UPDATES 2007
31 December 2007

2007 in figures:

  • 460 actors pages
  • 240 summaries
  • 865 entries in the Kabuki play dictionary
  • 132 actors lines
  • I would like to thank very much all the people who helped me building this site. Happy new year to all!

    PRINTS:

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    Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
    Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
    Utagawa Toyokuni 1852

    PROGRAMS: January 2008 (details for the National Theatre and Kabukiza programs) and March 2008 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Minamiza, Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu, Kabuki Forum).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; asobue to awase is added to the glossary.

    24 December 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors ďkawa Hashiz˘ II, Onogawa Ugenji and Osagawa Tsuneyo IV.

    PLAYS: "ďsakazuki".

    PRINTS:

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    ďkawa Hashiz˘ I Utagawa Kunimasu 1848
    Osagawa Tsuneyo IV Utagawa Kunisada 1833

    ACTORS LINES: Osagawa Tsuneyo.

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 11 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; ashigaru, mitsugumi sakazuki, sakazuki and taishuka are added to the glossary.

    12 December 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Onoe Kanijűr˘ III, Onoe Kikujir˘ IV, Onoe Kikunosuke II and Onoe Taganoj˘ III.

    PLAYS: "Omatsuri" and "ďmi no Okane".

    PRINTS:

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    Onoe Kikunosuke II Toyohara Kunichika 1897
    Onoe Tatsunosuke I Tsuruya K˘kei 1987

    ACTORS LINES: Onoe Kanijűr˘, Onoe Kikujir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Koisabur˘, Onoe Taganoj˘ and Onoe Tatsunosuke.

    DERIVATIVES: Onoe Baik˘ (Edo dolls series 1) and Onoe Sh˘roku (Edo dolls series 2).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 1 new entry in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kanda matsuri, sanja matsuri, sann˘ matsuri and sarashime are added to the glossary.

    1 December 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and Ogawa Kichitar˘ III.

    PLAYS: "Obiya" and "Ono no T˘fű".

    PRINTS:

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    Ogawa Kichitar˘ III Utagawa Toyokuni 1809

    ACTORS LINES: Ogawa Kichitar˘.

    PROGRAMS: December 2007 (details for the National Theatre program), January 2008 (Kabukiza) and February 2008 (Kabukiza, Hakataza, Sh˘chikuza).

    OTHERS: 4 new links; 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; ono no t˘fű is added to the glossary.

    11 November 2007

    ACTORS: biography of the actor Edosaka Ky˘emon.

    PLAYS: "Echigo Jishi".

    PRINTS:

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    Nakamura Shikan II Utagawa Kunisada 1833

    THEATERS: Cocoon Kabuki.

    PROGRAMS: December 2007 (details for the Kabukiza programs) and January 2008 (Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Minamiza, Asakusa K˘kaid˘).

    OTHERS: 15 new links; 10 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; ipponba geta is added to the glossary; everything about the famous Cocoon Kabuki.

    Important: I would like to thank a lot the nice person who has sent me the following mail:

    Hello!
    I'm a Japanese kabuki amateur and I'm very much impressed by this site. It's so rich that there is lots of things to be learned from here even for a Japanese. I send this message to tell you that 二代目中村錦之助 is NOT Ginnosuke II but Kinnosuke II.
    I do not intend to find fault but just for perfect your site and hope that as many people as possible in the world come to know Kabuki. Besides, since you know kabuki so much, I'm sure you can understand the importance of the Name in Kabuki world. Nakamura Kinnosuke is a very important name also in Japanese cinema, because late Kinnosuke I, the uncle of Kinnosuke II, was a big star in Japanese films.
    I hope that you keep managing this site as long as possible.

    It goes without saying that I am very grateful for this mail, which helped me correcting a very bad name mispelling!

    20 October 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Uemura Kichiya II and Uemura Kichiya III.

    PLAYS: "Uir˘ Uri", "Ukifune", "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi" and "Uwajima S˘d˘".

    PRINTS:

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    Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1832

    ACTORS LINES: Uemura (Kamimura) Kichiya.

