TWENTIETH CENTURY 1901~2000
1901 (Meiji 34)
 

10 January: the playwright Kawatake Shinshichi III (1842~1901) died.

21 February: the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III (1859~1901) died.

March 1901: Kataoka Tsuchinosuke II took the name of Kataoka Gad˘ IV in ďsaka at the Kadoza.

May 1901: Nakamura Fukusuke IV took the name of Nakamura Shikan V at the Kabukiza [more details].

July: premiere at the T˘ky˘za of "Tsuri Onna", the Kabuki version of the ky˘gen "Tsuribari", originally written in 1883 by Kawatake Mokuami (lyrics) and Kishizawa Shikisa VI (music) and revised for the stage by Takeshiba Shinkichi. It starred Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Nakamura Kangor˘ XII in the roles of Tar˘kaja and the ugly girl.

1 August: the playwright Namiki Gohei IV (1829~1901) died.

22 August: the actor Mimasu Inemaru III (1858~1901) died.

21 September: the actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI (1876~1901) died.

29 September: the actor Band˘ Shűch˘ II (1848~1901) died.

1902 (Meiji 35)
 

March: the Harukiza was renamed Hong˘za.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of Enokido Kenji's drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi" [casting].

1903 (Meiji 36)
 

18 February: the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ V (1844~1903) died.

March: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Otowaya guild; the actors Onoe Ushinosuke II, Onoe Eizabur˘ V and Onoe Eiz˘ respectively took the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Onoe Eizabur˘ VI [more details]. This was also the premiere of "Kichirei Soga no Ishizue", a play which is now entitled "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" in the Kabuki repertoire [casting].

30 April: the actor Onoe Kikujűr˘ II (1855~1903) died.

May: Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV took the name of Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

7 October: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ VI died.

13 October: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX (1838~1903) died.

1904 (Meiji 37)
 

March: successful premiere at the T˘ky˘za of Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Kiri Hitoha". The roles of Yodogimi and Katagiri Katsumoto were played by Nakamura Shikan V and Kataoka Gat˘ III.

27 March: the actor Ichikawa Gonjűr˘ (1848~1904) died.

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mori ďgai's drama "Nichiren Sh˘nin Tsujisepp˘". The leading roles were played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII (he played the role of the priest Nichiren).

June: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Meiboku Kasane Monogatari" [casting].

7 August: the actor Ichikawa Sadanji I (1842~1904) died.

1905 (Meiji 38)
 

31 January: the actor Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV (1864~1905) died.

1906 (Meiji 39)
 

4 January: the playwright Fukuchi ďchi (1841~1906) died.

16 February: the actor Band˘ Matasabur˘ II (1855~1906) died.

24 February: the actor Ichikawa Aragor˘ III (1833~1906) died.

11 March: the actor Iwai Matsunosuke IV (1857~1906) died.

March: Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu" was produced for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the T˘ky˘za [casting].

15 April: the actor Ichikawa Saruz˘ III (1867~1906) died.

7 May: the actor Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V (1845~1906) died.

6 June: the actor Ichikawa Masuz˘ III (1857~1906) died.

December: premiere at the Minamiza of Takayasu Gekk˘'s drama "Sakura Shigure" [casting].

11 December: the actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ III (1851~1906) died.

1907 (Meiji 40)
 

June: the dance-drama "Ky˘ Ningy˘" was staged for the first time under the title "Meisaku Hidari Kogatana" at the Miyatoza [more details].

2 August: the actor Ichikawa Arajir˘ I (1850~1907) died.

18 September: the actor Nakamura Ginnosuke II (1881~1907) died.

October: premiere at the Kadoza of Watanabe Katei's chűshinguramono "Tsuchiya Chikara" [more details].

14 November: the actor ďtani Bajű V (1842~1907) died.

1908 (Meiji 41)
 

18 March: the actor Ichikawa Yonejűr˘ IV (1874~1908) died.

April: the actors Nakamura Tokiz˘ I and Nakamura Kash˘ I respectively took the names of Nakamura Karoku III and Nakamura Tokiz˘ II at the Meijiza.

16 August: the actor Nakamura Moshio III (1843~1908) died.

November: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo" [casting].

1909 (Meiji 42)
 

September: revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Kenuki", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

18 September: the actor Nakamura Tokiz˘ II (1876~1908) died.

November: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", in ďsaka at the Asahiza, which was based on a new script written by Watanabe Katei [casting].

1910 (Meiji 43)
 

January: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" was staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Minamiza [casting].

March: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Hanago", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and staged under the title "Migawari Zazen" [casting].

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", a few scenes taken from "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" and focusing on Kataoka Naojir˘ and his lover Michitose and staged independently from the rest of the play [casting].

May: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" was staged for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the Shintomiza [casting].

May: revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Narukami", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

7 September: the actor Nakamura Tamashichi II (1865~1910) died.

10 September: the actor Band˘ Minosuke V (1860~1910) died.

1911 (Meiji 44)
 

2 April: the actor Sawamura Shirogor˘ IV (1862~1911) died.

May: premiere at the Meijiza of the Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Shuzenji Monogatari" [casting].

14 August: the actor Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V (1871~1911) died.

11 September: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VII (1836~1911) died.

October: premiere at the Meijiza of the Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Minowa no Shinjű" [casting].

1912 (Meiji 45 / Taish˘ 1)
 

January: revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Fud˘" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of the dance "Hashi Benkei" [more details].

