|YAMATOYAMA JINZAEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 19th day of the 5th lunar month of 1677 ~ 19th day of the 7th lunar month of 1721
Adopted son: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II
Disciples: Yamatoyama Zenkichi, Yamatoyama Kaoru
1677: born in the province of Yamato in a farming family.
1695: he takes the name of Kozakura Rinzaemon.
Fall 1706: Jinzaemon settles in Ky˘to.
7th lunar month of 1707: Jinzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Denjir˘ in the drama "Uta Makura Kaikoku Saigy˘ H˘shi".
1st lunar month of 1715: Jinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Shibazaki Rinzaemon I and Shinozuka Jirozaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1716: Jinzaemon produces in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miyako Ikuyo no Yonedawara", where his adopted son Yamatoyama Sensuke makes his debut on stage (hatsubutai) as a koyaku.
Fall 1720: Jinzaemon and his son Yamatoyama Sensuke go together to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1721: Jinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi San'emon III, Takeshima K˘zaemon II and Osagawa Jűemon.
7th lunar month of 1721: Jinzaemon appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai.
19th day of the 7th lunar month of 1721: Jinzaemon suddenly dies in his home in ďsaka.
Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I was a great tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in Ky˘to during the 1710s. He was outstanding in many different fields, like nuregoto, yatsushigoto, bud˘goto, jitsugoto, shosagoto and even aragoto. He was considered as the father of yatsushigata in Ky˘to.
"Sakata T˘jűr˘ took him under his wing, and he became popularly known as T˘jűr˘ II (or Kosakata), although he should not be confused with the official holder of that name. T˘jűr˘, in 1707, as a sign of his retirement, handed over to him a paper kimono such as he often used in Y˘giri plays, and it is said to have been this that turned Jinzaemon to tachiyaku parts." (Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunz˘ in "The Actors' Analects")
Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I (left) and Kikukawa Kiyotar˘ (right) playing the roles of Motoyui Ky˘suke (in reality Goinosuke) and Princess Anesawa in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bei's theater
The Yamatoyama Jinzaemon line of actors
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