FUKUDA DAN'EMON

Stage names:

Fukuda Dan'emon In Japanese
Toyoda Dan'emon In Japanese
Fukuda Dan'emon In Japanese
Toyoda Dan'emon In Japanese
Fukuda Dan'emon In Japanese
Toyoda Dan'emon In Japanese

Existence: ???

Career:

Before 1699: he made his apprenticeship in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai in Kamigata. His stage name was Toyoda Dan'emon.

1st lunar month of 1699: first stage record in ˘shibai; he performed as a wakashugata in the new year drama "Taema Chűj˘hime Nidaiki", which was produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I and Araki Yojibŕ I.

1st lunar month of 1700: Dan'emon became katakiyaku in ďsaka and performed in the new year drama "Rish˘ Monogatari", which was produced by Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

Fall 1703: Dan'emon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1703: Dan'emon played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kanadome Wakinoshin in the kaomise drama "Ky˘zaiku Wag˘ Jishi".

1st lunar month of 1706: he took the name of Fukuda Dan'emon.

11th lunar month of 1706: Dan'emon performed at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Sukeroku Shinjű Kamiko Sugata"; his stage partners were Nakamura Sen'ya I and Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1711: Dan'emon became tachiyaku and played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Susakishima Saemon in the kaomise drama "Tsurukame no Aimuko".

3rd lunar month of 1712: Dan'emon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class).

1st lunar month of 1713: Dan'emon switched back to katakiyaku and played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of ďshima Danz˘ in the new year drama "Fukubiki Miuma no ďkamado", which was in fact the kaomise of this theater.

4th lunar month of 1713: Dan'emon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1713: Dan'emon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1713: Dan'emon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Onna Fude Y˘bunsh˘", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III and Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1714: Dan'emon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1715: Dan'emon played in ďsaka the role of the t˘fu maker Tokuemon in the kaomise drama "(Jing˘ K˘g˘ Sankan Taiji) Ashiwakebune" which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

2nd lunar month of 1716: he took back the name of Toyoda Dan'emon, became jitsuaku and performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Ch˘ja Mannengura", which was produced by Nakamura Gentar˘ and Sugiyama Heihachi.

4th lunar month of 1716: Dan'emon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Dan'emon performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Maizuru Asahi no ďdaidokoro", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1717: Dan'emon switched back to katakiyaku and performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Benten Ch˘ja Uga no Tama", which was produced by Ogino Kinnoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1718: Dan'emon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1718: Dan'emon switched to jitsuaku and performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: Dan'emon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). [visual]. Dan'emon played in the same theater the role of Harada no Gunji in the new year drama "Genji Shusse no Kadode".

3rd lunar month of 1719: Dan'emon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1721: Dan'emon went to Ky˘to, took back the name of Fukuda Dan'emon and performed in the new year drama "Bankoku Kin no Fukujus˘", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

3rd lunar month of 1721: Dan'emon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Dan'emon played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater of Inamatsu Takiemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1722: Dan'emon played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the umakata Rokuz˘ in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1723: Dan'emon played in the same theater the roles of Kanbŕ and the yamabushi Muzenb˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Oshioyama".

Fall 1723 ~ Fall 1727: no record in any Kamigata hy˘banki. Was he on tour in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai? Was he sick? Was he retired?

Fall 1727: Dan'emon went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1727: Dan'emon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Goshozome K˘y˘ Gunki", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Dan'emon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

Fall 1728: Dan'emon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1728: Dan'emon switched to katakiyaku and played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of Takiguchi Heima in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagura Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Tamiya Hannosuke.

1st lunar month of 1729: Dan'emon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1729 ~ Spring 1732: no record in any Kamigata hy˘banki. Was he on tour in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai? Was he sick? Was he retired?

6th lunar month of 1732 ~ 1733: tour in Ise and long stay in Nagoya; Dan'emon's travelling and stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Ogino Yaegiri I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Sakakiyama Fujisabur˘, Tatsuoka Someemon, Sawamura S˘gor˘ I, Sagawa Bunz˘ II, Tamiya Shirogor˘, ďtori Michiemon and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘. He performed under the name of Toyoda Dan'emon in 1732 and switched back to Fukuda Dan'emon in 1733. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Fukuda Dan'emon was a popular and talented Kamigata actor, trained in tabi shibai and miyaji shibai, specialized in katakiyaku or jitsuaku roles. He was active from the end of the 1690s to the first half of the 1730s. He was outstanding in villain roles in sewamono dramas. He was also the only actor in Kabuki history to move from a low rank in a hy˘banki (naka-no-j˘-j˘) to the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1 year!

Fukuda Dan'emon (1st from left), Hayakawa Hatsuse (2nd from left) and Ogino Yaegiri I (1st from right) playing the roles of the t˘fu maker Tokuemon, Shichir˘zaemon and Tokuemon's daughter in the kaomise drama "(Jing˘ K˘g˘ Sankan Taiji) Ashiwakebune", which was staged in ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1715

The head was the actor Murayama Jűrobŕ in the role of Hamagurigai no Sabu

 
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