MASUYAMA KINPACHI I

Pen names:

Masuyama Kinpachi I In Japanese
Masuyama Taroshichi In Japanese
Masuyama Kinpachi I In Japanese
Kanai Kinpachi In Japanese

Poetry name: Gozan

Existence: ??? ~ 1798

Connection:

Master: Kanai Sansh˘

Disciples: Yanagawa Chűz˘, Hon'ya S˘shichi, Geki Shinsen I, Masuyama Chűji

Career:

11th lunar month of 1762: Kinpachi worked for the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ at the Nakamuraza, along with Okuno Sasuke, Kanai Sanpei II and Kanai Kinji, on the kaomise drama "Nagi no Ha Izu no Sugatami", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon III, Ichikawa Somegor˘ I and Nakajima Kanzaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1763: Kinpachi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Kanai Sansh˘, Sei Hidesuke, Nakamura T˘kitsu, Hata Bunsuke, Kanai Sanpei II and Kawai Kinji, on the kaomise drama "Daij˘bu Takadachi Jikki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1765: Kinpachi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke II, Ida Sorobŕ, Dontsű Yosabŕ I and Nakamura Sadasuke, on the kaomise drama "Kagura Uta Amagoi Komachi", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1766: Kinpachi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Kadota Sorobŕ, Dontsű Yosabŕ I, Nakamura Jűsuke II, Kawatake Shinshichi I and Sei Hidesuke, on the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1767: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year drama "Hatsu Akinai ďmise Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Kirishima Gizaemon I, Ichikawa Benz˘ I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kinpachi worked, along with the sakusha Dontsű Yosabŕ I, Okuno Sasuke, Kawatake Shinshichi I and Hirata Bunji, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.

11th lunar month of 1769: Kinpachi worked, along with the tatesakusha Kanai Sansh˘ and the sakusha Kawai Kinji, Naka Kiichi and Umeda Toshisuke, at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise", which welcomed in Edo the actors Onoe Kikugor˘ I, ďtani Tomoemon I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Onoe Tamiz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1772: Kinpachi worked at the Moritaza, along with Horikoshi Saiy˘, Sei Basetsu, Nakamura Torahachi, Kasanui Sensuke I and Sei Hidez˘, on the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘.

11th lunar month of 1773: Kinpachi worked at the Moritaza, along with the tatesakusha Horikoshi Saiy˘ and the sakusha Kasanui Sensuke I, Yamada Heiz˘, Sawai Chűz˘ and Hasegawa Zenkichi, on the kaomise drama "Onna Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai".

11th lunar month of 1774: Kinpachi worked at the Moritaza, along with Sei Basetsu, Kasanui Sensuke I and Taguchi Kinz˘, on the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1775: Kinpachi worked at the Moritaza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke II and Hirota Basetsu, on the kaomise drama "Kikujid˘ Shuen no Iwaya".

11th lunar month of 1776: Kinpachi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Horikoshi Nis˘ji I, Okuno Sasuke, Namiki Risuke and Horikoshi Kikuji, on the kaomise drama "Sakuya Kono Hana no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1779: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Eiyű Taiheiki".

Fall 1780: Kinpachi went to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1780: Kinpachi worked, along with Nagawa Kamesuke I and Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, at the Naka no Shibai on the kaomise drama "M˘ M˘ Yokaro Ushi no Tamamono", which was produced by Fujikawa Sango and welcomed back in ďsaka the actor Yamashita Kinsaku II after 11 seasons spent in Edo.

12th lunar month of 1781: Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura" was staged for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. A similar play was written by Nagawa Shimesuke I and Kinpachi, and staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting], opening a competition between the two theaters for the best performance and the best line-up. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was a huge success and a long run. Unfortunately for Kinpachi, the performance at the Naka no Shibai was a commercial failure.

11th lunar month of 1782: he took the name of Masuyama Taroshichi and worked at the Kado no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Yamato Moji Sansai Zue", which was produced by Fujikawa Sango.

1st lunar month of 1784: Taroshichi worked at the Kado no Shibai on the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Gy˘kei no Kaomise", which was produced by Fujikawa Kikumatsu.

Fall 1784: he went back to Edo and took back the name of Masuyama Kinpachi I.

11th lunar month of 1784: Kinpachi worked, along with Sakurada Jisuke I, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "ďakinai Hiru-ga-Kojima", which celebrated the shűmei of Sanogawa Ichimatsu III and the return in Edo of ďtani Hiroemon III.

