YAMAMOTO HIKOGORď

Stage name:

Yamamoto Hikogor˘ In Japanese

Pen name:

Yamamoto Kaseki In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ ???

Connection:

Master: Yamamoto Kanbŕ

Adopted son: Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I

Disciples: Yamamoto Ky˘z˘, Yamamoto Matsusabur˘ II, Yamamoto Matsusabur˘ III

Career:

Before 1713: born in ďsaka. He was a ky˘genshi at the beginning of his career. He joined the Kabuki world and became a disciple of Yamamoto Kanbŕ, who gave him the name of Yamamoto Hikogor˘.

1st lunar month of 1713: Hikogor˘ became tachiyaku and performed at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the new year drama "Fukubiki Miuma no ďkamado", which was in fact the kaomise of this theater.

Fall 1713: Hikogor˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1713: Hikogor˘ became zamoto and produced in ďsaka the kaomise drama "ďminato Kogane no Izumi", in which he performed as a wakashugata.

1st lunar month of 1714: Hikogor˘ produced in the same theater the new year drama "Keisei Takara no Yamazaki Gayoi", in which he performed as a tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1715: Hikogor˘ played in ďsaka the role of Heimanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1718: Hikogor˘ performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "S˘shi Arai Komachi", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was written in the 8th lunar month of 1708. The play was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Hikogor˘ played the role of Utanosuke [casting].

Fall 1721: Hikogor˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1721: Hikogor˘ performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Hikogor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior-superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Somenoi Hanshir˘, Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘, Yamamura Giemon I and Kanazawa Hikogor˘ II.

Fall 1725: Hikogor˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1725: Hikogor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Umeyama Daigaku in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which was produced by his adopted son Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1726: Hikogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior-superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1726: Hikogor˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Shugaki Ushiemon in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Yama", which was produced by his adopted son Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1727: Hikogor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Negi Sakudayű in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama", which was produced by his adopted son Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1729: Hikogor˘ and his adopted son Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I went together to Edo; they performed at the Moritaza in the drama "Higashiyama Ch˘seiden".

11th lunar month of 1729: Hikogor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Suzuki Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Yahagi no Ch˘ja Kogane no Ishizue". He was the zagashira of the small troupe performing in this theater.

1st lunar month of 1730: Hikogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Ichikawa Danz˘ I.

1730: he started also to work in Edo as a sakusha.

11th lunar month of 1730: Hikogor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Takechi no Genta in the kaomise drama "Kankatsu Michinoku no Miyako". He was the zagashira of the small troupe performing in this theater.

1st lunar month of 1731: Hikogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1731: Hikogor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hosokawa Gy˘bu in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Eiga Butai"; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Sodesaki Iseno I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.

Fall 1732: Hikogor˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1732: Hikogor˘ played at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai [1] the role of the r˘nin Suzuki Saky˘noshin in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Imose no Matsukane", which was produced by his disciple Yamamoto Ky˘z˘.

1st lunar month of 1733: Hikogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Jűz˘ I and Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Hikogor˘ played at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai [1] the role of the servant Tarosaku in the kaomise drama "Funa Zukuri Mannen Goyomi", which was produced by Kirinoya T˘kur˘.

Fall 1735: Hikogor˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1735: Hikogor˘ played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Fukudayű, in reality Todoroki Momoemon, in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Miyako no Ichigura", which was produced by his disciple Yamaki Ky˘z˘.

1st lunar month of 1736: Hikogor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Somenoi Hanshir˘.

11th lunar month of 1736: Hikogor˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Hiyoku Kin no Takaragura", which was produced at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater by Yoshizawa Tamazuma.

Fall 1737: Hikogor˘, along with his disciple Yamamoto Ky˘z˘ and Kaneko Mantoku, went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1737: Hikogor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga no Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Soga Monogatari Osana Nikki".

3rd lunar month of 1738: Hikogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

1740: he went back to Kamigata, where he became a full-time sakusha; his pen name was Yamamoto Kaseki.

12th lunar month of 1740: Kaseki [2] worked in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater on the drama "Chinp˘ Sandai Gatana", which was produced by Sakakiyama Jűtar˘ I and starred Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I. The title of this drama, literally "The Rare Treasure - Three Generations of Swords" [3], was an allusion to the three generations of actors of the Sakakiyama clan sharing the same stage.

2nd lunar month of 1741: Kaseki worked in the same theater on the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Deguchi no Yanagi"; no record afterwards.

Comments:

Yamamoto Hikogor˘ was an ďsaka tachiyaku actor, then a sakusha for a while as a part-time work during the 1730s, then as a full-time work from 1740 to 1741. He was active in ďsaka, Ky˘to and Edo from the 1710s to the beginning of the 1740s. As an actor, he was j˘-j˘-kichi only for one season (1730).

[1] Also called Sakurabashi ďshibai (Grand Kabuki at the Sakura Bridge).

[2] Along with the two sakusha Narumi Ry˘suke and Kikuta Sadakur˘.

[3] It had also a different suggestive meaning because the word chinp˘ is the penis in old Japanese.

Yamamoto Hikogor˘ playing in Ky˘to the role of Shingozaemon in the kaomise drama "Senbon Matsu Tokiwa Yakata", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1722 at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater

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