April: premiere at the Naniwaza of Okamoto Kid˘'s "Heikegani", which starred Onoe Baik˘ VI and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

11 October: the actor Arashi Yoshisabur˘ IV (1872~1912) died.

November: premiere at the Kabukiza of Enomoto Torahiko's drama "Meik˘ Kakiemon". The role of Kakiemon, a kind of Japanese Bernard Palissy, was played by Kataoka Nizaemon XI.

1913 (Taish˘ 2)
 

October: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Z˘hiki" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

1914 (Taish˘ 3)
 

January: revival at the Hong˘za of the drama "Gedatsu", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

20 August: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VI (1862~1914) died.

September: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance "Onatsu Ky˘ran". The choreography was made by Fujima Kan'emon II and the music was made by Tokiwazu Mojidayű VI. The roles of Onatsu and the pack-horse driver were played by Onoe Baik˘ VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

September: premiere at the Hong˘za of the drama "Waki Noboru Mizu-ni Koi Taki" [casting].

October: premiere at the Shintomiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Sasaki Takatsuna". The role of Sasaki Takatsuna was played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

October: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Soga Monogatari" [casting].

1915 (Taish˘ 4)
 

20 April: the actor Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV (1841~1915) died.

August 1915: the drama "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki" revised by the Kamigata actor Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I was staged for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the Kabukiza [casting].

September: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" [casting].

1916 (Taish˘ 5)
 

January: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "B˘ Shibari", which was adapted to kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ [casting].

31 january: the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV (1855~1916) died.

February: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Banch˘ Sarayashiki" [casting].

18 March: the actor Ichikawa Sai'nyű (1843~1916) died.

April: Nakamura Yonekichi II took the name of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III at the Ichimuraza.

16 November: the playwright Enomoto Torahiko died.

1917 (Taish˘ 6)
 

23 March: the actor Sawamura Ujűr˘ III (1849~1917) died.

July: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Tachi Nusubito", adapted to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment written by Kineya Mitar˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII played the 3 roles of the dance.

August: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza [casting].

9 November: the zamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VIII died.

1918 (Taish˘ 7)
 

The actor Band˘ Hikojűr˘ II (1860~1918) died.

10 January: the actor Nakamura Fukunosuke V (1871~1918) died.

September: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Onoe Idahachi" [casting].

November: premiere at the Shintomiza of Matsui Sh˘y˘'s drama "Yodogimi". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

24 November: the actor Arashi Rikaku IV (1853~1918) died.

1919 (Taish˘ 8)
 

18 February: the actor Band˘ Takesabur˘ III (1898~1919) died.

27 April: the actor Nakamura Kan'emon II (1851~1919) died.

17 May: the actor Nakamura Karoku III (1849~1919) died.

13 August: the actor Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ IV (1888~1919) died.

27 August: the actor Onoe Kikujir˘ III (1882~1919) died.

September: premiere at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Sumidagawa", a adapted for Kabuki by Yamazaki Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment made by Kiyomoto Umekichi II and inspired by Russian ballets seen by Ichikawa Ennosuke II during his European study tour. Ennosuke played the role of the wandering woman Hanjo-no-Mae, desesparately looking for her abducted son Umewakamaru along the Sumida River [casting].

October: premiere at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) of Kikuchi Kan's drama "T˘jűr˘ no Koi", inspired by the life of the actor Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. Nakamura Ganjir˘ I and Nakamura Fukusuke IV played the roles of T˘jűr˘ and Okaji.

1920 (Taish˘ 9)
 

22 February: the actor Ichikawa Gangyoku II (1835~1920) died.

19 March: the actor Nakamura Matagor˘ I (1885~1920) died.

May: the actor Iwai Komurasaki III (1851~1920) died.

6 September: the actor Arashi Rikan V (1870~1920) died.

November: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ" [casting].

1921 (Taish˘ 10)
 

March: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance-drama "Chatsubo", which was adapted from ky˘gen to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

June: premiere at the Shintomiza of Takayasu Gekk˘'s drama "Daigo no Haru". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

8 June: the actor Nakamura Baigyoku II (1841~1921) died.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "ďsakaj˘". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

9 October: the actor Nakamura Fukunosuke VI died.

30 October: the Kabukiza was burnt to the ground in a fire caused by an electrical short circuit.

15 November: the actor Ichikawa Beish˘ II (1891~1921) died.

1922 (Taish˘ 11)
 

February: premiere at the Shintomiza of Yamazaki Shik˘'s drama "Hatsushiraga". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

February: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Shibahama no Kawazaifu", a drama adapted from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Sawamura S˘nosuke I played the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu.

February: revival at the Imperial Theater of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa", which was entitled "Oniji Hy˘shimai" [more details].

6 February: the actor Ichikawa Danshir˘ II (1855~1922) died.

6 May: the actor Ichikawa Kodanji V died.

July: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Tanizaki Jun'ichir˘'s drama "Okuni to Gohei" [casting].

September: revival at the Imperial Theater of "Uir˘" [more details]. Revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ" [more details].

November: creation of the T˘eikai, a Kabuki dance study group led by Onoe Eizabur˘ VII and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

1923 (Taish˘ 12)
 

March: premiere at the Hong˘za of Matsui Sh˘y˘'s drama "Satsuma no Yodogimi". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

7 February: the playwright Takeshiba Kisui (1847~1923) died.

8 May: the actor Onoe Tamimaru III (1871~1923) died.

20 July: the actor Nakamura Denkur˘ VI (1859~1923) died.

1 September (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ was destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed all the Kabuki theaters.

