KIRIYAMA MONJI I

Stage names:

Kiriyama Monji I In Japanese
Kiriyama Monji In Japanese
Kiriyama Tsutaemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Kiriyama S˘shichi

Career:

Before 1743: born in Ky˘to. Son of the Kabuki actor Kiriyama S˘shichi, his first stage name is Kiriyama Tsutaemon.

11th lunar month of 1743: Tsutaemon becomes katakiyaku and plays in Ky˘to the role of Ochiai Jingohei in the kaomise drama "Wakamidori Hatsumenbako", which is produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

Fall 1744: he settles in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1744: Kiriyama Tsutaemon takes the name of Kiriyama Monji at the Naka no Shibai, playing the role of ďenosuke in the kaomise drama "Keisei Makura Gundan", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1745: Monji plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Honda Naizen in the kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Shinpei I and Arashi San'emon IV. He also changes the second ideogram of his first name for these kaomise performances:

Previous writing for Monji New writing for Monji
紋次 紋治

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11th lunar month of 1750: Monji plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the umakata Ichiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Yasa Heike Sakiwake Musha", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1750: Monji plays in the same theater the role of Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu in the drama "Keisei T˘yama Zakura" (similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"), which is produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I for the nadai Shioya Kuroemon [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1751: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1752: Monji becomes jitsuaku and plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the farmer Tetsubei in the kaomise program "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe", which is produced by Sanj˘ Sadasuke and celebrates the shűmei of both Wakayama Shinkur˘ and Wakayama Bunshichi; others stage partners are Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1753: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1753: Monji plays the Kado no Shibai the role of Akaboshi Gorozaemon in the kaomise drama "Kashű Narihira Ishi".

1st lunar month of 1754: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1754: Monji performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

1st lunar month of 1755: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1755: Monji plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kataoka Hachir˘ in the kaomise drama "Genpei ďgi Awase", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1756: Monji plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Mihara Ikkaku in the kaomise drama "ďmatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘".

1st lunar month of 1757: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls to two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1757: Monji plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Sagara J˘suke in the kaomise drama "Shiki Samban Okina Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1758: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1758: Monji plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Takuma Gennoshin (in reality Sh˘gun Tar˘ Yoshikado) in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe", which is produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1759: Monji plays in the same theater the roles of Mikawaya Giheiji and Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Niwasuzumi Gozen Kabuki", which mixes the sekai of "Ariwara Keizu", "Natsu Matsuri" and "Oguri Hangan"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ are played by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1759: Monji plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Matano no Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen", which is produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

7th lunar month of 1760: Monji plays in the same theater the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1760: no kaomise. Is he sick or on tour?

11th lunar month of 1761: Monji plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Migami Genmotsu, in reality Taira no Tomomori, in the kaomise drama "S˘tsui Hoshi Kamakura Kagami", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1st lunar month of 1762: Monji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls to one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1762: Monji plays in the same theater the role of R˘ikkan in the drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the roles of Wat˘nai and Kinsh˘jo are played by Nakayama Shinkur˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1760: no kaomise. Is he sick or on tour?

Fall 1763: Monji, Arashi Hinaji, Yamashita Handayű and Nakamura Hachiz˘ go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1763: Monji plays at the Moritaza the role of ďba no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Ume ya Suisen Izu no Irifune", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Sukegor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1764: Monji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1764: Monji plays in the same theater the role of ďmi no Kot˘ta in the in the new year drama "Tagasode Yosooi Soga".

11th lunar month of 1764: Monji plays at the Moritaza the role of Hokky˘ Yűzen, in reality Fujiwara no Chikata, in the kaomise drama "Gyosei Kanatami no Megumi", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

Fall 1765: Monji goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1765: Monji plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Ishigami Sandayű, in reality Ishizu Takaemon, in the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue".

1st lunar month of 1766: Monji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Monji plays in the same theater the role of Tawara Daikaku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Miyako no Fuji".

11th lunar month of 1766: Monji plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Togashi Daizen in the kaomise drama "Yuki no Asa Daimonjitsu Miyako no Fuku", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II and Yamashita Ky˘nosuke.

1st lunar month of 1767: Monji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). Monji plays in the same theater the role of Iwaki Kenmotsu in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďuchi Zakura". This is his last-recorded performance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

Kiriyama Monji I was a Ky˘to katakiyaku actor, who was active from the middle of the 1740s to the second half of the 1760s and achieved fame for himself in ďsaka. He reached the peak of his popularity in 1760 and declined afterwards. He stayed in Edo for two seasons from 1763 to 1765 but this was not really a successful stay.

The actors Kiriyama Monji I (left), Nakamura Jűz˘ I (center) and Fujikawa Heikur˘ (right) playing the roles of Washizuka Kenmotsu, Momoi Saemon Terumoto and Yoshioka Kemp˘ in the drama "D˘chű Sengandoi", which was staged in 12th lunar month of 1754 at the Naka no Shibai

The Kiriyama Monji line of actors

 
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