|NAKAMURA SEN'YA I|
Nakamura Sen'ya I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shakuyu (?)
Father-in-law: Takeshima K˘zaemon I
Master: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I
1691: he settles in Edo.
1696: he decides to change the writing of his last name:
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1699: Masanosuke goes back to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1699: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I and receives the name of Nakamura Sen'ya I. He also gets married around the same time with the daughter of Takeshima K˘zaemon I.
1st lunar month of 1701: Sen'ya goes to ďsaka and plays the role of Sano Utaemon's sister Harima no Osan in the drama "Kashű D˘my˘ji Kaich˘", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II; the role of Utaemon is played by Murayama Jűheiji I.
1st lunar month of 1706: Sen'ya goes to Ky˘to to perform at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.
11th lunar month of 1706: Sen'ya plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of the spirit of a pine tree in the kaomise drama "Sukeroku Shinjű Kamiko Sugata"; his stage partners are Fukuda Dan'emon and Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I.
Fall 1716: Sen'ya goes to Edo.
5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" is produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This is the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It is produced at the Nakamuraza under the title "Kokusen'ya Takarabune"; Sen'ya plays the role of Kinsh˘jo [casting].
1718 ~ 1728: Sen'ya performs in a travelling troupe.
2nd lunar month of 1728: Sen'ya appears for the last time on the stage of a major licensed theater, playing the role of Onabe in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono", which is produced by Kanazawa Hikogor˘ in Ky˘to. Nobody knows what has happened to this actor afterwards.
"Nakamura Sen'ya at first was an insignificant onnagata in Edo, but he went to ďsaka, where he scored a great success in a courtesan play and remained there many years, returning to Edo after an absence of eighteen years. The criticisms of the day complained that he had grown fat, but was still a true onnagata in spirit and gesture. When Nakamura Sen'ya returned from ďsaka, he started the custom for a Ky˘to or ďsaka actor performing in Edo to give gifts to minor actors and theatre employees. He presented a good many kimono dyed in a certain colour which became all the rage, and was called Sen'ya dye." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
The Nakamura Sen'ya line of actors
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