1924 (Taish˘ 13)
 

4 February: the actor Jitsukawa Yaoz˘ II (1880~1924) died.

14 April: the actor Asao Kuzaemon IV (1853~1924) died.

June: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Okamura Shik˘'s Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Akutar˘" [more details].

8 April: the actor Sawamura S˘nosuke I (1886~1924) died.

1925 (Taish˘ 14)
 

5 June: the actor Arashi Sangor˘ VI (1851~1925) died.

14 November: the actor Asao Okuyama VII (1863~1925) died.

27 November: the actor Arashi Kanjűr˘ IV (1851~1925) died.

5 December: the actor Ichikawa Aratar˘ II (1892~1925) died.

1926 (Taish˘ 15 / Sh˘wa 1)
 

18 February: the actor Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IX (1851~1926) died.

26 March: the actor Sawamura Tosshi VII (1860~1926) died.

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of Matsui Sh˘˘'s drama "Yodogimi Odawara Jin". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

24 April: the actor Onoe Monzabur˘ IV (1889~1926) died.

27 may: the actor Onoe Eizabur˘ VII (1899~1926) died.

July: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Gonza to Sukejű" [casting].

19 August: the actor Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II (1886~1926) died.

23 December: the actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV (1880~1926) died.

1927 (Sh˘wa 2)
 

7 January: the actor Onoe Tamiz˘ III (1866~1927) died.

16 May: the actor Kataoka Ainosuke IV (1881~1927) died.

July: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", an adaptation to Kabuki by the playwright Kimura Kinka of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel [casting].

7 September: the actor Band˘ Tamanosuke III (1874~1927) died.

4 October: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI (1875~1927) died.

October: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817 [casting].

November: premiere at the Hong˘za of Kimura Tomiko's dance "K˘ya Monogurui" (a drama adapted for Kabuki), which mixed Nagauta and Gidayű musical accompaniments. The leading role of K˘shi no Shir˘ was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

15 November: the actor Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875~1927) died.

1928 (Sh˘wa 3)
 

16 January: the actor Onoe Usabur˘ II (1860~1928) died.

Summer: Ichikawa Sadanji II organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan. The destination was the USSR and the troupe performed in Moscow and Leningrad [more details].

5 September: the actor Onoe Matsusuke IV died.

September: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kimura Tomiko's Tokiwazu-based dance "Koma", with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Tokiwazu Mojibei III. The leading role was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

1929 (Sh˘wa 4)
 

June: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance "Gannin B˘zu", which was premiered in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. It was staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu". The role of the bonze look-alike beggar was played by the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, who used a different musical accompaniment, written by Kiyomoto Enjudayű V.

1 July: the actor Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ III (1866~1929) died.

14 October: the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ VII (1869~1929) died.

November: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

1930 (Sh˘wa 5)
 

17 May: the actor Ichikawa Aragor˘ IV (1861~1930) died.

September: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘" [casting].

15 September: the actor Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘ III (1902~1930) died.

8 October: the actor Azuma T˘z˘ VII (1904~1930) died.

19 November: the actor Arashi Gansh˘ (1862~1930) died.

1931 (Sh˘wa 6)
 

15 February: the actor Sawamura Rensha IV (1853~1931) died.

25 February: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ V (1879~1931) died.

March: premiere at the Meijiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Mabuta no Haha", starring Morita Kan'ya XIII and Onoe Taganoj˘ III in the roles of Chűtar˘ and Ohama.

20 March: the actor Nakamura Kashichi V (1861~1931) died.

May: foundation of the Zenshinza troupe led by Nakamura Kan'emon III and Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV.

July: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri" [casting].

1932 (Sh˘wa 7)
 

21 May: a fire destroyed the Ichimuraza. This famous theater was not rebuilt.

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's "Yoritomo no Shi" [casting].

June: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Irezumi Ch˘han" [casting].

16 June: the actor Morita Kan'ya XIII (1885~1932) died.

2 July: the actor Nakamura Tsuruz˘ III (1884~1932) died.

27 August: the actor Sawamura Shirogor˘ V (1877~1932) died.

October: opening of the ďsaka Kabukiza.

November: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Gedatsu", a play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

1933 (Sh˘wa 8)
 

September: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which was adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

1 August: the actor Nakamura Fukusuke V (1900~1933) died.

11 August: the actor Kataoka Matsunosuke III (1868~1933) died.

1934 (Sh˘wa 9)
 

February: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" [casting].

8 February: the actor Onoe K˘z˘ II (1855~1934) died.

17 February: the actor Kataoka Ch˘dayű IV (1864~1934) died.

March: "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in ďsaka and in Ky˘to, at the Naniwaza from the 3rd to 16th of March [casting] and at the Minamiza from the 17th to the 27th of March [casting].

April: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanami Yakko", with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Tokiwazu Mojibei III. The leading role of the yakko was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

June: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu" [casting].

16 October: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon XI (1857~1934) died.

8 November: the actor Onoe Baik˘ VI (1870~1934) died.

1935 (Sh˘wa 10)
 

January: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Uno Nobuo's drama "Fubuki T˘ge" [casting].

January: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Edoj˘ no Ninj˘" and "Daini no Shisha", the first and second plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

January: Nakamura Fukusuke IV and Nakamura Masajir˘ III respectively took the names of Nakamura Baigyoku III and Nakamura Fukusuke V in ďsaka at the Nakaza.

