NAMIE KARUMO

Stage names:

Namie Karumo In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese
Onogawa Karumo [1] In Japanese | In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Brother: Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I [2]

Career:

1st lunar month of 1715: first record in ďsaka, where he performed under the name of Onogawa Karumo [1] as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "(Jing˘ K˘g˘ Sankan Taiji) Ashiwakebune" which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Karumo played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Oyuki in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1718: Karumo played in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai the role of Umegae in the kaomise drama "In'y˘ Inui no Machi-zukuri", which was produced by Kokon Shinzaemon.

Fall 1719: Karumo went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: he took the name of Namie Karumo and played the role of Kawa-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1720: Karumo played in Ky˘to the role of the koshimoto Okume in the kaomise drama "Jűni Ch˘shi Megumi no Kodakara", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘; Karumo achieved a great success by playing shamisen on stage.

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

1st lunar month of 1722: Karumo played in the same theater the role of Hamana in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chikai no K˘bai".

Summer 1722: Karumo played in the same theater the role of ďminosuke's ny˘b˘ Takao in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's drama "Ono no Takamura Senbon ďgi".

1st lunar month of 1723: Karumo was not recorded in the Ky˘to hy˘banki. He performed in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hitomaruzuka" which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1723: Karumo's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)j˘ ((white) superior) [visual].

1723 ~ 1729: no record in ˘shibai; he performed in tabi shibai for a few years.

9th lunar month of 1728: Karumo played in ďsaka the role of Omaki in the drama "Danshichi Kurobŕ Sanjűsannenki" [3].

11th lunar month of 1729: Karumo played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the Naminoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Yakata Manp˘ no Mikura", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I; Karumo achieved a great success by showing his dancing skills on stage.

11th lunar month of 1730: Karumo played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nagaoka Bunnai's ny˘b˘ Okane in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue", which was produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I; the role of the r˘nin Nagaoka Bunnai was played by Nakamura S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1731: Karumo's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Inoue Buhŕ's ny˘b˘ Okatsu in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's ni-no-kawari drama "Futatsu Mon Katana no Meigetsu"; the role of Inoue Buhŕ was played by Fujikawa Heikur˘.

3rd lunar month of 1731: Karumo's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]; no record afterwards.

Comments:

Namie Karumo was a Kamigata wakaonnagata, who was active in ďsaka, Ky˘to or on the road from the middle of the 1710s to the beginning of the 1730s.

[1] Was he a disciple of Onogawa Ugenji? Both actors were in ďsaka when Onogawa Karumo was recorded for the first time in ˘shibai.

[2] He was said to be the elder brother of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I.

[3] Most likely at the ďnishi no Shibai; this drama commemorated the the 33th anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Ikeda Danshichi Kurobŕ (we assume he was the man who later became Danshichi Kurobŕ in Kabuki). Namie Karumo was not recorded as performing in ˘shibai from the 11th lunar month of 1728 to fall 1729.

The actor Namie Karumo in an illustration from the 1st volume of the book "Sangoku R˘ei Ky˘butai" (1731)
Courtesy of the Main Library, Ky˘to University - Sangoku R˘ei Ky˘butai
Image slightly edited by Sh˘riya Aragor˘ (reuse rules)

 
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