the new year sogamono drama "Konoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji".

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"); Hanasuke played the role of S˘nosuke [casting].

1st lunar month of 1863: Seki Hanasuke I took the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VI at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Danzabur˘, Kinuya Yaichi, Sukeichi and the otokodate Mamushi no Jirokichi in the drama "Tamakushige Akebono Soga".

9th lunar month of 1865: Yaoz˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the dances "Kadomatsu" [print], "Tsuri Gitsune", "Saruwaka" and "Shinbochi Taiko".

18th day of the 12th lunar month of 1870 [2]: his adoptive father Seki Sanjűr˘ III died.

March 1873: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VI took the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ IV at the Murayamaza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Taiko no Oto Chiyű Sanryaku" and the role of Gengo in the drama "Wakaidori Kasamatsu T˘ge". He also performed in the dance "Yanagi ni Kaze Fukiya no Itosuji", which mixed Tomimoto, Kiyomoto and Gidayű musical ensembles. His stage partners were Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII, Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Band˘ Kakitsu I, Nakamura Tokiz˘ I, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI, Ichikawa Monnosuke V, Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ II, Yamazaki Ennosuke, Onoe Kikunosuke II and Nakamura Karoku II (who celebrated also his shűmei).

July 1874: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Kawatake Kinsaku I's Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kotobuki Ninin Sh˘j˘"; Sanjűr˘ played the role of a sh˘j˘ [more details].

October 1874: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kumo no Ueno San'e no Sakumae"; Sanjűr˘ played the roles of Kataoka Naojir˘, Sakurai Shinnoj˘ (in reality Kataoka Naojir˘) and Katagi Kozaemon [casting].

October 1875: premiere at the Nakamuraza and the Shinboriza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Minori no Aki Seish˘ Denki"; Sanjűr˘ played the roles of Sat˘ Denz˘ and Fukumatsu [more details].

September 1878: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Sanjűr˘ played the role of Cho Hakkai [casting].

February 1886: Sanjűr˘ played the role of Senoo Tar˘ at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; his stage partners were Nakamura Fukusuke IV (Chidori), Nakamura Shikan IV (Shunkan) and Kataoka Gad˘ III (Tanzaemon Motoyasu).

April 1886: Sanjűr˘ appeared on stage for the last time in T˘ky˘, at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Sudahei and Nishikito in the drama "Shin Kiyomizu Hana no Goshozome".

1886 ~ 1889: Sanjűr˘ was either on sick leave or on tour.

10 July 1889: he died in the city of Mito.

Comments:

Seki Sanjűr˘ IV was a good tachiyaku actor, able to perform in either jidaimono or sewamono dramas. His field of excellence was jitsuaku.

[1] The 28th day of the 9th lunar month of the 10th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 3rd of November 1839 in the western calendar.

[2] The 18th day of the 12th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Meiji era was the 7th of February 1871 in the western calendar.

[3] Seki Hanasuke I in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" but Seki Hanasuke IV in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

Seki Sanjűr˘ IV playing the role of Baba Mino-no-Kami in the drama "Taiko no Oto Chiyű Sanryaku", which was staged in March 1873 at the Murayamaza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Print made by Utagawa Yoshitsuya in 1862

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1865

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1873

The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors

The Seki Hanasuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

The Seki Sanjűr˘ line of actors

 
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