SAGAWA BUNZď
   
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Sagawa Bunz˘ I
 

The actor Sagawa Bunz˘ I held this name from Spring 1715 to 1725 [1].

Sagawa Bunz˘ I playing the role of Nagaoka Bannoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Seigaiha", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1718 in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai

Sagawa Bunz˘ II
Sagawa Bunz˘ II  In Japanese | Sagawa Jűz˘  In Japanese | Ichinoya Jűz˘  In Japanese | Arashi Sango  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Member of the Arashi Clan, he started his career in Ky˘to and his first stage name was Arashi Sango. His first-recorded performance was in the 11th lunar month of 1715, when he performed in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I. He left Ky˘to during the second half of the 1710s when he became a disciple of Ichinoya Jűrobŕ, who gave him the name of Ichinoya Jűz˘. They performed together in inaka shibai for a few years. Ichinoya Jűrobŕ died in Spring 1727. He most likely took the name of Sagawa Jűz˘ [2] either in the 11th lunar month of 1728 or in the 2nd lunar month of 1729 [3] at the Naka no Shibai, where he performed as a tachiyaku in a kaomise program which was entitled "Kimi Okuni ďshimadai" (11th lunar month of 1728) or "Wakatake ďshimadai" (2nd lunar month of 1729) which were produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon III (who also celebrated his shűmei). He most likely took the name of Sagawa Bunz˘ II in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1730, playing the role of Funahashi Gennai in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai", which was produced by Asao Motogor˘ I. He performed in Nagoya from 1732 to 1734. He went back to ďsaka in Fall 1735. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1735 at the Naka no Shibai the role of Abe Toragor˘ (a jitsuaku role) in the kaomise drama "Toyo no Asahi Eitaigura", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrated the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ III. He moved to Ky˘to in Fall 1736 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1736 in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater the role of Kikuchi Udanoj˘ (a tachiyaku role) in the kaomise drama "Hiyoku Kin no Takaragura", which was produced by Yoshizawa Tamazuma. Bunz˘'s rank in the 1737 Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. No record in ˘shibai. He most likely performed for a while in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai. He was recorded as performing in 1743 in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai.

Sagawa Bunz˘ II playing the role of Kikuchi Udanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Hiyoku Kin no Takaragura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1736 in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater

 

Notes

[1] 1725 or 1727.

[2] This stage name was not reported in in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[3] Our assumption was that the kaomise program was expected to be staged in the 11th lunar month of 1728, under the title "Kimi Okuni ďshimadai", but could not be produced as expected. Our assumption was based on the lack of any data about this drama in the ďsaka hy˘banki which was published in the 1st lunar month of 1729. For unknown reason (lack of money? Technical issues? People issues?), the kaomise program was finally staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1729, using a different title ("Wakatake ďshimadai").

 
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