UPDATES 2003
31 December 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the 12 actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI, Ichikawa Monnosuke VII, Ichimura Uzaemon XVII, Jitsukawa Enjaku III, Kataoka Gad˘ V, Kataoka Nizaemon XIII, Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Onoe Kur˘emon II.

ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ (5 generations), Band˘ Yasosuke (5 generations), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ (12 generations), Ichikawa Danz˘ (9 generations), Ichikawa Ennosuke (3 generations), Ichikawa Sadanji (4 generations), Ichikawa Somegor˘ (7 generations), Jitsukawa Enjaku (3 generations), Kataoka Gad˘ (5 generations), Kataoka Roen (6 generations), Kataoka Gat˘ (5 generations), Nakamura Baigyoku (4 generations), Nakamura Karoku (5 generations), Nakamura Kash˘ (3 generations), Nakamura Senjaku (3 generations), Nakamura Tokiz˘ (5 generations), Nakamura Tomijűr˘ (5 generations) and Sawamura Tossh˘ (5 generations).

PROGRAMS: November 2003 (Sh˘chiku Hanagata Kabuki), January 2004 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza).

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
ďtani Tomoemon I Katsukawa Shunsh˘

OTHERS: the glossary pages from H to J are translated in English, more details on the different shűmei of the star Nakamura Ganjir˘, the pages on the National Theatre, Nakamuraza and ďnishi/Chikugo no Shibai are in English, a new format for the T˘kaid˘ pages.

30 November 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Onoe Baik˘ VI, Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Onoe Kikugor˘ IV, Onoe Kikujir˘ II, Onoe Kikujir˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke III, Onoe Matsusuke IV, Onoe Sh˘roku I, Onoe Sh˘roku II, Onoe Tamiz˘ I, Onoe Tamiz˘ II and Onoe Tamiz˘ III.

PLAYS: "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari" and "Naozamurai".

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Ichimura Yoshigor˘, Iwai Hanshir˘ and Nakamura Ky˘z˘.

PROGRAMS: December 2003 (Kabukiza, National Theatre), January 2004 (Minamiza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘).

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II Torii Kiyotada
Sanogawa Mangiku Torii Kiyotada

ACTORS LINES: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ (9 generations), Onoe Baik˘ (7 generations), Onoe Kikugor˘ (7 generations), Onoe Matsusuke (6 generations) and Onoe Tamiz˘ (3 generations).

GUILDS: Akashiya.

OTHERS: the glossary pages from D to G, from O to R and from U to Z are translated in English.

4 October 2003

I celebrated the first anniversary of www.kabuki21.com by going to the Kabukiza and enjoying the amazing evening program!

PLAYS: "Jusshuk˘", "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata", "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" and "Torii Mae".

PROGRAMS: November 2003 (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), December 2003 (Minamiza).

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Dekishima Heihachi Torii Kiyomasu 1730
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV Torii Kiyohiro 1755
Ogino Yaegiri I Torii Kiyomasu 1730
Segawa Kikujir˘ I Torii Kiyohiro 1755

ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Jakuemon (4 generations).

OTHERS: the "San Shibai Saiken" pages are translated in English.

30 September 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI, Band˘ Jusabur˘ II, Band˘ Jusabur˘ III, Band˘ Kakitsu I, Band˘ Kamez˘ I, Band˘ Matatar˘ I, Band˘ Matatar˘ IV, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX, Band˘ Sanpachi I, Band˘ Shűch˘ II, Band˘ Shűch˘ III, Band˘ Shűka I, Nakamura Baigyoku II, Nakamura Baigyoku III, Nakamura Ganjir˘ I, Nakamura Ganjir˘ II, Nakamura Jakuemon I, Nakamura Jakuemon II, Nakamura Jakuemon III, Nakamura Kaisha, Nakamura Shikan III, Nakamura S˘jűr˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, ďtani Hiroemon III, ďtani Hirohachi I, ďtani Hiroji I, ďtani Hiroji II, ďtani Hiroji III, ďtani Hiroji V, ďtani Tomoemon I, ďtani Tomoemon II, ďtani Tomoemon IV and ďtani Tomoemon VI.

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III Utagawa Toyokuni 1808
Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
Band˘ Kamez˘ I Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
Band˘ Matatar˘ IV Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1773
Band˘ Shűka I Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
ďtani Hiroemon V Utagawa Toyokuni
ďtani Hiroji III Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1773
ďtani Tomoemon I Katsukawa Shunsh˘
ďtani Tomoemon IV Utagawa Kunisada 1833

THEATERS: Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Shűch˘ (5 generations), Nakamura Ganjir˘ (3 generations), ďtani Hiroji (5 generations) and ďtani Tomoemon (8 generations).

OTHERS: Kabuki History pages are translated in English (1801~1900 and 1901~2000), 61 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary, completion of the translation in English of all the derivatives and goods pages.

31 August 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII, Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII.

PLAYS: "Yoshinoyama".

THEATERS: Kiriza and Kitaza.

