Poetry name: Riyû
Relative: Nakamura Shichisaburô I
11th lunar month of 1703: he became wakaonnagata.
11th lunar month of 1709: Motojirô became tachiyaku; he played at the Moritaza the role of Minamoto no Yorinaga in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Furiwakegami", which welcomed in Edo the Ôsaka actors Hisamatsu Tasanta and Iwai Tamanoe.
Winter 1711: he took the name of Imamura Shichisaburô I.
Fall 1711: Shichisaburô went to Ôsaka.
Fall 1716: Shichisaburô went to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1716: Imamura Shichisaburô I took the name of Nakamura Motojûrô at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which also celebrated the shûmei of Arashi Kiyosaburô II.
11th lunar month of 1717: Nakamura Motojûrô took the name of Imamura Motojûrô at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise program "Hônô Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjûrô II, Ôtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengorô I, Asao Jûjirô I, Hayakawa Dengorô and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.
Imamura Motojûrô, who was active from the beginning of the 1700s to the end of the 1710s, was a tachiyaku actor and the founder of the Imamura clan. His forte was yatsushigoto and nuregoto. There were some unanswered questions regarding this actor: for the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, he did not take the names of Nakamura Motojûrô or Imamura Motojûrô and he died holding the name of Imamura Shichisaburô I the 23rd of the 11th lunar month of 1714. We've decided to trust the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" for this actor.
The Imamura Shichisaburô line of actors
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