Poetry names: Sanch˘, Sh˘ta
Existence: 1747 ~ 10th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808 
Adopted son: Seki Sanjűr˘ II
Disciple: Seki Shoz˘
1747~1771: born in ďsaka. He started his career as a disciple of Arashi Koroku I, who gave him the name of Arashi Shichisabur˘ I. He spends several years in a troupe of children-actors, performing in miyaji shibai. Later on, he settled in ďsaka and took the name of Ogino Kichisabur˘ at the Naka no Shibai.
3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kichisabur˘ played the roles of Yukinushi and the decchi Netar˘ [casting].
Fall 1771: he became disciple of the actor Arashi Hinasuke I.
11th lunar month of 1771: he became zamoto, took the name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ II and produced in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", in which he played the role of Tsukioka Shikibu. The writing for Sanjűro was:
Fall 1772: Sanjűr˘ produced in Ky˘to the play "Yaegasumi Naniwa no Hamaogi".
11th lunar month of 1772: Arashi Sanjűr˘ II took the name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzai no H˘rai"; the two names sounded the same but the ideogram for san was different (the ideogram for mountain was replaced by the ideogram for three):
3rd lunar month of 1779: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; Sanjűr˘ played the roles of Ushimado Jűnai, Kond˘ Heijibŕ, the jijű of the Onoe Temple and the tabakoya Koichi [casting].
11th lunar month of 1786: Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV took the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai, playing 2 roles in the kaomise drama "Osanago no Katakiuchi". The name Seki came from his yag˘ Sekiya. At the same time, he stopped using Sekiya as a yag˘ and started to use Tachibanaya.
3rd lunar month of 1790: Sanjűr˘ played in Ky˘to at the Nishigawa no Shibai the roles of Takeda Shingen and the old woman Koshiji in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was produced by Kameya Kumenoj˘.
Spring ~ Summer 1790: tour in Ise.
9th lunar month of 1791: premiere of Nagawa Shimesuke I's chűshinguramono "Iroha Gana Shijűshichi Moji" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ played the roles of Kanda Yogoro, Sagoemon and Orita Tamon-no-Kami [more details].
9th lunar month of 1792: Seki Sanjűr˘ I took the name of Seki San'emon in the same theater, playing in the drama "Chűk˘ Homare no Futamichi". Around that time, he settled in ďsaka in the district of Kuroemon-ch˘.
1st lunar month ~ 3rd lunar month of 1794: premiere of Tatsuoka Mansaku's drama "Keisei Haru no Tori", which was famous for its "Umagiri" scene and was produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; San'emon played the roles of Kobayagawa Tatewaki and Nagaoka Shingo [more details].
Summer 1794: tour in Ise.
3rd lunar month of 1795: he took back the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ I.
7th lunar month of 1796: he took back the name of Seki San'emon.
6th lunar month of 1797: he took back the name of Seki San'emon to perform at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka).
7th lunar month of 1797: he took back the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ I to perform in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai.
5th lunar month of 1798: Sanjűr˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Danshichi Kurobŕ), Nakayama Bunz˘ (Issun Tokubŕ), Yamashita Kinsaku II (Okaji) and Yoshizawa Iroha I (Otatsu).
11th lunar month of 1800: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yanagi's puppet theater drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ played the roles of Shima Sakon, T˘kichi and Uno Bungo [casting].
12th lunar month of 1804: Sanjűr˘ played for the last time the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was produced by the zamoto Fujikawa Tatsuz˘ at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka).
10th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808 : San'emon died.
Seki San'emon, the founder of the Seki clan, was a tachiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata and was a specialist in jitsuaku, wajitsu and bud˘goto roles. One of his best roles was Minamoto Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
 The 10th day of the 6th lunar month of the 5th year of the Bunka era was the 3rd of July 1808 in the western calendar.
 The 26th day of the 7th lunar month of the 6th year of the Tenmei era was the 19th of August 1786 in the western calendar.
 The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 8th year of the Kansei era was the 6th of May 1796 in the western calendar.
Seki San'emon (top/right) playing the role of Masayasu in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki",
which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1792 at the Kado no Shibai
The Arashi Shichisabur˘ line of actors
The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Seki Sanjűr˘ line of actors
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