UPDATES 2005
31 December 2005

2005 was a busy year for kabuki21.com. 366 actors pages, 130 summaries and 630 entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary are from now on available. I would like to thank very much all the people who helped me building this site: Paul Binnie, Frank Castle, Jeff Blair, Paul Griffith, Ted Jagoda, Lynn Matsuoka, Sekidobashi Sakura, Jerry "V" Vegder, Jean Wilson and Akiko Yamauchi.

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Onoe Koisabur˘ I and Onoe Shinshichi II.

PRINTS:

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Ichikawa Shik˘ II Utagawa Hirosada 1848

ACTORS LINES: Onoe Shinshichi.

OTHERS: 4 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

30 December 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Nakajima Kanzaemon I, Nakajima Kanzaemon II, Nakajima Kanzaemon III, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Nakajima Mihoemon II and Nakajima Mihoemon III.

PRINTS:

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Nakajima Mihoemon I
Nakamura Denkur˘ II
Torii Kiyomasu 1748
Nakajima Mihoemon II
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I
T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794~1795

ACTORS LINES: Nakajima Kanzaemon, Nakajima Mihoemon and Nakajima Mihoz˘.

OTHERS: 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kugeaku is added to the glossary; one of the 1711 kaomise in Edo.

30 November 2005

ACTORS: biography of the actor Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

PLAYS: "Ame no Gor˘" and "Kitsunebi".

PRINTS:

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Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Band˘ Matatar˘ IV
Kitao Shigemasa 1760s

ACTORS LINES: Sakata T˘jűr˘.

DERIVATIVES: Maldives Stamps.

OTHERS: a new pattern for the background of all pages (the mon of the new Sakata T˘jűr˘); 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; inaka shibai and kitsunebi are added to the glossary; 2 new links.

20 November 2005

ACTORS: biographies of the actors Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ and Nakamura S˘jűr˘.

PLAYS: "Ryűko", "Tenaraiko" and "Yoshikata Saigo".

PRINTS:

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Nakamura Matsue I Ippitsusai Bunch˘ 1769
Nakamura Rik˘ I Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1776
Nakamura Shikan I
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV
Utagawa Kunisada 1819

ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Matsue and Nakamura Shichisabur˘.

PROGRAMS: November 2005 (Zenshinza Tour), December 2005 (Zenshinza Tour) and January 2006 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Zenshinza Gekij˘).

OTHERS: 23 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

30 October 2005

ACTORS: biography of the actor Shibazaki Rinzaemon I.

PLAYS: "Sakai no Taiko" and "Soga no Taimen".

PROGRAMS: December 2005 (Minamiza, National Theatre, Kabukiza).

OTHERS: 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; shin kabuki jűhachiban is added to the glossary.

20 October 2005

ACTORS: biographies of the actors Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Fujioka Daikichi.

PLAYS: "Iwashi Uri" and "Kamo Zutsumi".

PRINTS:

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ďtani Hiroji I Torii Kiyonobu 1719
Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II Torii Kiyonobu 1719

PROGRAMS: November 2005 (Yachiyoza).

OTHERS: 11 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; mishima kabuki, onna bud˘ and onry˘goto are added to the glossary; everything about the Shichinosuke scandal; one of the 1732 kaomise in ďsaka; one new book in the bibliography.

10 October 2005

ACTORS: a biography of the actor Sakakiyama Sagisuke.

PLAYS: "Utsunoya T˘ge".

PROGRAMS: November 2005 (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour).

OTHERS: 18 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kyoku-j˘-j˘-kichi and shishi are added to the glossary; a great article about Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII.

30 September 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Ichikawa Danshir˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Shinozuka Jirozaemon I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

PLAYS: "Miyajima no Danmari" and "Su˘ Otoshi".

PRINTS:

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Arashi Mitsuemon I Illustrated playbill 1796
Arashi Sangor˘ II Illustrated playbill 1796
Ichikawa Danz˘ IV Illustrated playbill 1796
Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV Okumura Toshinobu
Sakata Hangor˘ I Okumura Toshinobu
Sawamura Kunitar˘ I Illustrated playbill 1796

OTHERS: 38 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; j˘-(shiro)j˘ and j˘-j˘-sh˘kichi are added to the glossary; we finally found a image of Sawamura Otoemon I.

31 August 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Arashi Kichisabur˘ I, Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII, Arashi San'emon III and Arashi San'emon V.

PLAYS: "Benkei J˘shi", "Chatsubo", "Irezumi Ch˘han" and "Noriaibune".

