MURAYAMA J█HEIJI I

Stage/pen name:

Murayama Jűheiji I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 5th day of the 5th lunar month of 1729 [1]

Connection:

Master: Murayama Heijűr˘ I

Disciple: Murayama Jűheiji II

Career:

1693: disciple of Murayama Heijűr˘ I, he received the name of Murayama Jűheiji I. He was recorded as performing as a katakiyaku in Edo [2].

11th lunar month of 1695: Jűheiji performed as a katakiyaku at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Miura no Asahina Ganseki-wari".

11th lunar month of 1696: Jűheiji performed as a tachiyaku at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yome Kagami", which welcomed in Edo his master Murayama Heijűr˘ I.

Fall 1699: Jűheiji went to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1700: Jűheiji played in ďsaka the role of Hayashida Sukedayű in the new year drama "Nanto Jűsangane", which was produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1702: Jűheiji played in ďsaka the role of Takat˘ Shingozaemon in the new year drama "Keisei My˘to Ike", which was produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

Fall 1702: Jűheiji went to Edo with Nakamura Gentar˘.

11th lunar month of 1702: Jűheiji played at the Ichimuraza the role of Nobutsura in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa H˘raizan".

11th lunar month of 1706: Jűheiji performed at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Buyű Kagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Takeshima K˘zaemon I.

8th lunar month of 1707: his master Murayama Heijűr˘ I died in Ky˘to.

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

11th lunar month of 1709: Jűheiji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Daid˘ji Chűtazaemon in the kaomise drama "Imagawaj˘ Ry˘shun Katoku".

3rd lunar month of 1710: Jűheiji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: Jűheiji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Gunji Saemon in the kaomise drama "Shinsen Kazanin".

11th lunar month of 1711: Jűheiji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Harada Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki".

9th lunar month of 1712: Jűheiji played in the same theater the role of Higuchi Jir˘ in the drama "Yoshinaga Mitsu Domoe". Suffering from a terrible eye disease, he had to stop acting.

1st lunar month of 1713: Jűheiji was expected to perform at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ishiyama Genta Kimon Yaburi" ("Ishiyama Genta tearing down the demons gate"). Due to his eye disease, he could not appear on stage. No record afterwards for 15 years!

11th lunar month of 1728: Jűheiji was back in the Kabuki world, not as an actor but a sakusha, working with Murase Genzabur˘ at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu".

5th day of the 5th lunar month of 1729 [1]: Jűheiji died in Edo.

Comments:

Murayama Jűheiji I was trained as a katakiyaku actor, but quickly switched to tachiyaku actor. He was active from the first half of the 1690s to the first half of the 1710s. Due to a serious eye disease, he could not perform on stage anymore and ended his career as a sakusha.

[1] The 5th day of the 5th lunar month of the 14th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 1st of June 1729 in the western calendar.

[2] This was his first record in Kabuki chronicles. In 1693, his master was in ďsaka, not in Edo. Jűheiji most likely became disciple of Murayama Heijűr˘ I between 1685 and 1688 when this Kamigata actor stayed in Edo.

Katsuyama Matagor˘ (top/left), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (bottom/center) and Murayama Jűheiji I (top/right) playing the roles of Yukienosuke Tokikichi, Akaboshi Tar˘musha and Harada Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1711 at the Nakamuraza

 
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