MIYAZAKI GIHEITA

Stage names:

Miyazaki Giheita In Japanese
Miyagi Zenzaemon In Japanese
Miyazaki Giheita In Japanese

Existence: 1663 ~ ???

Connection:

Master: Miyazaki Denkichi

Career:

9th lunar month of 1695: disciple of Miyazaki Denkichi, he started his career in Ky˘to performing as a d˘kegata in the Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Mizuki Tatsunosuke Tachiburu Mai"; he played the role of the umakata Rokuz˘.

1st lunar month of 1698: Giheita performing as a tachiyaku-hand˘gata in the drama "Kant˘ Koroku Imay˘ Sugata", which was staged at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater and welcomed in the Imperial City the Edo star Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I; he played the role of the kannushi Fukutoku Ridayű.

1st lunar month of 1701: Giheita performed as a tachiyaku in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater in the drama "Shin Yome Kagami", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I; he played the role of the sh˘ya Sukeshichi.

1st lunar month of 1704: Giheita performed in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the hatsu ky˘gen drama "Musume Ch˘ja Hagoita no Eawase", which was produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi. He also played the role of the shichiya Heiz˘ in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yuki no Shirayama".

11th lunar month of 1709: Giheita performed in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Takekaburi Mangokumochi", which was produced by Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1713: Giheita became katakiyaku and performed at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Fukubiki Miuma no ďkamado", which was produced by Hanai Kosanza. He also played in the same theater the role of Sekiemon in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yaeguruma".

4th lunar month of 1713: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1714: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was naka-no-j˘ (superior in the middle class).

2nd lunar month of 1714: Giheita performed in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which was produced in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Nakamura Shingor˘ I. Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1715: Giheita performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual] in one hy˘banki and (superior) [visual] in another hy˘banki. He also performed in the same theater the role of the warrior Hamamatsu Jűz˘ in Adachi Saburozaemon's new year drama "Keisei Otokoyama".

4th lunar month of 1716: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior-superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Giheita played in Ky˘to the role of Yasuhachi in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Tenjin Fukuju Musume", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater.

1st lunar month of 1717: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior-superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Giheita played in Ky˘to the role of the bashi Gonz˘ in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I in Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

1st lunar month of 1718: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki. He also performed in the same theater the role of the tarai-mawashi Seidayű [1] in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sennin Makura" [2].

11th lunar month of 1718: Giheita played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Kunihei, in reality Murase Mikinoj˘'s elder brother Murase Hachir˘zaemon [3], in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane"; his stage partners were Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (who played the role of Murase Mikinoj˘), Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Tamagawa Genzabur˘, Yamamoto Kamon, Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki. Giheita played in the same theater the role of Wakayamamoto Tahŕ in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Chihaya no Toko", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

3rd lunar month of 1719: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Giheita Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the rickshaw Ch˘suke in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Sh˘j˘ Zakaya Mannen-gura".

1st lunar month of 1720: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki. He also performed in the same theater the role of Mochizuki Bundayű in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hachimannichi".

2nd lunar month of 1720: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1720: Giheita played in Ky˘to the role of Guntazaemon at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

1st lunar month of 1721: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Arima D˘kan in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei T˘yama Matsu".

3rd lunar month of 1721: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Giheita played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Kaid˘ Kuraemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yashio Ikuemon and Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Giheita played in Ky˘to the role of Sokonashi Gonz˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Hitomaruzuka" which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater.

3rd lunar month of 1723: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual]. He shared the same rank with Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Giheita played the role of Asai Heiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1724: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Inui Genba in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kurogami no Mandara".

3rd lunar month of 1724: Giheita's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Summer 1724 ~ Fall 1725: Giheita performed in Ise with a travelling troupe. Then, he settled in ďsaka, where he took the name of Miyagi Zenzaemon and performed (unsuccessfully) as a tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1725: he switched back to katakiyaku, took back the name of Miyazaki Giheita and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1726: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1726: Giheita performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hakoiri Daikoku Gane", which was produced by Kaneko Kichizaemon.

1st lunar month of 1727: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1727: Giheita performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Otoemon I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1729: Giheita became tachiyaku and played the role of ďhara Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "Wakatake ďshimadai", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon III.

3rd lunar month of 1729: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1729: Giheita became jitsuaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the yakko Kichinai in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Yakata Manp˘ no Mikura", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1730: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1730 ~ 3rd lunar month of 1731: no record in any kaomise/ni-no-kawari in ďsaka or Ky˘to [4].

11th lunar month of 1731: Giheita became katakiyaku and performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘", which was produced by Arashi Kokuseki.

1st lunar month of 1732: Giheita's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Miyazaki Giheita was a Ky˘to actor who was active in his native city and his ďsaka from the second half of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1730s. He was a popular and talented katakiyaku, who was said to be better in jidaimono dramas than in sewamono dramas. As he was trained as a d˘kegata in his prime, he was outstanding in hand˘gataki roles.

[1] If not Seidayű, another possible reading is Kiyodayű.

[2] This drama was created by the sakusha Adachi Saburozaemon and Nakayama Kinz˘.

[3] Murase Hachir˘zaemon or Murase Hachirozaemon.

[4] Was he sick? Was he on tour in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai? We don't know.

Miyazaki Giheita playing the role of Asai Heiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1723 in Ky˘to at the Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater

 
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