1869 September – 14 passport records for a three year tour to Hong Kong, in the employment of a British man, Thomas King:
From Osaka: Naminosuke aged 45, foot equilibrist, Mitsu, his wife aged 36, accompanist, Genji, Naminosuke’s son, aged 12, acrobat, Kanekichi, Naminosuke’s son, aged 7, acrobat
Fujikichi aged 38, block piling, Fusa, aged 38, wife of Fujikichi, accompanist, Kumakichi, son of Fujikichi, aged 12, acrobat, Asajiro, son of Fujikichi, aged 11, acrobat
From Osaka: Torakichi aged 36, propsman
From Yokohama: Isokichi aged 52.
1869 October – toured Hong Kong, then India, then Germany according to letter from Minister of 1872
1870 July – Royal Tycoon Troupe appear at the Crystal Palace, then the Alhambra with Tycoon’s Top Private Spinner.
1870 August – Royal Tycoon’s Private Troupe perform at the Alhambra Court Crystal Palace – Foo Gee Kitchee walking in the air, Namemensski, Oh Ra To.
1870 September – Parravicini and Corbyn announce that they are the sole and exclusive agents of “this most remarkable and talented company of 16 Japanese artistes”
1870 October – at the Curzon Hall Birmingham
1870 November – December – London
1871 Jan-Feb – tour Rotherham, Ashton, Brighouse, Leeds. 11 names given in billings for troupe of 15. Foo Gee Kitchee Wonder of Yeddo balancer, 5 boy contortionists – Koo Ma Kitchee, Ca Na Kitchee, Kin Ta, Mo To To and Ha Sa, Oh Sa Wah (female, flight of the butterflies), Eso Kitchee (juggler and equilibrist), Oh Ra To, top spinner, Mo Ko So, juvenile rope walker aged 9 and Namenoski, foot balancer, ladder feats, rope walker.
1871 February 4th – Fujikichi dies aged 39 of a tropical abscess of the liver and pyaemia (blood poisoning from the abscess). Buried in Southwark.
1871 March – May – “King’s Royal Tycoon Troupe” tours Manchester, Barnsley, Bradford, Huddersfield, Macclesfield. Fifteen artistes – “Five wonderful Japanese boys” (Koo Ma Kitchee, Ca Na Kitchee, Kin Ta, Mo To To and Ha Sa) performing as contortionists. Oh Sa Wah the first legitimate female artiste from Japan performing butterfly illusions. Eso Kitchee the inimitable Japanese juggler and equilibrist, Oh Ra To the Tycoon’s Private Top Spinner, Namenoski sensational ladder acts. Foo Gee Kitchee continues to be billed as the great shoulder balancer.
1871 June – finish tour of Britain, start tour of Europe and the USA
1872 January – February – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese Juveniles in India
1872 April – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese in San Francisco
1872 May – Matsui Yoshigoro asks Isokichi and King for money for return fares to Japan for himself and three others. No money forthcoming so made way back to London and asked Japanese minister Terashima Munenori for assistance.
1872 June – Tycoon and Dragon Troupes from the Crystal Palace – Brighton, Bolton, including Eso Kitchee
1872 July – Marshall & Co’s Great Tycoon Troupe of Japanese consisting of top spinners, equilibrists, balancers, jugglers, acrobats, from the Great Tycoon Theatre, Osaca – Sacramento, California
1872 September – Thomas King hires another troupe of Japanese performers, with funding from a French Yokohama based wine merchant, C Pasquale, to tour Britain for two years. Awata Katsunoshin, aged 41, juggler, Sakuragawa Rikinosuke, aged 29, Hoshino Torakichi aged 24, wire walker, Suzuki Bunjiro, aged 43, tub/pedal balancing, Togawa Iwakichi aged 7, climber and balancer, Yanagawa Choshichiro/Itchosai, aged 52, juggler and conjuror, Mume, daughter of Yanagawa, climber and balancer, aged 10, Shitsu/Shizu, daughter of Yanagawa, aged 6, balancer, Igarashi Hikotaro, aged 11, climber for Bunjiro, Nishida Chotaro, aged 15, Itchosai’s apprentice, Suzuki Ichitaro, aged 9, climber and balancer for father Bunjiro, Sakai Manjiro, aged 28, rope walker, paper walker and Kondo Kikutaro, aged 14, contortionist, tumbler and wire walker.
