YAMAMOTO KAMON

Stage names:

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Guild: ďzakaya

Existence: 1682 ~ ???

Career:

11th lunar month of 1695: Kamon performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Hime Kura Daikoku Bashira".

1697: Kamon became wakaonnagata.

1st lunar month of 1698: premiere at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater of the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I; Kamon played the role of Otowa-no-Mae [casting].

11th lunar month of 1710: Kamon played in Ky˘to the role of the mekake Okuni in the kaomise drama "Gokoku Wag˘ Fumi Kotoba".

1st lunar month of 1711: Kamon played in the same theater the role of Umegawa in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kuhonji J˘do".

3rd lunar month of 1711: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1714: Kamon played the role of Princess Eawase in the kaomise drama "Azuma-zukuri ďdaidokoro", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

Fall 1716: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Kamon played the role of Kinsh˘jo [casting].

1st lunar month of 1719: Kamon played in Ky˘to the role of the gejo Yoshi (later Princess Masa) in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Chihaya no Toko", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

11th lunar month of 1720: Kamon played in Ky˘to the role of the keisei Utamaki at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

1st lunar month of 1721: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Kirinami Takie and Sodesaki Wakaura I. Kamon played in Ky˘to the role of the keisei Matsuyama in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei T˘yama Matsu", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

11th lunar month of 1721: Kamon played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater of the keisei Kasane in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ogino Yaegiri I, Ichimura Tamagashiwa I and Kirinami Takie. Kamon played in the same theater the role of the keisei Takahashi in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chikai no K˘bai".

Spring 1722: Kamon played in the same theater the role of the keisei Naniwazu in the san-no-kawari drama "Keisei Inaba no Matsu". This was most likely his last performance in ˘shibai.

2nd day of the 5th lunar month of 1723: a fire broke out in the 4th district of Miyagawa-ch˘ in Ky˘to. The name of Kamon was recorded in the list of Kabuki actors impacted by this fire (many actors used to live in this area). No record afterwards.

Comments:

Yamamoto Kamon was a Ky˘to onnagata, who was active in the Imperial City from the second half of the 1690s to the first half of the 1720s. No record of any performance in ďsaka or Edo. He excelled in keisei roles. He reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1721.

Yamamoto Kamon playing the role of the keisei Nagashima in the new year drama "Keisei Okusama Sugata Meshitaki Sugata", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1700 in Ky˘to

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