MIHOGI GIZAEMON II

Stage names:

Mihogi Gizaemon II In Japanese
Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I In Japanese
Mihogi Fujimatsu In Japanese

Other name:

Kataoka Nizaemon VI In Japanese

Guild: Tomimasuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Sot˘

Existence: 1731 ~ 15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1789

Connection:

Master: Mihogi Shichitar˘

Career:

1731 ~ 1757: he starts his career in miyaji shibai as a disciple of the Mihogi Shichitar˘, performing under the name of Mihogi Fujimatsu.

11th lunar month of 1757: he becomes tachiyaku.

End of 1759: he takes the name of Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Wataya Tokuemon [casting].

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Fujiwara no Tankai and Motome [casting].

11th lunar month of 1771: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Minamoto no Yorinobu and the wakat˘ Tamisuke in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1772: Sanjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hosokawa Katsuie in the ni-no-kawari "Keisei Sakura Goten".

11th lunar month of 1776: Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I takes the name of Mihogi Gizaemon II in Ky˘to, playing the role of Shinraku Jűnai 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 Karaki Masaemon and Wada Yukie [casting].

End of the 11th lunar month of 1779 ~ 1st lunar month of 1780: Gizaemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and En'ya Hangan are played by Yamamoto Giemon and Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1782: the play "Tengajaya-mura" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Gizaemon plays the roles of T˘ma Sabur˘emon and Yasuke [casting].

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Gizaemon plays the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Wada Yukie [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1786: Gizaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakayama Bungor˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1789: Gizaemon appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari".

15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1789: Gizaemon dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Mihogi Gizaemon II was a tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. This small-sized actor, endowed with a great voice, excelled in bud˘goto and jitsugoto. As he was the heir of Kataoka Nizaemon I's disciple Mihogi Gizaemon I (he was in fact the disciple of Mihogi Gizaemon I's grandson), he posthumously received the prestigious name of Kataoka Nizaemon VI.

Mihogi Gizaemon II in an illustration from the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi", which was published in ďsaka by Yamatoya Kaemon in 1784

Suifutei 1782

The Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ line of actors

The Mihogi Gizaemon line of actors

The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors

 
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