PRINTS:

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Band˘ Tamasabur˘ II Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
Kataoka Nizaemon VIII Utagawa Toyokuni 1860
Nakamura Fukusuke I Utagawa Toyokuni 1860

PROGRAMS: September 2005 (Sh˘chikuza) and October 2005 (Misonoza, Kabukiza, National Theatre, Nissay Theatre).

OTHERS: 25 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the coming soon page for actors; fusuma, Jur˘jin and Tomimoto are added to the glossary.

31 July 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the 7 onnagata actors of the Nakamura clan Nakamura Gentar˘, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I, Nakamura Noshio I, Nakamura Rik˘ I, Nakamura Sen'ya I and Nakamura Takesabur˘ I.

PLAYS: "Jiisan Baasan" and "Komeya".

PRINTS:

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Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V Tsuruya K˘kei 1991
Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II Illustrated playbill 1782
Hanagiri Tomimatsu Illustrated playbill 1782
Nakamura Kichiemon II Tsuruya K˘kei 1988
Nakamura Kumetar˘ I Torii Kiyoshige 1752~1755
Nakamura Rik˘ I Katsukawa Shunsh˘
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V Tsuruya K˘kei 1990
Onoe Kikugor˘ I Torii Kiyoshige 1752~1755
Sanogawa Ichimatsu I Torii Kiyoshige 1752~1755
Yamamoto Giemon Illustrated playbill 1782

ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Takesabur˘.

PROGRAMS: September 2005 (Kabukiza, Hakataza, Miyajima, Western Provinces, Kabuki Forum Tour).

OTHERS: 32 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; 6 new links; some data on the Chikamatsuza tour in the USA; an interesting story about Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I's youth; Chikamatsuza, fűryű musume, hime, Kouta, musume and sh˘j˘ are added to the glossary.

26 June 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Izabur˘ II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI, Arashi San'emon II, Arashi Sangor˘ VI and Arashi Yoshisabur˘ VI.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Arashi Hironari, Band˘ Shinsha and Ichikawa Shinz˘.

PLAYS: "Futatsudama", "Kanpei Harakiri", "Kenuki", "Sannin Kichisa", "Tepp˘ Watashi" and "Ukare B˘zu".

PRINTS:

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Anegawa Shinshir˘ III Illustrated playbill 1798
Arashi Hinasuke II Illustrated playbill 1796
Arashi Kichisabur˘ II Illustrated playbill 1796
Asao Tamejűr˘ I Illustrated playbill 1798
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII Tsuruya K˘kei 1988
Nakamura Jakuemon IV Tsuruya K˘kei 1986
Nakamura Tokiz˘ V Tsuruya K˘kei 1990
Onoe Koisabur˘ I Illustrated playbill 1798
Onoe Kikugor˘ VII Tsuruya K˘kei 1990
Sawamura Kunitar˘ I Illustrated playbill 1798
Yoshizawa Iroha I Illustrated playbill 1796

ACTORS LINES: Arashi Yoshisabur˘.

PROGRAMS: August 2005 (Kabukiza, Enryakuji Temple, Theater Dramacity, National Theatre).

OTHERS: Lynn Matsuoka gave us the permission to use some of her amazing Kabuki prints, which we added to Nakamura Hashinosuke III and Sawamura T˘jűr˘ II; Castle Fine Arts gave us the permission to use their Tsuruya K˘kei's prints, which we added to Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII, Ichikawa Monnosuke VII, Ichikawa Sadanji IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XVII, Jitsukawa Enjaku III, Kataoka Gad˘ V, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III, Nakamura Shikan VII, Nakamura Jakuemon IV, Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V and Onoe Kikugor˘ VII; a new section dedicated to the kaomise shows; 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; 3 new links; we finally found some images of Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I and Morita Kan'ya I; tepp˘ and yotaka are added to the glossary; 2 new entries in the FAQ.

20 May 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Arashi Yoshisabur˘ V, Ichikawa Raiz˘ V, Mimasu Daigor˘ V, Seki Sanjűr˘ V and Yoshizawa Ayame V.

PLAYS: "Sakaro" and "Yanagi".

PRINTS:

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Arashi Koroku III Illustrated playbill 1794
Arashi Rikan II Shunshosai Hokuch˘ 1829
Asao Gakujűr˘ Shunshosai Hokuch˘ 1829
Asao Tamejűr˘ I Illustrated playbill 1792
Azuma T˘z˘ III Illustrated playbill 1794
Ichikawa Danz˘ IV Illustrated playbill 1792
Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ II Shunshosai Hokuch˘ 1829
Nakamura Noshio II Illustrated playbill 1792
Nakayama Bunshichi III Shunshosai Hokuch˘ 1829
Onoe Shinshichi I Illustrated playbill 1794

ACTORS LINES: Seki Hanasuke, Seki Sanjűr˘, Yoshizawa Ayame and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke.