1 February: the actor Nakamura Ganjir˘ I (1860~1935) died.

April: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Saigo no Daihy˘j˘", the third play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

September: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame" [more details].

22 September: the actor Band˘ Shűch˘ III (1880~1935) died.

25 September: the actor Ichimura Kamez˘ III (1890~1935) died.

22nd of December: the actor Ichikawa Shinsh˘ IV (1885~1935) died.

1936 (Sh˘wa 11)
 

April: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Uwanari" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details]. Premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ninin Sanbas˘", a 2-dancer version of the Sanbas˘ dance, starring Ichikawa Ennosuke II and his son Ichikawa Danshir˘ III.

May: revival of "Nanatsu Men" at the Kabukiza [casting].

20 April: the actor Sawamura Gennosuke IV (1859~1936) died.

12 July: the actor Ichikawa Chűsha VII (1860~1936) died.

7 September: the actor Onoe Kanijűr˘ III (1884~1936) died.

1937 (Sh˘wa 12)
 

April: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

1938 (Sh˘wa 13)
 

14 March: the actor Band˘ Muraemon II (1883~1938) died.

April: premiere at the Meijiza of "Kira Yashiki Uramon" and the first act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the seventh and ninth plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

November: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Nambuzaka no Yuki Wakare", the sixth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" [casting].

November: revival at the Kokusai Gekij˘ (International Theater) of the drama "Fud˘" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

28 December: the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (1886~1938) died.

1939 (Sh˘wa 14)
 

February: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the ninth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

1 March: the playwright Okamoto Kid˘ (1872~1939) died.

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Fushimi Shumokumachi", the fourth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

September: premiere at the Meijiza of Kimura Tomiko's dance "Kokaji" (a drama adapted for Kabuki), which mixed Nagauta and Gidayű musical accompaniments. The leading role of the God Inari was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

November: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's dance-drama "Kurozuka" [casting]. The musical accompaniment was written by Kineya Sakichi IV and the choreography was made by Hanayanagi Jusuke II.

1940 (Sh˘wa 15)
 

The actor Jitsukawa Yaoz˘ III died.

January: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘", the fifth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" [casting].

2 February: the actor Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ IV (1878~1940) died.

22 February: the actor Ichikawa Sadanji II (1880~1940) died.

May: Ichikawa Komaz˘ IX took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX at the Kabukiza, playing the role of role of a uir˘ peddler, in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in disguise, in the drama "Uir˘ Uri", which was revived for this occasion.

19 August: the actor Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II (1886~1940) died.

29 September: the actor Nakamura Utaemon V (1865~1940) died.

1941 (Sh˘wa 16)
 

23 February: the actor Nakamura Nakasuke III (1889~1941) died.

April: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's Gidayű-based dance "Yoi Yakko". The leading role of the yakko Bekunai was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

28 May: the actor Azuma Ichinoj˘ II (1875~1941) died.

November: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Sengakuji", the eighth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

8 December: the actor Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ VI (1906~1941) died.

1942 (Sh˘wa 17)
 

4 February: the actor Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV (1900~1942) died.

June: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

1943 (Sh˘wa 18)
 

January: Band˘ Tsurunosuke III took the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

1 September: the actor ďtani Tomoemon VI (1886~1943) died.

1944 (Sh˘wa 19)
 

24 April: the actor Ichikawa Hakotora II (1867~1944) died.

1 August: the actor Ichikawa Ichiz˘ IV (1868~1944) died.

17 September: the actor Ichikawa Enjo (1868~1944) died.

1945 (Sh˘wa 20)
 

10 March (00:08 AM): 344 US Army B29 bombers dropped 2,000 tons of bombs on T˘ky˘, killing more than 120,000 people and destroying almost everything.

Night from the 13th to the 14th of March: 301 US Army B29 bombers launch a devastating air raid on the city of ďsaka; the Nakaza, the Kadoza, the Naniwaza, the Bentenza and the Asahiza were reduced to ashes.

13 March: the actor Nakamura Kaisha (1875~1945) was killed during the bombing of ďsaka.

6 May: the actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV (1874~1945) died.

7 December: the actor Nakamura Tsuruz˘ IV (1899~1945) died.

10 December: the actor Onoe Eizabur˘ VIII (1924~1945) died in China.

1946 (Sh˘wa 21)
 

16 March: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon XII (1882~1946) was assassinated.

December: a Kabuki troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I celebrated the reopening of the rebuilt Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ [more details].

1947 (Sh˘wa 22)
 

January: Nakamura Kanjaku IV took the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ II in ďsaka at the Kabukiza.

May: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi" [more details].

10 May: the actor Ichikawa Ensh˘ III died.

September: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden" [casting].

1948 (Sh˘wa 23)
 

18 March: the actor Nakamura Baigyoku III (1875~1948) died.

25 March: the playwright and novelist Mayama Seika (1878~1948) died.

17 April: the actor Ichikawa Aratar˘ III (1912~1948) died.

29 July: the actor Nakamura Shichisabur˘ V (1879~1948) died.

1949 (Sh˘wa 24)
 

27 January: the actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (1870~1949) died.

2 March: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (1875~1949) died.

May: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the dance-drama "Higaki" [casting].

10 July: the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (1885~1949) died.

September: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V and his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ II respectively took the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

October: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza.

December: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" was revived at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘, using a new script written by Uno Nobuo [more details].

