Kabuki actors Ichimura Uzaemon XV - 十五代目市村羽左衛門 (as Togashi -富樫左衛門: と がしのさえもん) and Matsumoto Kōshirō VII - 七代目松本幸四郎 (as the Warrior

Monk Benkei - 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 1940s Possibly taken by Ihei Kimura (木村伊兵衛)

Left hand photograph – from left to right (1) Kojima Zensaburō 児島 善三郎 ? (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 names Ichimura Kakitsu VI, Bando Takematsu, and Bando Kakitsu II. Became President of the Greater Japan Actors Association and led an actor’s troupe named after 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 on behalf of Kabuki with the post WWII SCAP (US) Occupation censors and was subsequently hailed as ‘the man who saved Kabuki’ (Okamoto Shiro, trans Leiter S L. ‘The Man Who Saved Kabuki: 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 (new prints) 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 the Warrior Monk Benkei (from the play Kanjinchō, the Subscription List 勧進帳) was one of his

common roles. Kōraiya guild. He also sometimes took on the role of onnagata. Was also previously known as Ichikawa Komazo VIII, Ichikawa Somegoro IV, Ichikawa Kintaro, Fujima Kanemon III. Involved in the post WWII ‘Terakoya’ incident when SCAP (US) Occupation Forces censors banned the play from being staged, accompanied by a rumour that Japanese and US Military Police had invaded the stage during a performance to stop the play. This was subsequently found to be untrue; the play continued to be performed for another four afternoons before the evening run of plays replaced those previously used for the afternoon (Okamoto Shiro, trans Leiter S L. ‘The Man Who Saved Kabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied Japan’. University of Hawaii Press. 2001) Both prints signed by the respective kabuki actor Date: 1930 昭和 5 年 Shōwa Size: each photo - 265mm x 209mm Location: Kabukiza 歌舞伎座, Tōkyō 東京 a performance of Kanjinchō 勧進帳, The Subscription List Sound recording of the play http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnqWFQP5rqE With the voices of Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Togashi) and Matsumoto Kōshirō VII (Benkei) During the 1930s Ichimura Uzaemon XV played Togashi and Matsumoto Kōshirō VII played Benkei opposite each other in January 1930, November 1932, January 1933, March 1933, November 1934, December 1934, April 1937, December 1937, March 1938 Film recording of the play http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvTBu_bkIEc&feature=fvsr th Staged 15 October 1935 (Shōwa 昭和 10 年 10 月 15 日) at the Kyōto Minamiza (京都南座) Starring 松本幸四郎(八代目) 尾上梅幸(七代目) 市川高麗蔵(十代目) 市川染五郎(六代目) 中村萬之助 市川団之助 中村吉十郎 松本高麗五郎 沢村宗五郎 中村勘九郎 Matsumoto Kōshirō VIII (at the time Ichikawa Somegorō V Later Matsumoto Hakuo I) Onoe Baiko VII Ichikawa Komazō X Ichikawa Somegorō V (the Japanese line number for Somegorô is not 6 but has to be 5 – Kabuki 21) Nakamura Mannosuke Ichikawa Dannosuke Nakamura Kichijūrō Matsumoto Komagorō (later Ichikawa Yaozō IX) Sawamura Sōgorō Nakamura Kankurō (IV? – was an unknown actor. However there was no Nakamura Kankurô at the beginning of the Shôwa era. The only actor to hold this name during the 20th th century was Nakamura Kankurô the 6 – Kabuki 21)

Ihei Kimura (木村伊兵衛) - Jūgosei Ichimura Uzaemon butai shashinshū (十五世市村羽左衛門 舞 臺 寫 眞 集 , Photograph collection of the fifteenth-generation Ichimura Uzaemon on the stage). Edited by 関逸雄. Kyoto: Wakei Shoten, 1951. On the kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon (1874–1945). Ninety-six pages of photographs, of which pp. 21–68 are credited to Kimura (the remainder are uncredited) Check out matsui shoo 1870-1933 shochiku’s staff playwright for kabuki tanaka ryo 1884-1974 kabukiza stage designer

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