    PROGRAMS: November 2007 (details for the Kabukiza and National Theatre programs) and December 2007 (Minamiza, Kabukiza, National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 7 new links; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; genji monogatari, kokon shibai irokurabe hyakunin isshu, heian jidai, shűtangoto, tsurane and yar˘ tachiyaku butai ˘kagami are added to the glossary.

    30 September 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Ichikawa Aragor˘ IV, Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Ichikawa Datez˘ I, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ II, Ichikawa Komaz˘ X, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II, Ichikawa Sukejur˘ and Ichikawa Udanji II.

    PLAYS: "Ichiharano no Danmari", "Imorizake" and "Ishikawa Goemon".

    PRINTS:

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    Asao Utashir˘
    Ichikawa Ichiz˘ II
    Shunk˘sai Hokushű 1827
    Ichikawa Sukejur˘ Utagawa Hirosada 1852
    Ichikawa Sukejur˘ Utagawa Hirosada 1853
    Ichikawa Takijűr˘ I Utagawa Shigeharu 1830

    ACTORS LINES: Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Dannosuke, Ichikawa Danzabur˘, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘, Ichikawa Ichijűr˘, Ichikawa Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Kodanji, Ichikawa Takijűr˘ and Ichikawa Udanji.

    PROGRAMS: October 2007 (details for the Kabukiza and National Theatre programs) and November 2007 (Kabukiza).

    OTHERS: 12 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

    09 September 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors It˘ Kodayű I and It˘ Kodayű II.

    PLAYS: "Izari no Adauchi".

    PRINTS:

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    It˘ Unosuke Utagawa Yoshiiku 1893

    ACTORS LINES: It˘ Kodayű.

    PROGRAMS: September 2007 (Buy˘ at the Kabukiza).

    OTHERS: 2 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; reigenkimono is added to the glossary.

    28 August 2007

    ACTORS: biography of the actor Yamada Jinpachi.

    PLAYS: "Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi", "Yaoya no Kondate", "Yari no Gonza" and "Yashiki Musume".

    PRINTS:

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    Ichikawa Komaz˘ II
    Yamashita Kinsaku II
    Ippitsusai Bunch˘
    Yamashita Kinsaku IV Utagawa Hirosada 1851

    ACTORS LINES: Yamashita Kinsaku, Yamashita Ky˘emon and Yamashita Matatar˘.

    THEATERS: Yachiyoza.

    DERIVATIVES: Yachiyoza Stamp.

    PROGRAMS: September 2007 (details for the Kabukiza programs), October 2007 (Misonoza, Kabukiza, National Theatre, Mitsukoshi Kabuki, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Zenshinza Gekij˘, NHK Hall) and November 2007 (National Theatre, Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tour).

    OTHERS: 7 new links; 1 new entry in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kantsűmono, megatakiuchi, shaberi, shitenn˘, shitenn˘mono and yamanbamono are added to the glossary.

    31 July 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Matsumoto Kingo II, Matsumoto Kojir˘, Matsumoto Nazaemon II, Matsumoto Shigemaki, Matsumoto Shirosabur˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II and Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Makura Jishi" and "Matsuura no Taiko".

    PRINTS:

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    Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I
    Nakamura Denkur˘ IV
    Utagawa Kunimasa 1799

    DERIVATIVES: Kabukiza Postcards.

    PROGRAMS: August 2007 (details for the Kabukiza programs) and September 2007 (Kabukiza, Western Provinces, Kabuki Forum, Kinshű Special Tour).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 14 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; shittogoto and shűzan jisshu are added to the glossary.

    18 June 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Band˘ Iwagor˘ and Band˘ Jutar˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Hakkenden", "Hanamizubashi" and "Hashi Benkei".

    PRINTS:

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    Band˘ Jutar˘ I Nagahide 1838

    PROGRAMS: June 2007 (details for the Hakataza program), July 2007 (details for the Kabukiza program) and August 2007 (Kabukiza, National Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre, Wahha Kamigata Engei Hall).

    OTHERS: 4 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; musumegata, satomi-hakkendenmono and taiko are added to the glossary.

    30 May 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Nakayama Bungor˘ I, Nakayama Hyakka, Nakayama Nanshi II, Nakayama Shinkur˘ II and Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Nanatsu Men".

    PRINTS:

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    Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794~1795

    OTHERS: 8 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the word kagekiyomono is added to the glossary.