DERIVATIVES: The Kabukiza at Night, Sukeroku and Alexander Iacovlev.

PROGRAMS: June 2005 (Zenshinza Tour) and July 2005 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Eastern Provinces Tour, Central Provinces Tour).

OTHERS: 3 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; 2 new links; a new pattern for the background of all pages (taken from a 19th century ďsaka theater playbill); we finally found some images of ďtani Hirohachi I and Yoshizawa Ayame III; sakaro and yanagi are added to the glossary.

23 April 2005

PRINTS:

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Nakamura Utaemon I Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1769
Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1769

PROGRAMS: March 2005 (Expo 2005 Aichi), April 2005 (National Bunraku Theatre), May 2005 (National Theatre, NHK Hall) and June 2005 (Kabukiza, Hakataza, National Theatre, Theatre Cocoon, Minamiza, Educational Kabuki tour in Kansai, Chűnichi Theatre).

OTHERS: some data on the Chikamatsuza tour in Korea; a move from 69 to 89 and a new job kept me busy since the beginning of Spring. Sorry for this very limited update!

09 March 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Ichikawa Aragor˘ I, Ichikawa Raiz˘ I and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.

PLAYS: "Keisei D˘j˘ji".

PRINTS:

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Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II Torii Kiyomitsu 1760
Nakajima Mihoz˘ I Torii Kiyomitsu 1760
ďtani Oniji II Torii Kiyomitsu 1760

DERIVATIVES: Oshie Series Kan Sh˘j˘ and Kanzabur˘'s Furoshiki.

ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Matajir˘, Band˘ Matakur˘, Band˘ Matatar˘ and Nakamura Sukegor˘.

PROGRAMS: April 2005 (Daigoji) and May 2005 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza).

OTHERS: more details on the last days of Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII (thanks to Akiko-san!); details of the premiere of "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara"; the Ritsumeikan Univ. links are updated.

28 February 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the zamoto Band˘ Matakur˘ II, Band˘ Matakur˘ III, Ichimura Takenoj˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon III, Ichimura Uzaemon V, Morita Kan'ya IX, Murayama Matasabur˘ I, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ III and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ V.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII with two of his disciples Nakamura Genzaemon and Nakamura Kosanza.

PLAYS: "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana".

PRINTS:

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Band˘ Matatar˘ V Utagawa Kunisada
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV Torii Kiyotsune 1763
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1774
Ichimura Uzaemon XII Utagawa Kunisada
Segawa Kikunoj˘ III Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1774

DERIVATIVES: Oshie Series Kagekiyo, Sushiya Teacups and Pachinko.

ACTORS LINES: Ichimura Takenoj˘, Ichimura Uzaemon, Morita Kan'ya, Nakamura Akashi, Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Kanzabur˘.

PROGRAMS: April 2005 (Kabukiza, Minamiza, Sh˘chikuza, Kanamaruza, Misonoza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘).

OTHERS: a new page on actors crests; Izumi, kabuki sandai meisaku ky˘gen, Senshű and t˘mi are added to the glossary; some details on the origin of Tachibanaya; a theater sound attached to the top page; 1 new entry in the FAQ; 1 new link; a new pattern for the background of all pages (the mon of the new Nakamura Kanzabur˘); the new format for the old actors pages is applied to the contemporary actors pages.

31 January 2005

ACTORS: short biographies of the actors Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Kataoka Ichiz˘ III, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ IV, Nakamura Matagor˘ I and Onoe Taganoj˘ II.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Fujikawa Yanosuke and Onoe Ukon.

PLAYS: "Natsu Matsuri".

PRINTS:

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Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV Ippitsusai Bunch˘ 1758~1760
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III Utagawa Kunisada
Nakamura Utaemon I Ippitsusai Bunch˘ 1758~1760

DERIVATIVES: Oshie Series Akoya.

ACTORS LINES: Ichikawa Sumiz˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘ and Kataoka Jűz˘.

OTHERS: dankikusa, j˘ruri, j˘rurihime, kodomo shibai, koroshi no mie, s˘en'u, Takemotoza, Toyotakeza, tsuzura and Zenshinza are added to the glossary; the page on Guilds is reformatted; some details on the origin of Kagaya, Mikawaya, Narikomaya, Naritaya, Otowaya, Takashimaya and Tenn˘jiya; 4 new entries in the FAQ; a new pattern for the background of all pages (the famous "kamawanu" (literally "I don't mind"), which belongs to the Naritaya guild); the top page is slightly reworked.

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