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Hirata Bunji  
Hirata Bunji  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 1st lunar month of 1765, when he worked at the Ichimuraza on the new year sogamono drama "Iro J˘go Mikumi Soga". He was recorded for the last time a few years later, when he worked in the 11th lunar month of 1768 at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji" [3], which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II. No record afterwards.

The name of Hirata Bunji in a 1769 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Iozaki Kyűsuke  
Iozaki Kyűsuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1818, when he worked at the Tamagawaza on the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Ubuyu no Tamagawa". He was recorded for the last time the following year, when he worked in the 7th lunar month of 1818 in the same theater on the natsu ky˘gen "Ch˘-mo Hiyoku Yamazaki Odori". No record afterwards.

The name of Iozaki Kyűsuke in a 1819 Tamagawaza ehon banzuke (the name within the red box)

Kadota Ky˘suke  
Kadota Ky˘suke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1810, when he worked at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yagura no Ishizue" [2]. He was recorded for the last time the following year, when he worked in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 in the same theater on the yayoi ky˘gen "Jidai Sewa Suikoden". No record afterwards.

The name of Iozaki Kyűsuke in a 1819 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Okuno Eiji  
Okuno Eiji  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Okuno Sasuke, he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1773, when he worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘" [4]. This 46-days long performance, which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, was a tremendous success. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 11th lunar month of 1778 at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori". No record afterwards.

The name of Okuno Eiji in a 1779 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Sawai Chűz˘  
Sawai Chűz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1748, when he worked at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari". He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 11th lunar month of 1773 at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Onna Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai" [5]. No record afterwards. As a sakusha, he worked for 25 years on more than 50 original dramas.

The name of Sawai Chűz˘ in a 1769 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Yamada Heiz˘  
Yamada Heiz˘ [7]  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 2nd lunar month of 1771, when he worked at the Ichimuraza on the drama "Wada Sakamori Osame no Mitsugumi". He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 11th lunar month of 1780 at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kite Kaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka" [6]. No record afterwards. As a sakusha, he worked less than 10 years on more than 10 original dramas.

The name of Yamada Heiz˘ in a 1780 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] The others sakusha were Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Segawa Jok˘ II, Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Matsui Yűsuke II, Katsui Genpachi, Katsu Hy˘suke, Terashima Gosuke, Matsuchi Sh˘kichi and Hanagasa Rosuke.

[2] The others sakusha were Fukumori Kyűsuke I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Sakurada Jisuke II, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I, Katsuura Shűz˘, Narita Yasuke, Kameyama Tamesuke and Tana S˘hachi I.

[3] The others sakusha were Masuyama Kinpachi I, Dontsű Yosabŕ I, Kawatake Shinshichi I, Okuno Sasuke and Nishikawa Sensuke.

[4] The main sakusha were Sakurada Jisuke I, Kawatake Shinshichi I and Okuno Sasuke.

[5] The others sakusha were Masuyama Kinpachi I, Horikoshi Saiy˘, Kasanui Sensuke I, Yamada Heiz˘ and Hasegawa Zenkichi.

[6] The sakusha were Kawatake Shinshichi I, Kawatake Bunji, Kawatake Matsuz˘, Tsuuchi Seizabur˘ and Nakamura Raisuke.

[7] Another possible reading was Yamada Heiza.

 
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