KANAI Y█SUKE I

Pen names:

Kanai Yűsuke I In Japanese
Matsui Yűsuke I In Japanese
Kanai Issh˘ In Japanese
Tsutsui Hanji In Japanese

Guild: Izutsuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Sank˘

Existence: ??? ~ 1801

Connection:

Father: Kanai Sansh˘

Son: Kanai Yűsuke III

Disciple: Matsui K˘z˘ I

Career:

Before 1778: third son of Kanai Sansh˘, he settled in Ky˘to where he became sakusha, calling himself Tsutsui Hanji.

4th lunar month of 1778: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's masterpiece "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", which was produced by the zamoto Ogawa Kichitar˘ I with with Arashi Hinasuke I and Onoe Kikugor˘ I playing the roles of Ishikawa Goemon and Mashiba Hisayoshi; Hanji belonged to the sakusha team supporting Namiki Gohŕ [casting].

Fall 1778: he became a sakusha dedicated to Onoe Kikugor˘ I and went with him to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1778: Hanji worked for the tatesakusha Masuyama Kinpachi I at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki".

11th lunar month of 1779: Hanji worked at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ III and Segawa Otome.

1782: Hanji went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1782: Hanji worked in Ky˘to, along with Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Jűsuke I [1], on the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi", which was written by Namiki Gohei I, Hanji and Namiki Jűsuke I [casting].

11th lunar month of 1786: he took the name of Kanai Issh˘ and worked at the Naka no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakayama Bungor˘ I.

Fall 1792: he went back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1792: he became nimaime sakusha, took the name of Matsui Yűsuke I and worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Segawa Jok˘ I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Nakamura Jűsuke II and Kawatake Bunji, on the kaomise drama "Koganegiku Date no ďkido", which celebrated the shűmei of Segawa Yűjir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1794: Yűsuke became tatesakusha and worked at the Miyakoza, along with Namiki Gohei I, on the kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare".

11th lunar month of 1795: Yűsuke worked at the Kiriza, along with Namiki Gohei I, on the kaomise drama "Genpei Hashira Goyomi", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Tomoemon II.

1st lunar month of 1796: Yűsuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Soga Daifukuch˘"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by ďtani Hiroji III, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1796: Yűsuke worked at the Kiriza, along with Namiki Gohei I, on the kaomise drama "Ginsekai Matsu ni Yukihira".

1st lunar month of 1797: Yűsuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "ďkazari Soga no Kadomatsu"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1797: Yűsuke worked at the Kiriza, along with Namiki Gohei I, on the kaomise drama "Yuki Onna Keizu no Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1798: Ichimura Uzaemon X reopened the Ichimuraza, producing the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Tachibana Keizu"; Matsui Yűsuke I took the name of Kanai Yűsuke I and worked with Chikamatsu Monky˘ [2] on this drama which starred the actors Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Ichikawa Omez˘ I, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II, Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I and Nakamura Denkur˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1799: Yűsuke worked in the same theater on the dramas "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Edo Murasaki Otoko Kagami". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Kanai Yűsuke I was an important Edo sakusha, who was active from the second half of the 1770s to the end of the 1790s.

[1] The others sakusha were Tawara Kiichi, Nakamura Kasuke and Fujikawa Hira.

[2] The others sakusha were Matsushima Hanji I, Tajima Konosuke I, Sasa Rind˘suke and Fujita Kinji.

The name of Kanai Yűsuke I in a 1799 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

The Matsui Yűsuke line of playwrights

The Kanai Yűsuke line of playwrights

 
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