|ASAO KUZAEMON II|
Asao Kuzaemon II
Other name: Ichikawa Kigan II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Kigan (2)
Existence: 1786 ~ 11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1845
Master: ďtani Tomoemon II
1786 ~ 1831: he starts his career in minor theaters in Kamigata, playing under the name of Ichikawa Rikimatsu. He becomes disciple of the actor ďtani Tomoemon II at an unknown date and receives the name of ďtani Tomoji.
1st lunar month of 1832: ďtani Tomoji takes the long-forgotten name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon III.
3rd lunar month of 1832: Rinzaemon plays at the Takeda no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Yakushiji Jirozaemon, Yoichibŕ, Ono no Sadakur˘, Horibe Yajibŕ, Kond˘ Genshir˘ and the servant Rin in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is produced by Asao Momonosuke.
8th lunar month of 1832: Shibazaki Rinzaemon III takes the name of Asao Kuzaemon II.
6th lunar month of 1835: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1773, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kuzaemon plays the role of Gapp˘ [casting].
8th ~ 11th lunar months of 1836: tour in Nagoya with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Mimasu Gennosuke I and Nakayama Nanshi II; Kuzaemon plays the role of Motoemon in the drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura", which is staged in the precinct of the Seijuin Temple in the 9th lunar month.
8th ~ 9th lunar months of 1840: Kuzaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai 4 roles, including Yokoyama Daizen, in the drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji".
11th lunar month of 1840: Kuzaemon plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the dramas "Keisei Haru no Tori", "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku", "Ishikiri Kajiwara" (Kuzaemon plays the old man Rokur˘dayű) and "Heike Nyogo no Shima".
9th lunar month of 1843 ~ Spring 1845: Kuzaemon settles in Edo and plays at the Ichimuraza.
Summer 1845: Kuzaemon goes back to ďsaka, falls ill and dies the 11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1845 (according to some chronicles, he died the 18th of the 6th lunar month instead of the 11th of the 9th lunar month).
Asao Kuzaemon II was a good actor specialized in katakiyaku, oyajigata and fukeoyama roles but he did not find the same fame as Asao Kuzaemon I. He spent most of his career in Kamigata theaters and his last years in Edo.
Asao Kuzaemon II portraying the farmer Heisaku in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors
The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors
The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors
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