1872 November – Royal Tycoon Troupe of 13 artistes arrive in India with Mr C Pasquali, Mr and Mrs King, 13 Japanese and two children. Artistes include Torakitchi the invisible wire walker, Sacaranawa ladder balancer, Makichi, Bungaro tub balancer, Catshenoski’s juggling, Echowsi (Itchosai) legerdemain, Terakitchi top spinning
1873 February – Matsui and three others return to Yokohama
1873 July – Royal Tycoon Troupe arrive in Sydney
1874 Royal Tycoon Troupe tour Australasia, appearing as the Great Siamese and Asiatic Circus in New Zealand and then as King’s Royal Tycoon Troupe when they returned to Australia in August 1874. King attempts to sell his contracts with the troupe to Borthwick.
1875 January – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese performers, Melbourne
1875 January – Thomas King director of the Asiatic Circus and Tycoon Troupe in Melbourne is declared insolvent
1875 April – Itchosai returns to Japan from Australia. Other performers extend their contracts with King.
1875 Royal Tycoon Troupe stays with Borthwick in Australia until September, then reengages with Borthwick’s Asiatic Circus until December 1876.
1876 November – Great Original Tycoon Japanese Troupe tour Britain. Gin Goro, Komo Ketchey, managed by Henry William Wieland, a theatrical agent.
1876 December – “The Royal Crystal Palace Tycoon Japanese Troupe” Gin Goro Jack, Fousah Ketchey, As Sa Ma Ki, Yama Moto, Moto Ketchie, Como Ketchey in Paisley
1877 January – Walter Brown takes over as agent of the troupe
1877 January -Tycoon Troupe of Burmese and Japanese performers, Stoodley and Harmston’s circus, Norwich.
1877 January – Tycoon troupe of Japanese jugglers and acrobats, Manchester, Cooke’s Circus, bamboo pole balancing.
1877 February – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese, Liverpool. 5 in number, Walter Brown, manager.
1877 March – “Sar Gengero, the Fakir of Yeddo” appears with the “Celebrated Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese” in Australia along with Bungaro, Itchia, Coma Kitche. Ridge’s Royal Tycoon Circus continues to 1878 but no further mention of Gengero.
1877 March – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese, Yass, NSW
1877 March – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese and Burmese performers – Hanley, Liverpool
1877 April – Tycoon Japanese Troupe in London
1877 April – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese in Melbourne, Australia.
1877 May – Ridge’s Royal Tycoon Circus Japanese Troupe in Sydney
1877 May-August – Tycoon Japanese Troupe in Fleetwood, Blackpool
1877 July – Ridge’s Royal Tycoon Circus at Grafton, Australia with Decenoski, Mr Bungaroo, Master Mar, Mankitchi, Schotaro, Itchi, Cooma Ritchie, Master Schoe
1877 September – Ridge’s Royal Tycoon Circus including “the original Tycoon Troupe of Japanese” – Australia
1877 October provincial tour Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe – Manager Walter Brown. Starting in Dundee “The original Tycoon Japanese” head to head with Tannaker. “A Japanese lady provided a description of each feat in her native language, which causes great laughter”
1877 November – Tycoon Japanese Troupe in Glasgow
1877 December – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese, Leicester
1878 February-April – Royal Tycoon Circus in Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Yass NSW
1878 February-March – Great Japanese Tycoon Troupe – London, Liverpool “The Original Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese are still on the War Path, re-engaged to appear in London”
1878 March – September – Japanese Tycoon Troupe at Great Hippodrome and Exhibition, Paris
1878 June – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese in Brisbane, Australia – Bungaro, Chotaro, Mankichi, Schoson, Itche. Last use of Royal Tycoon name in Australia.
1878 October – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Japanese in Manchester
1878 December – Jan 1879 – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese in Edinburgh, five in number
1879 February – Royal Japanese Tycoon Troupe at Royal Aquarium London with Pongo Redivivus. Liverpool “some members of the troupe lacking the Japanese cast of countenance”
1879 February – Tycoon Japanese Troupe in Hong Kong – Tora Kitchie on wire, Eva Kitchie, little girl doing gymnastics and balancing and May Kitchie bending and contortion
1879 May-July – “Gingero’s great Tycoon troupe of Japanese” tour Leamington Spa, Bradford, Fleetwood, Myers’ American Circus in Leicester and Wolverhampton- five in number.
