|SODESAKI ISENO I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Gyokushi
Existence: 1697 ~ 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1735 
Master: Sodesaki Karyű
Son: Sodesaki Iseno II
Grandson: Sodesaki Iseno III
Family map: the Sodesaki Clan
11th lunar month of 1719: he starts his career on stage as an iroko performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorates the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.
11th lunar month of 1727: Iseno performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki", which welcomes back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrates the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.
11th lunar month of 1728: Iseno plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ky˘-no-Kimi in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Tadanobu, Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Tadanobu's wife Kowata and Shizuka Gozen are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Tsugawa Kamon and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1730: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shares the same rank with Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Sodesaki Miwano I.
11th lunar month of 1731: Iseno plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Kumo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Eiga Butai"; his stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1733: Iseno goes back to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Osen in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Arashi Otohachi I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.
1st lunar month of 1734: Iseno's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). He shares the same rank with Hayakawa Hatsuse. He plays the role of ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Jűhakk˘ Imay˘ Soga". This is his last stage appearance as he falls ill and has to retire.
2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1735 : Iseno dies in Edo.
Sodesaki Iseno I was a popular Edo onnagata actor, who was active from the end of the 1710s to the first half of the 1730s, mainly at the Nakamuraza but also at the Ichimuraza. He was said to be equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas. It is worthy to note that he was a j˘-j˘-kichi actor for one season (1733).
 The 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month of the 20th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 24th of February 1735 in the western calendar.
The actors Sodesaki Kikutar˘ (left), Hayakawa Shinkatsu (top) and Sodesaki Iseno I (right) playing the roles of Kinugasa, Ugajin and Asahi-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Ichimuraza
The Sodesaki Iseno line of actors
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