YAMAMURA GIEMON I

Stage names:

Yamamura Giemon I In Japanese
Yamamura Gizaemon In Japanese
Yamamura Giemon I In Japanese
ďyama Tamiemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Yamamura Kazaemon

Career:

1711: he performed in Ky˘to as a katakiyaku; his first stage name was ďyama Tamiemon.

Fall 1712: he settled in ďsaka and became a disciple of Yamamura Kazaemon.

12th lunar month of 1712: he became tachiyaku, took the name of Yamamura Giemon I and performed in the kaomise drama "Enmei Kobukuro".

11th lunar month of 1713: Giemon became jitsuaku and played in ďsaka the role of Enkai in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.

1st lunar month (spring?) of 1715: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Daiky˘ji" and was staged in ďsaka; Giemon played the role of Ishun [casting].

11th lunar month of 1715: Giemon played the role of Irimatsu Shigez˘ in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1718: Giemon played in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai the role of Yoneemon in the kaomise drama "In'y˘ Inui no Machi-zukuri".

Fall 1720: Giemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1720: he changed his first name to Gizaemon (the first ideogram was changed) and performed in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukutoku no Kado" which was produced by Matsumoto Shigemaki and Sodesaki Wakaura I.

1st lunar month of 1721: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1722: Gizaemon performed in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

Fall 1723: Gizaemon went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: he changed his first name back to Giemon, became tachiyaku and played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Yat˘ta in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Giemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shared the same rank with Wakaura Kinjűr˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I and Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: he became katakiyaku and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Wada Gonz˘ in the kaomise drama "Banzei no Minato", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1725: Giemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1727: Giemon played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sazareishi Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama".

1st lunar month of 1728: Giemon played in the same theater the roles of Ishihara Yasaji and Dobashi Gengoemon in the new year drama "Sh˘gi Gunp˘ Ryűko no Maki"; this was his last-recorded performance on a Kabuki stage; we don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Yamamura Giemon I was active in Kamigata from the beginning of the 1710s to the end of the 1720s. He was able to perform a wide range of male roles, as a katakiyaku, a jitsuaku or a tachiyaku. He was said to be good in jitsugoto. He used two different ideograms for his two first names, Giemon [writing 1; writing 2] and Gizaemon [writing 1; writing 2].

Yamamura Giemon I playing the role of Sazareishi Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1727 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Yamamura Giemon line of actors

 
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