Japanese troupes in Norfolk and Suffolk

1869 August – Risley’s Imperial Japanese Troupe at Regent’s Hall, Great Yarmouth

1869 November – Tannaker’s Japanese Troupe in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds

1869 December – Tannaker’s Japanese Tycoon Troupe in Norwich, St Andrew’s Hall “We fear the visit was not very successful as a speculation.”

Norfolk Chronicle 11 December 1869

1871 February – Japanese Troupe – 11 or 14 in number, including Little All Right at Public Hall, Ipswich, then Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

New Public Hall Ipswich, 1868

1871 March – Royal Tycoon Dragon Troupe at Regent’s Hall, Great Yarmouth. Benefit for bereaved orphans. Torasan, Harrosan, Little All Right

1871 May – Japanese Troupe in Ipswich Public Hall – Little Tommy All Right, Otorrasan

1873 May – Tannaker’s Japanese Troupe in Norwich New Victoria Hall, then Ipswich Public Hall, then Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

1873 June – Tannaker’s Japanese Troupe at Dix’s Land, Unthanks’ Road for the People’s Fete. Then Bungay, Halesworth – Little Boy All Right, Tommy the Wolf, Otakesan, Omotersan, Torrakitchie, Otanny, Yasso, Godia

1878 April – May – Tannaker’s Japanese at Victoria Hall, Norwich, with Torakichi, Shoesan/Shoesaukitchie, Cheasiekatchei, Tokedo, Tommeysaw, Hitchson-Kingkio, Condertorra. Then Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Athenaeum Lecture Hall. Each member of the audience received one article from tables, writing desks, workboxes, tea caddies, trays, vases, cigar cases, antique ornaments, fancy work in Japanese straw, fans, umbrellas, fishing rods.

1881 December – Royal Tycoon Troupe (Gingero, Motokichi, Asakichi, James Dubois, Annie Gingero) at Great Yarmouth – engaged from Amsterdam at enormous expense. George Pinder’s circus on Victoria Road. 5 in number. Balancing, rope walking

1882 February – March – Tannaker’s Japanese in Ipswich then Great Yarmouth, circus building. Attend St Peter’s Church in Great Yarmouth. Then Halesworth, Lowestoft Public Hall, Harleston, Beccles. Tannaker offered to pay train fares of children to attend Yarmouth show from Rollesby workhouse. Condo Torra, Yassoukitchu, Shoesan, Kinko, Tokedo, Tomigkatchie, Mankatchie

1882 April – Tannaker’s Temple of Japan in Victoria Hall, Norwich, took the troupe to Norwich workhouse.

1882 December – Motto Laura Matilda Kitchie born to Yasokichi and Emma in Norwich.

1884 February – Motto Laura baptised at St Martin at Palace Plain, Norwich.

1885 August – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe at Great Yarmouth Royal Aquarium – 6 in number.

1889 July – Yokohama Brothers trapeze at Great Yarmouth, Tayleur’s American Circus

1890 May – Yokohama Troupe (not actually Japanese) at Oddfellows and Forester’s Fete, Christchurch Park, Ipswich

1890 January – Condo the Japanese and Little All Right at George Ginnett’s Circus, Norwich

1891 December – Ninero Tycoon Japanese Troupe at Ginnett’s Circus, Agricultural Hall, Norwich (probably Gingero’s Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe)

1892 January – The Royal Tycoon Japanese at Ginnett’s Circus, Agricultural Hall, Norwich

1892 October – The Condos and Little All Right with Poole’s Myriorama, Victoria Hall, Norwich

1892 November – Tarro-san, marvellous Japanese artist, at an enormous salary, Lord John Sanger & Son’s Royal Circus, Hippodrome and Menagerie, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

1895 March – The Tycoon Japanese Troupe – Tarrason, his terrific slide from the roof to the ground. Gilbert’s Modern Circus, Agricultural Hall, Norwich.

1896 December – January 1897 – The Great Japanese Troupe, the six Yokohamas, Jugglers and balancers, Gilbert’s Modern Circus, Agricultural Hall Norwich.

