YAMASHITA KAMENOJď IV

Stage names:

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV In Japanese
Yamashita Ky˘nosuke In Japanese

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: T˘ko

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Yamashita Shirogor˘

Career:

1758 ~ 1761: disciple of Yamashita Shirogor˘, his first stage name is Yamashita Ky˘nosuke; he performs in Ky˘to as an iroko.

11th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘nosuke becomes wakashugata, performing at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘.

11th lunar month of 1765: he becomes both wakaonnagata and zamoto; he coproduces with Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Asahi no ďgi", in which he plays the role of Ky˘-no-Kimi and which welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1766: Ky˘nosuke coproduces with Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Yuki no Asa Daimonjitsu Miyako no Fuku".

Fall 1767: Ky˘nosuke goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1767: Ky˘nosuke performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Sanada no Yoichi Banjaku no Iezuto".

11th lunar month of 1768: Ky˘nosuke performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1770: Ky˘nosuke performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

1771 ~ 1776: Ky˘nosuke performs in tabi shibai.

Fall 1776: Ky˘nosuke goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1776: Ky˘nosuke performs in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Oso Uji Yodo no Irifune", which is produced by Matsuyama Kogenji and celebrates the shűmei of Mihogi Gizaemon II.

Fall 1777: Ky˘nosuke goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1777: Yamashita Ky˘nosuke takes the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘ and welcomes back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

1st lunar month of 1778: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

9th lunar month of 1778: Kamenoj˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and Haru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Shiratayű, Genz˘, Terukuni), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Band˘ Iwagor˘ (Shihei, Shund˘ Genba), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Chiyo), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru) and Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo).

11th lunar month of 1778: Kamenoj˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Toki-ni T˘dai Sennin Kagami", in which he plays the role of Komaki.

1st lunar month of 1779: Kamenoj˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He is the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

11th lunar month of 1779: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei ďmachi in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which is produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrates also the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II and Yamamura Giemon II.

2nd lunar month of 1781: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku's husband Matahei is played by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

11th lunar month of 1780: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei Kozue in the kaomise drama "Ujigami Sairai Sukedono no Kachidoki".

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura"; Kamenoj˘ plays the roles of mekake Kosai and K˘emon's wife [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters.

May ~ 6th lunar month of 1784: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

August ~ 9th lunar month of 1784: Kamenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1784 ~ 1788: Ky˘nosuke performs in tabi shibai.

1787: tour in Ise and Nagoya.

5th lunar month of 1788: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which is staged in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai; Kamenoj˘ plays the role of Ichimisai's elder daughter Osono [casting].

Summer 1788: Kamenoj˘ plays in Sakai the roles of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi and Honz˘'s wife Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partner in the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Kakogawa Honz˘ is Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1788: Kamenoj˘'s last-recorded performance, in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai, where he plays the roles of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi and Honz˘'s wife Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners in the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Kakogawa Honz˘ are Mihogi Gizaemon II and Yamamura Giemon II. We don't know what happens to Kamenoj˘ afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active from 1758 to 1788. He excelled in both jidaimono and sewamono, was also good-looking and had a good k˘seki (good voice and good at delivering lines). He was said to be both an excellent dancer and outstanding at playing sewa ny˘b˘ roles.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV as depicted in the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi" published in ďsaka in 1784 by Yamatoya Kaemon

The Yamashita Kamenoj˘ line of actors

 
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