1950 (Sh˘wa 25)
 

May: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza.

December: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

1951 (Sh˘wa 26)
 

January: the Kabukiza reopened.

22 February: the actor Jitsukawa Enjaku II (1877~1951) died.

March: premiere at the Kabukiza of the first Kabuki adaptation of some chapters of Murasaki Shikibu's masterpiece "Genji Monogatari".

April: Nakamura Shikan VI took the name of Nakamura Utaemon VI at the Kabukiza.

July: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza [casting] and in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza [casting] of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan".

July: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan" [casting].

October: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

1952 (Sh˘wa 27)
 

January: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji" [casting].

July: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki" [casting].

2 October: the actor Ichimura Uzaemon XVI (1904~1952) died.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga" [casting].

November: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kema Nanboku's revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi" [casting].

1953 (Sh˘wa 28)
 

March: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae" [casting].

June: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII took the name of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII at the Kabukiza.

July: premiere at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ukifune" [casting]. Revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki" [casting].

September: Sawamura Tossh˘ IV took the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

September: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance "Ryűko", starring Band˘ Minosuke VI and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II in the roles of the Dragon and the Tiger.

1954 (Sh˘wa 29)
 

January: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma" [casting].

March: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-dramas "Oshidori" [more details] and "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" [more details].

April: revival (the 1st since the end of WW2) at the Nakaza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘" [casting].

July: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" as part of a regular Kabuki program [more details].

5 September: the actor Nakamura Kichiemon I (1886~1954) died.

24 September: the actor Band˘ Jusabur˘ III (1886~1954) died.

November: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mishima Yukio's comical play "Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami" [casting].

December: first Kabuki performances at the T˘yoko Hall [more details].

December: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Osan Mohei" [casting].

1955 (Sh˘wa 30)
 

January: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Naniwa no Ashi" [casting].

11 January: the actor Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II (1879~1955) died.

February: Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" was staged for the first time with Kabuki actors, at the Kabukiza [casting].

February: revival at the Kabukiza of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai" [casting].

22 April: the actor Nakamura Takesabur˘ V (1882~1955) died.

19 June: the actor Ichikawa Teruz˘ II (1886~1955) died.

July: premiere at the T˘h˘ Takarazuka Gekij˘ of Uno Nobuo's drama "M˘moku Monogatari", which starred Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII (T˘kichir˘/Hideyoshi, Yaichi), Nakamura Utaemon VI (Oichi-no-Kata), Hasegawa Kazuo (Shibata Katsuie) and Nakamura Senjaku II (Ochacha/Yodogimi). This drama was part of the first T˘h˘ Kabuki postwar performance. The T˘h˘ Takarazuka Gekij˘ was taken over by the American occupation forces in 1945, becoming the Ernie Pyle Theater. It was forbiden to Japanese for 10 years and was finally given back to the T˘h˘ company in 1955, which renamed it with its original name.

October: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII took the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XVII at the Kabukiza.

October: first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october) [casting].

26 October: the actor Ichikawa Kudanji III (1893~1955) died.

8 November: the actor Arashi Tokusabur˘ VI (1883~1955) died.

25 December: the actor Onoe Kikujűr˘ III (1888~1955) died.

1956 (Sh˘wa 31)
 

26 January: the actor Matsumoto Kingo II (1895~1956) died.

1 February: the actor Ichikawa Sansh˘ V (1882~1956) died.

March: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘" [more details].

July: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen" [more details]. Revival at the Kabukiza of the michiyuki "Ch˘ no Michiyuki"; the roles of Komaki and Sukekuni were played by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

September: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto version of the dance "Takao Zange" [more details].

July: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Uma Nusubito" [casting].

1957 (Sh˘wa 32)
 

13 January: the actor Ichikawa Shinnosuke V (1885~1957) died.

16 June: the actor Ichikawa Arajir˘ II (1889~1957) died.

1958 (Sh˘wa 33)
 

8 January: the actor Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I (1886~1958) died.

March: final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

June: revival at the T˘yoko Hall of the drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" [more details].

1959 (Sh˘wa 34)
 

March: revival at the Meijiza of the dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Oyozume Banashi" [more details].

11 July: the actor Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (1895~1959) died.

27 October: the actor Sawamura Tetsunosuke IV (1888~1959) died.

November: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Mishima Yukio [casting].

1960 (Sh˘wa 35)
 

The actors Ichikawa Jukai III and Ichikawa Dannosuke VI received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

January: premiere (or revival?) at the Kabukiza of the dance "Kuruwa Sanbas˘" [casting].

February: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘" [casting].

April: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari" [casting].

June ~ July: first Kabuki tour in the USA, in New York at the City Center (2~22 June), in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre (27 June~10 July) and in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House (12~16 July) [casting].

17 October: the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV (1908~1960) died.

1961 (Sh˘wa 36)
 

January: the actors Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI and Nakamura Mannosuke signed exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ Company and left the Sh˘chiku Company.

February: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi" with Hisaya Morishige (Inosuke), Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII (the priest Jűzen), Yamada Isuzu (Okiwa) and Miki Norihei (Matahei).

March: the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Nakamura Shikaku II signed exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ Company and left the Sh˘chiku Company.

4 November: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (1882~1961) died.

November: premiere in Kabuki at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi" [casting].

1962 (Sh˘wa 37)
 

28 January: the actor Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV (1927~1962) died.

April: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI at the Kabukiza. his adoptive father Ichikawa Sansh˘ V became posthumously Ichikawa Danjűr˘ X.