1897 November – The Great Mitsuta Troupe – Yarmouth Aquarium. Jugglers, equilibrists

1899 December – Andos Japanese Troupe with Gilbert’s Modern Circus, Norwich. Juggling and balancing, Little All Right ladder balancing, pole balancing and rope walking and sliding. Matsu Moto’s slide for life.

1901 April – Shukitchie Suzucki at 57 George Street, Great Yarmouth. Aged 44, importer of Japanese goods, shopkeeper. Margaret, his wife, born in Edinburgh. Gongero Shibata aged 24, salesman, fancy and Japanese goods assistant, born in Japan.

1901 October – Mdlle Chiyo, Sword Walker, Moto rope performer at the Royal English Circus, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft

1901 November – The Imperial Japanese Troupe, Sons and daughters of the flowery East, Ando the World’s Wonder Worker, Little Allright, Moto Kitchi on the Silver Thread. Tudor’s Circus, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich

1901 December – Suzucki, importer of Japanese and Chinese goods at 57 George Street Yarmouth and 85 London Road, Lowestoft. Japanese toys for Christmas presents. Satsma ware, Kaga ware, Bishu ware, lacquer ware, silk embroideries, inlaid ivory panels, screens.

1903 January – The Two Mitsutas, foot equilibrists, Tudor’s Circus, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

1903 February – The Okabas, Gilbert’s Circus, 7 in number, Norwich

1903 March 14 – Kiyoshi Hata of the Okabe troupe, dies aged 12 from meningitis, in Norwich. Buried in Earlham Road Cemetery.

Kiyoshi Hata’s grave in Earlham Road Cemetery, Norwich

1903 June – July – Lukushima Troupe of Japanese equilibrists and jugglers, Otoro San, at New Britannia Pier & Pavilion, Great Yarmouth

1903 August – auction in Great Yarmouth, sale of stock of Mr S Suzucki

1903 November – Lukushima Troupe of Japanese, Otora San the Marvel of the Age. Tudor’s Hippodrome, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

1904 March – The Lukushima Japanese Troupe and Otora San, Hippodrome, Norwich and Hippodrome Ipswich.

Hippodrome, Norwich (opened as Grand Opera House in 1903)

1904 October – the Two Mitsutas, Yarmouth Hippodrome, feet equilibrists direct from Tokio

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth (built 1903)

1905 April – Akimoto’s Royal Japanese Troupe, Ipswich Hippodrome St Nicholas Street

Hippodrome, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich (opened 1905)

1905 April – Togo, Japanese Juggler, Yarmouth & Lowestoft Hippodromes

1905 May – Lukushima Troupe of Merry Little Japs, including Otora San, Japan’s premier artist. Ipswich Hippodrome St Nicholas Street.

1906 April – Akimotos, Royal Yeddo Japanese Troupe, Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth

1906 July – Tomamoto, Yarmouth, perpendicular tightrope

1906 August – Ando Troupe, the great Japanese Jugglers, equilibrists, Ipswich Hippodrome. Two child contortionists.

Advertisement in The Era, 1905

1906 December – A Fete in Tokio at the Yarmouth Hippodrome. Kyoto a marvellous Japanese contortionist and comedian, Lukushima troupe.

1906 December – Omoyo and Professor Frank Long demonstrate Ju Jitsu at the Norwich Hippodrome and give Ipswich police a lesson

1907 June – The Banzai Troupe, famous Japanese entertainers, inlcuding Toho, the marvellous little Jap, Yarmouth Hippodrome

1907 August – Lukushima Troupe at Yarmouth Hippodrome

1908 February – Akimoto Troupe at Yarmouth Hippodrome

1908 September – The Royal Japanese Troupe, Yarmouth Hippodrome

1909 March – Andos Troupe – 7 or 8 members, juggler, juvenile balancer and bender, a strong man, one little girl on a bicycle. Norwich Hippodrome

1909 December – Yamamoto and Miss Koyoshi, Japanese equilibrists, Ipswich Hippodrome