UPDATES
31 December 2016

2016 in figures:

I would like to thank very much all the friends who helped me building this site. Happy new year of the Rooster 2017. We wish that 2017 will be the year of Nakamura Fukusuke's comeback on stage. We also wish for two successful series of shűmei performances for Ichikawa Udanji III, Band˘ Rakuzen, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IX and Band˘ Kamez˘ III. We also wish great hatsubutai for 4 young lads : Ichikawa Ukon II, Nakamura Kantar˘ III, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘ II and Band˘ Kamesabur˘ VI!

ACTORS: Fujii Hanamatsu and Fujita Koheiji I.

PLAYWRIGHTS: Fujikawa Sanpachi, Masuyama Kinpachi I and Mimasuya Nis˘ji.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Ichikawa Ukon II.

PROGRAMS: January 2017 (details for the Sh˘chikuza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘ programs), February 2017 (Sh˘chikuza, Zenshinza Tour, details for the Hakataza programs), March 2017 (Zenshinza Tour) and April 2017 (Kanamaruza).

OTHERS: the pages on Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ V, Band˘ Kametoshi, Ichikawa Monnosuke V, Ichikawa Monnosuke VI, Kataoka Gad˘ V, Kataoka Nizaemon X, Kataoka Nizaemon XI, Kataoka Nizaemon XII, Kataoka Roen VI, Matsumoto Haku˘, Yoshida Manshir˘, Yoshizawa Ayame V and Yoshizawa Iroha II were reworked (past tense, day of passing away in western calendar and added data for some of them); the page on the Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ and Kataoka Nizaemon lines of actors was reworked; 1 book was referenced in the bibliography; a new illustration page for Kataoka Nizaemon XII; daitsű, fudasashi, hoshika, jűhachi daitsű, kikaku-ryű, machidoshiyori, senryű , takarai kikaku and yűjoya are added to the glossary; 1 book was referenced in the bibliography.

30 November 2016

ACTORS: Somekawa Jűrobŕ and Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I.

ACTORS LINES: Somematsu Shichisabur˘.

KAOMISE: Ky˘to 1748 (Miyako Handayű's theater).

DERIVATIVES: Kabuki Cat Moneybox.

PROGRAMS: December 2016 (details for the Kabukiza and National Theatre programs), January 2017 (Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘, details for the Kabukiza programs), February 2017 (Kabukiza, EX THEATER) and March 2017 (National Theatre).

OTHERS: 2 new links; 15 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; an illustration for Band˘ Kikumatsu I; a picture of the special celebration curtain for the October 2016 shűmei of Nakamura Shikan VIII at the Kabukiza; new illustration pages for Asao Jűjir˘, Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I; a new illustration for Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Karyű Sawaemon, Shinozuka Jirozaemon I and Takeshima K˘zaemon I; a picture of the special celebration curtain for the November 2016 shűmei of Nakamura Shikan VIII at the Kabukiza; the pages on Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Arashi Kichisabur˘ I, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI, Fujioka Daikichi, Osagawa Tsuneyo I, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, ďtani Hiroemon I, ďtani Hiroemon II, ďtani Hiroemon III, ďtani Hiroji II, Yoshizawa Ayame I, Yoshizawa Ayame II, Yoshizawa Ayame III, Yoshizawa Ayame IV and Yoshizawa Tamazuma were reworked (past tense, day of passing away in western calendar and added data for some of them); san-no-kawari is added to the glossary.

31 October 2016

KAOMISE: Edo 1735 (Nakamuraza).

KABUKI ART: Kabuki Chopsticks 3.

STROLLING AROUND: Tenb˘ Kabuki.

PROGRAMS: November 2016 (details for the Hakataza, Yachiyoza, Eirakukan and Kinshű Special Tour programs, Shibuya-ku Bunka S˘g˘ Center ďwada), December 2016 (Kabukiza), January 2017 (Sh˘chikuza, Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Asakusa K˘kaid˘) and February 2017 (Hakataza).

OTHERS: a new summary for "Onna Narukami"; bokuden-ryű, itt˘-ryű, itt˘sai kagehisa, taisei h˘kan and tsukahara bokuden are added to the glossary.

30 September 2016

ACTORS: Tsuyama Yűz˘ I.

PLAYS: "Futatsudama, "Hangan Seppuku", "Kanpei Harakiri", "Matsukiri", "Ninj˘", "Rikiya J˘shi", "Shinmotsu", "Shiro Akewatashi" and "Tepp˘ Watashi".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Hamaji Matoo II and Tsuuchi Eishi I.

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Baika IV.

ACTORS LINES: Tsuuchi Monzabur˘.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Tsugawa Handayű and Tsugawa Mandayű.

PROGRAMS: October 2016 (details for the Kabukiza, NTK Hall, National Theatre and Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour programs), November 2016 (details for the Kabukiza and National Theatre programs), December 2016 (details for the Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘ programs) and January 2017 (National Theatre).

