YAMAMURA GIEMON II

Stage names:

Yamamura Giemon II In Japanese
Yamamoto Giemon In Japanese
Yamamura Giemon II In Japanese
Yamamoto Gizaemon In Japanese
Yamamura Mitsuz˘ In Japanese
Yamamura Kikichi In Japanese
Kameya Kikichi In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Sonk˘, Got˘

Existence: 1736 ~ 5th day of the 1st lunar month of 1803

Connection:

Disciples: Yamamura Tomoemon I, Yamamura Mitsuz˘, Yamamura Tominosuke

Career:

1736 ~ 1769: born in Kamigata. He starts his career in hama shibai, performing under the names of Kameya Kikichi and Yamamura Kikichi.

11th lunar month of 1769: he becomes katakiyaku and takes the name of Yamamura Mitsuz˘, performing at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tora no Itten Sanryaku no Maki", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II; this is his first stage performance in ˘shibai.

11th lunar month of 1776: he becomes jitsuaku and takes the name of Yamamoto Gizaemon, performing Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Oso Uji Yodo no Irifune", which is produced by Matsuyama Kogenji.

1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot is very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Gizaemon plays the roles of Sawai Matagor˘, Matagor˘'s mother Narumi and the doctor Sanai [casting].

Fall 1779: Gizaemon goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1779: Yamamoto Gizaemon takes the name of Yamamura Giemon II, playing at the Kado no Shibai the role of Naniwa Mitsuz˘ in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which is produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrates also the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II; his others stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi I, Ogawa Kichitar˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon II, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II, Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Jiroza II, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and Fujikawa Sango.

Fall 1781: Giemon goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1781: Yamamura Giemon II takes the name of Yamamoto Giemon at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Yoshikawa Saemon in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which celebrates also the shűmei of Hanagiri Tomimatsu I (who plays the role of Yoshikawa Saemon's ny˘b˘) and welcomes back in Ky˘to the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1784: tour in Nagoya, where he performs under the name of the name of Yamamura Giemon II.

11th lunar month of 1784: Giemon plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Miura Saemon in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.

3rd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sewa Ry˘ri Yaoya Kondate"; Giemon plays the role of Okuma [more details].

1st lunar month of 1790: Giemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-s˘d˘mono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokus˘; Giemon plays the roles of Sakai Hida-no-Kami and the Yodoya tedai S˘bei [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1796: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai; Giemon plays the role of Magoemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Giemon plays the roles of Miura Hitachinosuke and Furuta Naribe [more details].

1st lunar month of 1798: Giemon's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1799: Giemon plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Enju and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; this is most likely his last stage appearance. He falls ill and has to retire.

5th day of the 1st lunar month of 1803: Giemon dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Yamamura Giemon II was an important Kamigata actor, who achieved fame for himself on ďsaka and Ky˘to stages from the 1770s to the end of the 1790s. He was an outstanding jitsuaku, excelling in his latter years in the roles of crafty old villains in sewamono dramas.

Yamamura Giemon II playing the role of Sakae Hida-no-Kami in the new year drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1793 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Ryűk˘sai Jokei)

Prints & Illustrations

Illustrated playbill 1782

The Yamamura Giemon line of actors

 
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