TAJIMA KONOSUKE I

Pen name:

Tajima Konosuke I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1829

Connection:

Master: Tsuruya Nanboku IV

Career:

Before 1796: date of birth unknown. He was director of the Shogunate stable. Thanks to a family relationship with Iwai Hanshir˘ IV through his wife, he became sakusha in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1796: Konosuke worked at the Miyakoza, along with Masuyama Kinpachi I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Kimura Enji I [1], on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji", which celebrated the isse ichidai performance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘, the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and which welcomed back in Edo the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1806: Konosuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I (tatesakusha), Fukumori Kyűsuke I, Segawa Jok˘ II, Hon'ya S˘shichi 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: Konosuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Segawa Jok˘ II and Hon'ya S˘shichi, on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Onga no Shimadai".

11th lunar month of 1809: Konosuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Matsui K˘z˘ I, Shinoda Kinji I and Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "ďshű Dachiyuki no Kurogoma", whose plot and characters belonged to the "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara" world.

1st lunar month of 1810: Konosuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Edo no Haru Gohiiki Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Sawamura Gennosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1813: Konosuke became disciple of Tsuruya Nanboku IV; he also became sanmaime sakusha and worked, along with his master and Hon'ya S˘shichi [2], at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma".

11th lunar month of 1815: Konosuke became nimaime sakusha and worked at the Kawarasakiza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Sakurada Jisuke II and Segawa Jok˘ II [3], on the kaomise drama "Yamato Meisho Senbon Zakura", which celebrated the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1824: Konosuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke II and Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Yamatogana Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1825: Konosuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Satsuki no Fuji Soga Hatsuyume"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III [4].

11th lunar month of 1825: Konosuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Matsui K˘z˘ II and Sakurada Jisuke II, on the kaomise drama "Azuma Dairi Kabuki no Sh˘gatsu".

11th lunar month of 1826: Konosuke worked at the Ichimuraza to assist the tatesakusha Nakamura Jűsuke IV, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Nagawa Motosuke and Sakurada Jisuke II, on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Sh˘ no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1827: Konosuke worked at the Kawarasakiza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Shinoda Kinji II, Matsui K˘z˘ II and Tsuruya Magotar˘ IV, on the kaomise drama "Muro no Ume H˘gan Biiki" [6].

1st lunar month of 1828: Konosuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Iriyamagata Soga no Saiken".

11th lunar month of 1828: Konosuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Motomishi Hana Otogi Heike"; Jok˘'s yearly salary was 60 ry˘ [5].

1829: Konosuke died in Edo.

Comments:

Tajima Konosuke I was an Edo sakusha, who was active from the second half of the 1790s to the second half of the 1820s. As he often put horses in his dramas, he was nicknamed the Horse Playwright (uma sakusha).

[1] Others sakusha were Eii Sansuke, Katsuki Genji, Sasa Rind˘suke, Tokimoto Genji and Nata Enpachi.

[2] Others sakusha were Ichioka Washichi I, Masuyama Chűji, Naritaya Suke and Masuyama Ry˘suke.

[3] Others sakusha were Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I, Katsu Hy˘suke and Matsushima Y˘suke II.

[4] Not a mistake, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III indeed played the two roles, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari. This was a rare event in a sogamono.

[5] Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the best Edo playwright, was paid 175 ry˘. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, the zagashira at the Nakamuraza, was paid 600 ry˘.

[6] Another possible reading of this title could be "Muro no Ume Hangan Biiki". This drama was premiered in the 11th lunar month of 1817 at the Miyakoza.

The name of Tajima Konosuke I in a 1829 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box); all the names were the sakusha at the Nakamuraza

The Tajima Konosuke line of playwrights

 
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