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Yamamura Ichitar˘
Yamamura Ichitar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Yamamura Kazaemon, he received the name of Yamamura Ichitar˘ and he performed as a wakashugata/koyaku in the 11th lunar mont of 1713 in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago". He became wakaonnagata and played in the 11th lunar month of 1718 at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Princess Takechiyo [1] in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sugiyama Kanzaemon III. He switched back to wakashugata in the 11th lunar month of 1719 and performed in the kaomise drama "Odaki Medaki Kogane no Hajimari", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai. He went to Edo in Fall 1721. He became wakaonnagata and played in the 11th lunar month of 1721 at the Nakamuraza the role of Oichi in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori". He went back to Ky˘to in Fall 1723 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1723 the role of the keisei Hanamae in the kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1727 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1727 at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Okuma in the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Otoemon I. His rank in the 1728 ďsaka hy˘banki (1st lunar month of 1728), wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Yamamura Ichitar˘ playing the role of Princess Takechiyo [1] in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1718 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Yamamura Utanosuke
Yamamura Utanosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Yamamura Kazaemon, he received the name of Yamamura Utanosuke and his first recorded performance was in the 3rd lunar month of 1705 in Ky˘to, where he performed as a wakaonnagata in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Inaba no Matsu", which was produced by Sakata Heishichir˘ at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater. He performed in Ky˘to up to the 11th lunar month of 1729, when he played the role of Kureha in the kaomise drama "Fukuju Yakata Wag˘ no Futabashira", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I. His rank in the 1730 ďsaka hy˘banki (1st lunar month of 1730), wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. No record in Kamigata ˘shibai afterwards. He most likely performed in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai. He performed in Nagoya at the Seijuin no Shibai in 1734 and 1735. No record afterwards.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Yamamura Utanosuke in kabuki21.com.

Yamamura Utanosuke playing the role of Princess Take [2] in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1717

 

Notes

[1] Takechiyo-hime. Literally Princess Bamboo Thousand Generations.

[2] Take-hime. Literally Princess Bamboo.

 
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