YAMASHITA KAMENOJď I

Stage names:

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Adoptive father: Yamashita Ky˘emon I

Son: Sanj˘ Namie I (Yamashita Kamenoj˘ III)

Disciple: Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II

Career:

1698: he starts his career in Ky˘to as a disciple of Yamashita Hanzaemon, who gives him the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I. He is trained to be a wakaonnagata actor.

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.

7th lunar month of 1707: Kamenoj˘ plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater (Ky˘to) the role of the keisei Tamahashi in the drama "Uta Makura Kaikoku Saigy˘ H˘shi".

1st lunar month of 1708: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

Spring 1710: Kamenoj˘ produces in Ky˘to the new year drama "Keisei Chikubu Shima".

3rd lunar month of 1710: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1710: Kamenoj˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1710: he is expected ot perform at the Nakamuraza in the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shinsen Kazanin". His feet causing him a lot of pain, he can't appear on stage.

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.

11th lunar month of 1711: Kamenoj˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Oraku in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

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.

1st lunar month of 1716: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1716: Kamenoj˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Eboshidakara Mangoku no Kaname", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

1st lunar month of 1717: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, slightly falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1717: Kamenoj˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Princess Yuki in the kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which is produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

1st lunar month of 1718: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

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.

11th lunar month of 1719: Kamenoj˘ performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Iroha Obi", which is produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1720: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is still j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Fall 1720: Kamenoj˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1720: Kamenoj˘ performs in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

1st lunar month of 1721: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is still j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1722: Kamenoj˘ plays the role of Takao in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which is produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1724: Kamenoj˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Osawa in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which is produced by the zamoto Ogino Umenosuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1725: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

1725: Kamenoj˘ retires from the Kabuki world; we don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

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.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I playing the role of Ky˘-no-Oren in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which was staged in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1712

Prints & Illustrations

The Yamashita Kamenoj˘ line of actors

 
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