UPDATES 2010
31 December 2010

2010 in figures:

  • 540 actors pages
  • 325 summaries
  • 1178 entries in the Kabuki play dictionary
  • 270 actors lines
  • 13 Playwrights
  • I would like to thank very much all the people who helped me building this site. Happy new year to all!

    ACTORS: Yashio Ikuemon.

    PLAYS: "Mochizuki".

    PROGRAMS: February 2011 (details for the Sh˘chikuza programs) and March 2011 (National Theatre, Hakataza, Minamiza).

    OTHERS: 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; goze and shishimai are added to the glossary; the Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line page is reworked.

    20 December 2010

    ACTORS: Shinozuka Kazaemon.

    PLAYS: "Dattan".

    ACTORS LINES: Shinozuka Jirozaemon.

    NI-NO-KAWARI: Minamigawa no Shibai 1764.

    KABUKI ART: Jesus Christ Superstar.

    PROGRAMS: January 2011 (Le Theatre Ginza, details for the Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and Minamiza programs) and February 2011 (Misonoza).

    OTHERS: 3 new links; 12 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; bett˘, dattan, d˘d˘ji, kamakura jidai, rengy˘shű and shunie are added to the glossary; the Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Shikan and Nakayama Raisuke lines pages are reworked; a new section dedicated to ni-no-kawari.

    30 November 2010

    ACTORS: Suzuki Heizaemon I.

    PLAYS: "Gosan no Kiri" and "Send˘".

    KABUKI ART: Kabuki Dancer.

    KABUKI VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA: Rangiku.

    DERIVATIVES: Kabuki Chazuke.

    PROGRAMS: November 2010 (Shibuya-ku Bunka S˘g˘ Center ďwada), December 2010 (Kagekiza, details for the Minamiza, National Theatre and Nissay Theatre programs), January 2011 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Le Theatre Ginza, details for the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ programs) and February 2011 (Sh˘chikuza, Hakataza, Le Theatre Ginza).

    OTHERS: 5 new links; 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; chazuke, chokibune, gosankiri, kaminari, kamon, koch˘, nanzenji, rangiku, send˘, send˘mono, shunjűkai, shunjűza, wasabi, yashiki and yűdachi are added to the glossary; a new background image taken from the illustrated playbill of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1778 at the Kado no Shibai.

    31 October 2010

    ACTORS: Sawamura Otoemon II.

    PLAYS: "Terutora Haizen" and "Uramon".

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Ichikawa Emiz˘.

    PRINTS:

    Actor Print master
    Sanogawa Ichimatsu III T˘shűsai Sharaku 1794
    Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V Utagawa Toyokuni 1847~1852

    ACTORS LINES: Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ and Sawamura Otoemon.

    KABUKI ART: Kabuki Lego Mans.

    DERIVATIVES: Kabuki Chopsticks.

    PROGRAMS: November 2010 (Misonoza, ďtsuka Museum of Art, details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Heisei Nakamuraza and National Theatre programs) and January 2011 (Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Minamiza).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; echigo, j˘mon, kawanakajima no tatakai, omotemon, seichű ˘boshi ichidai banashi, uramon and wakadono are added to the glossary.

    30 September 2010

    ACTORS: Band˘ Hikozaemon I and Band˘ Hikozaemon II.

    PLAYS: "Futami-ga-Ura" and "Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri".

    ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Hikozaemon, Band˘ Kumajűr˘, Band˘ Matahachi and Band˘ Zenji.

    PROGRAMS: October 2010 (Chion'in Temple, details for the Misonoza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Heisei Nakamuraza, National Theatre, NHK Hall and Akasaka Act Theater programs), November 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and December 2010 (Minamiza, Nissay Theatre, National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; futami-ga-ura, meoto iwa, zegen is added to the glossary; a new background image taken from the illustrated playbill of "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1852 at the Kawarazakiza; a "prints and illustrations" page for the actor Band˘ Shűka I; a new illustration for the actor Kataoka Nizaemon IV; a new illustration for the drama "Yamashina Kankyo"; the Arashi Rikan, Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Kataoka Gad˘ pages are reworked.

    31 August 2010

    ACTORS: Yamamura Giemon I, Yamamura Giemon II and Yamamura Tomoemon I.

    PLAYS: D˘guya/Bangoya.

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Tsurumatsu.

    ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Shirogor˘, Nakamura Tanetar˘, Nakayama Isshi, Yamamura Giemon and Yamamura Tomoemon.

    PROGRAMS: August 2010 (details for the Kamejir˘ no Kai, National Theatre), September 2010 (details for the Shinkabukiza and Minamiza programs), October 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Heisei Nakamuraza, NHK Hall) and November 2010 (National Theatre, Heisei Nakamuraza, Eirakukan, Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour, Yachiyoza).

    OTHERS: 3 new links; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; bangoya, d˘guya, jidaigeki and shinobue are added to the glossary; a new illustration for the actors Arashi Wakano II, Nakajima Kanzaemon II, Nakajima Mihoz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Segawa Tomisabur˘ I.

    31 July 2010

    ACTORS: Murayama Heiemon III.

    PLAYS: "Nagamachi Ura", "Sabu Uchi" and "Sumiyoshi Torii Mae".

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Ichikawa K˘tar˘.

    ACTORS LINES: Arashi Sanjűr˘, Asao Okujir˘, Asao Okuyama, Asao Tamejűr˘, Asao Tomoz˘, Asao Yűjir˘ and Murayama Heiemon.

