KIRINOYA GONJ█Rď I

Stage names:

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I In Japanese
Harada Giemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 13th day of the 8th lunar month of 1731

Connection:

Son: Kirinoya T˘kur˘ (Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ II)

Disciples: Kirinoya Shinshichi, Kirinoya Chiyotake

Career:

Before 1711: born in Ky˘to. His father is a flower-arrangement teacher. He becomes actor and joins travelling troupes, performing under the name of Harada Giemon.

11th lunar month of 1711: he becomes tachiyaku in ˘shibai, takes the name of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I and plays in ďsaka the role of Yamada Kunigor˘ in the kaomise drama "Futabashira Aioi Ch˘ja", which is coproduced by Ogino Yaegiri I and Miyazaki Denkichi.

11th lunar month of 1712: Gonjűr˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays in ďsaka the role of Imagawa Sadaaki in the kaomise drama "Onna Imagawa Seishi no J˘j˘", which is produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

1st lunar month of 1714: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1714: Gonjűr˘ plays in ďsaka the role of the kar˘ Sazareishi Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Amanogawa Wadaemon in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Genji Kaichű Fude", which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1716: Gonjűr˘ plays in ďsaka the role of R˘ikkan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Gosabur˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon at the Higashi no Shibai. This is the first time this play is staged in ďsaka. Shirosabur˘'s stage partners are Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I (Wat˘nai), Sanogawa Mangiku (Kinsh˘jo), Takenaka T˘zabur˘ (Kanki) and Kirinami Takie (Wat˘nai's mother).

1st lunar month of 1717: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1717: Gonjűr˘ plays in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Nagaoka Wadaemon in the kaomise drama "Meryű Oryű Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1718: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1718: Gonjűr˘ plays in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nagaoka Wadaemon in the kaomise drama "S˘shi Arai Komachi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1720: Gonjűr˘ becomes zamoto for the first time in his career, producing at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Chibikizuru".

Fall 1722: Gonjűr˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1722: Gonjűr˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Sakurai Wadaemon in the kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares this rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1723: first Kabuki adaptation in Ky˘to of the puppet theater drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Sait˘ Tar˘zaemon Toshiyuki [more details].

Fall 1723: Gonjűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Watanabe Terutsuna in the kaomise drama "Chűshin Futaba no Matsu", which is produced by Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares this rank with Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Arashi San'emon III.

Fall 1725: Gonjűr˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1725: Gonjűr˘ plays the role of the r˘nin Tokoyo Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Hatsumen Bako", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1726: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares this rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

Fall 1726: Gonjűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1726: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hakoiri Daikoku Gane", which is produced by Kaneko Kichizaemon.

11th lunar month of 1727: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nagoya Sanzaemon in the kaomise drama "Onna Kabuki Chiyo no Hajime"; the role of Fuwa Banzaemon is played by Arashi Kanshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1729: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the kar˘ Nakatsugawa Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Banzai Kogane Tsukuri", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Yoshizawa Ayame II, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Fujii Hanamatsu.

11th lunar month of 1730: Gonjűr˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.

1st lunar month of 1731: Gonjűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of Harunaga and Sakuma Kyűemon in the new year drama "Takechi Jűbŕ Miyako Nishiki".

13th day of the 8th lunar month of 1731: Gonjűr˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I was an important Ky˘to actor, who started his career in travelling troupes and achieved fame for himself from the end of the 1710s to the beginning of the 1730s in ďsaka and his native city, as a jitsuaku and as a tachiyaku (from the 11th lunar month of 1722 to Fall 1730). he was the founder of the Kirinoya Clan.

"Kirinoya Gonjűr˘, who acted chiefly in ďsaka and Ky˘to, was the son of a flower-arrangement teacher. A certain official living in Ky˘to belonged to the same school of flower-arrangement as the actor's father, and the two were on friendly terms. When Kirinoya was appearing in Ky˘to he had to go to the magistrate's office on some business connected with the theatre, and the official discovered that his friend's son had joined the ranks of the vulgar Kabuki players. He ordered Kirinoya to call at his residence, and when he did so he would not allow him to enter, but commanded him to prostrate himself on the ground before the entrance, and is reported to have said to him:
"Although I have been a friend of your father, your status in society is quite beyond the pale of intercourse. If you cease to be an actor I will allow you to enter my house and will renew our friendship, but not otherwise."
The actor, quite overcome at this prejudiced attitude, replied:
"I thank you for your kindness, but it is impossible for me to give up my profession. Although I have thus lowered myself in the social scale, I am chief among the actors, and there are many of my followers who are dependent upon me for a livelihood. I cannot deprive them of this. Even among us who are despised there is loyalty and fidelity, and I have no other course but to follow my profession. In this case I cannot see you again."
(ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I (left) and Anegawa Shinshir˘ I (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1730 at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ line of actors

 
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