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Photo Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Matsumoto Koshiro VII Kanjincho

Photo Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Matsumoto Koshiro VII Kanjincho

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Kabuki actors Ichimura Uzaemon XV - 十五代目市村羽左衛門 (as Togashi) and Matsumoto Kōshirō VII - 七代目松本幸四郎 (as the Warrior Monk Benkei) at the Kabukiza 歌舞伎座, Tōkyō 東京 in the 1930s
This is a photograph of the popular Meiji period Kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV taken at the Kabukiza in 1930 in Tokyo. He is dressed as Togashi, the aristocrat in charge of the road barrier in the play Kanjincho, or the Subscription List. During the 1930s Uzaemon played opposite another popular Meiji period Kabuki actor Matsumoto Koshiro VII who played Musashibo Benkei, the warrior monk and retainer of Minamoto Yoshitsune. Also in the picture is Ito Shinsui and possibly Hasui Kawase, both artists who were part of the revival at the time of the Ukiyo e woodblock print. They are surrounded by other dignitaries both Japanese and Western. The Western woman may possibly be an actress. It was around this time that Kabuki as an art form was being popularized in the West and shortly before Charlie Chaplin visited Japan in 1932 and saw the Kabuki at the Minamiza in Kyoto and the Kabukiza in Tokyo where he met Nakamura Kichiemon I. Chaplin was and is still, extermely popular in japan and his film 'City Lights' was adapted to Kabuki being called Komori no Yasusan, or Batman Yasu
Kabuki actors Ichimura Uzaemon XV - 十五代目市村羽左衛門 (as Togashi) and Matsumoto Kōshirō VII - 七代目松本幸四郎 (as the Warrior Monk Benkei) at the Kabukiza 歌舞伎座, Tōkyō 東京 in the 1930s
This is a photograph of the popular Meiji period Kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV taken at the Kabukiza in 1930 in Tokyo. He is dressed as Togashi, the aristocrat in charge of the road barrier in the play Kanjincho, or the Subscription List. During the 1930s Uzaemon played opposite another popular Meiji period Kabuki actor Matsumoto Koshiro VII who played Musashibo Benkei, the warrior monk and retainer of Minamoto Yoshitsune. Also in the picture is Ito Shinsui and possibly Hasui Kawase, both artists who were part of the revival at the time of the Ukiyo e woodblock print. They are surrounded by other dignitaries both Japanese and Western. The Western woman may possibly be an actress. It was around this time that Kabuki as an art form was being popularized in the West and shortly before Charlie Chaplin visited Japan in 1932 and saw the Kabuki at the Minamiza in Kyoto and the Kabukiza in Tokyo where he met Nakamura Kichiemon I. Chaplin was and is still, extermely popular in japan and his film 'City Lights' was adapted to Kabuki being called Komori no Yasusan, or Batman Yasu

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Kabuki actors Ichimura Uzaemon XV -
十五代目市村羽左衛門
(as Togashi -
富樫左衛門
:
がしのさえもん
) and
Matsumoto Kōshirō VII
-
七代目松本幸四郎
(as the Warrior MonkBenkei -
武蔵坊弁慶
:
むさしぼう
べんけい)
at the Imperial Theatre (Teikoku Gekijo)
帝国劇場
,
Tōkyō
東京
in the late 1930s early 1940sPossibly taken by Ihei Kimura
 
(
木村伊兵衛
)
Left hand photograph
 –
from left to right
(1) Kojima Zensaburō
 ?
(1893-1962) aged 37. Artist
(2) Sekiya Kimiko -
関屋喜美子
, Uzaemon
’s
niece?
 
(3) Yokichi Koh,
cellist and husband of Hedi Koh
(4) Hedi Koh (born (Hedwig Wekel)
(1909 - 2012) Ballerina with the Leipzig Opera, wife of Yukichi Koh
(5) Ichimura Uzaemon XV -
十五代目市村羽左衛門
(signed) (1874 - 6 May 1945), tachiyaku(male role actor) dressed as Togashi from the play
Kanjinchō, the Subscription List
(
勧進帳
).Tachibanaya guild. Born Ichimura Rokutaro. Was also previously known by the actors namesIchimura Kakitsu VI, Bando Takematsu, and Bando Kakitsu II.Became President of the Greater Japan
 Actors Association and led an actor’s troupe namedafter him. During the pre war years he enchanted Faubion Bowers at the American’s first
attendance at a Kabuki performance and some feel that it was the power and majesty of 
Uzaemon’s charismatic performance in the revenge play Kanadehon Chushingura (aka the
47 Ronin) that endured Bowers to Kabuki to the extent that he (Bowers) later mediated onbehalf of Kabuki with the post WWII SCAP (US) Occupation censors and was subsequentlyhaile
d as ‘the man who saved Kabuki’ (Okamoto Shiro, trans Leiter S L. ‘The Man Who SavedKabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied Japan’. University of Hawaii
Press. 2001)
(6) Itō Shinsui
-
伊東深水
(4 February 1898
 –
8 May 1972) aged 32. Ukiyo e woodblock printer and Nihonga artist. Born
Itō Hajime
伊東
 
(7) Richard Sorge
?
 
(1895-1944) Soviet spy
 (8) Hasui Kawase -
川瀬
 
巴水
?
(1883-1957) aged 47. Painter of Shin Hanga
新版画
(newprints) style of revived woodblock printing
(9)?Right hand photograph:
Same group but includes
 
Matsumoto Kōshirō VII
 
-
七代目松本幸四郎
(signed) (12 May 1870-27 January 1949), tachiyaku (male role actor), dressed as theWarrior Monk Benkei (from the play
Kanjinchō, the Subscription List
 
勧進帳
) was one of his

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