NAMIKI SďSUKE

Playwright names:

Namiki S˘suke In Japanese
Namiki Senryű I In Japanese
Namiki S˘suke In Japanese
Tanaka Senryű In Japanese

Poetry name: Senryű, Shichűan

Existence: 1695 ~ 7th day of the 9th lunar month of 1751

Connection:

Master: Nishizawa Icchű

Disciples: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I, Namiki Eisuke I, Namiki Senryű II, Namiki J˘suke, Namiki Toshisuke, Namiki Ry˘suke, Namiki Sankatsu

Career:

1695 ~ 1720s: first he was a buddhist priest in the J˘jűji temple in Mihara, Bingo province. Then he leaves the priesthood and settles in ďsaka, where he becomes a disciple of Nishizawa Icchű, working with his master at the Toyotakeza. He calls himself Tanaka Senryű.

7th lunar month of 1723: he takes part to the creation of Nishizawa Icchű's puppet drama "Izutsuya Genroku Koi no Kanzarashi" at the Toyotakeza.

4th lunar month of 1726: he takes the name of Namiki S˘suke and works with his master Nishizawa Icchű on the creation of the puppet drama "H˘j˘ Jiraiki" at the Toyotakeza.

8th lunar month of 1735: premiere in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza of the puppet drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto"; the playwrights are Senryű and his disciple Namiki J˘suke.

1st lunar month of 1736: the play "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai (unknown casting).

3rd lunar month of 1736: premiere in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza of S˘suke's puppet drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru".

7th lunar month of 1737: premiere in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza of S˘suke's puppet drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe".

2nd lunar month of 1740: premiere in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza of S˘suke's puppet drama "Hibariyama Himesute Matsu".

1741: S˘suke goes to Edo to work as a puppet sakusha at the Hizenza.

Summer 1742: he goes back to ďsaka to become a Kabuki sakusha.

2nd lunar month of 1743: he changes his names to Namiki S˘suke (In Japanese) and becomes a Kabuki sakusha in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1743: he creates, along with Namiki Eisuke I, the kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I; others actors are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1745: he takes the name of Namiki Senryű I and goes back to the pupper world.

7th lunar month of 1745: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the playwrights are Senryű, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Takeda Koizumo I.

8th lunar month of 1745: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is immediately adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1745 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater [more details].

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance and line-up:

[Naka no Shibai] [Kado no Shibai] [ďnishi no Shibai]

8th lunar month of 1746: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the playwrights are Senryű, Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Takeda Koizumo I.

9th lunar month of 1746: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1747: the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting].

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the playwrights are Senryű, Takeda Izumo II and Miyoshi Sh˘raku.

1st lunar month of 1748: the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged in Ise with the actors Kataoka Nizaemon IV (Tokaiya Ginpei, Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan) and Yamamoto Koheiji (Tadanobu).

8th lunar month of 1748: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the playwrights are Senryű, Takeda Izumo II and Miyoshi Sh˘raku.

12th lunar month of 1748: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

7th lunar month of 1749: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the playwrights are Senryű, Takeda Izumo II and Miyoshi Sh˘raku.

11th lunar month of 1749: premiere in ďsaka at the Takemotoza of the puppet play "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki"; the playwrights are Senryű and Miyoshi Sh˘raku.

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Moritaza for the first time [casting].

1751: S˘suke works on the future puppet drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". Act I, II and III are completed.

7th day of the 9th lunar month of 1751: S˘suke dies.

12th lunar month of 1751: premiere at the Toyotakeza of the puppet play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which was initially written by Namiki S˘suke; act IV and V were written by Asada Icch˘, Namioka Geiji, Namiki Sh˘z˘ I, Naniwa Sanz˘ and Toyotake Jinroku.

Comments:

Namiki S˘suke was the founder of the Namiki clan and created some of the most famous traditional dramas of both the puppet and Kabuki repertoires: his most famous creations are the famous Kabuki Sandai Meisaku Ky˘gen. He is considered the second greatest Japanese playwright after Chikamatsu Monzaemon.

Namiki S˘suke

 
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