SEKI SAN'EMON

Stage names:

Seki San'emon In Japanese
Seki Sanjűr˘ I In Japanese
Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV In Japanese
Arashi Sanjűr˘ II In Japanese
Ogino Kichisabur˘ In Japanese
Arashi Shichisabur˘ I In Japanese

Guilds: Sekiya, Tachibanaya, Owariya

Poetry name: Sanch˘

Existence: 1747 ~ 10th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808

Connections:

Masters: Arashi Hinasuke I, Arashi Koroku I

Adopted son: Seki Sanjűr˘ II

Disciple: Seki Shoz˘

Career:

1747~1771: born in ďsaka. He starts his career as a disciple of Arashi Koroku I, who gives him the name of Arashi Shichisabur˘ I. He spends several years in a troupe of children-actors, performing in miyaji shibai. Later on, he settles in ďsaka and takes the name of Ogino Kichisabur˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kichisabur˘ plays the roles of Yukinushi and the decchi Netar˘ [casting].

Fall 1771: he becomes disciple of the actor Arashi Hinasuke I.

11th lunar month of 1771: he becomes zamoto, takes the name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ II and produces in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", in which he plays the role of Tsukioka Shikibu. The writing for Sanjűro is:

Sanjűr˘ writing 山十郎
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Fall 1772: Sanjűr˘ produces in Ky˘to the play "Yaegasumi Naniwa no Hamaogi".

11th lunar month of 1772: Arashi Sanjűr˘ II takes the name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzai no H˘rai"; the two names look the same but the ideogram for san is different (the ideogram for mountain is replaced by the ideogram for three):

New Sanjűr˘ writing 三十郎
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12th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Uesugi Unai Akisada and Magohachi [casting].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Shikata Geki [casting].

7th lunar month of 1780: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1786: Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV takes the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai, playing 2 roles in the kaomise drama "Osanago no Katakiuchi".

2nd lunar month of 1787: Sanjűr˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

10th lunar month of 1787: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

3rd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sewa Ry˘ri Yaoya Kondate"; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Heiemon and Hanjir˘ [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1790: Sanjűr˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Nishigawa no Shibai the roles of Takeda Shingen and the old woman Koshiji in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is produced by Kameya Kumenoj˘.

Spring ~ Summer 1790: tour in Ise.

12th lunar month of 1790: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Hayagawa Takakage and S˘emon's wife in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", which is produced by Asao Sennosuke.

9th lunar month of 1791: premiere of Nagawa Shimesuke I's chűshinguramono "Iroha Gana Shijűshichi Moji" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Kanda Yogoro, Sagoemon and Orita Tamon-no-Kami [more details].

8th lunar month of 1792: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Yoshitsune and Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1792: Seki Sanjűr˘ I takes the name of Seki San'emon in the same theater, playing in the drama "Chűk˘ Homare no Futamichi". Around that time, he settles in ďsaka in the district of Kuroemon-ch˘.

1st lunar month ~ 3rd lunar month of 1794: premiere of Tatsuoka Mansaku's drama "Keisei Haru no Tori", which is famous for its "Umagiri" scene and is produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; San'emon plays the roles of Kobayagawa Tatewaki and Nagaoka Shingo [more details].

Summer 1794: tour in Ise.

1st lunar month of 1797: he takes back the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ I at the Kado no Shibai, playing 3 roles in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

5th lunar month of 1798: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II. His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Danshichi Kurobŕ), Nakayama Bunz˘ (Issun Tokubŕ), Yamashita Kinsaku II (Okaji) and Yoshizawa Iroha I (Otatsu).

11th lunar month of 1800: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yanagi's puppet theater drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which is produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Shima Sakon, T˘kichi and Uno Bungo [casting].

12th lunar month of 1804: Sanjűr˘ plays for the last time the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is produced by the zamoto Fujikawa Tatsuz˘ at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka).

11th lunar month of 1807: Seki Sanjűr˘ I and his adopted son Seki Utasuke I respectively take the names of Seki San'emon and Seki Sanjűr˘ II at the Naka no Shibai.

1808: Seki San'emon and Seki Sanjűr˘ II go together to Edo. San'emon suddenly falls ill and dies the 10th of the 6th lunar month of 1808.

Comments:

Seki San'emon, the founder of the Seki clan, was a tachiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata and was a specialist in jitsuaku, wajitsu and bud˘goto roles. One of his best roles was Minamoto Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

Seki San'emon (top/right) playing the role of Masayasu in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1792 at the Kado no Shibai
(illustration taken from the 1793 hy˘banki)
The others actors are Mimasu Matsugor˘ (top/left), Asao Tamejűr˘ I (bottom/left) and Fujikawa Tomokichi I (bottom/right) playing the roles of Yoshikage, Sezai and Otsuyu

Prints & Illustrations

The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors

The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors

The Seki Sanjűr˘ line of actors

 
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