SHINODA SASUKE

Playwright names:

Shinoda Sasuke In Japanese
Shinoda Sasuke In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 11th lunar month of 1859

Connection:

Master: Shinoda Kinji II

Career:

Before 1830: born in Edo. Disciple of Shinoda Kinji II, he received the name of Shinoda Sasuke.

11th lunar month of 1830: Sasuke worked for the tatesakusha Segawa Jok˘ II at the Kawarazakiza on the kaomise drama "Ichiy˘ Raifuku Shibuya Tsuwamono".

11th lunar month of 1836: Sasuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke IV and Takarada Jusuke, on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai Oshi no Tsuwamono" [15].

11th lunar month of 1837: Sasuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke IV, Hon'ya Hanshichi, Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV and Fukumori Kyűsuke II, on the kaomise drama "Onikirimaru Mimasu no Kakutsubo".

11th lunar month of 1838: Sasuke worked, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Sakurada Jisuke III, Nakamura Jűsuke IV, Matsushima Ch˘fu II and Tsuruya Nanboku V, at the Nakamuraza on the drama "Isse Ichidai Kuriki no My˘noji", which celebrated the isse ichidai performance of the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1839: Sasuke became nimaime sakusha and worked, along with Tsuruya Nanboku V, at the Nakamuraza on the drama "Sumidagawa Yukimi no Jindachi". Sasuke changed the writing of his first name:

Old Sasuke New Sasuke
篠田 篠田

11th lunar month of 1840: Sasuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke III, on the drama "Chinzei Hachir˘ G˘ma no Kaburaya". He most likely also worked on the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Meoto D˘j˘ji".

1842: beginning of the Tenp˘ reforms led by Mizuno Tadakuni; sumptuary laws were enforced and the Kabuki world was targeted: the theaters had to move to the remote district of Saruwaka-ch˘, performances within the precincts of temples or shrines were forbidden, actors prints were temporarily proscribed and the Edo star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V was exiled to Kamigata. Tough times for the Kabuki world, including all the sakusha.

11th lunar month of 1843: Sasuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke III, Hon'ya Hanshichi and Fukumori Kyűji, on the kaomise drama "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1844: Sasuke wrote the lyrics of the Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Tsukurimono Kiku no Mutsugoto", which was staged at the Ichimuraza and starred Onoe Kikujir˘ II and Sawamura Tossh˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1845: Sasuke worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Tsuruya Nanboku V and Kawatake Shinshichi II, on the dramas "Ehon Tait˘ki" and "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori".

1st lunar month of 1846: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Sato Moy˘ Hiyoku no Inazuma", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Takesabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1846: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Gochűmon Kameyama-zome" (a drama similar to "Kameyama no Adauchi").

11th lunar month of 1846: Sasuke worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Sakurada Jisuke III and Kawatake Shinshichi II [2], on the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Yukimi no Takadono", which celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto Kinsh˘.

1st lunar month of 1847: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Norikake Soga D˘chű Sugoroku"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Nakamura Utaemon IV, Matsumoto Kinsh˘ and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1847: Sasuke worked, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II and Matsumoto K˘ji II, at the Kawarazakiza on "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Shinobi Yoru Rinki no Tsu no Moji" and "Sawamura Saki Hakata no Hanabishi". The latter drama was similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kezori" with Matsumoto Kinsh˘, Onoe Baik˘ IV and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V in the roles of Kezori Kuemon, Kojor˘ and Komatsuya S˘shichi.

4th lunar month of 1848: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Oto-ni Kiku Tengajaya-mura", which starred Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (Iori, K˘emon), Band˘ Takesabur˘ I (Genjir˘), ďtani Tomoemon IV (Motoemon), Matsumoto Kinsh˘ (T˘ma, Mansuke, Yasuke) and Onoe Baik˘ IV (Somenoi).

11th lunar month of 1848: Sasuke worked, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji and Kawatake Shinshichi II [3], at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Azuma Dairi Hana mo Yoshikado". He also worked on Mimasuya Nis˘ji's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Takigi ďyukima no Ichikawa" [9].

1st lunar month of 1849: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Hatsumotoyui Soga no Ky˘dai".

8th lunar month of 1849: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Ichinotani Mushae no Iezuto". He also worked on the play "Kagekiyo" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection.

11th lunar month of 1849: Sasuke worked, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II [4], at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Muro no Ume Mibae Genji", which starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Ichikawa Shinsha I, Onoe Kikujir˘ II, ďtani Tomoemon IV, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Band˘ Takesabur˘ I, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Gangyoku I, Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Asao Tamejűr˘ IV and Asao Okuyama IV.

