|UEMURA KICHIYA I|
Kamimura Kichiya I
Nickname: ďkichiya (the grand Kichiya)
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Master: Sait˘ Yogor˘ (an ďsaka d˘kegata)
Adopted son: Uemura Kichiya II
3rd lunar month of 1677: Kichiya goes on tour to Edo, performing at the Nakamuraza.
1680: Kichiya retires and takes the name of Uemura Kichizaemon. Later on, he opens a cosmetic powders shop in Ky˘to, along the Shij˘ avenue, and manages it under the name of Uemonjiya Kichizaemon.
1st lunar month of 1681: publication in Ky˘to of a special hy˘banki, mixing actors and courtesans in couples: Kichiya is associated to a courtesan named Kokonoe.
Uemura Kichiya I was an outstanding dancer, who was considered as the most representative onnagata in Ky˘to, along with Ogino Kodayű II, during the Kanbun and Enp˘ eras. He deviced for the stage a new way for to tie the belt (obi) of his kimono: he used a wide and long obi, which he tied in a bow. It was said that his fans went wild and started to wear their obi in the same fastening-style, which was called kichiya musubi. It quickly became the latest fashion for women in Japan big cities. After retirement, Uemura Kichiya I became a prosperous shop-owner.
Uemura Kichiya I in "Yakusha Hakkei" (1680)
The Uemura (Kamimura) Kichiya line of actors
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