MURAOKA KďJI I

Pen name:

Muraoka K˘ji I In Japanese | In Japanese

Poetry name: Kigyoku

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Sakurada Jisuke I

Disciple: Muraoka Gohachi

Career:

An'ei era: nephew of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, he became a disciple of Sakurada Jisuke I. His pen name was Muraoka K˘ji.

11th lunar month of 1780: K˘ji worked as a sanmaime sakusha at the Ichimuraza, along with his master Sakurada Jisuke I and Kasanui Sensuke I, on the kaomise drama "Mure Takamatsu Yuki no Shirahata".

11th lunar month of 1782: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Kasanui Sensuke I (tatesakusha) and Sei Basetsu, on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Eika Goyomi".

11th lunar month of 1783: K˘ji worked at the Moritaza, along with Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sei Basetsu, on the kaomise drama "Ono no Terusaki Yuki no Akebono", which celebrated the shűmei of Sakata Hangor˘ III.

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

11th lunar month of 1786: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Kanai Sansh˘ and Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Kanai Sansh˘ and Nakamura Jűsuke II, on the kaomise drama "Kumoi no Hana Yoshino no Wakamusha", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Murajir˘ and starred Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, ďtani Hiroji III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu III, Nakajima Kanzaemon III and Band˘ Matatar˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1787: K˘ji worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "ďich˘ Kongen Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune were played by Onoe Matsusuke I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1787: K˘ji worked at the Moritaza, along with Kanai Sansh˘, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Nakamura Jűsuke II, on the kaomise drama "Tsuranaru Edamure Takamatsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Kiyotar˘ II, Sawamura Kameemon and Sawamura Harugor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1788: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with his master Sakurada Jisuke I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Kimura Enji I, Tamamaki Kyűji and Kawatake Bunji, on the kaomise drama "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1789: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with his master Sakurada Jisuke I, Segawa Jok˘ I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Tamamaki Kyűji and Kimura Enji I, on the kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu"; "It is a spectacular play on a grand scale, showing a struggle between two imperial princes for the imperial throne and the almost magical powers of the great poet Ono no Komachi, also considered one of the greatest beauties of her time. In ancient times, Komachi was such a famous figure that she became the subject of many plays, one in which her poetry called forth rain and another in which a jealous rival tried to defeat her by claiming that a poem she wrote was actually plagiarized from an old poetic anthology. She proved her innocence by washing the book of the anthology and showing that the fresh ink of the supposedly old poem easily washed away." (source: Earphone Guide website for the revival in January 2008 at the National Theatre).

1st lunar month of 1790: K˘ji worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Haru no Nishiki Datezome Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1790: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha), Masuyama Kinpachi I, Kimura Enji I and Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, 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.

11th lunar month of 1791: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha), Tamamaki Keisuke and Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, on the kaomise drama "Sayo no Nakayama Hiiki no Tsurigane".

11th lunar month of 1794: K˘ji worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke II and Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, on the kaomise drama "Matsu no Misao Onna Kusunoki".

11th lunar month of 1795: K˘ji became tatesakusha and worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Kimura Enji I, on the kaomise drama "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".

11th lunar month of 1796: K˘ji worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha) and Fukumori Kyűsuke I, on the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Sugata Mise".

11th lunar month of 1798: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Fukumori Kyűsuke I, on the kaomise drama "Hana no Mimasu Yoshino no Fukayuki".

11th lunar month of 1799: K˘ji worked as a tatesakusha at the Moritaza, along with Kawatake Bunji and Hon'ya S˘shichi [1], on the kaomise drama "Happyakuch˘ Hisago no Kanzashi".

11th lunar month of 1800: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I (tatesakusha) and Chikamatsu Monky˘, on the kaomise drama "Oishigeru Nami no Une Une", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1801: K˘ji worked at the Kawarazakiza, along with Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha), Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, Tajima Konosuke I, Matsushima Hanji I and Hon'ya S˘shichi [2], on the kaomise drama "Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Yasosuke I and Morita Kan'ya IX.

11th lunar month of 1802: K˘ji worked at the Nakamuraza to assist his master Sakurada Jisuke I on the kaomise drama "Koshiji no Hana Oedo no Torideki".

11th lunar month of 1804: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Namiki Gohei I, Matsui K˘z˘ I and Shimizu Sh˘shichi I, on the kaomise drama "Mishi Tamadare Yuki no Furusato", which celebrated the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke II, Ichikawa Takinosuke and Kiriyama Monji III.

11th lunar month of 1805: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Namiki Gohei I, Matsui K˘z˘ I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Shinoda Kinji I, on the kaomise drama "Keisei Yoshino no Kane".

11th lunar month of 1806: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Namiki Gohei I, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Matsui K˘z˘ I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Shinoda Kinji I [3], on the drama "Wakazakari Heike Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1807: K˘ji worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Fukumori Kyűsuke I, Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Matsui K˘z˘ I, on the kaomise drama "Kigoto no Hana Yashima Kaijin".

1st lunar month of 1808: K˘ji worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Tsuki no Ume Yawaragi Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Onoe Eizabur˘ I and Sawamura Gennosuke I.

6th lunar month of 1808: K˘ji worked in the same theater on Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's spectacular natsu ky˘gen (and tenjiku-tokubeimono) drama "Eiri Otogi Z˘shi". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Muraoka K˘ji I was an important Edo sakusha, who was active from the beginning of the 1780s to the second half of the 1800s. He worked for the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

[1] Others minor sakusha were Kimura Matsuroku, Sasa Rind˘suke, Hyakusen Manbŕ and Mura Gohachi.

[2] Others minor sakusha were Utei Senji, Oka Tanji, Fujikura Sanji, Muraoka Gohachi and Motofune Tosuke.

[3] Others minor sakusha were Imamura Kichisuke, Namiki Gisuke and Takahashi Sh˘suke.

The name of Muraoka K˘ji I in a 1786 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box); all the names were the sakusha at the Nakamuraza

The Muraoka K˘ji line of playwrights

 
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