June: revival at the Kabukiza under the supervision of Takechi Tetsuji of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi" [more details].

30 August: the actor Suketakaya Takasuke V (1900~1962) died.

September: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI and Band˘ Yasosuke IV respectively took the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Minosuke VII, while Band˘ Yasosuke V made his first appearance on stage.

November: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

1963 (Sh˘wa 38)
 

29 March: the actor Sawamura Tosshi VIII (1887~1963) died.

May: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Omodakaya guild; Ichikawa Ennosuke II, Ichikawa Danko III and Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa En'˘ I, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Ichikawa Danko IV.

31 May: the actor Kataoka Gayű II (1895~1963) died.

June: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji" [casting].

June: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza [casting].

12 June: the actor Ichikawa En'˘ I (1888~1963) died.

23 June: the actor Ichikawa K˘sha (1904~1963) died.

July: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari" [casting].

18 November: the actor Ichikawa Danshir˘ III (1908~1963) died.

1964 (Sh˘wa 39)
 

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji III received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

January: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi" [casting].

April: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and his father Sawamura Tanosuke V respectively took the names of Sawamura Tanosuke VI and Sawamura Shozan III at the Kabukiza.

May: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "Bukaku Setsugekka" [casting].

September: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Ky˘ya and Akashiya guilds; ďtani Tomoemon VII, ďtani Hirotar˘ II and ďtani Hiromatsu I respectively took the names of Nakamura Jakuemon IV, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII.

1965 (Sh˘wa 40)
 

January: premiere at the Nakaza of the spectacular hengemono "ďtsue D˘j˘ji" [more details].

May: shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 young actors of the Otowaya guild; Onoe Ushinosuke V, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV and Onoe Sakon I respectively took the names of Onoe Kikunosuke IV, Band˘ Shinsui VIII, and Onoe Tatsunosuke I.

October: first Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in West Berlin at the Der Freien VolksbŘhne (2~8 october), in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de l'OdÚon (15~24 october) and in Lisbonne at the Teatro SŃo Luis (29~31 october) [casting].

10 November: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI (1909~1965) died.

1966 (Sh˘wa 41)
 

4 June: the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII (1882~1966) died.

November: opening ceremony for the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ [more details].

31 December: the actor Hayashi Mataichir˘ II died.

1967 (Sh˘wa 42)
 

The actor Nakamura Ganjir˘ II received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

January: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting].

February: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan" [casting].

March: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Gunji Masakatsu [casting].

April: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Yari no Gonza Kasane Katabira" [casting].

April: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Narikomaya and Kagaya guilds; Nakamura Fukusuke VII, Kagaya Fukunosuke II, Kagaya Hashinosuke II and Nakamura Tamatar˘ III respectively took the names of Nakamura Shikan VII, Nakamura Fukusuke VIII, Nakamura Matsue V and Nakamura T˘z˘ VI; Shikan's son Nakamura Kotar˘ V makes his first stage appearance.

June: last Kabuki performances at the T˘yoko Hall [more details].

1968 (Sh˘wa 43)
 

The actors Nakamura Utaemon VI, Onoe Baik˘ VII and Onoe Taganoj˘ III received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

May: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi" [casting].

July: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe" [casting].

22 November: the actor Seki Sanjűr˘ VI (1911~1968) died.

3 December: the actor Sawamura Shozan III died.

28 December: birth in France of Sh˘riya Aragor˘, futur webmaster of www.kabuki21.com.

1969 (Sh˘wa 44)
 

1 January: the actor Nakamura Fukusuke V (1910~1969), Takasagoya guild, died.

May: Ichikawa Danko IV took the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV at the Kabukiza.

17 July: the actor ďtani Bunz˘ II (1903~1969) died.

21 September: the actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII (1931~1969) died.

3 October: the actor Ichikawa Sadanji III (1898~1969) died.

November: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X at the Kabukiza.

December: revival at the Kabukiza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari" [more details].

1970 (Sh˘wa 45)
 

25 November: the writer, and father of Mishima Kabuki, Mishima Yukio (1925~1970) died.

1971 (Sh˘wa 46)
 

February: Kataoka Hidekimi took the name of Kataoka Gat˘ V at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, performing in a special program which commemorated the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) of late Kataoka Nizaemon XI and celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Tokusabur˘ VII and the hatsubutai of Kataoka Gat˘ V's son Kataoka Shinnosuke.

3 April: the actor Ichikawa Jukai III (1886~1971) died.

April: revival at the National Theatre of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" [casting].

June: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the drama "Banshű Sarayashiki" [more details].

20 June: the actor Ichikawa Chűsha VIII (1896~1971) died.

1972 (Sh˘wa 47)
 

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI and Nakamura Mannosuke were back to Sh˘chiku Company, after the failure of T˘h˘ Kabuki.

The actors Onoe Sh˘roku II and Kataoka Nizaemon XIII receive the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

May: Band˘ Shinsui VIII and Ichimura Takematsu V respectively took the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ II and Ichimura Manjir˘ II at the Kabukiza.

September: Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI took the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V at the Kabukiza.

1973 (Sh˘wa 48)
 

The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

11 February: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII (1894~1973) died.

30 April: the writer and playwright Osaragi Jir˘ (1897~1973) died.

May: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the playwright [casting].

June: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito" [casting].