1879 August-November – touring France
1879 November – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese, including Little Todd, the German Wonder. – Bradford
1880 January – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe in Glasgow – ladder balancing, acrobatic and bamboo manipulations
1880 January – The Oriental Marvels Royal Tycoon Japanese, with the Greatest Living Wonder, Little Todd. Walter Brown manager. Hull then Liverpool.
1880 February – Sheffield and Cheltenham. Best display of posters of any troupe travelling.
1880 March – Cardiff Circus.
1880 April – Paris – Oriental Marvels, Folie Bergere, Little Todd, the original marvel, Mons Daijano, man serpent, Ginger and Nama Meichey, Greatest Bamboo Perch Performers in the World, Jama Moto Great Rope Walker and Assa Meichey champion tumbler. All my troupe are together again, greater than ever, Manager Walter Brown.
1880 May – June – London – Royal Forester’s Mile End. Engagement at Great Cost of Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe. Feet balancing, bamboo balancing, pyramid building, juggling etc. One member of troupe certainly not a native of Japan – duo performing ladder act, one is “youthful”.
1880 July – 3 months at the Winter Garden, Blackpool
1880 October – December Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe in Riga, Russia.
1880 December – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese have been retained for the holidays – Manchester
1881 January – Belfast – The Great Tycoon Japanese Troupe of Oriental Specialities (five in number) “at enormous expense”
1881 February – Edinburgh – four in number
1881 March – Glasgow, then Preston, then Warrington. Walter Brown “musical agent” “required a good artist”
1881 April – census – John Gingero, Annie, Centero (3), Fuzzer Annie (1) at 59 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, with Motokichi (24), Asakichi (16) and James Dubois (14 – actually 12). With Myers Circus in Newcastle.
1881 May – J. Gingero Director of Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe. At Ashton under Lyne. 4 in number.
1881 June – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Leicester
1881 July – London
1881 August – Leeds – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Jugglers, Vaulters, acrobats. “the boy who does the Pongo business being a little marvel” at Leicester
1881 September – “The Wonderful Tycoon Troupe of Real Japanese, in their Marvellous Feats. Pongo the Great Japanese Man Monkey” Walter Brown.
1881 October – November – Dublin, return of the Tycoon Troupe of Real Japanese. Walter Brown back advertising – celestial wonder workers, high rope ascending, bamboo and ladder perche balancing, extraordinary acrobats
1881 December – Yarmouth – engaged from Amsterdam at great expense. George Pinder Le Grand Cirque Royal d’Angleterre
1882 January – split with Walter Brown, four in number “we have no more connection with Walter Brown… a good agent communicate at once”
1882 March – Keith’s Grand Circus in Bradford
1882 March – Alhambra Palace Blackburn including PONGO PONGO PONGO
1882 August – Shrewsbury with Oh My
1882 October – Preston with Pongo the Japanese Man Monkey
1882 December – London
1883 April – Royal Tycoon Troupe of Real Japanese – Sheffield
1883 June – London – Tycoon Troupe, Japanese Wonders
1883 December – Glasgow
1884 January – February – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe 3 in number. Belfast, Sunderland then Liverpool. Need good tumbler.
1884 April – The Great Tycoon Japanese Company – in Belfast. Gingero Hosakitchee and Komakitchee (the Japanese monkey) first appeared a the Crystal Palace in 1865 (should be 1870?)
1884 August- Comer Kitchey, just arrived from Japan. Late of the celebrated Tycoon Troupe of Japanese. At Harrogate, with Tycoon Troupe.
1884 August – November – Rochdale, Liverpool, London, Brighton
1885 January-June – Liverpool, Cardiff, Walsall, Preston, Leigh
1885 March – “smallest Japanese performer in the world” – probably Fuzzer Annie aged 5. Tycoon Japanese Troupe (six in number) with Pongo the Gorilla, Komakitchee in his great barrel performance.
