OKUNO SASUKE

Pen names:

Okuno Sasuke In Japanese
Okuno Icch˘ In Japanese
Okuno Sasuke In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese

Poetry names: Bach˘, Icch˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Horikoshi Nis˘ji I

Disciple: Okuno Eiji

Career:

11th lunar month of 1755: he started his career as a sakusha disciple of Horikoshi Nis˘ji I; he took the name of Okuno Sasuke and worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Arigatashi Yunzei Genji".

11th lunar month of 1756: Sasuke worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Masakado Sh˘zoku no Enoki", which celebrated the arrival of Arashi Tominosuke I in Edo. Sasuke changed the writing of his first name:

New Sasuke Old Sasuke
奥野左介 奥野佐助

11th lunar month of 1758: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Horikoshi Nis˘ji I at the Ichimuraza, along with Namiki Ry˘suke, Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ I and Nakamura Goichi, on the kaomise drama "Kaomise Sajikigadake".

11th lunar month of 1760: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Namiki Ry˘suke at the Moritaza, along with Sawai Chűz˘, Ichizuka Heihachi and Fujii Hanz˘, on the kaomise drama "Miyo no Butoku Yunzei Kagami". He changed the writing of his first name:

New Sasuke Old Sasuke
奥野左助 奥野左介

11th lunar month of 1761: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ at the Nakamuraza, along with Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ I and Kanai Sanpei II, on the kaomise drama "Nihongahana H˘gan Biiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Raiz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ at the Nakamuraza, along with Kanai Sanpei II, Kanai Kinji and Kanai Kinpachi, on the kaomise drama "Nagi no Ha Izu no Sugatami", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon III, Ichikawa Somegor˘ I and Nakajima Kanzaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1763: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Namiki Ry˘suke at the Ichimuraza, along with Tsuuchi Jihŕ III, Sawai Chűz˘ and Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Shikai Nami Yawaragi Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1764: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki", which celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III.

11th lunar month of 1765: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Furitsumu Hana Nidai Genji". He changed the writing of his first name:

New Sasuke Old Sasuke
奥野瑳助 奥野左助

11th lunar month of 1766: Sasuke worked, along with the sakusha Kanai Sansh˘, Sakurada Jisuke I, Yamaji Heiz˘ and Okada Ch˘z˘ at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Tsuno Moji Izu no Irifune", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Sawamura Yodogor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1767: he temporarily took the name of Okuno Icch˘ and worked, along with the sakusha Sakurada Jisuke I, Hirata Hanz˘ and Ogi Batai, at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Sanada no Yoichi Banjaku no Iezuto", which celebrated the shűmei of Sanogawa Ichimatsu II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Yamashita Ky˘nosuke.

11th lunar month of 1768: he took back the name of Okuno Sasuke and worked, along with the sakusha Dontsű Yosabŕ I, Masuyama Kinpachi I, Kawatake Shinshichi I and Hirata Bunji, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.

11th lunar month of 1769: Sasuke worked, along with Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha), Hata Bunsuke, Kawatake Shinshichi I, Nishikawa Sensuke and Shima Banroku, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hanasakae Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1770: Sasuke worked, along with Sakurada Jisuke I, Kawatake Shinshichi I, Toyomi Ridai and Kimura Yaichi, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

11th lunar month of 1771: Sasuke worked, along with Nakamura Jűsuke II, Naka Kiichi, Kawatake Shinshichi I and Kimura Yaichi, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji".

11th lunar month of 1772: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Nakamura Jűsuke II at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I, Kimura Yaichi and Yaoki K˘suke, on the kaomise drama "ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘". Kawatake Shinshichi I and Sasuke worked on this drama under the supervision of the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I This 46-days long performance, which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, was a tremendous success.

11th lunar month of 1774: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Horikoshi Saiy˘ at the Ichimuraza, along with Nakamura Seikur˘ II, ďkoshi Shűz˘, Okuno Eiji and Nakamura Jűsuke II, on the kaomise drama "Chigo Sakura Jűsangane".

11th lunar month of 1775: no record in any major theater. Was he sick?

11th lunar month of 1776: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Horikoshi Nis˘ji I at the Nakamuraza, along with Masuyama Kinpachi I, Namiki Risuke and Horikoshi Kikuji, on the kaomise drama "Sakuya Kono Hana no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1777: Sasuke worked, along with Horikoshi Nis˘ji I (his master fell ill and could not work on this drama) and Sei Basetsu, at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Hito no Kuni Yori Mitsugi no Irifune", which celebrated the return to Edo of the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1778: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Kawatake Shinshichi I at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori".

1st lunar month of 1779: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Edo Meisho Midori Soga. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Okuno Sasuke was an Edo sakusha, who was active from the middle of the 1750s to the end of the 1770s. He worked not only for his master Horikoshi Nis˘ji I, but also with most of the famous Edo playwrights of the H˘reki, Meiwa and An'ei eras, like Kanai Sansh˘, Sakurada Jisuke I or Nakamura Jűsuke II. The only drama on which he worked and which has survived is "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘".

The name of Okuno Sasuke in a 1779 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape in the picture); all the names were the sakusha at the Moritaza

 
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