20 July: the actor Nakamura Kash˘ II (1925~1973) died.

October: Onoe Kikunosuke IV took the name of Onoe Kikugor˘ VII at the Kabukiza.

26 October: the actor Kataoka Ainosuke V (1905~1973) died.

1974 (Sh˘wa 49)
 

5 January: the Zenshinza actor Fujikawa Buzaemon IV (1906~1974) died.

13 September: the actor Ichikawa Hakuz˘ III (1901~1974) died.

26 November: the actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ IV (1905~1974) died.

29 November: the actor Asao Okuyama VIII (1894~1974) died.

20 December: the actor Onoe Koisabur˘ III (1897~1974) died.

1975 (Sh˘wa 50)
 

The actors Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

16 January: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII (1913~1975) died.

March: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari" [casting].

28 March: the actor Morita Kan'ya XIV (1907~1975) died.

25 December: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII (1908~1975) died.

1976 (Sh˘wa 51)
 

10 January: the actor Ichikawa Kodayű II (1902~1976) died.

April: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" [casting].

April: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘" [casting].

September: Sawamura Tossh˘ V took the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX at the Kabukiza.

3 November: the actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI (1907~1976) died.

1977 (Sh˘wa 52)
 

April: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima" [casting].

May: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘" [casting].

July: revival at the Kabukiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘" [casting].

14 November: the actor Arashi Yoshisabur˘ V (1907~1977) died.

1978 (Sh˘wa 53)
 

20 June: the actor Onoe Taganoj˘ III (1889~1978) died.

September: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi" [casting].

2 October 1978: the actor Ichikawa Kuz˘ V (1910~1978) died.

3 November: the actor Sawamura S˘nosuke II (1918~1978) died.

1979 (Sh˘wa 54)
 

February: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘" [casting].

February: Ichikawa Omez˘ V took the name of Ichikawa Sadanji IV at the Kabukiza.

April: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English "the ten roles of Date"), whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Kasane" worlds. The ten roles were played by Ichikawa Ennosuke III [casting].

August: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri" [casting].

1980 (Sh˘wa 55)
 

January: first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

February: Band˘ Kamez˘ II took the name of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII at the Kabukiza.

22 March: the actor Onoe Shinshichi V (1898~1980) died.

July: revival at the Kabukiza of the never-performed 5th act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" [more details].

17 july: the actor Arashi San'emon XI (1906~1980) died.

August: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" [casting].

11 August: the actor Kataoka Matsunoj˘ I (1910~1980) died.

17 November: the actor Nakamura Naritar˘ II (1900~1980) died.

27 December: the actor Arashi Rikaku V (1900~1980) died.

1981 (Sh˘wa 56)
 

March: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan" [casting].

9 March: the actor Ichikawa Komaz˘ X (1925~1981) died.

April: revival at the National Theatre of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago" [casting].

June: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Yorozuya guild; Nakamura Yonekichi IV, Nakamura Baishi III, Nakamura Mitsuteru and Ogawa Mikihiro respectively took the names of Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Kash˘ III and Nakamura Shid˘ II.

July: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi" [casting].

24 July: the actor Onoe Kikujir˘ IV (1904~1981) died.

3 September: the actor Nakamura Shikaku II (1900~1981) died.

22 September: the actor Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (1902~1981) died.

October: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei); Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI, Matsumoto Kintar˘ III, Ichikawa Nakanosuke III and Ichikawa Momomaru respectively took the names of Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘emon and Ichikawa Shinsha II.

28 November: the actor Band˘ K˘tar˘ died.

1982 (Sh˘wa 57)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

11 January: the actor Matsumoto Haku˘ (1910~1982) died.

21 September: the actor Nakamura Kan'emon III (1901~1982) died.

22 December: the actor Sawamura Gennosuke V (1907~1982) died.

1983 (Sh˘wa 58)
 

January: revival of "Nanatsu Men" at the National Theatre [casting].

20 March: the actor Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ V (1905~1983) died.

13 April: the actor Nakamura Ganjir˘ II (1902~1983) died.

28 August: the actor Arashi Sangor˘ VII (1901~1983) died.

1984 (Sh˘wa 59)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Sankai Nagoya", which has not been performed since 1697 [casting].

7 December: the actor ďkawa Hashiz˘ II (1929~1984) died.

1985 (Sh˘wa 60)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

22 January: the actor Tonegawa Kinjűr˘ (1897~1985) died.

7 March: the actor Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII (1902~1985) died.

April: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII at the Kabukiza.

July ~ August: special Kabuki tour in the USA, which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII; 38 performances in New York (Metropolitan Opera House, 8~20 July), Washington (Kennedy Center, 23 July~4 August) and Los Angeles (UCLA Royce Hall, 7~11 August). This was the first time in Kabuki history that a shűmei was staged abroad [more details].

12 August: the actor Matsumoto Somesh˘ (1903~1985) died.

20 December: the actor Band˘ Shűch˘ IV (1901~1985) died.

1986 (Sh˘wa 61)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of the rarely-staged drama "Uwanari" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [more details].

25 January: the actor Nakamura Komajaku (1908~1986) died.

29 January: the actor Arashi Hinasuke X (1913~1986) died.

April: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].

1987 (Sh˘wa 62)
 

7 January: the actor Band˘ Yaenosuke (1909~1987) died.

19 January: the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX (1906~1987) died.

28 March: the actor Onoe Tatsunosuke I (1946~1987) died.

3 September: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VIII (1932~1987) died.

1988 (Sh˘wa 63)
 

16 April: the actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII (1909~1988) died.

1989 (Sh˘wa 64 / Heisei 1)
 

June: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script was staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ [casting].