1885 July – Fuzzer Gingero in Middlesborough with the Tycoon Japanese Troupe.
1885 August – Tycoon Troupe in Great Yarmouth
1886 March – Royal Tycoon Troupe at the Alfred Theatre in Bombay, India
1886 December – January 1887 – Royal Tycoon Troupe at the Queen’s Music Hall, London
1887 February – Wonderful Japanese Tycoon Troupe – Bedford Theatre, London
1887 April – September – Tycoon Gingero and his Marvellous Children, late of the Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Scarborough
1887 October – Motto Kitchee Royal Tycoon Japanese in Scarborough, Royal Tycoon Japanese Trio in Plymouth, then Paisley
1887 November – Royal Tycoon Japanese Trio in Edinburgh
1887 December – Tycoon Trio at Sanger’s Circus in Cheltenham
1888 January – July – Tycoon Trio in Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Bath, London
1888 August – Tycoon Japanese in Scarborough.
1888 September – Provincial Agency, Manchester, advertises Gingero‘s Tycoon Japanese Troupe in The Era
1888 March – October – Royal Tycoon Japanese Kitchee Brothers, rope walkers, bamboo performers and tumblers at Circus Born, Hungary
1888 November – Original Tycoon Japanese Brothers – Motto Kitchee, Assa Kitchee and Ich Kitchee
1888 December – Royal Tycoon Japanese Trio – Gingero and his beautiful children Centero and Fuzzer, champion perche performers of the world, finished in Manchester. Royal Tycoon Japanese – Barrow in Furness with Fosstt’s Grand Cirque, high rope walking and tumbling. Nottingham
1889 March – Tycoon Japanese being advertised by Messrs Wilder of Birmingham in the Era
1889 April – Tycoon Japanese – John Gingero and family – Liverpool
1889 June – July – Tycoon Japanese being advertised by Messrs Wilder of Birmingham in the Era – rope walkers, acrobats, bamboo perche, ladder act, somersault throwers and jugglers
1889 June – The Japanese Tycoon Wonders – Japino on the tight rope and the Keitchee brothers on the bamboo perche.
1889 August – the Original Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe will for future be known as the Great Mikado Troupe of Real Japanese, five in number, with Wilders.
1889 September – Tycoon Japanese Morecambe
1889 October – Motto Kitchee Royal Tycoon Japanese, rope walker and tumbler, circus, Huddersfield
1889 October – Tycoon Japanese at Nottingham Goose Fair
1889 November – Tycoon Troupe of Real Japanese 5 in number at Moss Theatre, Glasgow, Leith with Cooke’s Royal Circus (also as Mikado Troupe)
1889 December – The Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe of four – and the youngster who does the pole climbing seems to have but few bones in his anatomy (Glasgow Evening Post)
1890 January – Royal Tycoon Troupe in Jarrow, South Shields, Plymouth
1890 March – Royal Tycoon Real Japanese Troupe – Sunderland. Five in number
1890 April- May – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe
1889 July – The Tycoon Troupe of Japanese are bewildering patrons this week – Bolton – Olympian Circus
1890 July – Tycoon Troupe of real Japanese five in number – Birkenhead – jugglery and acrobatic feats
1890 October – Mikado Troupe of real Japanese peformers Manchester
1890 November – Mikado Troupe of acrobats – Sunderland – 6 in number
1891 April – Tycoon Japanese troupe in Bradford
1891 May – Royal Tycoon Troupe in Hartlepool
1891 June-July – Royal Tycoon Troupe in Dublin
1891 August – Tycoon Japanese troupe in Hull, Great Grimsby, Mons Gingero juggling. Five real Japanese
1891 September – Royal Tycoon Troupe in Wigan
1891 December – Royal Tycoon troupe of Japanese in Bradford and Wakefield
1892 January – Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Fossett’s Circus Merthyr Tydfil, Great Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Wombwell & Bailey, Birmingham, Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe Ginnet’s Circus Norwich to February
1895 February – Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Chatham
1895 March – Tycoon Japanese Troupe, Gilbert’s Circus, Norwich, with Tarrason, Belfast
1895 April – Tycoon Troupe, Japanese acrobats and balancers, Portsmouth
1895 May – Tycoon Japanese Wonders, Woolwich
1895 July – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese jugglers – London
1895 August – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese Isle of Man
1895 October – Tycoon Japanese trio – Royal Aquarium, London. Chatham
1895 December – Tycoon Troupe/Trio, Sheffield
1896 January – Tycoon Japanese Trio, Newcastle, Glasgow
1896 February – famous Tycoon Troupe – Edinburgh
1896 April – Tycoon Japanese Trio – Plymouth
1896 May – Tycoon Troupe of Japanese Jugglers – Hammersmith
1896 June – July – The Tycoon Japanese Troupe of Oriental Oddities – Sadlers Wells, The Oxford