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).

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.

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

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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