|NAKAYAMA TOMISABURď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kinsha
Existence: 1760 ~ 10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819 
Father: Ichikawa Ikuz˘
Master: Nakayama Bunshichi I
Son: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III
Disciple: Nakayama Kamesabur˘
Fall 1780: Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his son Tomisabur˘ went together to Edo.
9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrated the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Tomisabur˘ played the role of Gotobŕ's wife Sekijo [more details].
5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Kiriza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Noriai Banashi"; Tomisabur˘ played the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon's ny˘b˘ Tsukisayo, the female kamiyui Oroku and Mikinoshin's daughter Miyagino [more details].
3rd lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű were played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Onoe Matsusuke I. He also played the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".
11th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma"; Tomisabur˘ played the roles of the keisei Nishikigi, the yamanba of Mount Ashigara and the fox Fujimori no Kojor˘ [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji were played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Onoe Matsusuke I. Tomisabur˘ also played the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű were played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.
4th lunar month of 1806: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
Winter 1807: Tomisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.
5th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".
7th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
11th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ went to ďsaka and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Omino in the drama "Hikeyahike Nishikiguruma".
6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya with Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they performed at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".
8th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ was back in ďsaka to perform at the Kado no Shibai.
11th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sanai's wife in the kaomise drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also played the role of Akoya in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners were Nakayama Bunshichi III (Shigetada) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Iwanaga Saemon).
10th lunar month of 1809: Tomisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Awa no Naruto".
Fall 1810: Tomisabur˘ went to Edo with Onoe Shinshichi II and Tomisabur˘'s son Nakayama Kamesabur˘.
4th lunar month of 1811: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
11th lunar month of 1813: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma". This was his last kaomise; Tomisabur˘ did not completely retire but his appearances on stage became rare events.
10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819 : Tomisabur˘ died in Edo.
Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, who was born and trained in Kamigata, achieved fame from himself in Edo from the end of the 1790s to the beginning of the 1810s. He was said to be better in sewamono than in jidaimono, excelling in keisei and sewa ny˘b˘ roles.
 The 10th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunsei era was the 28th of October 1819 in the western calendar.
 The 15th day of the 6th lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 28th of July 1798 in the western calendar.
 The 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of the 10th year of the Bunka era was the 17th of August 1813 in the western calendar.
Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Kunishige in Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)
The Nakayama Tomisabur˘ line of actors
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