|SAKURAYAMA SHIRďSABURď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 7th lunar month of 1732
Elder brother: Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I
Father-in-law: Arashi Kanshir˘ I
1680s: he starts his career in Ky˘to as a wakashugata, performing under the name of Sakurayama Kodayű.
1690s: he performs in Ky˘to as a wakaonnagata.
1st lunar month of 1700: he goes to ďsaka, becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, playing the role of Fukuyama Sanzaemon in the new year drama "Nanto Jűsangane", which is produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1702: Shirosabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater in the drama "ďt˘ no Miya Kumano Ochi", which is produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi; his others stage partners are Yamada Jimpachi, Fujikawa Buzaemon I and Kanazawa Goheiji.
Fall 1708: Shirosabur˘ goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1708: Shirosabur˘ plays the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Fujimura Handayű II, Takeshima K˘zaemon I and Iwai Sagenta I.
3rd lunar month of 1709: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). He shares the same rank with Murayama Jűheiji I, Katsuyama Matagor˘, Narukawa Genzaemon and Hamazaki Isogor˘.
11th lunar month of 1709: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Furiwakegami", which welcomes in Edo the ďsaka actors Hisamatsu Tasanta and Iwai Tamanoe. The others main stage partners are Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Matsumoto Shirosabur˘, Takii Hannosuke, Narukawa Genzaemon, Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Saruwaka Sanzaemon II.
11th lunar month of 1710: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I. The others main stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ikushima Shingor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Asao Jűjir˘ and Kokan Tar˘ji I.
Fall 1711: Shirosabur˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1711: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Dansuke, in reality Kond˘ Hidanosuke, in the kaomise drama "Futahashira Aioi Ch˘ja", which is coproduced by Ogino Yaegiri I and Miyazaki Denkichi.
3rd lunar month of 1712: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Yamamura Kazaemon, Takenaka T˘zabur˘ and his brother Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1716: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Gosabur˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon at the Higashi no Shibai. This is the first time this play is staged in ďsaka. Shirosabur˘'s stage partners are Sanogawa Mangiku (Kinsh˘jo), Takenaka T˘zabur˘ (Kanki), Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I (R˘ikkan) and Kirinami Takie (Wat˘nai's mother).
1st lunar month of 1717: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon and Takeshima K˘zaemon II.
11th lunar month of 1725: Shirosabur˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ky˘goku Umanoj˘ in Kaneko Kichizaemon's kaomise drama "Wag˘ no Futabashira", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.
Fall 1727: Shirosabur˘ moves to Ky˘to with the actor Arashi San'emon III.
11th lunar month of 1727: Shirosabur˘ plays the role of Sonenomatsu Jűnai in Azuma Sampachi's kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku at Ebisuya Kichir˘bei's theater.
11th lunar month of 1728: Shirosabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise program "Daimy˘ Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku; his stage partners are Arashi San'emon III, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I and Nakamura Shingor˘ I.
Fall 1729: Shirosabur˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1729: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Matsuda Buemon in the kaomise drama "Banzai Kogane Tsukuri", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Yoshizawa Ayame II, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Fujii Hanamatsu.
11th lunar month of 1730: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.
12th lunar month of 1731: Shirosabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďyamato Wag˘ no Tsuchi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrates the arrival in the new line-up of Fujikawa Heikur˘, Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II and Arashi Sangor˘ I.
Summer 1732: Shirosabur˘ dies in ďsaka.
Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I was a Kamigata tachiyaku actor. Born and trained in Ky˘to, he started to make a name for himself in Edo at the end of the 1700s. He achieved fame for himself in ďsaka during the Ky˘h˘ era but never succeeded in reaching the same level of fame in Ky˘to. His two fields of excellence were yatsushigoto and jitsugoto. He was also good in aragoto and jitsuaku roles.
Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I (left) and Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ I (right) in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu I (1708~1711)
The Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ line of actors
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