|KAWATAKE SHINSHICHI I|
Poetry name: Zesui
Existence: 1747 ~ 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1795 
Master: Kanai Sansh˘
Disciples: Kawatake Bunji, Kawatake Matsuz˘
1747~1760s: born in Edo in a family of N˘ actor. His first name was Takesabur˘. Disciple of a man named Horie Kanjir˘ (unknown business; most likely not related to N˘ or Kabuki), he received the name of Horie Kansuke.
11th lunar month of 1766: Shinshichi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Kadota Sorobŕ, Dontsű Yosabŕ I, Nakamura Jűsuke II, Masuyama Kinpachi I and Sei Hidesuke, on the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1770: Shinshichi worked at the Nakamuraza for the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I 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 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘". Shinshichi and Okuno 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.
3rd lunar month of 1775: Shinshichi wrote the lyrics in the same theater of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Shinobu Uri", which was successfully staged with Nakamura Nakaz˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Yamashita Kinsaku II, Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Arashi Hinaji.
11th lunar month of 1778: Shinshichi became tatesakusha and worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori". He wrote the lyrics of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Momiji Gasa Ito no Nishikigi".
11th lunar month of 1780: Shinshichi worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kite Kaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka". He wrote the lyrics of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Iro-ni Iro Momiji no Tamazusa".
1793: he took the tonsure in Edo, calling himself Chiku˘.
14th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1795 : he died in Edo.
Kawatake Shinshichi I was an important Edo sakusha, who was active from the 1760s to 1780 and worked on more than 30 dramas, including several Tokiwazu-based dance-dramas. He was very close to the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.
 the 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 7th year of the Kansei era was the 2nd of May 1795 in the western calendar.
The Kawatake Shinshichi line of playwrights
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