Other name: Kamimura Kichiya III

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: ??? ~ 14th day of the 6th lunar month of 1724 [1]


Master: Uemura Kichiya II

Disciple: Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I


11th lunar month of 1702: his name appears for the first time on a playbill; he performs as a wakaonnagata in saka at Matsumoto Nazaemon III's theater.

1st lunar month of 1712: Kichiya goes to Kyto and achieves a great success at Ebisuya Shday's theater by playing the role of the courtesan Matsuyama in the drama "Onna Wanky", which is produced by Yoshizawa Ayame I; the role of Wanky is played by Yamashita Kyemon I. Kichiya's rank in the Kyto hybanki, wakaonnagata section, is j-j (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1713: Kichiya goes back to saka.

11th lunar month of 1713: Kichiya plays the role of Hinazuru in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Musume Takara no Yome Banzei Muko", which is produced at saka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Shmatsu I.

1st lunar month of 1714: Kichiya's rank in the saka hybanki, wakaonnagata section, is j-j (superior - superior) [visual]. He shares this ranking with Sodeshima Genji.

11th lunar month of 1717: Kichiya plays in saka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Sagoemon's nyb Okichi in the kaomise drama "Mery Ory Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

Fall/winter 1719: Kichiya goes to Kyto.

12th lunar month of 1719: Kichiya appears on stage in Kyto in Adachi Saburzaemon's kaomise drama "Yamato ji Meoto Izumi", which is produced by Sawamura Chjr I. He does not perform any role but makes only a kj on stage.

1st lunar month of 1720: Kichiya plays in the same theater the role of the keisei Miyoshino in the new year drama "Keisei Kaname no Ishi".

11th lunar month of 1722: Kichiya plays in Kyto at Hoteiya Umenoj's theater the role of Aburaya Jb's spouse Okatsu in Yoshida Rfu's kaomise drama "Aioi shimadai"; the role of Aburaya Jb is played by Ichinoya Jrob.

7th lunar month of 1723: first Kabuki adaptation in Kyto of the puppet theater drama "t-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi"; Kichiya plays the role of Hayasaki [more details].

1st lunar month of 1724: Kichiya appears on stage for the last time, in Kyto at Hoteiya's theater, playing in the new year drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

14th day of the 6th lunar month of 1724 [1]: Kichiya dies in Kyto; his tombstone is located in the precincts of the Jrakuji temple in Kyto.


Uemura Kichiya III was active in Kamigata, performing as an onnagata actor from the beginning of the 1700s to the beginning of the 1720s. He excelled in nyb roles. He was nicknamed Kokichiya (literally "the little Kichiya") as a reference to kichiya (literally "the great Kichiya"), which was the nickname of the legendary founder of the line Uemura Kichiya I.

[1] The 14th day of the 6th lunar month of the 9th year of the Kyh era was the 2nd of August 1724 in the western calendar.

The actors Yamashita Kyemon I and Uemura Kichiya III playing the roles of Sichi and Katsuragi in the new year drama "Keisei Muro no Daikai", which was staged in Kyto in the 2nd lunar month of 1712 at Ebisuya Shday's theater

The Uemura (Kamimura) Kichiya line of actors

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