KIMURA ENBU

Pen names:

Kimura Enbu In Japanese
Kimura Benisuke [1] In Japanese
Kimura Enji I [2] In Japanese

Artistic name: Sh˘k˘d˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Sakurada Jisuke I

Disciples: Kimura Matsuroku, Kimura Tokuz˘ (?)

Career:

Beginning of the 1780s: he became disciple at an unknown date of Sakurada Jisuke I, who gave him the name of Kimura Enji I.

11th lunar month of 1789: first record; Enji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with his master Sakurada Jisuke I, Segawa Jok˘ I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Tamamaki Kyűji and Muraoka K˘ji, on the kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu"; "It is a spectacular play on a grand scale, showing a struggle between two imperial princes for the imperial throne and the almost magical powers of the great poet Ono no Komachi, also considered one of the greatest beauties of her time. In ancient times, Komachi was such a famous figure that she became the subject of many plays, one in which her poetry called forth rain and another in which a jealous rival tried to defeat her by claiming that a poem she wrote was actually plagiarized from an old poetic anthology. She proved her innocence by washing the book of the anthology and showing that the fresh ink of the supposedly old poem easily washed away." (source: Earphone Guide website for the revival in January 2008 at the National Theatre).

1st lunar month of 1790: Enji worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Haru no Nishiki Datezome Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1790: Enji worked at the Nakamuraza for his master, the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I, on the kaomise drama "Sayo no Nakayama Hiiki no Tsurigane", which welcomed back in Edo the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and welcomed the Kamigata actors Tanimura Toraz˘ and Nakamura Kumetar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1791: Enji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Segawa Jok˘ I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Kawatake Bunji, on the kaomise drama "Kin no Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI.

11th lunar month of 1792: Enji worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with the tatesakusha Masuyama Kinpachi I, on the kaomise drama "ďfuna Moriebi no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1794: Enji worked at the Kiriza, along with Kasanui Sensuke I, Tamamaki Kyűji I and Matsushima Y˘suke I [3], on the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Oedo no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1795: Enji worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Muraoka K˘ji I, on the kaomise drama "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".

11th lunar month of 1796: Enji worked at the Miyakoza, along with Masuyama Kinpachi I and Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji", which celebrated the isse ichidai performance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘, the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and which welcomed back in Edo the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1797: Enji worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Edo no Haru Kichirei Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

1798: he started to work for the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and received the name of Kimura Benisuke.

11th lunar month of 1798: Benisuke worked at the Moritaza, along with Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Matsui K˘z˘, Kasanui Sensuke I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Hon'ya S˘shichi, on the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Mitsugi no Funauta", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Aragor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1799: Benisuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I and Fukumori Kyűsuke I, on the kaomise drama "Tametomo Yumiya no Oyafune", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1800: he took the name of Kimura Enbu and worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Namiki Gohei I, Matsui K˘z˘ I and Kawatake Bunji, on the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo Kogane no Kumadori", which celebrated the return in Edo of Ichikawa Omez˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1805: Enbu worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Fukumori Kyűsuke I, on the kaomise drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Koi Muko Genji", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakayama Raisuke IV and Nakamura Keishi.

1st lunar month of 1806: Enbu worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Mitsu no Homare Kaikei Soga", which celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Yűshi; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were all played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

Comments:

Kimura Enbu was an Edo sakusha, who was active from the end of the 1780s to the beginning of the 1810s. His wife Oyae was a famous Edo beauty who was nicknamed Takanawa Rok˘, Takanawa being a district name and Rok˘ the haimy˘ of the great tateonnagata Segawa Kikunoj˘ III.

[1] The first name reading could be K˘suke, not Benisuke.

[2] The first name reading could be Sonoji, not Enji.

[3] Others minor sakusha were Masaki Eiz˘, Eii Yahei and Sasa Rind˘suke.

The name of Kimura Enbu in a 1806 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box); all the names were the sakusha at the Kawarazakiza

The Kimura Enji line of playwrights

 
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