MIHOGI GIZAEMON I

Stage names:

Mihogi Gizaemon I In Japanese
Miogi Gizaemon In Japanese
Kataoka Hikoshir˘ In Japanese
Miura Gizaemon In Japanese
Matsuura Gizaemon In Japanese
Wakamura Sh˘gor˘ In Japanese
Wakamura Jűrozaemon In Japanese
Wakamura Sawanosuke In Japanese
Tamagawa Fujinosuke In Japanese

Guild: Takasagoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Fűk˘

Existence: ??? ~ 1745 (?)

Connection:

Masters: Kataoka Nizaemon I, Tamagawa Sennoj˘ IV (or Tamagawa Handayű I ?)

Nephew: Mihogi Shichitar˘

Career:

1696: first recorded stage performance; he performs as a wakaonnagata under the name of Tamagawa Fujinosuke in Ky˘to in the drama "Daizassho Ise no Oshiroi".

11th lunar month of 1698: Tamagawa Fujinosuke takes the name of Wakamura Sawanosuke in ďsaka at Shioya Kur˘emon's theater, playing the role of Danshichi's wife in the drama "Yadonashi Danshichi", which is produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I (who plays the role of Danshichi).

1st lunar month of 1704: Wakamura Sawanosuke takes the name of Wakamura Jűrozaemon.

11th lunar month of 1706: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Wakamura Sh˘gor˘ in ďsaka, performing in the kaomise drama "Ebisu Otoko Onna Daigoku Hashira Gatame", which is produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

Fall 1709: he goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1709: he becomes katakiyaku and takes the name of Matsuura Gizaemon at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďkeizu".

11th lunar month of 1710: he becomes jitsuaku and takes the name of Miura Gizaemon in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Inari Ch˘ja Yotsugimaru", which is produced by Yamashita Karumo.

End of 1714: Miura Gizaemon takes the name of Kataoka Hikoshir˘.

1st day of the 11th lunar month of 1715: his master Kataoka Nizaemon I dies.

11th lunar month of 1715: Kataoka Hikoshir˘ takes the name of Miogi Gizaemon.

11th lunar month of 1716: Miogi Gizaemon takes the name of Mihogi Gizaemon I.

Fall 1716: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Gizaemon plays the role of Rit˘ten [casting].

11th lunar month of 1719: Mihogi Gizaemon I takes the name of Miura Gizaemon.

Fall 1721: he goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1721: Miura Gizaemon becomes tachiyaku and takes back the name of Mihogi Gizaemon I, performing in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura".

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

1st lunar month of 1723: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Gizaemon plays the role of Matsugane Kambei in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1724: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Osagawa Jűemon, Takeshima K˘zaemon II and Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Gizaemon becomes zamoto in Ky˘to, producing at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which stars Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Tsugawa Kamon, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe and Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrates his shűmei).

11th lunar month of 1728: he becomes jitsuaku and plays the role of Suruga Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Mandai Toshigoyomi".

1st lunar month of 1729: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I and Yashio Ikuemon.

Summer 1731: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1731: Gizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Todoroki Yoneemon in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Asahi no Ichikura Eig˘ Seki".

11th lunar month of 1734: Gizaemon plays the role of Yaegaki Hy˘gonosuke in the kaomise drama "Oyayuzuri Kogane no Katokugura", which is produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: Gizaemon plays in the kaomise drama "Neko no Koneko", which is produced at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater (Minamigawa no Shibai) by Mizuki Tatsunosuke II.

11th lunar month of 1739: Gizaemon plays at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater in the kaomise drama "Senzai Yakata Kogane no Shikigawara", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I.

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Gizaemon plays the role of Takeda Shingen [more details].

11th lunar month of 1742: Gizaemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shinoda's kar˘ Matsugane Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III; his stage partners are Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I, Somenoi Hanshir˘ and Yamashita Kinsaku I.

11th lunar month of 1744: Gizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Kikuchi Heimanosuke in the kaomise drama "Hakataori Imose no Karanishiki"; his stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Sawamura Ch˘shir˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Nakamura Danz˘, Tatsuoka Hisagiku, Sanogawa Hanazuma II, Sakakiyama Danshir˘ I, Takenaka Hy˘kichi, Ikushima Kashiwagi I, Nakamura Matsubŕ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Fujioka Gengor˘.

2nd lunar month of 1745: Gizaemon appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater, playing two roles in the new year drama "Keisei Sakura Gassen". He most likely dies in 1745.

Comments:

Mihogi Gizaemon I was a major 18th century Ky˘to actor, who acted as tachiyaku and a jitsuaku. He reached the j˘-j˘-kichi in 1724 and kept it for more than 20 years. He became definitively jitsuaku in 1728 and excelled in roles of evil samurai/kar˘ up to the end of his career in 1745.

Mihogi Gizaemon I (right) and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I (left) playing the roles of the kar˘ Todoroki Yoneemon and Inamatsu Gengo in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Asahi no Ichikura Eig˘ Seki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1731 in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater

The Mihogi Gizaemon line of actors

 
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