KOMAI SHďZAEMON

Stage name:

Komai Sh˘zaemon In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Disciples: Murayama Shir˘ji, Komai Kuhŕ

Career:

Before 1661: Sh˘zaemon performed in Kabuki dances in Kamigata.

1661: due to the decline of Kabuki popularity in Kamigata, a group of actors, including Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I and Sh˘zaemon, decided to go to Edo.

4th lunar month of 1663: Sh˘zaemon, along with Ukon Genzaemon, Tamon Sh˘zaemon I and Sait˘ Yogor˘, was invited to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [1].

11th lunar month of 1663: Sh˘zaemon performed at the old Hinatadayűza in Edo, along with Tamon Sh˘zaemon I, Umeda Mon'ya and Takeda Sagami.

11th lunar month of 1665: Sh˘zaemon performed in Sakai-ch˘, along with Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Tamon Sh˘zaemon I, Tamamura Kichiya, Imamura Kumenosuke, Dekishima Kozarashi I, Umeda Mon'ya and others.

8th lunar month of 1666: Sh˘zaemon performed in Sakai-ch˘, along with Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Tamon Sh˘zaemon I, Tamagawa Shuzen I, Tamamura Kichiya, Imamura Kumenosuke, Dekishima Kozarashi I, Umeda Mon'ya, Hashimoto Senkatsu and others.

3rd lunar month of 1667: Sh˘zaemon performed in Sakai-ch˘, along with Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Tamon Sh˘zaemon I, Tamamura Kichiya, Imamura Kumenosuke, Dekishima Kozarashi I, Umeda Mon'ya and others.

12th lunar month lunar month of 1668: Sh˘zaemon, along with Nakamura Ch˘jűr˘, Hanai Saizabur˘ I, Sakurai Mon'ya, Imamura Kumenosuke, Matsushima Ichinoj˘ and Sakuya Kuhŕ, was invited to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [1].

1st lunar month of 1670: Sh˘zaemon performed at the Nakamuraza in the dance "Ichi-no-Tani Onna Musha".

6th lunar month of 1674: Sh˘zaemon performed as a tachiyaku in Ky˘to at Ebisuya's theater; his stage partners are Fujita Koheiji, Kaneko Rokuemon, Imamura Kumenosuke, Fujita Minanoj˘, Nanboku Sabu I, Nakajima Yaheita, It˘ Kodayű II, Tamagawa San'ya, Dekijima Tanomo and Kumamoto Bun'emon.

5th lunar month of 1675: Sh˘zaemon, along with Yamamura Ch˘dayű III and 21 others actors [2], was invited to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [1].

9th lunar month of 1675: Sh˘zaemon, along with Yamamura Ch˘dayű III and 48 others actors [3], was invited to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [1].

1684: Sh˘zaemon was recorded as living near the theater managed by Ichimura Takenoj˘ I in the district of Fukiya-ch˘.

1st lunar month of 1693: Sh˘zaemon was recorded in the illustrated book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu". No record in Edo or Kamigata afterwards. He most likely performed in Nagoya.

Comments:

Komai Sh˘zaemon was a 17th century Kabuki performer, who was active from the 1660s to the 1690s. Born and trained in Kamigata, he made a fame for himself in Edo. He was an outstanding dancer, excelling in komai or hy˘shimai. His stage name came from the komai style of dancing.

[1] The kami of the Yamato province.

[2] Among these 21 performes were Imamura Kumesuke, Yamamura Katsunoj˘, Matsumoto Kogenji, Matsumura Gengo, Shinozuka Hanbŕ and Komai Kuhŕ.

[3] Among these 48 performes were Miyazaki Denkichi, Abura Kanroku, Imamura Kumesuke, Yamamura Katsunoj˘, Matsumoto Kogenji, Otowa Sennosuke, Sagami Yagor˘, Sait˘ Jűemon, Nagashima Sannoj˘, Morioka Sanzabur˘, Matsumura Gengo, Suzuki Heiemon and Sawada Hachiroemon.

Komai Sh˘zaemon in an ilustration from the book "Hana no Edo Kabuki Nendaiki"

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