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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)

Matsui Seiz˘  
Matsui Seiz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in 1760, when he worked at the Nakamuraza. He worked for the tatesakusha Horikoshi Nis˘ji I [28] in the 11th lunar month of 1761 at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Wakamusha Koky˘ no Nishiki". He also worked in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1762 on the new year sogamono drama "Nokon no Yuki Katsuiro Soga" [29]. No record afterwards.

Matsukawa Sada  
Matsukawa Sada  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in 1782 in Kamigata. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 7th lunar month of 1790 in Ky˘to on the drama "Oriawase Muromachi Nishiki". No record afterwards.

The name of Matsukawa Sada in a 1786 ďsaka hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Matsushima Kumesuke  
Matsushima Kumesuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 4th lunar month of 1856, when he worked at the Nakamuraza on the drama "Hitokana-de Kodakara Soga" which celebrated the shűmei of Kataoka Gat˘ II. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 2nd lunar month of 1864 at the Moritaza on the drama "Kinoene Soga Daikoku Bashira". No record afterwards.

The name of Matsushima Kumesuke in a 1864 Moritaza ehon banzuke (the name within the red box)

Matsuzawa Bunroku  
Matsuzawa Bunroku  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1750, when he worked at the Ichimuraza for the tatesakusha Fujimoto Tobun [30] on the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Sanpachi I. Bunroku worked in the 2nd lunar month of 1752 at the Ichimuraza on the new year drama "Hatsuhana Sumidagawa", which included a "Uir˘ Uri" scene. He was recorded for the last time when he worked [31] in the 11th lunar month of 1757 at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima". No record afterwards.

The name of Matsuzawa Bunroku in a 1754 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Naka Kiichi
Naka Kiichi I  In Japanese | In Japanese | Naka Hanz˘ [8]  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1769, when he worked at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise" [9], which welcomed in Edo the actors Onoe Kikugor˘ I, ďtani Tomoemon I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Onoe Tamiz˘ I. He took the name of Naka Kiichi the folliowing year and worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Fuji no Yuki Kaikei Soga" [10]. He worked on Sakurada Jisuke I's lavish kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘" [11], which was premiered in the 11th lunar month of 1773 in Edo at the Nakamuraza [casting]. This kaomise program celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I. He worked in the same theater in the 7th lunar month of 1775 on the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". No record afterwards.

Nakagawa Sh˘emon
Nakagawa Sh˘emon  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in ďsaka in 1783. He worked in the 8th lunar month of 1784 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "Inabikari Tagoto no Tsuki" [12]. He worked in the 8th lunar month of 1786 in ďsaka at the Nishi no Shibai on the drama "ďgamiuchi Koi no Migawari" [13]. He was active in Kamigata up to 1787. No record afterwards.

The name of Nakagawa Sh˘emon in a 1786 ďsaka hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Nakamatsu Bunz˘
Nakamatsu Bunz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1752, when he worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato" [14]. He most likely worked the following year in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1753 on the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Naruo no Umi". No record afterwards.

Nakamura Seijűr˘
Nakamura Seijűr˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1755, when he worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "ďtomo no Kuronushi Sokutai Kagami" [15]. He was recorded for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1764, when he worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Gyosei Kanatami no Megumi" [16]. No record afterwards.

Nakanogawa T˘shichi
Nakanogawa T˘shichi  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1752, when he worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato" [17]. He most likely worked the following year in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1753 on the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Naruo no Umi". No record afterwards.

Nakata Mansuke
Nakata Mansuke  In Japanese | In Japanese | Nakanishi Mansuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Kaemon, he was recorded for the first time in the 6th lunar month of 1721, when he worked in Ky˘to on the drama "Keisei Asahi no Taki" [19]. He settled in ďsaka in Fall 1738. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1738 at the ďnishi no Shibai with the Edo sakusha Tsuuchi Jihŕ II [20] on the kaomise drama "Kusunoki Yakata Sennen Gitsune", which was produced in ďsaka by Yoshizawa Ayame II. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the ďnishi no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomed in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and his adopted son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. The following year, he worked on the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [21], which was premiered in the 1st lunar month of 1742 at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting]. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 7th lunar month of 1742 in the same theater on the drama "Hoshiai Sakae Kagekiyo", which included a revised version of in the 1740 play "Nanatsu Men". No record afterwards.

Nakayama Otohachi
Nakayama Otohachi  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1752, when he worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato" [18]. He most likely worked the following year in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1753 on the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Naruo no Umi". No record afterwards.

