Playwright names:

Hon'ya S˘shichi In Japanese
Toyoshima Daisaku In Japanese
Takei T˘kichi In Japanese
Takei T˘kichi In Japanese

Existence: ???


Master: Masuyama Kinpachi I

Disciples: Hon'ya Hanshichi, Hon'ya Shinshichi


Before 1787: born in Edo in the family at the head of the famous Kameido Tenjin Shrine. Because of his dissipated life [1], he left the Shint˘ world and joined the Kabuki world, becoming a disciple of the sakusha Masuyama Kinpachi I. He received the name of Takei T˘kichi.

8th lunar month of 1787: first record; he worked at the Kiriza on the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1788: T˘kichi worked for the tatesakusha Segawa Jok˘ I at the Ichimuraza, which reopened after a few years of business interruption, on the kaomise drama "Genji Saik˘ Kogane no Tachibana", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1789: T˘kichi worked for his master Masuyama Kinpachi I, along with Sone Sh˘ji, Tamamaki Keisuke and Kasanui Sensuke I, at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Hana no Oedo Masakado Matsuri".

11th lunar month of 1793: T˘kichi worked at the Miyakoza on the kaomise drama "Yasa Gunbai Miyako no Jintori", which starred Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I, ďtani Hiroji III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II. He changed the first ideogram of his name:

Old name New name
井藤吉 井藤吉

1794: he took the name of Toyoshima Daisaku [2].

11th lunar month of 1794: Daisaku worked for the tatesakusha Namiki Gohei I at the Miyakoza on the kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare".

11th lunar month of 1798: he became nimaime sakusha, took the name of Hon'ya S˘shichi and worked at the Moritaza, along with Kimura Benisuke, Kasanui Sensuke I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Matsui K˘z˘ I and Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, on the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Mitsugi no Funauta", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Aragor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1806: S˘shichi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I (tatesakusha), Segawa Jok˘ II, Fukumori Kyűsuke I, Tajima Konosuke I and Matsushima Hanji I, on the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hana Yuki no Michinoku". The 13th of this month, a fire broke out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Fukiya-ch˘. It burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza, killing many spectators.

11th lunar month of 1808: S˘shichi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Segawa Jok˘ II and Tajima Konosuke I, on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Onga no Shimadai".

11th lunar month of 1813: S˘shichi became tatesakusha and worked at the Moritaza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV (tatesakusha) and Ichioka Washichi I, on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma".

11th lunar month of 1815: S˘shichi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Fukumori Kiusuke and Shinoda Kinji I, on the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Oedo no Kaburaya", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Kataoka Gach˘ and welcomed in Edo the actor Sawamura Tanosuke II.

11th lunar month of 1819: S˘shichi worked at the Kawarasakiza, along with Segawa Jok˘ II, Mimasuya Nis˘ji and Katsu Hy˘suke, on the kaomise drama "Yakko Yakko Edo no Hanayari".

11th lunar month of 1820: S˘shichi worked as tatesakusha [3] at the Tamagawaza on the kaomise drama "Koe Kakete Hikeya Takatsuna". The only star of this kaomise was Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and there was no tateonnagata in the casting. There was also the premiere of the dance "Fumi Uri" [4], which was performed in the dance program "Hana Momiji Shin˘ K˘sh˘" (the main role was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III). The lack of funding led to the departure of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, who went to ďsaka, and the stopping of performances at the Tamagawaza.

11th lunar month of 1821: S˘shichi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke II and Tajima Konosuke I, on the kaomise drama "Hana Zum˘ Sajiki Gatake".

11th lunar month of 1822: S˘shichi worked at the Moritaza [5], along with Masuyama Kinpachi II (who celebrated his shűmei), on the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Wakoku no Kachidoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Shijaku I, Ichikawa Dannosuke IV and Nakamura Gyoraku II.

11th lunar month of 1823: S˘shichi worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Mimasuya Nis˘ji and Sakurada Jisuke II, on the kaomise drama "Yama Mata Yama Hana no Yamagatsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo IV, Yamashina Jinkichi IV and Nakayama Tomisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1824: S˘shichi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Kanade Soga Nezashi no Fujigane", which mixed the sekai of the Soga Brothers and "Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1824: S˘shichi worked in the same theater on the drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji". No record afterwards.


Hon'ya S˘shichi was an Edo sakusha, who worked on more than 50 dramas. He was active from the end of the 1780s to the first half of the 1820s.

[1] It was said that, in order to entertain himself in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara, he stole a precious sword in the treasure of the Kameido Tenjin Shrine. On his way to a shichiya to pawn it, lightnings stroke right at his feet. Convinced that the Gods were angry, he was so afraid that he brought back the sword to the Shrine as fast as he could.

[2] Toyoshima was the name of the district where he was born. Daisaku, a common first name during the Edo period, was an original way to clearly mean daisakusha (or ˘sakusha), which can be translated as big (famous) playwright. He had quite a lot of ambition in his prime!

[3] He was assisted by Matsumoto K˘ji I.

[4] This dance is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

[5] The Moritaza was closed from the 7th lunar month of 1818 to the 10th lunar month of 1822. Its license was used by the Kawarasakiza. This kaomise drama celebrated the reopening of the theater.

The name of Hon'ya S˘shichi in a 1814 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

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