Guilds: Sekiya, Tachibanaya, Owariya
Poetry name: Sanch˘
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 starts his career as a disciple of Arashi Koroku I, who gives him the name of Arashi Shichisabur˘ I. He spends several years in a troupe of children-actors, performing in miyaji shibai. Later on, he settles in ďsaka and takes 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˘ plays the roles of Yukinushi and the decchi Netar˘ [casting].
Fall 1771: he becomes disciple of the actor Arashi Hinasuke I.
11th lunar month of 1771: he becomes zamoto, takes the name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ II and produces in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", in which he plays the role of Tsukioka Shikibu. The writing for Sanjűro is:
Fall 1772: Sanjűr˘ produces in Ky˘to the play "Yaegasumi Naniwa no Hamaogi".
11th lunar month of 1772: Arashi Sanjűr˘ II takes 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 look the same but the ideogram for san is different (the ideogram for mountain is replaced by the ideogram for three):
3rd lunar month of 1790: Sanjűr˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Nishigawa no Shibai the roles of Takeda Shingen and the old woman Koshiji in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is 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˘ plays the roles of Kanda Yogoro, Sagoemon and Orita Tamon-no-Kami [more details].
9th lunar month of 1792: Seki Sanjűr˘ I takes the name of Seki San'emon in the same theater, playing in the drama "Chűk˘ Homare no Futamichi". Around that time, he settles 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 is famous for its "Umagiri" scene and is produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; San'emon plays the roles of Kobayagawa Tatewaki and Nagaoka Shingo [more details].
Summer 1794: tour in Ise.
5th lunar month of 1798: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II. His stage partners are 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 is produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Shima Sakon, T˘kichi and Uno Bungo [casting].
12th lunar month of 1804: Sanjűr˘ plays for the last time the role of Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is produced by the zamoto Fujikawa Tatsuz˘ at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka).
1808: Seki San'emon and Seki Sanjűr˘ II go together to Edo. San'emon suddenly falls ill and dies the 10th of the 6th lunar month of 1808.
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".
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 Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Seki Sanjűr˘ line of actors
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