OTHERS: 3 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a new illustration page for Arashi Shichigor˘ I; 1 book was referenced in the bibliography.

31 August 2016

ACTORS: Ichimura Sanohachi.

PLAYS: "Jűichidanme".

CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Kichinoj˘.

ACTORS LINES: Ichikawa Shachimaru, Ichikawa Teruz˘, Ichimura Tamagashiwa and Ichimura Wakadayű.

KABUKI ART: Kabuki Chopsticks 2.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Ichiyama Dengor˘ and Ichiyama Seiz˘.

PROGRAMS: September 2016 (details for the Kabukiza programs, full casting and a picture for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and the National Theatre), October 2016 (Kabukiza, NHK Hall, Yachiyoza, Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘), November 2016 (Kabukiza, Eirakukan, Yachiyoza, Kinshű Special Tour) and December 2016 (Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘, National Theatre).

OTHERS: 2 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a new illustration page for the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

20 July 2016

KABUKI ART: Kabuki Chopsticks 1.

DERIVATIVES: Kabuki Face Pack.

PROGRAMS: August 2016 (details for the Kabukiza, National Theatre and National Bunraku Theatre programs, Kintetsu Art Kan), September 2016 (Kabukiza, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Morinomiya Piloti Hall, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Special Dance Performances), October 2016 (Classics Tour) and November 2016 (National Theatre, Hakataza, Sh˘chiku Kabuki Dance Tour).

OTHERS: 1 new link; the data on Kataoka Matsutar˘ have been moved from the Nakamura Kichinosuke page to the Lesser Known Actors (Kataoka) page; ataka and wakiyaku are added to the glossary.

30 June 2016

PLAYS: "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Nakamura Jűsuke II and Nakamura Jűsuke IV.

ACTORS LINES: Morita Kanjir˘.

PROGRAMS: July 2016 (details for the Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza and National Theatre programs, details for the tours in the central and eastern provinces), August 2016 (Kabukiza, National Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre, National N˘ Theatre), September 2016 (Hiraizumi Kabuki) and October 2016 (NTK Hall, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki).

OTHERS: 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the pages on the lines Band˘ Matakur˘, Band˘ Tsurunosuke, Ichimura Takenoj˘, Ichimura Uzaemon, Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘, Kawarazaki Gonnosuke, Nakamura Akashi and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ were reworked; 1 book was referenced in the bibliography; a new illustration page for Arashi San'emon I, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ III and Takeshima K˘zaemon I; a new illustration for Arashi San'emon I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ I and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ V; honjo, naniwa tachigiki mukashi banashi, nuno-zarashi, shin yar˘ hanagaki and yar˘ sanza no wabi are added to the glossary.

31 May 2016

ACTORS: Arashi Rikaku V, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, Ichikawa Gangyoku II, Nakamura Kamon II and Nakamura Noshio III.

PLAYWRIGHTS: Fukumori Kyűsuke II and Fukumori Kyűsuke III.

ACTORS LINES: Arashi Tomisabur˘, Ichikawa Gangyoku, Ichikawa Morinosuke, Nakamura Kamon and Nakamura Noshio.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Kataoka Gayű II, Kataoka Hanz˘ III and Kataoka Ichimatsu.

PROGRAMS: June 2016 (details for the Kabukiza programs), July 2016 (Kabukiza, Shinshű Matsumoto, Cerulean Tower), August 2016 (Chűnichi Theatre, National Theatre) and September 2016 (Western Provinces).

OTHERS: 8 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a new illustration for Jitsukawa Enjaku III; a new illustration page for the actor Jitsukawa Enjaku III; ky˘kakumono is added to the glossary.

30 April 2016

ACTORS: Hayakawa Denshir˘.

PLAYS: "Kumo no Ito" and "Kurama Jishi".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Hayakawa Denshir˘.

ACTORS LINES: Ichikawa Danshichi, Ichikawa Hakuen, Ichikawa Masuz˘ and Ichikawa Saruz˘.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Ichikawa K˘sha, Ichikawa Masuju, Ichikawa Rik˘ and Ichikawa Sh˘haku.

PROGRAMS: May 2016 (details for the Kabukiza programs), June 2016 (details for the Theatre Cocoon program) and July 2016 (Sh˘chikuza).

