Other name: Kaneko Ikk˘
Poetry name: Ikk˘
Existence: ??? ~ 11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1728
Master: Kaneko Rokuemon
1688: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Senma in the drama "ďkumagawa Genzaemon".
1689: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to in the drama "Waka no Ura Katao Nami".
3rd lunar month of 1693: the first drama written by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon for the star Sakata T˘jűr˘ I is performed in Ky˘t˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater. The play's title is "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘" and the others actors in the casting are Yamashita Hanzaemon, Yoshizawa Ayame, Kirinami Senju I, Iwai Heijir˘ and Kichizaemon.
7th lunar month of 1698: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘t˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tokuz˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Isshin Niga Byakud˘".
1st lunar month of 1701: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the dramas "Onzoshi Hatsutora Mairi" and "Keisei Fuji Miru Sato" which are produced by Kokon Shinzaemon.
11th lunar month of 1701: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Gorakub˘ in the drama "Shin Komachi Eiga no Kuruma", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.
1st lunar month of 1702: premiere in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mibu Dainenbutsu", which is produced by Kokon Shinzaemon; Kichizaemon plays the role of the ah˘ Ch˘bŕ.
Fall 1712: Kichizaemon goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1712: Kichizaemon becomes tachiyaku and plays the role of Asakura Kin'emon in the kaomise drama "Mikawa no Kuni Yatsuhashi no Kura Saiwai Ch˘ja", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.
Fall 1718: Kichizaemon goes back to Ky˘to after 6 seasons spent in ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1718: Kichizaemon plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". His stage partners are Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I.
Fall 1719: Kichizaemon goes to ďsaka.
11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1728: Kichizaemon dies in ďsaka.
Kaneko Kichizaemon was an outstanding d˘kegata actor in Kamigata from the Genroku period to the Ky˘h˘ era, excelling in fool (ah˘) roles. He decided to switch to tachiyaku roles from the 11th lunar month of 1712. He was also an important playwright, who was, along with Tominaga Heibei, a disciple of Kaneko Rokuemon and collaborated with Chikamatsu Monzaemon. When Chikamatsu Monzaemon left the Kabuki world to write for the puppet theater, Kaneko Kichizaemon became the favourite playwright of the star Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. "Kichizaemon worshipped the great actor for whom he wrote, and put down his sayings about the theatre and his art as though they were oracles". Kaneko Kichizaemon wrote two books, called "Nijinshű", (literally "Collection of the Ears Dust"), a collection of actors stories, mainly Sakata T˘jűr˘ I's words and pieces of advice on his art. It is worthy of note that Kichizaemon "was criticised adversely because he made his own part prominent in the plays he wrote".
(*) The 2 sentences within double quotes are from ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan"
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