YAMADA JINPACHI

Existence: 1649 ~ 9th lunar month of 1728

Career:

1691: his name appears for the first time in Ky˘to theater playbills.

11th lunar month of 1697: premiere at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater of the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which is produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I; Jinpachi plays the role of Yotar˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1699: Jinpachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1702: Jinpachi plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater in the drama "ďt˘ no Miya Kumano Ochi", which is produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi. His others stage partners are Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Fujikawa Buzaemon I and Kanazawa Goheiji.

11th lunar month of 1710: Buzaemon plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Inari Ch˘ja Yotsugimaru", which is produced by Yamashita Karumo. His stage partners are Yamashita Ky˘emon I, Yoshizawa Ayame I, Fujikawa Buzaemon I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Jinpachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1711: Jinpachi plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kikenj˘", which is produced at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Takioka Saburoshir˘ and Murayama Heijűr˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Jinpachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1714: Jinpachi plays the role of Arii Shingo in the kaomise drama "Azuma-zukuri ďdaidokoro", which is produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Jinpachi plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Kingor˘ in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura".

1722: Jinpachi falls ill; he retires from the Kabuki world.

9th lunar month of 1728: Jinpachi dies in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Yamada Jinpachi was one of the most important d˘kegata in Kabuki history, excelling in fool (ah˘) roles like Kaneko Kichizaemon. He was considered as the very first ah˘ actor in Kabuki. This actor, who had no master and did not train any disciple, was able to make the audience laugh in sad passages of a drama, without spoiling the tragedy and without any form of vulgarity. Unlike Kaneko Kichizaemon, he did not travel and spent all his career in Ky˘to. Both actors died the same month the same year.

The actors Yamada Jinpachi and Yamamoto Koshikibu playing the roles of Sangobei and Kumagai Tsunajir˘ in the new year drama "Keisei ďhara Sanemori", which was staged in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater in january 1721

 
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