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 [1]

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 was Nippon Saemon. He took the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon I at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1675: Takeshima K˘zaemon I's name appeared for the first time in a theater playbill, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He was 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), were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, Tamagawa Sennosuke and Matsumoto Kanzabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1686: K˘zaemon performed as a tachiyaku in ďsaka at Arashi Monzabur˘ I's theater. His yearly salary was 150 ry˘; his stage partners were Arashi San'emon I, Uemura Tatsuya, Sawamura Kodenji I, Namie Kokan I, 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" was (superior) [visual]. He shared this ranking with Araki Yojibŕ I, Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Uemura Kichiya II, Suzuki Heizaemon I, Nakamura Kazuma II, Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I, Fujita Koheiji I and Karamatsu Kasen.

Spring 1693: K˘zaemon went to Ky˘to.

6th lunar month of 1693: K˘zaemon played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in Kojima Hikojűr˘'s drama "K˘shoku Denju".

1694: K˘zaemon went to ďsaka and played the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Wakoku Fűryű Ky˘dai Kagami", which was produced by Murayama Heijűr˘ I; his stage partners were 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1696: K˘zaemon went back to Ky˘to.

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

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

Fall 1706: K˘zaemon went to Edo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1712 [1]: K˘zaemon died 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")

[1] The 24th day of the 11th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Sh˘toku era was the 22nd of December 1712 in the western calendar.

Takeshima K˘zaemon I

Prints & Illustrations

The Takeshima K˘zaemon line of actors

 
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