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 started his career in Ky˘to as a disciple of Yamashita Hanzaemon I, who gave him the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I. He was trained to be a wakaonnagata actor.

1st lunar month of 1699: Kamenoj˘ played at Miyako Mandayű's theater (Ky˘to) the role of the koshimoto Konatsu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. This was most likely Kamenoj˘'s first stage appearance.

7th lunar month of 1707: Kamenoj˘ played 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, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1708: Kamenoj˘ played 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, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

Spring 1710: Kamenoj˘ produced 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1710: Kamenoj˘ went to Edo.

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

1st lunar month of 1711: Kamenoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga"; his performance did not go down well with the Edo audience. Then, he performed the leading role in the dance "Kanpaku Sumidagawa", a sumidagawamono/ky˘ranmono dance, which was a huge success.

Fall 1711: Kamenoj˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1711: Kamenoj˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Oraku in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which was 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, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Takeshima Takisabur˘ and Yamamoto Kamon.

Fall 1712: Kamenoj˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1712: Kamenoj˘ played in ďsaka the role of Ky˘-no-Oren in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which was produced by Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘; his stage partners were 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˘ played the role of the courtesan ďshű in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which was produced by Yamamoto Hikogor˘ in ďsaka; his stage partners were 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˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1715: Kamenoj˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Oyatsu in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1716: Kamenoj˘ played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Eboshidakara Mangoku no Kaname", which was 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 fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

18th of the 1st lunar month of 1717 [1]: his adoptive father Yamashita Ky˘emon I died.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1718: Kamenoj˘ performed at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane"; his stage partners were Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

Fall 1719: Kamenoj˘ went to ďsaka.

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1720: Kamenoj˘ performed 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, was still j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1722: Kamenoj˘ played the role of Takao in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was 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, was back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1724: Kamenoj˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Osawa in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which was 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, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

1725: Kamenoj˘ retired from the Kabuki world; no record afterwards.

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.

[1] The 18th day of the 1st lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 28th of February 1717 in the western calendar.

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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