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V Toyohara Kunichika 1874
Ichikawa Sadanji I Toyohara Kunichika 1874
Kataoka Nizaemon VIII Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
Nakamura Kanjaku III Toyohara Kunichika 1874
Nakamura Shikan IV Toyohara Kunichika 1874
Onoe Kikugor˘ V Toyohara Kunichika 1874

PROGRAMS: September 2003 (Kabukiza, Edo T˘ky˘ Museum) and October 2003 (Kabukiza, Heisei Nakamuraza).

DERIVATIVES: T˘ky˘ Handy-Guide.

OTHERS: the page dedicated to Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV's prints is translated in English and reformatted, some Kabuki History pages are translated in English (1601~1700 and 1701~1800), 44 extra entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

20 July 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the stars Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII, Ichikawa Chűsha VII, Ichikawa Danz˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII, Onoe Baik˘ VII, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and Sawamura Tosshi VII.

PLAYS: "Gion Ichiriki Jaya", "Kasane", "Sonezaki Shinjű", "Sushiya" and "Terakoya".

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I Katsukawa Shunk˘
Iwai Hanshir˘ IV Katsukawa Shun'ei
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III Utagawa Toyokuni 1796
Kataoka Nizaemon VII Utagawa Toyokuni 1796

PROGRAMS: August 2003 (Hieizan Takigi Kabuki, Kamejir˘ no Kai).

ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ (8 generations) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ (10 generations).

28 June 2003

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V Ippitsusai Bunch˘ 1771
Segawa Kikunoj˘ III Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1777~1781

PROGRAMS: August 2003 (Kabukiza), October 2003 (National Theatre, Misonoza, Minamiza) and November 2003 (National Theatre).

18 May 2003

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV, Kataoka Ichiz˘ V, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III.

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V Katsukawa Shun'ei 1787
Iwai Hanshir˘ IV Katsukawa Shun'ei 1787

PROGRAMS: July 2003 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza).

ACTORS LINES: Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ (4 generations).

30 April 2003

ACTORS: detailed biographies of the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

PLAYS: "Sanemori Monogatari".

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II Okumura Masanobu 1727
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III Torii Kiyomasu 1735~1741
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II Torii Kiyomasu 1735~1741
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III Katsukawa Shunk˘

PROGRAMS: May 2003 (NHK Hall), June 2003 (Kabukiza, Band˘ Takesabur˘ no Kai), July 2003 (Eastern Tour, Central Tour), August 2003 (Heisei Wakashű Kabuki) and September 2003 (Western Tour).

ACTORS LINES: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ (10 generations).

DERIVATIVES: Modern Prints, Lion Spirit Dancer and Subway Map.

NEW SITE FEATURES: 3 new illustrations for the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, the glossary from A to C translated in English, 2 new illustrations for the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, 39 extra entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary and 4 new illustrations for the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

31 March 2003

PLAYS: "Kanjinch˘".

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Azuma T˘z˘ III Utagawa Toyokuni III 1863
Azuma T˘z˘ IV Utagawa Toyokuni III 1863
Azuma T˘z˘ V Utagawa Toyokuni III 1863
Nakayama Kojűr˘ VI Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1785
Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1785

PROGRAMS: April 2003 (Kabukiza), May 2003 (Kabukiza, Chikamatsuza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and June 2003 (Cocoon Theater, Hakataza, Kansai Tour).

NEW SITE FEATURES: a search tool (powered by FreeFind), more details on the careers of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, the Kabuki-related "strolling around" pages translated in English, a Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary (188 entries) and the fixing of some broken hyperlinks (thanks to Theo).

12 February 2003

PLAYS: two new plays added

Common Title Full Title
Sum˘ba Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki
Tsubosaka Tsubosaka Reigenki

ACTORS: Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
Ichikawa Komaz˘ III T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
Ichikawa Omez˘ I T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
Iwai Hanshir˘ IV Torii Kiyonaga 1784
Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
ďtani Oniji III T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III Torii Kiyonaga 1784

PROGRAMS: May 2003 (Chikamatsuza).

ACTORS LINES: Arashi Kitsusabur˘ (6 generations), Arashi Rikaku (5 generations) and Arashi Rikan (5 generations).

31 January 2003

PLAYS: two new plays added

Common Title Full Title
Kumagai Jin'ya Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki
Sukeroku Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

ACTORS: detailed biographies of the stars Arashi Hinasuke I, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ I, Arashi San'emon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Iwai Tojaku, Kataoka Nizaemon I, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, Nakamura Utaemon III, Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

PRINTS (the yakushae section):

Actor Print master
Arashi Koroku III Utagawa Toyokuni 1852
Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III Utagawa Kunimasa 1798
Segawa Kikusabur˘ II Utagawa Kunimasa 1798

PROGRAMS: February 2003 (Nihonbashi Gekij˘), March 2003 (Kabukiza, Minamiza, Edo T˘ky˘ Museum), April 2003 (Kanamaruza, Minamiza), May 2003 (Hakataza, Zenshinza), June 2003 (Chűnichi Theatre, National Theatre) and July 2003 (National Theatre)

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