25 June: the actor Onoe Sh˘roku II (1913~1989) died.

11 December: the actor Nakamura Kamon II (1911~1989) died.

1990 (Heisei 2)
 

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XVII received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

June ~ July: Kabuki tour in the USA, 26 performances in Columbus (Ohio), San Antonio (Texas), Atlanta (Georgia), Indianapolis (Indiana), Iowa City (Iowa), Lincoln (Nebraska), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Costa Mesa (California), Los Angeles (California), Berkeley (California), Portland (Oregon) and Seattle (Washington) [casting].

August: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki" [casting].

4 August: the actor Ichikawa Fukunosuke III (1904~1990) died.

11 October: the actor Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V (1909~1990) died.

13 October: the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VII (1928~1990) died.

November: Nakamura Senjaku II took the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ III at the Kabukiza.

1991 (Heisei 3)
 

The actor Nakamura Jakuemon IV received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

14 May: the actor Jitsukawa Enjaku III (1921~1991) died.

June: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Sakuragawa" [casting].

30 June: the actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ V (1916~1991) died.

28 October: the playwright Uno Nobuo (1904~1991) died.

28 December: the actor Ichikawa Nedanji II (1920~1991) died.

1992 (Heisei 4)
 

1 January: the actor Kamimura Kichiya V (1909~1992) died.

February: special program at the Kabukiza to commemorate the 99th anniversary (100th memorial service) of the death of the great playwright Kawatake Mokuami, which included his best masterpieces like "Sannin Kichisa", "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", "Momijigari", "Keian Taiheiki" and "Gosho no Goroz˘". The casting was equal to the importance of the event: Onoe Baik˘ VII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX, Ichimura Uzaemon and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX.

20 February: the actor Suketakaya Kodenji II (1909~1992) died.

April: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Narikomaya and Takasagoya guilds; Nakamura Fukusuke VIII and Nakamura Kotar˘ V respectively took the names of Nakamura Baigyoku IV and Nakamura Fukusuke IX.

8 December: the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ V (1935~1992) died.

1993 (Heisei 5)
 

31 December: the actor Kataoka Gad˘ V (1910~1993) died.

1994 (Heisei 6)
 

The actors Nakamura Ganjir˘ III et Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

20 March: the actor Nakamura Kikaku I (1948~1994) died.

26 March: the actor Kataoka Nizaemon XIII (1903~1994) died.

May ~ June: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon and recreated the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai, bringing the actors closer to the audience. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" was coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

21 August: the actor Matsumoto K˘jaku I (1933~1994) died.

1995 (Heisei 7)
 

January: 14th Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sh˘chiku Company [more details].

January: great shűmei at the Nakaza (ďsaka) for the Narikomaya guild; Nakamura Tomotar˘ and Nakamura Hirotar˘ respectively took the names of Nakamura Kanjaku V and Nakamura Senjaku III.

24 March: the actor Onoe Baik˘ VII (1915~1995) died.

October: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Ningen Banji Mawari T˘r˘", based on a comical torimonoch˘ written by Okamoto Kid˘, starring Nakamura Kankur˘ V in the main role.

1996 (Heisei 8)
 

The actor Nakamura Shikan VII received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

May: Onoe Ushinosuke VI took the name of Onoe Kikunosuke V at the Kabukiza.

19 May: the playwright H˘j˘ Hideji (1902~1996) died.

22 August: the actor Arashi Yoshisabur˘ VI (1935~1996) died.

August: revival at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi" [more details].

August ~ September: second edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

1997 (Heisei 9)
 

January: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" [casting].

10 March: the actor Yorozuya Kinnosuke (1932~1997) died.

May: the actor Nakamura Matagor˘ II received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

15 November: the actor Nakamura Ky˘ka (1929~1997) died.

1998 (Heisei 10)
 

January: Kataoka Takao took the prestigious name of Kataoka Nizaemon XV at the Kabukiza.

18 February: the actor Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III (1918~1998) died.

1 March: the actor Onoe Fujaku X (1924~1998) died.

June: great revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Keisei Mibu Dainenbutsu" for the 14th Chikamatsuza tour led by Nakamura Ganjir˘ III. This plays has not been performed for 296 years !

September: third edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu" was coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

1999 (Heisei 11)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana" [casting].

8 February: the actor Band˘ Yagor˘ II (1909~1999) died.

1 April: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX (1929~1999) died.

June: opening of the Hakataza, a new theater in the city of Fukuoka.

August: the Nakaza (ďsaka) definitively closed its doors.

September: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘" [casting].

28 November: the actor Nakamura Ky˘emon (1924~1999) died.

2000 (Heisei 12)
 

June: revival at the Kabukiza of the spectacular hengemono "ďtsue D˘j˘ji" [more details].

30 October: the actor Onoe Kikuz˘ VI died.

November: Nakamura Kankur˘ supervises the construction of a temporary Theater in the district of Asakusa in T˘ky˘, called Heisei Nakamuraza (the Nakamuraza of the Heisei Era), and produced the play "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘").

5 December: the actor Arashi Tokusabur˘ VII (1933~2000) died.

December: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Kaka Saiyűki", Ichikawa Ennosuke III's version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki" (Kaka was the haimy˘ of Ichikawa Ennosuke III) [casting].

 
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