Chikamatsu Monzaemon I

The sakusha Chikamatsu Monzaemon held this name from the first half of the 1680s to the 11th lunar month of 1724.

Chikamatsu Monzaemon

Chikamatsu Monzaemon II
Chikamatsu Monzaemon II  In Japanese

Born in 1792 in Edo. His real name was Yamazaki Sukeemon and he was the son of a yoriki working for the minami machi bugy˘. He was also a yoriki but he became a disciple of Utei Enba I, who gave him the name of H˘rai Sanjin II in 1823. He became a gesaku writer. He took the name of Utei Enba II in 1830. Later, he became Tatekawa Enba II. He wrote around 30 books, some of them related to the art of Kabuki. He also wrote the lyrics of a few ongyokumono during the 1840s. He went to Kamigata in the second half of the 1840s, where he called himself Chikamatsu Monzaemon II. He was back in Edo the 3rd lunar month of 1846 and worked at the Nakamuraza on the drama "Toki-ni ďgi Date no Utsushie" and the hengemono dance-drama "Nanaezaki Naniwa no Iezuto" [1]. He died the 23rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1862 [2]. He was the master of Utei Enba III. He was also called Enk˘b˘ Tsukinari.

The name of Chikamatsu Monzaemon II in a 1846 Nakamuraza yakuwari banzuke (the zone within the red box)



[1] This dance-drama had Tokiwazu, Tomimoto and Nagauta musical ensembles and starred Onoe Tamiz˘ II.

[2] The 23rd day of the 7th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunkyű era was the 18th of August 1862 in the western calendar.

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