KIRISHIMA GIZAEMON I

Stage names:

Kirishima Gizaemon I In Japanese
Kirishima Kosabur˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Fűko [1], Shun'ei

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Kirishima Jűemon

Disciples: Kirishima Gizaemon II, Kirishima Shinshir˘, Kirishima Sentar˘

Career:

11th lunar month of 1722: son of the katakiyaku actor Kirishima Jűemon, he made his debut on stage in ďsaka, where he performed as an iroko in the kaomise drama "Shingoten Aioi no Komatsu", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1724: Kosabur˘ became wakashugata.

1730s ~ 1740s: he performed in tabi shibai; he took the name of Kirishima Gizaemon I at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1749: Gizaemon was back in ˘shibai; he became tachiyaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kisanta in the kaomise drama "Fűryű Gosho Zakura", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Gizaemon became jitsuaku and performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which was produced by Iwata Somematsu I; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Arashi Shichigor˘ I, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1751: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1751: Gizaemon played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sannigorobŕ in the kaomise drama "Sode Nikki Futatsu Domoe", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1752: Gizaemon played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Takamatsu Gengo in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners were Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Iwata Somematsu I, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1753: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1753: Gizaemon played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Nose Kenmotsu [picture] in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which was produced by Ichimura Sanohachi.

1st lunar month of 1754: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

10th/11th lunar month of 1754: Gizaemon played in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which was produced by Yamamoto Sakichi.

1st lunar month of 1755: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1755: Gizaemon went for the first time in his career to Ky˘to; first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai as a kaomise drama; Gizaemon played the role of Daroku [casting].

12th lunar month of 1755: Gizaemon played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Yakushiji Jirozaemon [picture] in the kaomise drama "Homare Otoko Bandaigura" [2], which was produced by Nanba Matsunosuke.

1st lunar month of 1756: Gizaemon's Ky˘to in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1756: Gizaemon played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the bashi Shujin no Ichiz˘ (in reality Ky˘ no Jir˘) in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1757: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1757: Gizaemon played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yoshimura Tanzaemon in Sakurato Bunsaku's kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1758: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" [3], which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Gizaemon played in the latter theater the roles of Yamaguchi Kurojir˘ and Kojibŕ.

8th lunar month of 1758: Gizaemon played in the same theater the role of Sud˘ Rokur˘emon in Sakurato Bunsaku's drama "Hinin Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1758: Gizaemon performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.

1st lunar month of 1759: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]; Gizaemon played in the same theater the role of Hosokawa Takakuni in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kach˘zan".

7th lunar month of 1759: Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of Imagawa Tamon and Izumo no Sanpei in the drama "Shimabara Okuni Kabuki". He also played the roles of Miyoshi Sakondayű and Ichinose Zenjibŕ in "Kurikararyű Renbo no Fuchi".

11th lunar month of 1759: Gizaemon played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Taira no Tokitada and Ono no Kudayű in the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki" [4], which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1760: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. Gizaemon played in the same theater the role of Shiaku T˘dayű in the new year drama "Senjin Ukisu no Iwa".

2nd lunar month of 1760: Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of Manago no Sh˘ji and Kiyomizu Seigen in the new year drama "Keisei Chikai no Kane", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kitsuemon.

11th lunar month of 1760: Gizaemon played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Fuwa Bansaku in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1761: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Gizaemon played in the same theater the role of Yamana Saemon in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďuchiyama".

11th lunar month of 1761: Gizaemon performed in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in Amano Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Mineiri Futaba Genji", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1762: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of Naoi Yamatonosuke and Otowa no Gihachi in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kanekake no Matsu".

11th lunar month of 1762: Gizaemon performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which was produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1763: Gizaemon played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of ďba no Jűbŕ, in reality Iwabara no Yoichi, in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hatsuhi no Kachidoki", which was produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1764: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of Azai Daizennosuke and Utsumi Sachű (in reality Komagata Jűbŕ) in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama".

Fall 1764: Gizaemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1764: Gizaemon performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Momotar˘ Obako Banashi", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Ayame III.

12th lunar month of 1764: Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of the yakko Datehei and Tokubŕ's father in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Kikigaki no ďrai".

1st lunar month of 1765: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1765: Gizaemon played in the same theater the role of Washizuka Kandayű in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1765: Gizaemon performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki" [5], which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1766: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

Fall 1766: Gizaemon went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1766: Gizaemon performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha".

1st lunar month of 1767: Gizaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Gizaemon played in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Shinobu no S˘ta in the new year drama "Hatsu Akinai ďmise Soga".

Fall 1767: Gizaemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1767: Gizaemon performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Danjo Aish˘ Kagami", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke I.

1st lunar month of 1768: Gizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

Fall 1768: Gizaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1768: Gizaemon performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Misao Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio I, Nakamura Tsutaemon and Arashi Kasen; Gizaemon's main stage partners were Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II, Onoe Shinshichi I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

3rd lunar month of 1769: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1769: Gizaemon appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, where he played the role of Katagiri S˘ta in the drama "Katsuragawa Chishio no Marutabashi" (a play belonging to the same sekai as the future "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"); no record afterwards.

Comments:

Kirishima Gizaemon I was an important jitsuaku actor, who was active in Ky˘to and ďsaka from the end of the 1740s to the end of the 1760s. He was a travelling actor in his prime and he spent only one season in Edo at the end of his career.

[1] Fűko or Fuko.

[2] This drama was a chűshinguramono.

[3] The title at the Kitagawa no Shibai was "Keisei Niwatoriyama", not "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

[4] This drama mixed the sekai of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi" and "Fujito no Watashi".

[5] There were two zamoto at the Naka no Shibai, Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I, and there were two kaomise dramas produced in this theater. Nakamura Utaemon I produced the first drama and Mimasu Daigor˘ I produced the second drama. The two dramas had a different casting but used the same title "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki".

Mimasu Daigor˘ I (left) and Kirishima Gizaemon I (right) playing the roles of the bashi Ishibe no Kinkichi (in reality Mata no Gor˘ Kagehisa) and bashi Shujin no Ichiz˘ (in reality Ky˘ no Jir˘) in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1756 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

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