Real Name: Mayama Akira
Existence: 1 September 1878 ~ 25 March 1948
1st of September 1878: born in Sendai.
November 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second part of "Edo-j˘ S˘zeme", which is entitled "Yoshinobu Inochigoi" ("Plea for Yoshinobu's life").
January 1934: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the third (and final) part of "Edo-j˘ S˘zeme", which is entitled "Sh˘gun Edo o Saru" ("The Sh˘gun Leaves Edo").
March 1934: "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naniwaza from the 3rd to 16th of March [casting], and in Ky˘to, at the Minamiza from the 17th to the 27th of March [casting].
1st of December 1941: release in Japan of the first part of Mizoguchi Kenji's movie "Genroku Chűshingura", which is based on Mayama Seika's drama. 5 Kabuki actors in the casting: Nakamura Kan'emon III, Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Arashi Yoshisabur˘ V, Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V and Arashi Tokusabur˘ VI.
25th of March 1948: Mayama Seika dies of a sudden heart attack in Numazu.
Mayama Seika was a prolific novelist and playwright, who created several important Shinpa or Shinkabuki dramas. His masterpiece is the 10-part drama "Genroku Chűshingura", a modern interpretation of Ak˘ R˘shi, one of the most famous vendettas in Japan history, which was written and staged between 1934 and 1940. Mayama Seika treated the themes of his historical dramas in a realistic, somber and dramatic style.
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