|YAMASHITA KAMENOJď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Adoptive father: Yamashita Ky˘emon I
Disciple: Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II
1st lunar month of 1699: Kamenoj˘ plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater (Ky˘to) the role of the koshimoto Konatsu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which is produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. This is most likely Kamenoj˘'s first stage appearance.
11th lunar month of 1708: Kamenoj˘ plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater (Ky˘to) the role of Hakata Kojor˘ in the kaomise drama "Ebisuk˘ Musubi no Gojin".
Spring 1710: Kamenoj˘ produces in Ky˘to the new year drama "Keisei Chikubu Shima".
Fall 1710: Kamenoj˘ goes to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1711: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga"; his performance does not go down well with the Edo audience. Then, he performs the leading role in the dance "Kanpaku Sumidagawa", a sumidagawamono/ky˘ranmono dance, which is a huge success.
Fall 1711: Kamenoj˘ goes back to Ky˘to.
3rd lunar month of 1712: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Takeshima Takisabur˘ and Yamamoto Kamon.
Fall 1712: Kamenoj˘ goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1712: Kamenoj˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Ky˘-no-Oren in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which is produced by Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘; his stage partners are Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Mihara Jűdayű I, Ikushima Jűshir˘, ďshima Kajűr˘, Kaneko Jűrozaemon, Takashima Onoe and Sawamura Kodayű.
1st lunar month of 1714: Kamenoj˘ plays the role of the courtesan ďshű in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which is produced by Yamamoto Hikogor˘ in ďsaka; his stage partners are Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I (Asama Tomoenoj˘), Kirinami Takie (the courtesan Miura), Yamashita Ky˘emon I (Hanaoka Wadaemon), ďtori Michiemon (Hy˘suke) and ďshima Kajűr˘ (Yotar˘).
1714: Kamenoj˘ goes back to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1715: Kamenoj˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Oyatsu in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and includes a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1718: Kamenoj˘ performs at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". his stage partners are Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.
Fall 1719: Kamenoj˘ goes to ďsaka.
Fall 1720: Kamenoj˘ goes back to Ky˘to.
1725: Kamenoj˘ retires from the Kabuki world; we don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I was a Ky˘to onnagata actor, who was active during the first quarter of the 18th century. He was said to be outstanding in sewamono dramas, especially in sewa ny˘b˘ or keisei roles. From a technical point of view, he excelled in nuregoto, onna bud˘ or onry˘goto. He had a great stage presence and was notable for his k˘seki (good voice and good at delivering lines). His ranking in the hy˘banki started to decline from the end of the 1710s.
The Yamashita Kamenoj˘ line of actors
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