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 started his career performing under the name of Takenaka Ukon. Later, he became wakaonnagata and performed under the name of Takenaka Hatsudayű. His next stage names were Takenaka Hatsunoj˘, then Takenaka Hatsusabur˘ I.

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

1690: he settled in ďsaka.

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

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

1703: T˘zabur˘ performed in Ky˘to.

1705: T˘zabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

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

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

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

Fall 1710: T˘zabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st lunar month of 1717: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Miyazaki Denkichi.

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

11th lunar month of 1718: T˘zabur˘ performed in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Seigaiha", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: T˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1719: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's 1708 puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" by Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘, which was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai; T˘zabur˘ played the role of Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu [casting]. This was his last recorded performance in ˘shibai. No record afterwards.

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 were Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (top/left) and Fukuoka Yagoshir˘ (bottom/left)

Prints & Illustrations

The Takenaka Hatsusabur˘ line of actors

 
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