TSUTSUI KICHIJ█Rď I

Stage name:

Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 25th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1727 [1]

Connection:

Master: Tsutsui Sentar˘ (Hanjűr˘)

Disciples: Tsutsui Manjűr˘, Tsutsui Utanosuke, Tsutsui Denroku

Career:

Before 1699: born in Ky˘to. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Tsutsui Sentar˘, who gave him the name of Tsutsui Kichijűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1699: Kichijűr˘ performed at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the drama "Ky˘ Hinagata", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1704: Kichijűr˘ played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Hanakasane in the new year drama "Musume Ch˘ja Hagoita no Eawase", which was produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi. Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class). He shared this rank with Takashima Onoe, Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I, Segawa Takenoj˘ I and Suzuki Tatsusabur˘.

Fall 1704: Kichijűr˘, Toyama Kamon and Mizuki Takejűr˘ went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1704: Kichijűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ono no Komachi in the kaomise drama "Konrei Iro Komachi"; his stage partners were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, Nakamura Denkur˘ I, Matsumoto Koshir˘, Nakajima Kanzaemon I, Hayakawa Hatsuse and Kishida Kogenji.

1st lunar month of 1705: Kichijűr˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Onna Kud˘ Yosooi Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I. Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual]; he shared this rank with Kojima Heishichi I, Tsugawa Handayű, Takashima Onoe, Kishida Kogenji, Matsumoto Kantar˘ and Iwai Tatsusabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1706: Kichijűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ayame-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Uji Genji Yumihari-zuki", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Fujimura Handayű II and Yoshioka Motome II.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]; he shared this rank with Takii Hannosuke and Tomizawa Chiyonosuke.

11th lunar month of 1707: Kichijűr˘ moved to the Yamamuraza and played the role of Matsukaze in the kaomise drama "Yukihira Obana Gitsune"; his stage partners in the roles of Matsukaze's lover Ariwara no Yukihira and Matsukaze's sister Murasame (also in love with Yukihira) were Ikushima Shingor˘ and Nakamura Gentar˘.

3rd lunar month of 1709: Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1709: Kichijűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kokonoe-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Imagawaj˘ Ry˘shun Katoku".

3rd lunar month of 1710: Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Asao Jűjir˘ I. Tsuuchi Jihŕ II worked at the Nakamuraza on the revival of the seigen-sakurahimemono "Isshin Niga Byakud˘", which was staged for the first time in the 7th lunar month of 1695 at the Yamamuraza; the roles of Seigen and Princess Sakura were played by Nakajima  I and Kichijűr˘. For the first time, Tsuuchi Jihŕ II mixed jidaimono and sewamono elements in the same drama. This was the first jidai-sewamono in Kabuki history.

11th lunar month of 1710: Kichijűr˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Matsugae in the kaomise drama "Onna Tsuwamono Tokiwa no Matsu".

11th lunar month of 1711: Kichijűr˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Aoto's sister Masaki-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki"; the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna was played by Matsumoto Koshir˘.

1st lunar month of 1712: Kichijűr˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Kotobuki Maizuru Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Katsuyama Matagor˘.

1st lunar month of 1713: Kichijűr˘ moved to the Yamamuraza and played the role of Otowa-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Ishiyama Genta Kimon Yaburi" ('Ishiyama Genta Tearing Down the Demons Gate').

1713 ~ 1722: Kichijűr˘ did not perform on stage.

1st lunar month of 1723: Kichijűr˘ was back on stage; he played at the Moritaza the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Suiry˘ Soga".

11th lunar month of 1723: Kichijűr˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinagata Shuten D˘ji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Ogino Izabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was still j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayű II, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Tamazawa Rin'ya.

1st lunar month of 1725: Kichijűr˘ became tachiyaku at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1725: Kichijűr˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Miura no Wadazaemon Tamemune in the kaomise drama "Zentaiheiki Yotsugi Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1726: Kichijűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726 ~ 1st lunar month of 1727: Kichijűr˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Kachidoki Yoroi Soga". He fell ill afterwards.

25th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1727 [1]: Kichijűr˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I was a talented wakaonnagata actor, whose career spanned from the beginning of the Genroku era to the middle of the Ky˘h˘ era. He was trained in Kamigata and became a star in Edo. He decided to switch to tachiyaku roles at the end of his career. As an onnagata, he excelled in nuregoto. As a tachiyaku, he was said to be good in aragoto. He was outstanding in yari odori.

[1] The 25th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 12th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 15th of May 1727 in the western calendar.

Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I
Artist: Torii Kiyomasu I
Date: 1699ľ1709
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

Prints & Illustrations

The Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ line of actors

 
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