UPDATES 2012
31 December 2012

2012 in figures:

  • 570 actors pages
  • 365 summaries
  • 1305 entries in the Kabuki play dictionary
  • 325 actors lines
  • 20 playwrights
  • I would like to thank very much all the friends who helped me building this site. Happy new year of the Serpent 2013 to you all and let's spare a thought for Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ and Sawamura Tetsunosuke, who left us in 2012.

    PLAYS: "Modori Kago".

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Ichimura Hikaru, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Takanosuke and Nakamura Tanenosuke.

    ACTORS LINES: ďtani Bajű, ďtani Monz˘ and ďtani Tokuji.

    KAOMISE: Edo 1801 (Kawarazakiza).

    PROGRAMS: January 2013 (details for the Sh˘chikuza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and Asakusa K˘kaid˘ programs), February 2013 (Sh˘chikuza, Nikkei Hall, details for the Nissay Theatre program), March 2013 (details for the Misonoza programs), April 2013 (Kabukiza, Kanamaruza), May 2013 (Kabukiza) and June 2013 (Kabukiza).

    OTHERS: 3 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the page on the Sakata Sajűr˘ line of actors is modified (Sakata Sajűr˘ 1.2 added); haori, jich˘, shinmachi and shűgy˘sha are added to the glossary.

    30 November 2012

    PLAYS: "Onna Narukami" and "Onna Seigen".

    PLAYWRIGHTS: Namiki S˘suke.

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Ryűnosuke and Nakamura Yonekichi.

    NI-NO-KAWARI: ďsaka 1751.

    THEATERS: Miyatoza.

    DERIVATIVES: Kabuki Samurai Sensei.

    PROGRAMS: December 2012 (details for the National Theatre and Shinbashi Enbuj˘ progams), January 2013 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘), February 2013 (Nissay Theatre) and March 2013 (Misonoza, National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; new prints & illustrations pages for the actors Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I and Mimasu Daigor˘ II; a new illustration for the drama "Narukami"; ama, bingo, bishű, d˘shinsha, hizenza, jochű, kakikae ky˘gen, naimaze ky˘gen, okujochű, oshimodoshi and watashimori are added to the glossary.

    31 October 2012

    ACTORS: Nakamura Shibajűr˘.

    PLAYS: "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" and "Tenjiku Tokubŕ".

    PLAYWRIGHTS: Nagawa Issen I, Nagawa Kamesuke I and Nagawa Kunisuke.

    KAOMISE: Ky˘to 1784 (Nishi no Shibai).

    PROGRAMS: November 2012 (Kinshű Special Tour, details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Meijiza, National Theatre and Sh˘chiku ďkabuki Tour programs), December 2012 (details for the Minamiza programs), January 2013 (Sh˘chikuza, Asakusa K˘kaid˘) and February 2013 (Hakataza).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the Iwai Kiyotar˘ line is reworked; new illustrations for Asao Okuyama I, Kataoka Gad˘ I and Nagawa Shimesuke I; gama, ise monogatari, nara kaid˘, natsu ky˘gen, suimon and tenjiku-tokubeimono are added to the glossary; the actor Nakamura Utaemon I is referenced as Kagaya Kashichi I in our database; the illustration page of Kagaya Kashichi I is refurbished; more pictures for the Kanamaruza.

    30 September 2012

    ACTORS: Kirinoya T˘kur˘.

    PLAYS: "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami".

    ACTORS LINES: Kirinoya Gonjűr˘.

    PROGRAMS: October 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and Misonoza programs), November 2012 (Sistine Kabuki), December 2012 (Minamiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and January 2013 (National Theatre, Zenshinza Gekij˘).

    OTHERS: 7 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; katsuragawa is added to the glossary.

    31 August 2012

    PLAYS: "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" and "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘".

    ACTORS LINES: Fujikawa Happo.

    KAOMISE: ďsaka 1723 (Kado no Shibai).

    SOGAMONO: Ichimuraza 1763.

    NI-NO-KAWARI: Ky˘to 1719.

    PROGRAMS: September 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and Sh˘chikuza programs), October 2012 (details for the National Theatre program, NHK Hall), November 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and December 2012 (National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 6 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; a new illustration for Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I; bakuto, cha b˘zu, gejo, kompira, naozamurai, osukiya b˘zu, sanshű, sanuki, tenp˘ rokkasen, torimono and yűrei are added to the glossary.

    31 July 2012

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Sennoj˘.

    ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Katsutar˘, Ichikawa Hakotora, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘, Matsumoto Shichiz˘, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Sawamura Tetsunosuke.

    PROGRAMS: August 2012 (Kanazawa, Kamejir˘ no Kai, Sennoj˘ no Kai, Band˘ Shinsha no Kai), September 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Sh˘chikuza), October 2012 (Misonoza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Yakushiji) and November 2012 (Meijiza, National Theatre, Kanamaruza, Eirakukan, Sh˘chiku ďkabuki Tour).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; new illustrations for Ichikawa Komaz˘ and Nakamura Utae.

