SAKURAYAMA SHIRďSABURď I

Stage names:

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I In Japanese
Sakurayama Kodayű In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 7th lunar month of 1732

Connection:

Elder brother: Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I

Son: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II

Father-in-law: Arashi Kanshir˘ I

Career:

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 Jinpachi, 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.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Murayama Jűheiji I.

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 "Futabashira 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 1712: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Aoto Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Imagawa Seishi no J˘j˘", which is produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

1st lunar month of 1713: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1714: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Kumagai Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Bantazaemon in Kaneko Kichizaemon's kaomise drama "Hachiman Ch˘ja no Oto Musume", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1716: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1716: Shirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monzaemon'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.

1st lunar month of 1718: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1724: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Akaboshi Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "Banzei no Minato", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

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.

1st lunar month of 1726: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1726: Shirosabur˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kurihara Sanzaemon in the kaomise drama "Bunbu Aioi no Matsu", which is produced by Fujii Hanamatsu and celebrates the shűmei of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1727: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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 Sanpachi's kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

1st lunar month of 1728: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

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.

1st lunar month of 1729: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

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.

1st lunar month of 1730: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

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.

1st lunar month of 1731: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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.

Comments:

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)

Prints & Illustrations

The Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ line of actors

 
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