|YAMASHITA KINSAKU IV|
Yamashita Kinsaku IV
Guilds: Tenn˘jiya, Hamaya
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Rik˘, Raishi, Baishi
Existence: 1791 ~ 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1858
Master: Arashi Sangor˘ III
Adopted son: Yamashita Kinsaku V
1791 ~ 1830: born in ďsaka. He starts his career as a disciple of the actor Arashi Sangor˘ III, receiving the names of Arashi Sanz˘ and Arashi Sankatsu III at unknown dates. He performs in ďsaka minor theaters (hama shibai).
Fall 1832: Sankatsu goes to Edo.
Summer 1833: Kinsaku goes 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, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kinsaku plays the role of Tamate Gozen [casting].
Spring 1848: tour in Ise.
Fall 1848: tour in Nagoya.
9th lunar month of 1849: Kinsaku plays 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 is played by Asao Yoroku I.
11th lunar month of 1851: Kinsaku plays in the same theater the role of Koman in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".
10th lunar month of 1852: Kinsaku plays 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 is performed for the first time in ďsaka.
3rd lunar month of 1853: Kinsaku achieves 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 are 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 appears 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 falls ill and dies one month later.
"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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