    30 June 2012

    ACTORS: Arashi Tominosuke I and Arashi Tomisabur˘ II.

    PLAYS: "Inazuma Z˘shi".

    KAOMISE: ďsaka 1722 (ďnishi no Shibai).

    NI-NO-KAWARI: Ky˘to 1721.

    PROGRAMS: July 2012 (Asakusa K˘kaid˘), August 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ programs), September 2012 (Minamiza) and October 2012 (National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 9 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; funa norikomi, nakanoch˘, r˘nin and yozakura are added to the glossary.

    31 May 2012

    ACTORS: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I.

    PLAYS: "Hashimoto", "Heisoto", "Hitotsuya" and "Honj˘".

    ACTORS LINES: Band˘ Daikichi, Band˘ Jutar˘, Band˘ Keiz˘, Band˘ Kikumatsu and Band˘ Mitsuemon.

    PROGRAMS: June 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Misonoza and Minamiza programs), July 2012 (Sh˘chikuza, details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and National Theatre programs), August 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre) and September 2012 (Tour in the western provinces).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; 5 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; dokushu, hashimoto, honj˘, honmaru, hyakunichi, ikeda terumasa, imo arai, kat˘ Kiyomasa, kat˘-kiyomasamono, kumamotoj˘, muk˘jima, osh˘, sumidagawa, tenshukaku and yodogawa are added to the glossary.

    30 April 2012

    ACTORS LINES: Onoe Tamimaru.

    PROGRAMS: May 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Sh˘chikuza, Heisei Nakamuraza and National Theatre programs), June 2012 (Minamiza, details for the National Theatre and Theatre Cocoon programs), July 2012 (Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, details for the Kabuki Tour in the eastern provinces and Theatre Cocoon programs) and August 2012 (National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 3 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; we've decided to use two systems for the dates, the traditional lunar Japanese calendar for all the pre-1873 dates and the Western calendar for the post-1873 dates (sorry in advance for the risks of confusion - please do use an excellent online date converter to convert Japanese dates into Western dates); new summaries for "Abura no Jigoku", "Senry˘ Nobori", "Ume no Yoshibŕ" and "Unagidani"; the Asao Okuyama, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ and Iwai Matsunosuke lines are reworked; aburaya, ak˘ gishi, furuteya, gishi, gishigeki, gishi ky˘gen, kushida kazuyoshi, kuy˘, saruwaka-ryű, taiya, unagidani and yumishi are added to the glossary.

    15 March 2012

    PROGRAMS: May 2012 (Heisei Nakamuraza) and July 2012 (Central Provinces, Eastern Provinces).

    12 March 2012

    CONTEMPORARY ACTORS: Nakamura Mantar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu and ďtani Hirotar˘.

    ACTORS LINES: ďtani Hirotar˘.

    PROGRAMS: April 2012 (details for the Heisei Nakamuraza and Shinbashi Enbuj˘ programs), May 2012 (Sh˘chikuza, Nikkei Hall), June 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Hakataza, Shibuya Bunkamura, Misonoza, National Theatre) and July 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Shibuya Bunkamura, National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 1 new link; new prints & illustrations pages for the actors Nakamura Kichiemon I and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II; a new illustration for the drama "Benkei J˘shi"; mitate-e and ten'ichib˘ are added to the glossary.

    27 February 2012

    ACTORS: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II.

    PLAYS: "Ogasawara S˘d˘".

    ACTORS LINES: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ and Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon.

    PROGRAMS: March 2012 (details for the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre and Heisei Nakamuraza programs), April 2012 (Heisei Nakamuraza) and May 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre).

    OTHERS: 2 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the Nakamura Jakuemon line page is reworked; a new illustration for Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I; new prints & illustrations pages for the actors Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I and Sugiyama Kanzaemon III; buzen, enshű, hiyoke, h˘shű, kokuraj˘, ogasawarashi, ˘te, suisha, susuki and t˘t˘mi are added to the glossary.

    31 January 2012

    ACTORS: Iwata Somematsu I.

    PLAYS: "Shinobu no S˘ta".

    ACTORS LINES: Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakayama Genjűr˘ and Nakayama Tomisabur˘.

    PROGRAMS: February 2012 (details for the Sh˘chikuza, Misonoza and Hakataza programs), March 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Heisei Nakamuraza) and April 2012 (Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Minamiza).

    OTHERS: 4 new entries in the Japanese-English Kabuki play dictionary; the Ichikawa Komaz˘ and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ lines pages are reworked; anma, keian jiken, marubashi chűya, sakuramochi, tenjiku tokubei, yasaka jinja and yui sh˘setsu are added to the glossary.

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