    20 May 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Nakamura Shikaku II, Nakamura Shingor˘ II, Nakamura Tomosa II, Nakamura T˘z˘ II and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ II.

    PLAYS: "Narihira".

    PRINTS:

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    Nakamura Daikichi III Utagawa Hirosada 1850
    Nakamura Tomosa II Utagawa Hirosada 1848

    ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Daikichi, Nakamura Shikaku, Nakamura Tomosa and Nakamura T˘z˘.

    PROGRAMS: June 2007 (details for the Kabukiza and Zenshinza programs).

    OTHERS: 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

    15 May 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Nakamura Daikichi I, Nakamura Jiroza I, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Nakamura Tomosa I and Nakamura T˘z˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Nami no Tsuzumi".

    PRINTS:

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    Nakamura Daikichi I Utagawa Toyokuni 1820

    ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Jiroza and Nakamura Kumetar˘.

    OTHERS: 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary.

    30 April 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I, Tamagawa Shuzen I, Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ and Tamazawa Saijir˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Takatoki", "Takatsuki", "Tamagawa" and "Tamasan".

    PRINTS:

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    Ichikawa Monnosuke I
    Tamazawa Rin'ya
    Torii Kiyomasu

    THEATERS: Tamagawaza.

    DERIVATIVES: Postcards.

    CHARACTERS: Tamamo-no-Mae.

    PROGRAMS: May 2007 (details for the Kabukiza programs, Minamiza), June 2007 (Theatre Cocoon, Chűnichi Theatre, Zenshinza Tour) and July 2007 (Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Tours in the eastern provinces and Central Provinces).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 10 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; takatsuki and tengű are added to the glossary.

    31 March 2007

    ACTORS: biography of the actor Sakakiyama Koshir˘ III.

    PLAYS: "Sakura Shigure" and "Sannin Warai".

    PRINTS:

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    Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II Katsukawa Shunsh˘ 1770

    ACTORS LINES: Sakakiyama Koshir˘ and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘.

    PROGRAMS: June 2007 (Kabukiza, Hakataza, National Theatre, Educational Kabuki tour in Kansai).

    OTHERS: 2 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; aibara and kagebara are added to the glossary.

    28 March 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Sawamura Kodenji I and Sawamura Kunitar˘ II.

    PLAYS: "Sakura Hime" and "Sayaate".

    PRINTS:

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    Arashi Kitsusabur˘ II Asayama Ashiyuki 1827
    Ichikawa Danz˘ V Asayama Ashiyuki 1827
    Sawamura Kunitar˘ II Asayama Ashiyuki 1827

    ACTORS LINES: Sawamura Kodenji, Sawamura Kunitar˘ and Sawamura Shirogor˘.

    PROGRAMS: March 2007 (details for the Kabukiza, Minamiza and National Theatre programs), April 2007 (details for the Kabukiza, Sh˘chikuza and Kanamaruza programs) and May 2007 (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, Chikamatsuza Tour).

    OTHERS: 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kago and seigen-sakurahimemono are added to the glossary; details on the Kabuki tour in Paris 2007.

    28 February 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Kanazawa Goheiji and Kaneko Rokuemon.

    PLAYS: "Kagatobi", "Kanda Matsuri", "Kanjo" and "Katsuo Uri".

    PRINTS:

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    Band˘ Jűtar˘ Ryűsai Shigeharu 1830
    Nakamura Tsurusuke I Utagawa Kunihiro 1823

    PROGRAMS: April 2007 (Kabukiza, Minamiza).

    OTHERS: 9 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kanjo, hatsugatsuo, mono-urimono and tobi are added to the glossary.

    30 January 2007

    ACTORS: biographies of the actors Arashi Kanshir˘ I and Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I.

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Band˘ Shingo and Nakamura Shirogor˘.

    PLAYS: "Abura no Jigoku" and "Aioi Jishi".

    PRINTS:

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    Ichikawa Tomiemon T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
    ďtani Hiroji III T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794

    DERIVATIVES: Fujiko's Gallery.

    PROGRAMS: January 2007 (details for the National Theatre program), February 2007 (details for the Kabukiza program), March 2007 (Kabukiza) and April 2007 (Sh˘chikuza).

    OTHERS: 13 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; kamiarai is added to the glossary.

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