|NAKAYAMA TOMISABURď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kinsha
Existence: 1760 ~ 10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819
Father: Ichikawa Ikuz˘
Master: Nakayama Bunshichi I
Son: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III
Disciple: Nakayama Kamesabur˘
Fall 1780: Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his son Tomisabur˘ go together to Edo.
9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrates the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Tomisabur˘ plays the role of Gotobŕ's wife Sekijo [more details].
15th day of the 6th lunar month of 1798: his father Ichikawa Ikuz˘ dies.
3rd lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Onoe Matsusuke I. He also plays the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".
3rd lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji are played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Onoe Matsusuke I. Tomisabur˘ also plays the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which is staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű are played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.
4th lunar month of 1806: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
Winter 1807: Tomisabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.
5th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".
7th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
11th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ goes to ďsaka and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Omino in the drama "Hikeyahike Nishikiguruma".
6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Tomisabur˘, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".
8th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ is back in ďsaka to perform at the Kado no Shibai.
11th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sanai's wife in the kaomise drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also plays the role of Akoya in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi III (Shigetada) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Iwanaga Saemon).
10th lunar month of 1809: Tomisabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Awa no Naruto".
Fall 1810: Tomisabur˘ goes to Edo, with Onoe Shinshichi II and Nakayama Kamesabur˘.
4th lunar month of 1811: Tomisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819: Tomisabur˘ dies in Edo.
Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, who was born and trained in Kamigata, achieved fame from himself in Edo from the end of the 1790s to the beginning of the 1810s. He was said to be better in sewamono than in jidaimono, excelling in keisei and sewa ny˘b˘ roles.
Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Kunishige in Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)
The Nakayama Tomisabur˘ line of actors
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