|KAWARASAKI GONNOSUKE I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1596 ~ 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690 
Son (or adopted son ?): Kawarasaki Gonnosuke II
1596: born in Kyôto. He helped his father, Kawarasaki Gonnosuke (not an official member of this line), who was the manager of a Nô theater.
1648: he went to Edo and opened a Nô theater.
1656: Gonnosuke opened his Kabuki theater. He had the brilliant idea to use paper fan to promote his programs all over town.
9th lunar month of 1668: Gonnosuke and Morita Kan'ya I joined forces to open a new common theater in the district of Kobiki-chô.
1686: Gonnosuke published an important book of comments about Kabuki entitled "Bukyoku Senrin".
1689: end of the Morita-Kawarasaki joint-venture; Gonnosuke retired.
22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1690 : Gonnosuke died in Edo.
Kawarasaki Gonnosuke I was the founder of an important line of theater managers and opened the Kawarasakiza in Edo, a theater which became later on the hikae yagura of the Moritaza. He was also occasionally an actor and a playwright: "among several plays he composed, that concerning the revenge of the Soga Brothers was most popular." (Zoë Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
 The 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Genroku era was the 26th of August 1690 in the western calendar.
Morita Kan'ya I (left) and Kawarasaki Gonnosuke I (right) in the 11th lunar month of 1675
The Kawarasaki Gonnosuke line of actors and theater managers
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