TAKENAKA KICHISABURď
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I
Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of the famous dancer Ebisuya Kichirobŕ. He was trained by his father and performed in 1686 in Ky˘to as a wakaonnagata actor. His rank in "Yar˘ Tachiyaku Butai ďkagami", the first hy˘banki in Kabuki history which was published in the 1st lunar month of 1687, was (superior) [visual]. He shared this ranking with Araki Yojibŕ I (zamoto), Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Nakamura Kazuma I, Suzuki Heizaemon I, Uemura Kichiya II, Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I, Fujita Koheiji I and Karamatsu Kasen. He performed as a wakaonnagata actor in Ky˘to in 1687 for the zamoto Iwamoto Gonzabur˘. No record afterwards. This early days onnagata actor was said to excel in nuregoto and yatsushigoto. He was also a good musician.

Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I in "Yar˘ Tachiyaku Butai ďkagami", the first hy˘banki in Kabuki history

Takenaka Kichisabur˘ II
Takenaka Kichisabur˘ II  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Relationship to Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I unknown. He was recorded for the first time when he performed in the 1st lunar month of 1711 the role of a koshimoto in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kuhonji J˘do", which was staged in Ky˘to. He settled in Edo in the winter of 1712, playing at the Ichimuraza the role of Yűhi-no-Mae in the new year sogamono drama "Soga Kantan no Makura". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1717 at the Nakamuraza the role of Fujigae in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki H˘nen Mitsugimono". No record afterwards.

The name of Takenaka Kichisabur˘ II in the 1718 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

 
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