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Program of a play

Last update date February 13, 2019

Program of a play means public information thing such as flyer and poster which were made to publicize performance. It is valuable material which not only information of program and actor but also social conditions at the time can know. In digital archive, we release 106 points of programs of a play staged in Yokohama from the Meiji era to the Taisho era.
When we choose "we look for materials" and input into keyword column with "program of a play" and we classify check into "others" of materials and search, list of programs of a play is displayed. Detailed screen is displayed when we click image name which we want to read.

Digital archive Yokohama's Memory URL: (the outside site)

We introduce a part of the collecting material.

In digital archive, you can see high-resolution image.

List of program of a play possessing in Municipal Central Library, please take "program of a play of Yokohama" (Chiyokichi Ikeda/edition Yokohama-shi library 1977) into account.

Shimoda-za sano pineTurnout seat Minato-za (port seat) Yokohama-za

"Sano pine seat" that opened for "Shimoda-za" and the Meiji period opened from the Edo era moves to merger, Hagoromocho, and it is "Shimoda seat sano pine" in October, 1870 (Meiji 3). It continued until January, 1915 (Taisho 4) while Shimoda-za sano pine renaming "shitadenzaheisei" to "robe of an angel seat" in 1882 (Meiji 15) in 1880 (Meiji 13), and repeating the rebuilding by fire.

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[Shimoda-za sano pine program of a play] (the outside site)

Image of [Shimoda-za sano pine program of a play]

[Shimoda-za sano pine program of a play] (small ranking) earlier period of Meiji era (the outside site)

In 1880 (Meiji 13), it opens in Nigiwaicho (current Isezakicho). Unlike large theater such as robe of an angel seat (Shimoda-za sano pine) and Minato-za, turnout seat to be able to enjoy cheaply in small theater was loved as theater of general public by people. We often repeated the same performance in opening address actors for a long term, but women called "handkerchief woman" went as regular customer and did well. From the state, kabuki performance in a small theater of turnout seat was called "handkerchief play" commonly.
We were renamed to "the morning sun seat" in July, 1915 (Taisho 4) and became movie theater Flowers bloom beautifully and the moon shines bright later and continued to postwar "Yokohama Flowers bloom beautifully and the moon shines bright film theater".

Image of [turnout seat program of a play]

[turnout seat program of a play] January 31, 1890 (Meiji 23) (the outside site)

On July 26, 1874 (Meiji 7), it opens in "early modern times opening of a port Sakigake" (kinseiminatonosakigake) of the Ganjaku Nakamura company "tomanekikonsai*" (turnout of the spirit of a dead person who sometimes goes) at Sumiyoshicho 1. Abbot is Kaemon Takashima. In "early modern times opening of a port Sakigake", latest modern drama of Joko Segawa (jokou) (Sansei), "tomanekikonsai*" depend on Robun Kanagaki. We used gaslight for stage lighting and gathered many audiences with novelty.
Performance continued while changing manager, but "world this honogurafu no" performance becomes the last record from July 14, 1900 (Meiji 33).

Image of [Minato-za program of a play]

[Minato-za program of a play] open on October 10, 1894 (Meiji 27) (the outside site)

This program ran a show in Asakusa-za from August 31, the same year to the beginning of October and called to supporter of Yokohama afterwards for ten days from October 10 and performed performance in Minato seat.
When performance of Minato-za was over, sound Jiro went out to inspection of the battle front and performed the result as "the battle front information diary" in same Minato seat on January 2 in the next year. "Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95" is the next year ivy seat, but performance is carried out.

It opens as "court circles seat" in Kumoicho (current Akebonocho, Naka-ku) on January 31, 1901 (Meiji 34). Court circles seat was closed in January, 1903 (Meiji 36), but we are renamed to Yokohama-za on October 8, the same year, and stage cut open and dried is performed in the Asajiro Fujisawa company. Afterwards, we ran a show for long term by new-school drama of Mochizuki justice and others and continued running a show mainly on new drama. On September 3, 1915 (Taisho 4), it becomes the Shochiku direct management. jugoyoshimurahanezaeimon, fifth Utaemon Nakamura played Kotobuki customary prelude (kotobukisambaso) in performance of 杮 last joke. On September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12), we disappear by the Great Kanto Earthquake and become abolished seat.

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[Yokohama-za program of a play] open on September 6, 1919 (Taisho 8) (the outside site)

Reference materials:

  • "Of the Showa era play and theater Meiji, Taisho of Yokohama" is Yokohama Archives of History/edition Yokohama Archives of History 1992
  • "Open space 32 of the opening of a port" Yokohama Archives of History 1990
  • "Kanson Arahata collected writings 9" Heibonsha Publishers Ltd. 1977
  • With "book of Yokohama culture Municipal Central Library opening memory magazine" Municipal Central Library opening memory magazine editing committee/edition Municipal Central Library 1994
  • "History of Meiji drama" Tamotsu Watanabe/work Kodansha 2012
  • "Material Yokohama Kabuki chronicle (1) - (4)" Toshio Koshiba ("history coterie Momijizaka" Momijizaka 1976-1982)
  • "Theater of Yokohama" (four) Shika Hiramatsu ("native district Yokohama" 26.27 Yokohama-shi library 1961)
  • "Yokohama drama 140 years" Toshio Koshiba/work Kay S sea 2001

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