Playwright names:

Namiki Gohei II In Japanese
Shinoda Kinji I In Japanese

Others names:

Shinoda Kinkind˘ In Japanese
Shinoda Sh˘ji In Japanese
Katsuy˘ Sanjin In Japanese

Artistic names: Kinkind˘, H˘˘ken, Manjutei

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 1768 ~ 7th day of the 7th lunar month of 1819 [1]


Master: Namiki Gohei I

Disciples: Namiki Gohei III, Katsuy˘ Sh˘ji


1768: born in Edo; his father is the hatamoto Nonoyama Daizen. His real name is Nonoyama Sh˘zabur˘.

1768 ~ 1801: expelled from his house because of his dissipation and debts in Yoshiwara, he becomes a disciple of Namiki Gohei I.

11th lunar month of 1801: he takes the name of Shinoda Kinji I and works at the Nakamuraza, along with Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikozaemon I and Yamashita Mansaku.

3rd lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kinji's 7-role Nagauta-based hengemono "Osozakura Teniha no Nana Moji"; the seven roles are performed by Nakamura Utaemon III. The 4th role is still part of the current repertoire and is staged under the title "Echigo Jishi".

11th lunar month of 1813: Kinji works at the Ichimuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke II and Matsui K˘z˘ I, on the kaomise drama "Modoribashi Senani Gohiiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichimura Kamesabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1814: Kinji works at the Nakamuraza, along with Fukumori Kyűsuke I, on the kaomise drama "Ninin Muko Mikurai Sadame", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Baik˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke III, Segawa Tomisabur˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke II and Nakamura Denkur˘ V and welcomes in Edo the actor Nakamura Daikichi I.

11th lunar month of 1815: Kinji works at the Nakamuraza, along with Fukumori Kiusuke and Hon'ya S˘shichi, on the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Oedo no Kaburaya", which is staged to celebrate the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Kataoka Gach˘ and welcomes in Edo the actor Sawamura Tanosuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1818: premiere at the Miyakoza of Kinji's 7-role hengemono "Miyama no Hana Todokanu Edaburi", starring Onoe Kikugor˘ III in the seven roles. One of these roles is "Kosode Monogurui" ("the short-sleeved garment madness"), staged nowadays as an independent Kiyomoto-based dance called "Yasuna".

11th lunar month of 1818: with the patronage of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Shinoda Kinji I takes the name of Namiki Gohei II at the Nakamuraza and works, along with Sakurada Jisuke II, Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I, Tajima Konosuke I and Matsushima Hanji II (who also celebrated his shűmei), on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kaomise".

7th day of the 7th lunar month of 1819 [1]: Gohei dies in Edo.


Namiki Gohei II was an Edo sakusha, who made a short career from the beginning of the 1800s to the end of the 1810s. His most notable creation was the dance-drama "Yasuna". "The second Namiki Gohei was the second son of a vassal of the Sh˘gun. He was expelled from his house because of dissipation and association with actors." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] The 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunsei era was the 27th of August 1819 in the western calendar.

The name of Namiki Gohei II in a 1819 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box); all the names were the sakusha at the Nakamuraza and the Tamagawaza

The Shinoda Kinji line of playwrights

The Namiki Gohei line of playwrights

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