    PROGRAMS: July 2010 (Zenshinza Tour), August 2010 (Yakushiji, Zenshinza Gekij˘), September 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Minamiza, Shinkabukiza, T˘sh˘gű, Kinshű Tokubetsu K˘en) and October 2010 (Misonoza, National Theatre, Akasaka Act Theater).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a new illustration for the actors Araki Yojibŕ I, Fujikawa Buzaemon II, Fujikawa Tomokichi I, Iwai Hanshir˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I, Onoe Koisabur˘ I, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Seki Sanjűr˘ I and Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I; an illustration for the Ky˘to History page; bon ky˘gen and sumiyoshi taisha are added to the glossary; a new background image taken from the illustrated playbill of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1765 at the Naka no Shibai.

    30 June 2010

    ACTORS: Asao Kuzaemon IV.

    PLAYS: "Itoya no Musume" and "Za˘d˘".

    ACTORS LINES: Asao Kuzaemon, Ichikawa Kigan, Iwai Hisajir˘ and Iwai Komurasaki.

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Ichikawa Shinjűr˘.

    PROGRAMS: July 2010 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ programs), August 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and September 2010 (Tour in the western provinces).

    OTHERS: 1 new entry in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; hanayagura, kinpusanji, koito-sashichimono, yoshinoyama and za˘d˘ are added to the glossary.

    30 May 2010

    ACTORS: ďtani Hiroemon II and ďtani Tomoemon III.

    PLAYS: "Ky˘ Ningy˘" and "Onna Date".

    ACTORS LINES: Arashi Koshichi, Arashi Sanpachi, Kan˘ Hinasuke, ďtani Haruji and ďtani Hirohachi.

    PROGRAMS: June 2010 (details for the Hakataza programs, Minamiza), July 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Heisei Nakamuraza (in Matsumoto), Akasaka Act Theater) and August 2010 (National Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre, Shunjűza).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; hidari jingor˘, kintar˘, komori, kumosuke, onna date and yamanba are added to the glossary; the Arashi Rikaku, ďtani Hiroemon, ďtani Hiroji, ďtani Tomoemon, Segawa Kikunoj˘, Yoshizawa Ayame and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke lines pages are reworked; new illustrations for the actors Nakamura T˘z˘ V and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

    30 April 2010

    ACTORS: Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.

    PLAYS: "Awa Mochi", "Iwashi Uri" and "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura".

    ACTORS LINES: Sugiyama Kanzaemon.

    THEATERS: ďsaka Shinkabukiza and Tachibana no Shibai.

    PROGRAMS: April 2010 (the Kabukiza Closing Ceremony), May 2010 (Shunjűza, details for the Sh˘chikuza programs), June 2010 (Hakataza, Chűnichi Theatre, National Theatre, Educational Kabuki tour in Kansai) and July 2010 (Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Tour in the central provinces, Tour in the eastern provinces).

    OTHERS: a new summary for "Iwashi Uri"; 3 new links; 11 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; awa mochi, fujiwara no mototsune, hand˘yatsushi, irootoko, kanpaku, keiseikai, ˘iri, ˘uchi, suzakumon and y˘zei tenn˘ are added to the glossary; a new start for the Kabuki Visual Encyclopedia; a page on the word ˘iri.

    28 March 2010

    ACTORS: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I and Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II.

    PLAYS: "Dondoro" and "Kajiya".

    ACTORS LINES: Yamamoto Sakuya, Yamanaka Heikur˘, Yamashita Matashir˘, Yamatoyama Jinzaemon, Yamatoyama Rinzaemon and Yamatoyama Sensuke.

    THEATERS: Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai and Misonoza.

    PROGRAMS: April 2010 (details for the Kabukiza, Kanamaruza and Shinbashi Enbuj˘ programs) and May 2010 (Sh˘chikuza).

    OTHERS: 12 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; awa, ashű, dondoro taishi, junrei, junrei uta, katana-kaji, monzen and tono are added to the glossary; a new illustration for the actor Yamashita Matashir˘ I; a new global illustration for the actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and ďtani Hiroji II; a "prints and illustrations" page for the actor Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I; an illustration for the Miyakoza.

    07 March 2010

    ACTORS: Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.

    PLAYS: "Onna Goemon".

    ACTORS LINES: Shibazaki Rinnosuke and Shibazaki Rinzaemon.

    KAOMISE: ďsaka 1777 (Kado no Shibai).

    PROGRAMS: March 2010 (details for the Kabukiza, National Theatre and Nissay Theatre programs), April 2010 (Kabukiza) and May 2010 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, Misonoza).

    OTHERS: 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; mizuiri, (shiro)j˘, shűd˘ and wakat˘ are added to the glossary; a new illustration for the actor Yagi Niemon.

    14 February 2010

    PLAYWRIGHTS: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Yadonashi Danshichi".

    THEATERS: Bentenza.

    KABUKI ART: Minamiza Kaomise.

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; danshichimono, ni-no-kawari, shimabara ky˘gen and tazaemonbashi are added to the glossary.

    31 January 2010

    ACTORS: Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I.

    PLAYS: "Harukoma".

    THEATERS: Nissay Theatre.

    PROGRAMS: February 2010 (details for the Hakataza and Kabukiza programs), March 2010 (Kabukiza) and April 2010 (Kanamaruza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘).

    OTHERS: 2 new links; 8 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a page on the D˘tonbori; d˘tombori, furitsuke, harukoma and k˘shitsu are added to the glossary; deep revision of "Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome" (thanks to Marion Hudson!).

    17 January 2010

    PLAYWRIGHTS: Nagawa Shimesuke I.

    PLAYS: "Futa Omote" and "H˘kaib˘".

    PROGRAMS: March 2010 (Minamiza).

    OTHERS: 8 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; dankikusai, futa-omotemono, ohatsu tenjin, omikoshi, shinobu, shint˘ and tsuyu tenjinsha are added to the glossary.

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