TAKENAKA TďZABURď

Stage names:

Takenaka T˘zabur˘ In Japanese
Takenaka Hatsusabur˘ I In Japanese
Takenaka Hatsunoj˘ In Japanese
Takenaka Hatsudayű In Japanese
Takenaka Ukon In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Ebisuya Kichibei

Disciple: Takenaka Kozarashi

Career:

1670s: disciple of the Ky˘to dance master Ebisuya Kichibei, he starts his career performing under the name of Takenaka Ukon. Later, he becomes wakaonnagata and performs under the name of Takenaka Hatsudayű. His next stage names are Takenaka Hatsunoj˘, then Takenaka Hatsusabur˘ I.

1686: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Takenaka T˘zabur˘ in Ky˘to.

1690: he settles in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1699: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Tatsuta Naniwanosuke in the drama "Daimy˘ Takara no Fukubiki", which is produced by Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

3rd lunar month of 1702: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

1703: T˘zabur˘ performs in Ky˘to.

1705: T˘zabur˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1707: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Adachi T˘manosuke in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chibako no Tama", which is produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1708: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Nakamitsu in the new year drama "Minamoto no Manjű Okina Muko", which is produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1709: T˘zabur˘ plays the role of Tokiwanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Gosho Bunko", which is produced in ďsaka by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu.

Fall 1710: T˘zabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: T˘zabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Takuemon in the kaomise drama "Kenkon Daikoku Bashira", which is produced by Kataoka Sanpei.

3rd lunar month of 1711: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank as Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I and Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

Fall 1711: T˘zabur˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1711: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Uesugi Chűzaemon in the kaomise drama "Maizuru Yomeiri Kagami", which is produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

3rd lunar month of 1712: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank as Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I and Yamamura Kazaemon.

11th lunar month of 1712: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of D˘j˘ji Shinbŕ in the kaomise drama "Onna Imagawa Seishi no J˘j˘", which is produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

1st lunar month of 1713: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of the toneri Go˘maru in the new year drama "Keizu no Musume".

11th lunar month of 1713: T˘zabur˘ performs in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Onna Fude Y˘bunsh˘", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III and Ogino Yaegiri I.

11th lunar month of 1714: T˘zabur˘ performs in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Bandai-ga-Ike no Tsurukame", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.

11th lunar month of 1715: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka the role of the kar˘ Kumabara Jűzaemon in Kaneko Kichizaemon's kaomise drama "Hachiman Ch˘ja no Oto Musume", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1716: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Kaneko Kichizaemon and Onogawa Ugenji.

11th lunar month of 1716: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Iwato Tatewaki in the kaomise drama "Futahashira Kasen Kagami". He also plays the role of Kanki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the role of Wat˘nai is played by Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1717: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Miyazaki Denkichi.

11th lunar month of 1717: T˘zabur˘ plays in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Nagaoka Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Meryű Oryű Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1718: T˘zabur˘ performs in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "S˘shi Arai Komachi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; T˘zabur˘ plays the role of Sh˘gen [casting]. This is his last recorded performance in ˘shibai. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

Takenaka T˘zabur˘ was a popular and talented Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who was active from the first half of the 1670s to the end of the 1710s. He excelled in bud˘goto. He disappeared before reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank but he was very close to this level.

Takenaka T˘zabur˘ (center/right) performing in the kaomise drama "Bandai-ga-Ike no Tsurukame", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1714 in ďsaka at Shioya Kuroemon's theater

The two others actors are Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (top/left) and Fukuoka Yagoshir˘ (bottom/left)

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