NAKAYAMA TOMISABURď I

Stage names:

Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I In Japanese

Guild: ďmiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kinsha

Existence: 1760 ~ 10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819

Connection:

Father: Ichikawa Ikuz˘

Master: Nakayama Bunshichi I

Son: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III

Disciple: Nakayama Kamesabur˘

Career:

1760 ~ 1780: born in Kamigata. His father is the katakiyaku actor Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his master the tachiyaku actor Nakayama Bunshichi I. He is trained as a wakaonnagata.

Fall 1780: Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his son Tomisabur˘ go together to Edo.

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrates the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Tomisabur˘ plays the role of Gotobŕ's wife Sekijo [more details].

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Tomisabur˘ plays the role of Okimi [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares this rank with Nakamura Noshio II.

15th day of the 6th lunar month of 1798: his father Ichikawa Ikuz˘ dies.

11th lunar month of 1799: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Yumiya no Oyafune", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1800: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls one stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1800: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1801: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikozaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Onoe Matsusuke I. He also plays the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Sasao and Otani in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

11th lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Koshiji no Hana Oedo no Torideki".

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita"; Tomisabur˘ plays the role of Komurasaki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1803: Tomisabur˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza and plays in the kaomise drama "Yamato Nishiki Yoshino Dairi", which includes the "Onna Shibaraku" scene [print].

1st lunar month of 1804: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls one stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1804: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Okaru, Rikiya and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1804: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Danpachi.

1st lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji are played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Onoe Matsusuke I. Tomisabur˘ also plays the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which is staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű are played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.

11th lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays in the kaomise drama "Keisei Yoshino no Kane".

4th lunar month of 1806: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Winter 1807: Tomisabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

3rd lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Miyako and Oseki in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

5th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

7th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ goes to ďsaka and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Omino in the drama "Hikeyahike Nishikiguruma".

1st lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Tomisabur˘, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they perform 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˘ is back in ďsaka to perform at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sanai's wife in the kaomise drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also plays the role of Akoya in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi III (Shigetada) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Iwanaga Saemon).

10th lunar month of 1809: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Awa no Naruto".

Fall 1810: Tomisabur˘ goes to Edo, with Onoe Shinshichi II and Nakayama Kamesabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1810: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Monomi Guruma Yuki no Takadono".

4th lunar month of 1811: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1813: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma". This is his last kaomise; Tomisabur˘ does not retire but his appearances on stage become rare.

2nd lunar month of 1818: Tomisabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819: Tomisabur˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

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.

Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Kunishige in Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794~1795

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1803

The Nakayama Tomisabur˘ line of actors

 
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