NAKAYAMA TOMISABURď I

Stage names:

Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I In Japanese

Guild: ďmiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kinsha

Existence: 1760 ~ 10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819 [1]

Connection:

Father: Ichikawa Ikuz˘

Master: Nakayama Bunshichi I

Son: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III

Disciple: Nakayama Kamesabur˘

Career:

1760 ~ 1780: born in Kamigata. His father was the katakiyaku actor Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his master the tachiyaku actor Nakayama Bunshichi I. He was trained as a wakaonnagata.

Fall 1780: Ichikawa Ikuz˘ and his son Tomisabur˘ went together to Edo.

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrated the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Tomisabur˘ played the role of Gotobŕ's wife Sekijo [more details].

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Tomisabur˘ played the role of Okimi [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared this rank with Nakamura Noshio II.

15th day of the 6th lunar month of 1798 [2]: his father Ichikawa Ikuz˘ died.

11th lunar month of 1799: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Yumiya no Oyafune", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1800: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell one stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1800: Tomisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1801: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Hikozaemon I and Yamashita Mansaku.

1st lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű were played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Onoe Matsusuke I. He also played the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Sasao and Otani in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

11th lunar month of 1802: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Koshiji no Hana Oedo no Torideki".

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita"; Tomisabur˘ played the role of Komurasaki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1803: Tomisabur˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza and performed in the kaomise drama "Yamato Nishiki Yoshino Dairi", which included the "Onna Shibaraku" scene [print].

1st lunar month of 1804: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell one stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1804: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Okaru, Rikiya and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma"; Tomisabur˘ played the roles of the keisei Nishikigi, the yamanba of Mount Ashigara and the fox Fujimori no Kojor˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji were played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Onoe Matsusuke I. Tomisabur˘ also played the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of Sukeroku and Ikyű were played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.

11th lunar month of 1805: Tomisabur˘ moved to the Ichimuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Keisei Yoshino no Kane".

4th lunar month of 1806: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Winter 1807: Tomisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

3rd lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Miyako and Oseki in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

5th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

7th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1807: Tomisabur˘ went to ďsaka and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Omino in the drama "Hikeyahike Nishikiguruma".

1st lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya with Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they performed at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".

8th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ was back in ďsaka to perform at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1808: Tomisabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sanai's wife in the kaomise drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also played the role of Akoya in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners were Nakayama Bunshichi III (Shigetada) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Iwanaga Saemon).

10th lunar month of 1809: Tomisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Awa no Naruto".

Fall 1810: Tomisabur˘ went to Edo with Onoe Shinshichi II and Tomisabur˘'s son Nakayama Kamesabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1810: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Monomi Guruma Yuki no Takadono".

4th lunar month of 1811: Tomisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1813 [3]: his master Nakayama Bunshichi I died.

11th lunar month of 1813: Tomisabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma". This was his last kaomise; Tomisabur˘ did not completely retire but his appearances on stage became rare events.

2nd lunar month of 1818: Tomisabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, performing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1819 [1]: Tomisabur˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, who was born and trained in Kamigata, achieved fame from himself in Edo from the end of the 1790s to the beginning of the 1810s. He was said to be better in sewamono than in jidaimono, excelling in keisei and sewa ny˘b˘ roles.

[1] The 10th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunsei era was the 28th of October 1819 in the western calendar.

[2] The 15th day of the 6th lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 28th of July 1798 in the western calendar.

[3] The 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of the 10th year of the Bunka era was the 17th of August 1813 in the western calendar.

Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Kunishige in Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794~1795

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1803

The Nakayama Tomisabur˘ line of actors

 
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