1st lunar month of 1785: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Hatsuhana Mimasu Soga"; the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1785: Kinpachi worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke II and Takarada Jurai, on the kaomise drama "Yuki Motsu Take Furisode Genji".

11th lunar month of 1786: Kinpachi worked at the Kiriza on the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Izu no Hataage", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakayama Kojűr˘ VI who took back the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1788: Kinpachi worked with the tatesakusha Segawa Jok˘ I at the Ichimuraza, which reopened after a few years of business interruption, on the kaomise drama "Genji Saik˘ Kogane no Tachibana", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1789: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Koi no Yosuga Kanagaki Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1789: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha, along with Sone Sh˘ji, Tamamaki Keisuke and Kasanui Sensuke I, at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Hana no Oedo Masakado Matsuri".

11th lunar month of 1790: Kinpachi worked with the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Sayo no Nakayama Hiiki no Tsurigane", which welcomed back in Edo the actor Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and welcomed the Kamigata actors Tanimura Toraz˘ and Nakamura Kumetar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1791: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was staged at the end of the new year sogamono "Haru no Sekai Nigiwai Soga"; the lyrics were written by Kinpachi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1791: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha at the Kawarazakiza on the kaomise drama "Mieik˘ Nori no Hachinoki". The main role of the "Onna Shibaraku" part ("Lady wait for a moment", a parody of the bombastic play "Shibaraku") was played by Iwai Hanshir˘ IV; "Hanshir˘ IV made the normal entry down the walkway through the audience (hanamichi), wearing the "Shibaraku" costume decorated with the large square crests of the Ichikawa family. Just as he was about to accost evil Prince Munetaka on the main stage, his fellow actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II climbed up from the front row of the audience and interrupted, calling out, "Aren't you my younger sister Onaka?" Piece by piece, the "Shibaraku" costume was removed and the makeup was washed off, to reveal a precocious young girl wearing a long hanging-sleeved kimono (furisode) beneath! This unexpected development in the hackneyed "Shibaraku" was well received" (from "The Actor's Image").

1st lunar month of 1792: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year drama "Keisei Kogane no Hakarime".

4th lunar month of 1792: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance "Tenaraiko", which was performed by the star Iwai Hanshir˘ IV as part of a seven-role hengemono entitled "Kakitsubata Nanae no Someginu"; the lyrics were written by Kinpachi.

5th lunar month of 1792: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the drama "Chűshinden Shikata K˘shaku", a chűshinguramono; the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Teraoka Heiemon, Kinai, K˘ no Moron˘, Amakawaya Gihei, Manzai and Tokumata were played by ďtani Hiroji III.

11th lunar month of 1792: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha at the Kawarazakiza on the kaomise drama "ďfuna Moriebi no Kaomise". This drama was considered as Kinpachi's masterpiece and it was a great vehicle for the star Iwai Hanshir˘ IV who played the famous role of Mikazuki Osen.

1st lunar month of 1793: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Gozen Gakari Sum˘ Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1793: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha at the Kawarazakiza on the kaomise drama "Nigiwai Genji Hana Saku Mon".

11th lunar month of 1794: Kinpachi did not take part in any kaomise in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1795: Kinpachi worked with the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I at the Miyakoza on the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Yuki no Yoshitsune".

1st lunar month of 1796: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Furiwakegami Aoyagi Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1796: Kinpachi worked as a tatesakusha at the Miyakoza on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji", which celebrated the isse ichidai performance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘, the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and which welcomed back in Edo the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1797: Kinpachi worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Edo no Haru Kichirei Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1797 [1]: his master Kanai Sansh˘ died.

11th lunar month of 1797: Kinpachi did not take part in any kaomise in Edo.

1798: Kinpachi died in Edo.

Comments:

Masuyama Kinpachi I was an Edo sakusha, who was active from the beginning of the 1760s to the end of the 1790s. Two of his creations are still in the Kabuki repertoire: "Harukoma" and "Tenaraiko".

[1] The 16th day of the 6th lunar month of the 9th year of the Kansei era was the 10th of July 1797 in the western calendar.

The name of Masuyama Kinpachi I in a 1793 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the right side of the picture); all the names were the sakusha at the Ichimuraza (right block) or the Kawarazakiza (left block)

 
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