OTHERS: 14 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; an illustration page for the actor Kasaya Matakur˘ I; a new illustration for the actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI; an illustration page for the actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII; the page for the Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line was reworked; the shűmei curtains of Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV and Nakamura Jakuemon V; the data about Ichikawa Raiz˘ III were revised and corrected; atsuta jingű, bun'ya no asayasu, chisuji no ito, daikagura, fujiwara yasumasa, hirai saemonnoj˘ yasumasa, hirai yasumasa, hishű, hizen, hyűga, ise jingű, isuzugawa, kagura, kaomise buy˘, kawagoe shigeyori, kawagoe tar˘ shigeyori, k˘shű, kumo, kumo no sei, kumo taiji, kumo yoten, kurama, kuramadera, kuramayama, ky˘-no-kimi, mimosusogawa, nisshű, raik˘, sakata kintoki, sakata shumenoj˘ kintoki, sato gozen, seishitsu, tango, tanshű, urabe kageyu suetake, urabe suetake, usui sadamitsu, usui yukienoj˘ sadamitsu, watanabe genji tsuna, watanabe tsuna, yamai hachimaki and yamato katsuragisan are added to the glossary.

31 March 2016

ACTORS: Nakagawa Kinnoj˘, Nakamura Jusabur˘ III and Nakayama Kiyonosuke.

PLAYS: "Komori", "Korikori Banashi" and "Kozaru Shichinosuke".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Nagawa Shimesuke III.

ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Jusabur˘.

PROGRAMS: April 2016 (details for the Kabukiza and Ky˘to Gekij˘ programs, Makuhari Messe), May 2016 (Kabukiza, Ishikawa Ongakud˘), June 2016 (Kabukiza, details for the Hakataza programs) and July 2016 (National Theatre, Kabuki Tours in the Central and Eastern Provinces).

OTHERS: 2 new links; 17 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the summary for "Kama-ga-Fuchi" has been edited; abura-age, bakuchiuchi, ch˘kabuki, dakigo, dodoitsu, eitaibashi, eitaibashi rakky˘ jiken, engawa, enmad˘, furoshiki, hachisuka masakatsu, hanafuda, hiyoshimaru, kaoshi, kewaishi, nobushi, ˘kawa, ˘kawabata, okesa, roji, sanbusei, soba, susaki, tada yakushi, tenuguiya, tonbi, t˘ry˘, uobune and yahagibashi are added to the glossary.

29 February 2016

ACTORS: Band˘ Manz˘ and Band˘ Yasuke.

PLAYS: "Chibusa no Enoki" and "Kama-ga-Fuchi".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Segawa Jok˘ II and Sei Basetsu.

ACTORS LINES: ďtani Bunz˘ and ďtani Hiromatsu.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Band˘ Mitsusabur˘ and Band˘ Yaenosuke.

PROGRAMS: March 2016 (details for the Kabukiza programs), April 2016 (Kabukiza, Ky˘to Gekij˘, details for the Meijiza programs), May 2016 (details for the program at the National Theatre) and June 2016 (Hakataza, Cocoon Kabuki, National Theatre).

OTHERS: 23 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the pages on the actors ďtani Hiroji II and Onoe Baik˘ VII are slightly reworked (data); a new illustration for the actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII; enoki, fuji-no-mori jinja, hond˘, ishikawa-goemonmono, jűj˘, junis˘ike, kama, kama-ga-fuchi, kamairi, kanda gekij˘, kawara, mamako ijime, meisho edo hyakkei, misakiza, nanz˘in, ˘taki, ry˘tei, shichij˘, uwabami, yanagishima and y˘kihi are added to the glossary.

31 January 2016

ACTORS: Anegawa Daikichi I.

PLAYS: "Enmeiin Nitt˘".

PLAYWRIGHTS: Okuno Sasuke.

ACTORS LINES: Anegawa Daikichi.

KAOMISE: Ky˘to 1750 (Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater).

NI-NO-KAWARI: Ky˘to 1751.

LESSER KNOWN ACTORS: Nakamura Kanjűr˘, Nakamura Keijo, Nakamura Komajaku and Nakamura Ky˘emon.

PROGRAMS: February 2016 (details for the Kabukiza and Hakataza programs, Zenshinza Tour), March 2016 (Kabukiza), April 2016 (Meijiza) and May 2016 (National Theatre).

OTHERS: 13 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; an illustration page for the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; two new illustrations for the actor Nakamura Kichiemon II; 1 book was referenced in the bibliography; a new image for Nakamura Shikan IV; the page on the Nakamura Utaemon line of actors was slightly reworked; two new illustrations for the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V; more details about the career of Kataoka Nizaemon XIII; the data on Band˘ Sadajűr˘ were moved from the Sawamura Kodenji page to the Lesser Known Actors (Band˘) page with a new picture; the page on the Sawamura Kodenji line of actors was reworked; an illustration page for the actor Sawamura Otoemon II; Sawamura Kodenji I was slightly edited; two new illustrations for the actor Sakakiyama Sagisuke; akatsuki hoshiemon, enmeiin, enmeiin jiken, haiyű makie sakazuki, hatsuyaku, hikite jaya, jisha bugy˘, makie sakazuki, meshitsukai, nassho, sengi, t˘zoku and yanaka are added to the glossary.

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