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)

Sawaarashi T˘r˘
Sawaarashi T˘r˘  In Japanese | Sawaarashi Ichiz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, his first pen name was Sawaarashi Ichiz˘ and he was recorded for the first time in the 9th lunar month of 1812, when he worked at the Kado no Shibai on the drama "Katakiuchi Chikai no Shigarami" [25]. He took the name of Sawaarashi T˘r˘ in the 9th lunar month of 1819, when he worked at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "T˘t˘migata Koi no Shiranami". He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1822 at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" [26]. He also worked in the 11th lunar month of 1824 at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen" [27]. He worked in tabi shibai during the Tenp˘ era. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 8th lunar month of 1841 in the Kado no Shibai on the drama "ďodori Kiriko no Akebono". No record afterwards.

The name of Sawaarashi T˘r˘ in a 1826 Kamigata 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)

Sawai Sh˘z˘
Sawai Sh˘z˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 1st lunar month of 1750, when he worked at the Nakamuraza on the new year sogamono drama "ďkazari Saiwai Soga". He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 2nd lunar month of 1763 at the Ichimuraza on the new year sogamono drama "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga" [24]. No record afterwards.

Sawano Gensuke
Sawano Gensuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1745, when he worked in Ky˘to on the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Manzairaku" [23] which was produced by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I for the nadai Miyako Handayű. He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 7th lunar month of 1746 in the same theater on the drama "Musume Nuregami Otoko Musubi Mitsu-ga-Hama". No record afterwards.

Shibazaki Genz˘
Shibazaki Genz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 12th lunar month of 1761, when he worked at the Kado no Shibai on Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Taihei Iroha Gy˘retsu". He was recorded for the last time when he worked in the 11th lunar month of 1765 in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai [22] on the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Kikigaki Taiheiki". No record afterwards.

Shimada K˘z˘
Shimada K˘z˘  In Japanese | In Japanese (also called Shimada Sanshi  In Japanese)
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in the 10th lunar month of 1784, when he worked at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "Hana-ha Sakura Ak˘ no Shiogama". He was recorded for the last time in the 1789 ďsaka hy˘banki. No record afterwards.

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.

[8] Another possible reading was Naka Hanza.

[9] The main sakusha were Kanai Sansh˘, Masuyama Kinpachi I, Kawai Kinji and Umeda Toshisuke.

[10] The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Sakata Hangor˘ II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu II and Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

[11] The others main sakusha were Kawatake Shinshichi I and Okuno Sasuke.

[12] The tatesakusha was Nagawa Shimesuke I.

[13] The main sakusha were Nagawa Shimesuke I and Namiki Jusuke.

[14] The others sakusha were Sawamura Ayasuke, Nakayama Otohachi, Sawanaka Y˘suke, Nakanogawa T˘shichi and Nakanogawa Genpachi.

[15] The main sakusha were Suketakaya Takasuke I, Namiki Ry˘suke and Tsuuchi Sabur˘ji.

[16] The main sakusha were Sakurada Jisuke I and Ogi Kinji.

[17] The others sakusha were Sawamura Ayasuke, Nakayama Otohachi, Sawanaka Y˘suke, Nakamatsu Bunz˘ and Nakanogawa Genpachi.

[18] The others sakusha were Sawamura Ayasuke, Sawanaka Y˘suke, Nakamatsu Bunz˘, Nakanogawa T˘shichi and Nakanogawa Genpachi.

[19] He worked with Sawamura Bunji.

[20] Tsuuchi Jihŕ II went to Kamigata his adopted son Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I and with the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

[21] He worked with Tsuuchi Hanjűr˘ and Yasuda Abun.

[22] The Wakadayű no Shibai was a hama shibai venue in ďsaka.

[23] The others sakusha were Narumi Yatar˘ and Sawano S˘heiji.

[24] The others sakusha were Tsuuchi Jihŕ III (tatesakusha), Sawai Chűz˘, Nakamura Seikur˘ II and Tsuuchi Denjűr˘ II.

[25] The tatesakusha was Nagawa Shimesuke I.

[26] The others sakusha were Nagawa Harusuke I, Nagawa Kansuke, Nagawa Rikisuke and Nagawa Daisuke.

[27] The others sakusha were Nagawa Harusuke I and Kanazawa Haruz˘.

[28] The others sakusha were Sawai Chűz˘, Azuma S˘suke and Horikoshi Heijűr˘.

[29] The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and Ichimura Kamez˘ I.

[30] The others sakusha were Sawai Chűz˘ and Tsuda Mataichi.

[31] The others sakusha were Sawai Chűz˘ and Tsuuchi Seisuke.

 
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