KATAYAMA KOZAEMON

Stage names:

Katayama Kozaemon In Japanese
Katagiri Kanzaemon In Japanese
Katayama Kozaemon In Japanese
Matsushima Sh˘roku In Japanese
Matsushima Karyű In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese
Takeshima Tamanoi In Japanese

Existence: 1690 ~ 20th day of the 6th lunar month of 1728 [1]

Connection:

Adoptive father: Matsushima Han'ya II

Adopted son: Katayama Tokujűr˘

Career:

Before 1694: he performed as a koyaku in Edo at the Ichimuraza; his first stage name was Takeshima Tamanoi.

1694: he was adopted by Matsushima Han'ya II and received the name of Matsushima Karyű. He also became quickly wakaonnagata.

End of 1704 or beginning of 1705: he went to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1705: he became tachiyaku and took the name of Matsushima Sh˘roku, performing in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Oki no Ishi", which was produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1706: Sh˘roku performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Ebisu Otoko Onna Daigoku Hashira Gatame", which was produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1709: Sh˘roku became katakiyaku and performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Mai˘gi Masaki no Kazura", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

Fall 1710: Sh˘roku went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: he took the name of Katayama Kozaemon and played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of a kar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kenkon Daikoku Bashira", which was produced by Kataoka Sanpei.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1714: Kozaemon became tachiyaku and performed in Ky˘to in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

Fall 1716: Kozaemon went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1716: he took the name of Katagiri Kanzaemon and performed in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Futahashira Kasen Kagami", which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1717: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

Fall 1717: Kozaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1717: he took back the name of Katayama Kozaemon and performed in Sakakiyama Kansuke I's kaomise drama "ďmu Gaeshi Momotose Gitsune", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.

1st lunar month of 1718: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1718: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1718: Kozaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Mikami Hayatonosuke in Adachi Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which is produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1719: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Tamatsukuri Daihachi in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Naniwadera".

3rd lunar month of 1719: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Kozaemon played the role of Uchide no Koroku in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1720: Kozaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Iwagaki Jűr˘hei at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

11th lunar month of 1721: Kozaemon played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Asakuma Tokinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1722: Kozaemon played in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of the yakko Manohei in the kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I and welcomed in Ky˘to the actor Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Kozaemon became jitsuaku and performed in Ky˘to the role of Kashiwade Ryűzaemon in the kaomise drama "Tatsu Goyomi Daish˘ Wag˘ no Tsurugi", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He performed in the same theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu".

3rd lunar month of 1724: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1724: Kozaemon switched back to tachiyaku and performed at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1725: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1725: Kozaemon performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Eiga no Shikishi", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1726: Kozaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1726: Kozaemon was in Ky˘to in the troupe led by the zamoto Segawa Kikujir˘ I but there was no kaomise program.

Fall 1727: Dan'emon went to Edo with Fukuda Dan'emon.

11th lunar month of 1727: Kozaemon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Goshozome K˘y˘ Gunki", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Kozaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He performed in the same theater in the new year drama "Urashima Tar˘ Shichise no Mago". This was Kozaemon's last appearance on stage as he fell ill in Edo.

20th day of the 6th lunar month of 1728 [1]: Kozaemon dies in Edo.

Comments:

Katayama Kozaemon was an actor who started and ended his career in Edo but who spent most of it in Kamigata (mainly in Ky˘to). He was a tachiyaku actor, who was active from the 1700s to the end of the 1720s. He was also able to perform as a katakiyaku or a jitsuaku. He reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank only for 1 season as a jitsuaku.

[1] The 20th day of the 6th lunar month of the 13th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 26th of July 1728 in the western calendar.

ďshima Kajűr˘ (top/left), Katayama Kozaemon (top/center), Uemura Kiyosabur˘ (top/right), Fujikawa Kinjűr˘ (bottom/left) and Yashio Ikuemon (bottom/right) playing the roles of the monk Renshinb˘, Mikami Hayatonosuke, the keisei Ichikawa, Shinohara D˘nosuke and Ohara Minbu in the kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1718 in Ky˘to

 
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