DEKISHIMA KOZARASHI
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Dekishima Kozarashi I
Dekishima Kozarashi I  In Japanese (In Japanese | In Japanese)
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Related to a Dekishima performing in Onna Kabuki ("Woman Kabuki" in Ky˘to from 1603 to 1629), he started his career in 1661 in Edo, where he performed as a wakashugata. He performed in the 11th lunar month of 1665 in Edo in the drama "Yakko Momijigari", which was produced by Band˘ Matakur˘ I in his theater. Kozarashi performed [1] in the 8th lunar month of 1666 in Edo in Sakai-ch˘. He was invited [2] to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [3]. He played in 1681 at the Moritaza the role of the mekake Osayo in the drama "Ichinoya Kankatsu Buro". No record afterwards. He was a talented musician and an outstanding dancer. He was also the master of Dekishima Kozarashi II, Dekishima Daisuke I, Dekishima Kogenta, Dekishima Ichiya and Dekishima Han'ya.

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Dekishima Kozarashi I from the illustrated book "Yar˘ Daibutsushi", which was published in Ky˘to in 1668

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Dekishima Kozarashi II
Dekishima Kozarashi II  In Japanese (In Japanese | In Japanese) | Dekishima Kosanza  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Nephew of the wakaonnagata actor Kishida Kosaiji, he started his career as a disciple of Dekishima Kozarashi I, who gave him the name of Dekishima Kosanza. He was recorded for the first time in 1692, performing as a wakashugata in Edo. He most likely took the name of Dekishima Kozarashi II at the end of 1695. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1704 at the Nakamuraza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the new year drama "Shinshun Niwatori Taiheiki". He played in the 1st lunar month of 1704 in the same theater the same role in the new year drama "Shinshun Niwatori Soga". He appeared on stage for the last time in the 1st lunar month of 1705 at the Moritaza, where he performed in the new year drama "Shiraga Kintoki Shusse no Uwanari". He died the 27th day of the 1st lunar month of 1707 [4]. This onnagata actor was outstanding in bud˘goto.

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Dekishima Kozarashi II playing the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Shinshun Niwatori Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1703 at the Nakamuraza

Dekishima Kozarashi III
Dekishima Kozarashi III  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded for the first time in 1720 in Ky˘to where he performed as an iroko. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1724 in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Okura in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I and starred Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Katayama Kozaemon, Mihogi Shichitar˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Tsugawa Kamon, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe and Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrated his shűmei). He was recorded for the last time in the wakaonnagata section of the 1725 Ky˘to hy˘banki. His ranking was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class). No record afterwards.

The name of Dekishima Kozarashi III in the 1725 Ky˘to hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Dekishima Kozarashi IV
Dekishima Kozarashi IV  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Dekishima Kozarashi IV [5] was recorded in 1754 as an iroko performing in Edo at the Moritaza. No record afterwards.

The name of Fujikawa Dekishima Kozarashi IV in the 1754 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] Along with Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Komai Sh˘zaemon, Tamon Sh˘zaemon I, Tamagawa Shuzen I, Tamamura Kichiya, Imamura Kumenosuke, Umeda Mon'ya, Hashimoto Senkatsu and others.

[2] Along with Yamakawa Naiki, Abura Kanroku, Yamamoto Katsunoj˘, Somekawa Ruinosuke, Morii Kokan, Shinozuka Hanbŕ, Akashi Buhŕ, Tajima Kizaemon, Tanigawa Yohŕ, Sugiyama Hanzaemon and others.

[3] The kami of the Yamato province.

[4] The 27th day of the 1st lunar month of the 4th year of the H˘ei era was the 1st of March 1707 in the western calendar.

[5] This actor was recorded in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" but not in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

 
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