|YAMASHITA KINSAKU IV|
Guilds: Tenn˘jiya, Hamaya
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Rik˘, Raishi, Baishi
Master: Arashi Sangor˘ III
Adopted son: Yamashita Kinsaku V
1791 ~ 1830: born in ďsaka. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Arashi Sangor˘ III, receiving the name of Arashi Sanz˘ around 1811. He took the name of Arashi Sankatsu IV at the end of the Bunsei era. He performed in ďsaka minor theaters (hama shibai).
Fall 1832: Sankatsu went to Edo.
Summer 1833: Kinsaku went back to Kamigata.
6th lunar month of 1835: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1773, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kinsaku played the role of Tamate Gozen [casting].
Spring 1848: tour in Ise.
Fall 1848: tour in Nagoya.
9th lunar month of 1849: Kinsaku played at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Osono in the "Keya-mura" scene of the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Rokusuke was played by Asao Yoroku I.
11th lunar month of 1851: Kinsaku played in the same theater the role of Koman in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".
10th lunar month of 1852: Kinsaku played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Tsukisayo and the woman Suekiyo in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Kin'u Gyokuto Wakoku no Irifune", which was performed for the first time in ďsaka.
3rd lunar month of 1853: Kinsaku achieved a great success at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Okita, Oishi and Ichimonjiya Osai in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Ichikawa Danz˘ VI, Kataoka Gad˘ II, Onoe Tamiz˘ II, Nakamura Daikichi III and Asao Tamejűr˘ IV.
11th lunar month of 1858: Kinsaku appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the roles of Kosen and Wakaba-no-Naishi in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He suddenly fell ill.
Yamashita Kinsaku IV was a popular Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active from the beginning of the 1810s to the end of the 1850s. Equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, he perfectly delivered his lines with great k˘seki. He was outstanding in toshima or sewa ny˘b˘ roles. "And there was the fourth Yamashita Kinsaku, who was trained in small theatres, was stout, had a clear voice, and played chiefly in middle-aged women's characters" (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
Yamashita Kinsaku IV portraying Osugi in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I
The Yamashita Kinsaku line of actors
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