Stage name:

Nanboku Sabu I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 7th lunar month of 1695


Son: Nanboku Sabu II

Nephew (?): Tsuruya Nanboku I


Before 1674: born in the city of Sakai in the province of Senshű. He was related to the Murayama clan, whose most famous member, Murayama Matasabur˘ I, founded the Murayamaza in Edo.

6th lunar month of 1674: first recorded performance, in Ky˘to at Ebisuya's theater, where he performed as a d˘kegata; his stage partners were Fujita Koheiji, Komai Sh˘zaemon, Imamura Kumenosuke, Fujita Minanoj˘, Kaneko Rokuemon, Nakajima Yaheita, It˘ Kodayű II, Tamagawa San'ya, Dekijima Tanomo and Kumamoto Bun'emon.

11th lunar month of 1683 ~ 1684: Sabu performed in ďsaka for the zamoto Araki Yojibŕ I; his yearly salary was 70 ry˘.

1st lunar month of 1688: Sabu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was (superior) [visual].

Spring 1695: Sabu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

7th lunar month of 1695: Sabu died in ďsaka.


Nanboku Sabu I, who made all his career in Kamigata from the 1670s to the 1690s, was considered at the end of his career as an "old style" d˘kegata. According to the chronicles, the audience loved his facial appearance, the way he rolled his big eyes and his weird dancing.

Nanboku Sabu I performing the role of a yamabushi priest (1693)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nanboku Sabu line of actors

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