TAKESHIMA KďZAEMON I

Stage names:

Takeshima K˘zaemon I In Japanese
Nippon Saemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1712

Connection:

Father: Takeshima Tenjikuzaemon (Nippon Densuke)

Brother: Takeshima Hy˘hachi

Adopted (?) son: Takeshima K˘zaemon II

Son-in-law: Nakamura Sen'ya I

Disciples: Takeshima Kodayű, Takeshima Takisabur˘, Sugiyama Hanroku

Career:

Before 1675: son of Nippon Densuke, who was a member of Sadoshima Denbŕ's Onna Kabuki ("Woman Kabuki") troupe. His first name is Nippon Saemon. He takes the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon I at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1675: Takeshima K˘zaemon I's name appears for the first time in a theater playbill, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He is listed in the new children-actors section, along with Sakakibara Heiemon and Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ I. Their stage partners, in the Edo Kodomo section (Edo's children), are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, Tamagawa Sennosuke and Matsumoto Kanzabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1686: K˘zaemon performs as a tachiyaku in ďsaka at Arashi Monzabur˘'s theater. His yearly salary is 150 ry˘. His stage partners are Arashi San'emon I, Uemura Tatsuya, Sawamura Kodenji I, Namie Kokan, Hanai Saijir˘, Kaneko Hikotar˘, Kawashima Kazuma, Yoshijima Kodayű, Sawai Hannosuke, Matsumoto Hy˘z˘, Ichimura Shir˘ji, ďyama Giemon, Iwakura Man'emon and Sendai Yahachi.

1st lunar month of 1687: K˘zaemon's rank in "Yar˘ Tachiyaku Butai ďkagami", the first hy˘banki in Kabuki history, is (superior). He shares this ranking with Araki Yojibŕ I, Yamashita Hanzaemon, Uemura Kichiya II, Suzuki Heizaemon I, Nakamura Kazuma I, Takenaka Kichisabur˘, Fujita Koheiji I and Karamatsu Kasen.

Spring 1693: K˘zaemon goes to Ky˘to.

Summer 1693: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the drama "K˘shoku Denju".

1694: K˘zaemon goes to ďsaka and plays the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Wakoku Fűryű Ky˘dai Kagami", which is produced by Murayama Heijűr˘ I. His stage partners are Murayama Heijűr˘ I (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune), Nishikawa Okanosuke (Jűr˘'s lover ďiso no Tora) and Hayama Heiemon (the Soga brothers' mother).

1695: K˘zaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1696: K˘zaemon go back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1696: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the drama "Fukujumaru", which is produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon. His stage partners are Yoshizawa Ayame I, Yamashita Hanzaemon, Kokan Tar˘ji I and Onogawa Ugenji.

2nd lunar month of 1697: K˘zaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1706: K˘zaemon goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1706: K˘zaemon plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Hirai no Yasumasa in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Buyű Kagami". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Ikushima Shingor˘, Yamanaka Heikur˘ I, Mizuki Takejűr˘, Murayama Jűheiji, Saigoku Hy˘suke and Miogi Naniwa. The performance is not really successful and the program is quickly replaced by the drama "Taihei Shusse Kagekiyo", which is considered as an earlier version of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo" and in which K˘zaemon plays the role of the warrior Taira no Kagekiyo.

3rd lunar month of 1707: K˘zaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1707: K˘zaemon moves to the Ichimuraza and plays in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki ďkagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Otowa Jirosabur˘ I; his others stage partners are Ichikawa Danshir˘ I, Hayakawa Hatsuse and Kanazawa Goheiji.

11th lunar month of 1708: K˘zaemon moves to the Moritaza and plays in the kaomise drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Fujimura Handayű II, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I and Iwai Sagenta I.

Fall 1709: K˘zaemon goes back to Ky˘to after 3 seasons spent in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1709: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Takekaburi Mangokumochi", which is produced by his son Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

2nd lunar month of 1712: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the drama "Keisei Nishiki no Haraobi", which is produced by Miyako Mandayű. This is most likely his last stage performance.

24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1712: K˘zaemon dies in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Takeshima K˘zaemon I was a leading actor in Kamigata during the Genroku period. He was at his best in bud˘goto roles. "He was particularly partial to samurai roles and knew how to handle a sword." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Takeshima K˘zaemon I

Prints & Illustrations

The Takeshima K˘zaemon line of actors

 
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