11th lunar month of 1850: Sasuke worked, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II [5], at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Oda no Yuki Mitsugi no Tamamono". The drama "Sanemori Monogatari" and the dance-drama "Seki no To" were also staged. The main actors were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Seki Sanjűr˘ III, Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V, Onoe Baik˘ IV, Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Onoe Matsusuke III, Asao Okuyama IV and Ichikawa Saruz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1851: Sasuke worked, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II [6], at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Nobori Goi Taki no Shirahata", which welcomed in Edo the actors Arashi Rikan III and his son Arashi Wasabur˘ II. The dramas "Ono no T˘fű" and "Komochi Yamanba" were also staged.

7th lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1852: Sasuke worked, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II [7], at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Chűk˘ Kanagaki K˘shaku".

2nd lunar month of 1853: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the drama "Shiranui Monogatari", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke and which was based on Ryűkatei Tanekazu's long novel of the same title. Premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Sasuke's dance "Yanagi no Ito Hikuya Gohiiki"; the role of the sanbas˘ was performed by Arashi Rikaku II.

3rd lunar month of 1854: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the drama "Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke [casting].

6th lunar month of 1854: Sasuke worked at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Kaikei Dengajaya-mura", which starred Arashi Rikan III (Iori, K˘emon), Band˘ Takesabur˘ I (Genjir˘), ďtani Tomoemon IV (Motoemon, Mansuke), Ichikawa Kodanji IV (T˘ma, Yasuke) and Band˘ Shűka I (Somenoi). Premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Sasuke's drama "Kumo no Uwasa Onna Narukami" [casting].

8th lunar month of 1854: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Azuma Kudari Gojűsan Tsugi" [11].

3rd lunar month of 1855: Sasuke worked at the Kawarazakiza on the drama "Kagamiyama Hiyoku no Sugatami".

5th lunar month of 1855: Sasuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Jiraiya Gonichi Monogatari", a sequel of 1852 "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari".

14th day of the 10th lunar month of 1855 [1]: his master Namiki Gohei III died in Edo.

3rd lunar month of 1856: Sasuke worked at the Ichimuraza on the new year sogamono "Tsuruhachi to Suehiro Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Onoe Kikugor˘ IV, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V (who celebrated his shűmei along with Band˘ Kamez˘ I).

9th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 9-act drama "Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke; the two leading stars were Ichikawa Kodanji IV (the blind masseur Bun'ya and the thief Niza) and Band˘ Kamez˘ I (Itamiya Jűbŕ).

11th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Sh˘chikubai Yuki no Akebono" [casting], which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke.

1st lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata" [13], which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke.

7th lunar month: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1858: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen", which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke [8] [more details]. It welcomed in Edo and celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Yonejűr˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" [10], which was written by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Sasuke [casting].

7th lunar month of 1859: Sasuke worked in the same theater, along with Kawatake Shinshichi II, on the drama "Kohada no Kaii Ame no Furunuma".

11th lunar month of 1859: Sasuke died in Edo.

Comments:

Shinoda Sasuke was an Edo sakusha, who was active from the beginning of the 1830s to the end of the 1850s. He worked on several early masterpieces of Kawatake Shinshichi II like "Jiraiya", "Shiranui Monogatari", "Shinobu no S˘ta", "Utsunoya T˘ge", "Kurotegumi Sukeroku", "Nezumi Koz˘", "Kozaru Shichinosuke" or "Izayoi Seishin". He was a mainstay at the Kawarazakiza for 10 seasons, from 1845 to 1855.

[1] The 14th day of the 10th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ansei era was the 23rd of November 1855 in the western calendar.

[2] The others sakusha were Hon'ya Harusuke and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[3] The others sakusha were Umezawa S˘roku, Matsumoto K˘ji II and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[4] The others sakusha were Umezawa S˘ji, Matsumoto K˘ji II and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[5] The others sakusha were Ki no Bunzaemon and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[6] The others sakusha were Umezawa S˘roku and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[7] The others sakusha were Umezawa S˘roku, Yamada T˘ji and Katsumi Ch˘z˘.

[8] The others sakusha were Takeshiba Genz˘, Umezawa S˘roku and Nagawa Harusuke II.

[9] This dance-drama is still in the Kabuki repertoire and it is commonly called "Shin Yamanba" (the new yamanba) or "Yamanba".

[10] This drama is commonly called "Izayoi Seishin".

[11] This drama was revived in June 2012 and July 2012, under the title "Tennichib˘", at the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

[12] The nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku").

[13] This drama is still in the Kabuki repertoire and it is commonly called "Nezumi Koz˘".

[14] This drama is commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke".

[15] Another possible reading was "Semewa Nidai Kishi no Tsuwamono".

The name of Shinoda Sasuke in a 1842 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the right side of the picture)

 
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