HYAKUNIN'ISSHU GENZABURď

Stage name:

Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Disciple: Hyakuninshu Shinzabur˘

Career:

Before 1700: born in Nagasaki and raised in the pleasure quarter of Maruyama. He settles in Kamigata at unknown time.

11th lunar month of 1699 or 1st lunar month of 1700: debut on stage (hatsubutai) in ďsaka, where he performs as a d˘kegata.

11th lunar month of 1706: Genzabur˘ performs in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his main stage partners are Shinozuka Jirozaemon I (zamoto), Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ I, Band˘ Kikumatsu I, Hanai Azuma and Onogawa Orie.

1st lunar month of 1708: Genzabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1710: Genzabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Tsurutar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kenkon Daikoku Bashira", which is produced by Kataoka Sanpei.

1st lunar month of 1711: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1711: Genzabur˘ performs in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamada Jinpachi and Tamagawa Genzabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1713: Genzabur˘ performs in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the new year drama "Fukubiki Miuma no ďkamado", which is in fact the kaomise of this theater.

2nd lunar month of 1714: Genzabur˘ performs in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which is produced in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Genzabur˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Yaneya Chobŕ in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and includes a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior). He shares the same rank with Tatsuoka Someemon and Imamura Shichisabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Kin'emon in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Tenjin Fukuju Musume", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III.

1st lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1717: Genzabur˘ performs in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which is produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

11th lunar month of 1718: Genzabur˘ plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tada Monjűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". his stage partners are Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

Fall 1719: Genzabur˘ goes back to ďsaka after 9 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: Genzabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ikomanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Iroha Obi", which is produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

Fall 1720: Genzabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1720: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Takejir˘ in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukutoku no Kado", which is produced by Matsumoto Shigemaki and Sodesaki Wakaura I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘ performs at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of ďenoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Tatsu Goyomi Daish˘ Wag˘ no Tsurugi", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to in the same theater the role of the wakadono Tonerinosuke in the new year drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu". This is his last-recorded stage apperance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ was a d˘kegata and tachiyaku actor, who was active in Kamigata from the very beginning of the 1700s to the first half of the 1720s. He was extremely popular as a d˘kegata, holding the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank between 1712 and 1715. He was qualified as zendai mimon, unparalleled in d˘kegata history! His family name was very unusual : Hyakunin'isshu was written the same way as the eponymous popular traditional poetry card game.

The actors Kikukawa Ky˘nosuke II (left), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I (center) and Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ (right) playing the roles of Yaegiku's younger brother Shigegor˘, the keisei Yaegiku and K˘no Gonroku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chihaya no Toko", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1719

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