YAMATOYAMA JINZAEMON II

Stage names:

Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II In Japanese
Yamatoyama Rinzaemon I In Japanese
Yamatoyama Sensuke I In Japanese
Yamatoyama Sensuke In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 1711 ~ ???

Connection:

Grandfather: Tenj˘ Mataemon

Father: Tenj˘ Matahachi

Adoptive father: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I

Adopted sons: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon III, Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II

Career:

1711~1716: born in Ky˘to. Grandson of the d˘kegata actor Tenj˘ Mataemon. He was adopted by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I, who gave him the name of Yamatoyama Sensuke.

11th lunar month of 1716: debut on stage (hatsubutai) as a koyaku, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miyako Ikuyo no Yonedawara" which was produced by his adoptive father Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I.

Fall 1720: Sensuke and his adoptive father Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I went to ďsaka.

19th day of the 7th lunar month of 1721 [1]: his adopted father Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I died in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1721: Sensuke performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Onna Genji Musha Sugoroku", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II; he changed the writing of his first name:

Old name New name
大和山千介 大和山仙助

11th lunar month of 1722: he took the name of Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II and became zamoto in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai, where he produced the kaomise drama "Genji Moy˘ Ichimai Gushi", which starred Osagawa Jűemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon III, Band˘ Matajűr˘ I, Wakaura Kinjűr˘ and Sodeshima Genji.

11th lunar month of 1723: he took back the name of Yamatoyama Sensuke I in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he played a keisei role in the kaomise drama "Chűshin Futaba no Matsu", which was produced by Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1731: Sensuke became wakaonnagata and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Princess hanazono in the kaomise drama "ďyamato Wag˘ no Tsuchi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1732: Sensuke played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Omasu in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak˘ no Tsuzumi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1735: tour in Nagoya; he performed as a tachiyaku at the Seijuin no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1736: he took back at the Kado no Shibai the name of Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II, playing the role of Arigawa ďenosuke in the kaomise drama "Yamato Fumi Mannen no Ayatsuri", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1740: Jinzaemon played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yamazumi Sanpachi in the kaomise drama "Shinra Genji Shimada Gump˘".

1st lunar month of 1741: Jinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1741: Jinzaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1741: Jinzaemon played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Wag˘ no Futahashira", which was produced by Sakata Ichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1742: Jinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Jinzaemon played the role of Takeda Shir˘ Katsuyori [more details].

Fall 1744: Jinzaemon went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1744: Jinzaemon performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keisei Makura Gundan", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Jinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Fall 1745: Jinzaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1745: Jinzaemon performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Manzairaku".

1st lunar month of 1746: Jinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was still at j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1746: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II took the name of Yamatoyama Rinzaemon I in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Tomi Yakata ďmu Kotoba" which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sanogawa Jűkichi (final performance before his death), Nakamura Utaemon I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I (final performance before his death), Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I (final performance before his death) and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1746: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

1749: he took back the name of Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II to go on tour in Nagoya and Ise.

1758: last performances in Kamigata. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II was said to look like his adoptive father Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I (from an artistic viewpoint) but did not achieve the same level of fame. He was a tachiyaku actor, who excelled in yatsushigoto. His career climaxed in 1740/1741 in ˘shibai. In the latter years of his life, he was active mainly in tabi shibai.

[1] The 19th day of the 7th lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 11th of August 1721 in the western calendar.

Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II (left) and Sadoshima Toyono (right) playing the roles of Kozakura Sensuke and Princess Miwa in the kaomise drama "Iwatogura Kogane Masugata", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Kado no Shibai

The Yamatoyama Sensuke line of actors

The Yamatoyama Rinzaemon line of actors

The Yamatoyama Jinzaemon line of actors

 
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