NAMIKI EISUKE
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Namiki Eisuke I
Namiki Eisuke I  In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | Chigusa Eisuke  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career at the end of the Ky˘h˘ era and his first pen name was Chigusa Eisuke. He worked in ďsaka in the 12th lunar month of 1736 on the drama "Nich˘ no Yumi Katsuragi Kassen", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III. He became disciple of Namiki S˘suke and received the name of Namiki Eisuke in the 11th lunar month of 1737 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he worked on the kiri ky˘gen "Meoto Boshi Ukina no Tenjin". He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1744 and worked on the kaomise drama "Tanba Yosaku Kameyama Kayoi", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I. He went back to ďsaka in the 2th lunar month of 1744 to work with Matsuya Kyűemon on the drama "Ishibashiyama Yoroi Zakura". He went back to Ky˘to the same year to work in the 5th lunar month, along with Nakamura Gohachi and Sawamura Ayasuke, on the drama "Enshoku Ukina no Ez˘shi". He went back the same year to ďsaka in the 7th lunar month of 1744 to work with Matsuya Kyűemon [1] on the summer drama "Yuri Wakadaijin Oki no Kamome". He went back to Ky˘to the same year to work in the 11th lunar month to work [2] at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Meiken Kogane Zukuri". He went back to ďsaka in the 3rd lunar month of 1751 to work with Takagi Richű on the drama "Sannin Musume Keizu Hachinoki" which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the Naka no Shibai. He also worked in ďsaka as a puppet theater sakusha from the first half of the 1750s. He worked at the Kado no Shibai as a nimaime sakusha for the tatesakusha Namiki Sh˘z˘ I on the summer drama "Kusatsu Kojor˘". He went back to Ky˘to in Fall 1758 and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1758 at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘. He went back to ďsaka in Fall 1762 and worked as a tatesakusha at the Kado no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Hachinoki Nendaiki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Sanjűr˘ III. He was active in ďsaka, either in the puppet theater or in Kabuki, up to the summer of 1770. Eisuke was the master of Namiki Jusuke, Namiki Eisuke II and Haruki Motosuke. He was also called Wataya Jiemon (In Japanese) as he was most likely born in a cotton merchants family (wataya) in ďsaka. He died in 1771.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Namiki Eisuke I in kabuki21.com.

The name of Namiki Eisuke I in a 1764 puppet theater libretto

Namiki Eisuke II
Namiki Eisuke II  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Namiki Eisuke I, he took the name of Namiki Eisuke II at an unknown date, after the passing away of his master. Period of activity unknown. He was recorded working as a sakusha in Kamigata in 1786. No record afterwards.

 

Notes

[1] Others sakusha were Nakata Gohachi and Matsuya Yűsuke.

[2] Others sakusha were Hirano Yoshibei, Nakata Gohachi and Awa Ky˘suke.

 
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