BANDď TOYOSABURď I

Stage name:

Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I In Japanese

Pen name:

Toyoda Itt˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Yorozuya Toyosabur˘ In Japanese

Guild: Yorozuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: H˘sui, T˘ch˘

Existence: ??? ~ 1775

Connection:

Master: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I

Son: Band˘ Kikumatsu

Career:

Beginning of the 1720s: disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, he started his career in Ky˘to as an iroko.

11th lunar month of 1726: Toyosabur˘ became wakaonnagata in Ky˘to, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Shinz˘ Kishi no Himematsu" which was produced by Sanogawa Mangiku.

Fall 1730: Toyosabur˘ settled in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1730: Toyosabur˘ performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai", which was produced by Asao Motogor˘ I.

1732: tour in Nagoya.

Fall 1734: Toyosabur˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1734: Toyosabur˘ played the role of Osome in the kaomise drama "Oyayuzuri Kogane no Katokugura", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1738: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

Fall 1738: Toyosabur˘ travelled to Edo with Tomizawa Tatsunosuke.

11th lunar month of 1738: Toyosabur˘ performed at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Momiji Kagemasa".

1st lunar month of 1739: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1739: Toyosabur˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of Yashichi's ny˘b˘ Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Irifune Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1740: Toyosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sait˘'s daughter Hayasaki in Hayakawa Denshir˘'s kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘; the role of Sait˘ Tarozaemon was played by Hayakawa Denshir˘.

3rd lunar month of 1741: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

Fall 1741: Toyosabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1741: Toyosabur˘ became tachiyaku and played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomed in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and his adopted son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1742: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Toyosabur˘ plays the role of Ono no Harukaze [casting].

11th lunar month of 1742: Toyosabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the kar˘ Yűki Sensuke in the kaomise drama "Ukisuiwa Mukashi Kagami", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Toyosabur˘ played the role of Kihei in the drama "Kurofune Isse Ichidai Otoko", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1744: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1745: Toyosabur˘ played the roles of Abe no Yasuna in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami" , which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai; his stage partners were Arashi Shichigor˘ I (Yakanpei, Sh˘gen), Nakamura Jűz˘ I (D˘man), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Yokanpei), Ichikawa Danz˘ III (Sakon Tar˘) and Yoshizawa Ayame II (Kuzu-no-Ha).

11th lunar month of 1745: Toyosabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Suruga no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1746: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1748: he became zamoto and sakusha, using the pen name Toyoda Itt˘, producing at the Naka no Shibai Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa".

11th lunar month of 1749: Toyosabur˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I, welcomed back in ďsaka Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1750: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Toyosabur˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which was produced by Iwata Somematsu I; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Kirishima Gizaemon I.

1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1751 [1]: his master Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I died in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1752: Toyosabur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nagoya Sanza in the kaomise drama "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1753: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was three black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1753: Toyosabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which was produced by Ichimura Sanohachi.

11th lunar month of 1755: Toyosabur˘ became zamoto and produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Jidai Sewa Kogane no Hanazoroe", in which he played the role of Shigetada.

1st lunar month of 1756: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1756: Toyosabur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Kurofune Ihachi and Minamoto no Yoritomo in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which was produced by Anegawa Daikichi I.

1st lunar month of 1757: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakayama Bunshichi I.

Fall 1757: Toyosabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1757: Toyosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Ise no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "ďyashiro Musubu no Sanban Tsuzuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.

1st lunar month of 1758: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1758: Toyosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the kagokaki Tar˘bŕ, in reality Tezuka Tar˘, in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1760: Toyosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of the fox Aoba Hansuke impersonating Nagoya Sanza and Nagoya Sanza in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1761: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

Fall 1762: Toyosabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1762: Toyosabur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kinroku in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki Nendaiki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Sanjűr˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1763: Toyosabur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi I (Matsu˘maru, Terukuni), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Kakuju, Shihei), Arashi Hinasuke I (Haru), Anegawa Daikichi I (Tonami, Yae), Asao Tamejűr˘ I (Hy˘ei, Shund˘ Genba), Nakayama Raisuke I (Ume˘maru), Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (Genz˘, Sukune Tar˘), Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (Sakuramaru), Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II (Chiyo, Tatsuta) and Nakamura Kichiemon I (Kan Sh˘j˘).

11th lunar month of 1765: Toyosabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the bashi Sekihachi, in reality Kisanta, in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki" [2], which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I. He also played the roles of Hachimangű and the bashi Sekihachi in in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki" [2], which was produced by Nakamura Utaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1766: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors.

5th lunar month of 1766: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Toyosabur˘ played the roles of Kansuke's mother and Nagao Nyűd˘ Kenshin [casting].

11th lunar month of 1767: Toyosabur˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Danjo Aish˘ Kagami", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke I.

1st lunar month of 1768: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors.

11th lunar month of 1768: Toyosabur˘ played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Toyohei in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki", which was produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1768: Toyosabur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ch˘gor˘'s mother in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" [3].

11th lunar month of 1774: Toyosabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Isagiyoshi Kusunoki Banashi".

3rd lunar month of 1775: Toyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

1775: Toyosabur˘ died.

Comments:

Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I was a refined and elegant actor, with the reputation of a talented musician. He was active from the beginning of the 1720s to the second half of the 1770s: wakaonnagata from 1726 to 1741 and tachiyaku from 1741 to 1774. He was the first actor in Kabuki history to play the role of Nagao Kenshin in the classic "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

[1] The 1st day of the 1st lunar month of the 4th year of the Kan'en era was the 27th of January 1751 in the western calendar.

[2] There were two zamoto at the Naka no Shibai, Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I, and there were two kaomise dramas produced in this theater. They did work together on the first kaomise drama but only Nakamura Utaemon I produced the second kaomise drama. The two dramas had a different casting but used the same title "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki".

[3] The same drama was also staged at the same time at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters.

Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I playing the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Band˘ Toyosabur˘ line of actors

 
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