HAMAZAKI ISOGORď

Stage name:

Hamazaki Isogor˘ In Japanese

Poetry name: Ch˘ka

Existence: 1668 ~ 13th day of the 6th lunar month of 1716 [1]

Connection:

Disciples: Hamazaki Isohei [2], Hamazaki Ichiya [3], Hamazaki Masagor˘ [4]

Career:

8th lunar month of 1699: first recorded stage appearance; he played at the Yamamuraza the role of the kosh˘ Motome in the drama "Nagoya Sanza".

11th lunar month of 1700: Isogor˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Matsugae Miyakonosuke in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Mannen Goyomi".

3rd lunar month of 1701: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was naka (middle class).

Beginning of 1707: Isogor˘ became tachiyaku at the Moritaza.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1707: Isogor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Prince Tsubasa in the kaomise drama "Su˘ no Naishi Azuma Nishiki", which welcomed in Edo the actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1708: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual]. Isogor˘ played in the same theater the role of Inub˘maru in the new year sogamono drama "Keisei Arashi Soga"

2nd lunar month of 1708: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell back to naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1708: Isogor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miyasundokoro Monomiguruma".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Murayama Jűheiji I, Katsuyama Matagor˘, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I and Narukawa Genzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1709: Isogor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Imagawa Suruga-no-Kami [5] in the kaomise drama "Imagawaj˘ Ry˘shun Katoku".

3rd lunar month of 1710: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell back to (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: Isogor˘ became jitsuaku and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shinsen Kazanin".

3rd lunar month of 1711: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Isogor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki".

3rd lunar month of 1712: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1713: Isogor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the new year sogamono drama "ďkazari Kan˘ Soga".

11th lunar month of 1713: Isogor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Taikyoku no Mato"; his stage partners were Nakajima Kanzaemon I, Murayama Heiemon III, Katsuyama Matagor˘, Kuwabara Sanzaemon, Iwai Sagenta I, Nakajima Kanroku I, Sodesaki Nuinosuke, Fujita Hananoj˘, ďnishi Moriemon, Saigoku Hy˘sabur˘, Tsutsui Utanosuke, Uemura Kohachir˘ and Nakamura Kichibŕ I.

11th lunar month of 1714: Isogor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Ryűko Futatsu Gashira".

1st lunar month of 1715: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1715: Isogor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Kanawa no ďji in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1st lunar month of 1716: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1716: Isogor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, playing at the Moritaza the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Wakayagi Shiai Soga"; his stage partners were Sengoku Hikosuke I (Wada no Yoshimori), Katsuyama Matagor˘ (Jűr˘'s retainer Oni˘ Shinzaemon, later Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari), Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Gor˘'s retainer Danzabur˘, later Soga Gor˘ Tokimune), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (Kobayashi no Asahina), Fujimura Handayű II (Gor˘'s lover, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘), Tamazawa Rin'ya (Jűr˘'s lover, the courtesan ďiso no Tora), Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘ (Kawazu Hako˘maru, later Gor˘'s retainer Danzabur˘), Matsumoto Shirogor˘ (Matano Gor˘) and Ichikawa Montar˘ (Kawazu Ichimanmaru, later Jűr˘'s retainer Oni˘ Shinzaemon).

4th lunar month of 1716: Isogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

13th day of the 6th lunar month of 1716 [1]: Isogor˘ died in Edo [6].

Comments:

Hamazaki Isogor˘ was an Edo actor, who was active from the end of the 1690s to the second half of the 1710s. He was successively wakashugata (1699~1707), tachiyaku (1707~1710) and finally jitsuaku (1710~1716). An interesting feature for this actor was the fact that he was a wakashugata when his was in his thirties, which was very unusual in the Kabuki world. It is also worthy to note that he never performed at the Ichimuraza.

[1] The 13th day of the 6th lunar month of the 6th year of the Sh˘toku era was the 31st of July 1716 in the western calendar.

[2] Recorded as performing as a wakashugata in the 11th lunar month of 1701 at the Yamamuraza.

[3] Recorded as performing as a wakashugata at the beginning of 1703 at the Moritaza.

[4] Recorded as performing at the beginning of 1706 at the Moritaza.

[5] Imagawa the kami of the Province of Suruga.

[6] His tombstone was located in the My˘enji Temple in the district of Yanaka. According to another record, it was the J˘shinji Temple in Asakusa.

Nakajima Kanzaemon I (seated, left), Hamazaki Isogor˘ (standing) and Nakamura Kichibŕ I (right) playing the roles of Kume-no-Hachir˘, Daikaku Jir˘ and Iwatonosuke in the new year drama "Chűj˘hime", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1715 at the Moritaza

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