TAJIMA KONOSUKE
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Tajima Konosuke I
Tajima Konosuke I  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was director of the Shogunate stable. Thanks to a family relationship with Iwai Hanshir˘ IV through his wife, he became sakusha in Edo. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1796 at the Miyakoza, along with Masuyama Kinpachi I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Kimura Enji I [1], on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji", which celebrated the isse ichidai performance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘, the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and which welcomed back in Edo the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. He became disciple of Tsuruya Nanboku IV in 1813. He also became sanmaime sakusha and worked, along with his master and Hon'ya S˘shichi [2], at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma". He became nimaime sakusha and worked at the Kawarasakiza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Sakurada Jisuke II and Segawa Jok˘ II [3], on the kaomise drama "Yamato Meisho Senbon Zakura", which celebrated the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1828 at the Nakamuraza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Motomishi Hana Otogi Heike"; Jok˘'s yearly salary was 60 ry˘ [4]. He died in 1829. As he often put horses in his dramas, he was nicknamed the Horse Playwright (uma sakusha).

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Tajima Konosuke I in kabuki21.com.

The name of Tajima Konosuke I in a 1828 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Tajima Konosuke II
 

The sakusha Matsushima Hanji V held the name of Tajima Konosuke II from 1845 to the 10th lunar month of 1847.

The name of Tajima Konosuke II in a 1846 Edo ehon banzuke (the name within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] Others sakusha were Eii Sansuke, Katsuki Genji, Sasa Rind˘suke, Tokimoto Genji and Nata Enpachi.

[2] Others sakusha were Ichioka Washichi I, Masuyama Chűji, Naritaya Suke and Masuyama Ry˘suke.

[3] Others sakusha were Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I, Katsu Hy˘suke and Matsushima Y˘suke II.

[4] Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the best Edo playwright, was paid 175 ry˘. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, the zagashira at the Nakamuraza, was paid 600 ry˘.

 
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