YAMASHITA KINSAKU
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Yamashita Kinsaku I
  The founder of the line Yamashita Kinsaku I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1709 to the 10th lunar month of 1737, then from the 11th lunar month of 1739 to 1749.
Yamashita Kinsaku I portraying a courtesan in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II in the 1720s
Yamashita Kinsaku II
  The actor Yamashita Kinsaku II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1749 to the 9th lunar month of 1799.
Yamashita Kinsaku II in a print made in 1770 by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ for the Ehon Butai ďgi series of prints
Yamashita Kinsaku III
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. There is some confusion regarding Yamashita Kinsaku III, who took this name around 1807. Was he Yamashita Kamematsu III, adopted son of Yamashita Kinsaku II or was he Yoshizawa Sakitar˘, the son of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, who was later on adopted by Yamashita Kinsaku II? We are sure that he was a minor actor who made a short and obscure career in Kamigata.

Yamashita Kinsaku IV
  The actor Yamashita Kinsaku IV held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1832 to the 12th lunar month of 1858.

Yamashita Kinsaku IV playing the role of Yasuke's wife Okayo in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1851 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Yamashita Kinsaku V
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in Kamigata koshibai, performing as a wakaonnagata named Segawa Michinosuke III. He was adopted by the family of late Yamashita Kinsaku IV and took the name of Yamashita Kinsaku V in 1859. He spent most of his short career in hama shibai (like the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai in ďsaka) or miyaji shibai. He excelled in keisei or ny˘b˘ roles in sewamono dramas. He died in 1861.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Baishi, Rogy˘ Tenn˘jiya
Yamashita Kinsaku VI
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Yamashita Kinsaku IV, his first stage name was Yamashita Kikunosuke II. He took the name of Yamashita Rik˘ IV at an unknown date, the name of Arashi Sankatsu IV in 1860 and the name of Yamashita Kinsaku VI in 1865. His name appeared for the last time on a theater playbill in 1880. We don't know what happened to him afterwards. He was an onnagata actor, excelling in keisei and musume roles. He was quite successful at the end of the 1860s, performing for example in the 3rd lunar month of 1867 at the Minamigawa no Shibai the prestigious role of Osono in the drama "Keya-mura". He spent the 1870s in koshibai or miyaji shibai in Kamigata.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Rik˘ Tenn˘jiya
 
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