TAKARADA JURAI

Pen names:

Takarada Jurai In Japanese
Geki Shinsen I In Japanese

Others names:

Eiga
Kind˘
Kind˘ Kanjin
K˘eir˘
Jusen
Honch˘ Sanjin

Poetry name: Kanga

Existence: 1740 ~ 17th day of the 8nd lunar month of 1796 [1]

Connection:

Masters: Nakamura Jűsuke II, Masuyama Kinpachi I

Disciple: Takarada H˘rai

Career:

1740: born in Edo. His real name was Suzuki Wahachir˘. Later, he was called Kinnosuke.

1782: disciple of Masuyama Kinpachi I, his first pen name was Geki Shinsen I.

11th lunar month of 1782: Shinsen worked for the tatesakusha Kasanui Sensuke I at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Eika Goyomi".

11th lunar month of 1783: Shinsen worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Ono no Terusaki Yuki no Akebono", which celebrated the shűmei of Sakata Hangor˘ III.

1784: he became disciple of Nakamura Jűsuke II and took the name of Takarada Jurai.

11th lunar month of 1784: Jurai worked for the tatesakusha Segawa Jok˘ I at the Kiriza on the kaomise drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura". Premiere of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Ky˘ran Kumoi no Sode" [2]. Premiere of the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1785: Jurai worked in the same theater on the drama "Edo Jitate Danshich-jima", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" world.

7th lunar month of 1785: Jurai worked in the same theater on the drama "Chiyo no Hajime Ondo no Sedo".

11th lunar month of 1785: Jurai worked at the Nakamuraza, along with his master Masuyama Kinpachi I and Nakamura Jűsuke II, on the kaomise drama "Yuki Motsu Take Furisode Genji".

8th lunar month of 1786: Jurai worked in the same theater on the drama "Mitsugimono Shinoda no Dekiaki". No record afterwards.

17th day of the 8nd lunar month of 1796 [1]: Jurai died in Edo.

Comments:

Takarada Jurai was an Edo sakusha, who made a short career in Edo. He will stay in Kabuki history as the playwright who created the beautiful dance-drama "Seki no To".

[1] the 17th day of the 8nd lunar month of the 8th year of the Kansei era was the 18th of September 1796 in the western calendar.

[2] This dance-drama is still in the Kabuki repertoire and its common title is "Nakaz˘ Ky˘ran".

The name of Takarada Jurai in a 1785 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the left side of the picture); all the names were the sakusha at the Nakamuraza, Moritaza and Kiriza

 
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