MURAYAMA HEIJŪRŌ
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Murayama Heijūrō I
 

The actor Murayama Heijūrō I held this name from 1672 to the 8th lunar month of 1707.

Murayama Heijūrō I

Murayama Heijūrō II
Murayama Heijūrō II  In Japanese | Murayama Kinjūrō  In Japanese
 

Born in 1694. Eldest son of Murayama Heijūrō I, he started his career in Ōsaka in 1702 and his first stage name was Murayama Kinjūrō. His father, who was expected to go on tour in Edo in Fall, died in the 8th lunar month of 1707. Kinjūrō replaced him and went to Edo with Murayama Heiemon III. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1707 at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yukihira Obana Gitsune". He went back to Ōsaka the 1st lunar month of 1709. He became jitsuaku and took the name of Murayama Heijūrō II in the 11th lunar month of 1711 [1] in Kyōto, playing the role of Ōaraki Jinnojō in the kaomise drama "Kikenjō" which also celebrated the shūmei of Takioka Saburoshirō. He became tachiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1714, playing in Kyōto Kameya Kumenojō's theater the role of Hata Rokurozaemon in the kaomise drama "Azuma-zukuri Ōdaidokoro". He went back to Ōsaka in Fall 1718 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1718 at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ōuchi Kinzō in the kaomise drama "Sōshi Arai Komachi", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1721 the role of Bantate Jūzō in the kaomise drama "Tenryū Chiryū Kogane no Suzunari", which was also produced by Arashi San'emon III. This was his last-recorded performance in ōshibai. His last ranking, in the 1722 Ōsaka hyōbanki, was jō-jō-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). No record afterwards.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Murayama Heijūrō II in kabuki21.com.

Murayama Heijūrō II (bottom/left) and Shinozuka Jūzaemon (top/right) playing the role of the two umakata Shitekoi-no-Hachi and Ishigoki-no-Dai in the kaomise drama "Odaki Medaki Kogane no Hajimari", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1719 in Ōsaka at the Higashi no Shibai

Murayama Heijūrō III
Murayama Heijūrō III  In Japanese | Murayama Yasohachi  In Japanese
 

Born in 1700. Second son of Murayama Heijūrō I, he was at the beginning a shamisen player performing in Ōsaka in jōjūri. He nevertheless made his apprenticeship in Kabuki and his first stage name was Murayama Yasohachi. He became tachiyaku and took the name of Murayama Heijūrō III in the 11th lunar month of 1724, in Kyōto at Ebisuya Kichirōbź's theater, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai" which was produced by Ogino Umenosuke. He became katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1725, playing in Kyōto at Hayagumo Chōdayū's theater the role of the yakko Tomosuke in the kaomise drama "Ōkamado Hatsumen Bako" which was produced by Sanogawa Mangiku. He went on tour in Nagoya in 1731. He became tachiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1733, playing in Ōsaka the role of the rōnin Iioka Gonnojō in the kaomise drama "Shigeri Matsu Kogane no Takaragura" which was produced at the Ōnishi no Shibai by Nakamura Jūzō I. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 4th lunar month of 1738, in Ōsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he performed in the drama "Hinatsuru Nigiwai Soga". His last ranking, in the 1738 Ōsaka hyōbanki, katakiyaku section, was jō-jō-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He died the 29th day of the 8th lunar month of 1738.

Murayama Heijūrō III playing the role of Hase Gunji in the kaomise drama "Iwatogura Kogane Masugata", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Kado no Shibai

Murayama Heijūrō IV [2]
Murayama Heijūrō IV  In Japanese | Murayama Heikurō  In Japanese | Murayama Kujūrō  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Third son of Murayama Heijūrō I, his first stage name was Murayama Kujūrō. He took the name of Murayama Heikurō in the 11th lunar month of 1746. He took the name of Murayama Heijūrō IV in the 11th lunar month of 1749 at the Ōnishi no Shibai, where he played the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa" which was produced by Mimasu Daigorō I and welcomed back in Ōsaka Iwai Hanshirō III. He played in the 10th lunar month of 1755 in Ōsaka at the Naka no Shibai the role of Rokuroemon in the drama "Yamato Kotoba Hinin no Katakiuchi". This was his last-recorded performance in ōshibai. No record afterwards. His last ranking, in the 1755 Ōsaka hyōbanki, katakiyaku section, was jō-jō-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Murayama Heijūrō IV playing the role of Sagisaka Dennai in the kaomise drama "Kyō Miyage Matsuri Zoroe", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1752 at the Ōnishi no Shibai

Murayama Heijūrō V [3]
Murayama Heijūrō V  In Japanese | Murayama Shimazō  In Japanese
 

A minor actor named Murayama Shimazō took the name of Murayama Heijūrō V in Kamigata in the 11th lunar month of 1815. No record before or afterwards for this katakiyaku/jitsuaku roles.

[1] In the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran", it was written that he took the name of Murayama Heijūrō II in the 11th lunar month of 1709. We've decided to stay in line with Nojima Jusaburō's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[2] In Nojima Jusaburō's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Murayama Heijūrō IV was described as the 3rd son of Murayama Heijūrō I, who had no previous stage name and took the name of Murayama Heijūrō IV after the death of Murayama Heijūrō III. It was also recorded that he played the role of Asano Daizō in Namiki Shōzō I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Naka no Shibai. We've checked the 1749 Ōsaka hyōbanki and a picture (the one below) has revealed the truth. It was Murayama Heikurō, not Murayama Heijūrō IV. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran". The Murayama Heijūrō V in Nojima Jusaburō's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" is Murayama Heijūrō IV in the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran".

Murayama Heikurō, not Murayama Heijūrō IV, playing the role of Asano Daizō in the kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Naka no Shibai

[3] There is a mistake in the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran", where two actors were recorded: Murayama Heijūrō V and Murayama Heijūrō VI. The Murayama Heijūrō VI is in fact the Murayama Heijūrō V on our page. Regarding "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran"'s Murayama Heijūrō V, it was written that he was first named Anegawa Tomogorō and that he took the name of Murayama Heijūrō V in 1784. There was indeed an actor named Anegawa Tomogorō ... but he took the name of Urayama Heijūrō in Fall 1783. A little mistake which led to the presence of the 5th and 6th Murayama Heijūrō in "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran". We've decided to get rid of the 5th and to keep only the 6th, who is now the real 5th.

 
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