|YAMATOYA JIMBEI II|
Yamatoya Jimbei II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: ??? ~ 10th day of the 1st lunar month of 1704
(Adopted ?) father: Yamatoya Jimbei I
Sons: Yamatoya Jimbei III, Yamatoya Jinnosuke
Nephew: Mizuki Tatsunosuke I
17th day of the 5th lunar month of 1683: the courtesan Yamatoya Ichinoj˘ and her lover Goze no Ch˘emon commit suicide together in ďsaka. This event causes quite a stir and three ďsaka theaters decide to capitalize on the situation by simultaneously producing the first shinjűmono of Kabuki history [more details]. Jimbei produces this shinjűmono, starring the actors Murakami Ichinoj˘ and Yamashita Hanzaemon in the roles of the courtesan and her lover.
1691: Jimbei produces in Ky˘to the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Sakaotoshi", in which he plays the role of Kagekiyo.
11th lunar month of 1693: Jimbei plays the role of Iwata Hiranoj˘ in the drama "Hako Denju", which is produced in Ky˘to by Murayama Heiemon III. His stage partners are Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, Tomizawa Samanosuke, Otowa Katsunoj˘, Uemura Takenoj˘ and Onoe Taganoj˘ I.
9th lunar month of 1694: Jimbei plays in the same theater the role of Satsuma-no-Kami Tadanori in the drama "Kumagai Nagori no Sakazuki".
1st lunar month of 1700: Jimbei produces in Ky˘to the drama "Keisei Zen no Tsuna", in which he plays the roles of Hiy˘ Jinshichi and Fukuyama Toranoj˘. The line-up includes the actors Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Onoyama Ujiemon, Onogawa Ugenji, Takenaka Kiyonosuke, Matsunaga Rokuroemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.
1st lunar month of 1701: Jimbei produces in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the drama "Keisei Sagano no Hara", in which he plays the role of Itoyanagi Sanz˘. The line-up includes the actors Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Shinozuka Jirozaemon, Segawa Takenoj˘ I, Takashima Onoe and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.
7th lunar month of 1702: Jimbei plays the role of Furuteya Hachirobei in the drama "Yotsubashi Mitsusegawa", which is produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1703: Jimbei plays the role of Himemaru Nuinosuke in Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Keisei Mitsu no Kuruma", which is produced in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by his son Yamatoya T˘kichi.
1st lunar month of 1704: Jimbei plays in the same theater the role of Urashima Tarosuke in the drama "Musume Ch˘ja Hagoita no Eawase". He suddenly dies the 10th day of the 1st lunar month of 1704.
Yamatoya Jimbei II was both an actor and a nadai, who made a successful career in the cities of Ky˘to and ďsaka. His fields of excellence were wagoto, nuregoto, yatsushigoto and bud˘goto. He was also a pioneer in the use of ropp˘.
Two of his brothers were famous Buddhist priests.
Yamatoya Jimbei II
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