SANJď NAMIE I

Stage names:

Sanj˘ Namie I In Japanese
Sanj˘ Mankatsu In Japanese
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ III In Japanese
Yamashita Kamematsu I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Zensen, Ginshi

Existence: 1716 ~ ???

Connection:

Father: Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I

Master: Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II (?)

Disciple: Sanj˘ Tokujir˘

Career:

1716: son of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, his name was Kametar˘.

11th lunar month of 1722: he made his debut on stage in Ky˘to, receiving the name of Yamashita Kamematsu I and performing in a dance within the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi" which was produced at Miyako Mandayű's theater by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1723: Kamematsu became iroko.

Fall 1726: Kamematsu went to Edo with Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726: Kamematsu performed as an iroko at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji". He met and most likely became a disciple of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II during his stay in Edo.

1732: Kamematsu became wakaonnagata.

Beginning of the Genbun era: he took the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ III and spent a few years performing in tabi shibai. He went back to Kamigata at the beginning of the 1740s.

11th lunar month of 1743: he took the name of Sanj˘ Mankatsu in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater, playing the role of Naniwazu in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1744: Mankatsu's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1744: Mankatsu settled in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1744: Mankatsu played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei ďyodo in the kaomise drama "Yamazaki Yojibei Imay˘ Sugata", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1745: Mankatsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1745: he took the name of Sanj˘ Namie I in ďsaka; he played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the ghost of the keisei Yako in the drama "Keisei Otogi B˘ko".

11th lunar month of 1745: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sanai's ny˘b˘ Otaka (in reality Sanada Yoichi's k˘shitsu) in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance; Namie played the role of Okaji at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1746: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1746: Namie performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genji Musha Hinode ďgi", which was produced by Ichikawa Ryűz˘.

11th lunar month of 1749: Namie performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I, welcomed back in ďsaka Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV.

12th lunar month of 1750: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okichi in the drama "Keisei T˘yama Zakura" (similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"), which was produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I for the nadai Shioya Kuroemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1751: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Goemon's wife Oritsu in the kaomise drama "Sode Nikki Futatsu Domoe", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I; the role of Ishikawa Goemon was played by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1752: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami in the kaomise drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Somekawa Konohŕ I and Someyama S˘jűr˘; the role of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1753: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Arashi Koroku I and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1753: Namie performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1754: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell two black strokes below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

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

1st lunar month of 1755: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1755: Namie played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Shigetada's ny˘b˘ Hatsuse in the kaomise drama "Genpei ďgi Awase", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1755: Namie played in the same theater the roles of Masatsura's ny˘b˘ Makiginu and the keisei Tamanoi in the drama "Kayou Kami Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Kusunoki Masatsura was played by Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1756: Namie played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Sekijo in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which was produced by Anegawa Daikichi I.

1st lunar month of 1757: Namie played in the same theater the role of Yamana Saemon's ny˘b˘ Kiyotaki in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kongenki"; the role of Yamana Saemon was played by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

Fall 1757: Namie went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1757: Namie played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sakuragi Gozen in the kiri ky˘gen drama "Kitano no Goengi Senbon Ume", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.

1st lunar month of 1758: Namie's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Namie played in the former theater the role of Zesai's ny˘b˘.

11th lunar month of 1758: Namie played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Tezuka's ny˘b˘ in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘; the role of Tezuka Tar˘ was played by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Namie's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Namie played in the same theater the role of Oshizu Gozen in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kach˘zan".

Fall 1759: Namie went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Namie played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Daigaku's wife Teriha in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Saiwai Genji Ch˘kyű no Maki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I, celebrated the comeback in Kamigata of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Koiz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was only one black stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Namie played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Teriha in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Ikinyorai Kogane no Kaomise", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1st lunar month of 1761: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. He performed in the same theater in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kiritar˘ Tengű no Sakamori".

4th lunar month of 1761: Namie played in the same theater the role of Tsukubane in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1761: Namie performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "S˘tsui Hoshi Kamakura Kagami", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

4th lunar month of 1762: Namie played in the same theater the role of Wat˘nai's mother in the drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the role of Wat˘nai was played by Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: no record in any Kamigata kaomise.

11th lunar month of 1763: Namie performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Aun no Ishizue", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1st lunar month of 1764: Namie's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1764: Namie played in the same theater the role of Hisakuni's okugata in the ni-no-kawari drama "Nagasaki Maruyama Saiken no Zu".

9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of the star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I. A similar play was staged one day later under a different title, "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. At the end, the performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Namie played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ohari Osoyo [casting].

11th lunar month of 1764: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tadafumi's okugata Hanazono in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miya Yunzei Kotobuki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1765: Namie played in the same theater the role of Sabu's ny˘b˘ "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1765: Namie played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Daigaku's k˘shitsu Omachi in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki" [1], which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1766: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1766: Namie performed in Nagoya at the ďsu no Shibai; no record afterwards.

Comments:

Sanj˘ Namie I was outstanding in keisei, ny˘b˘ or okugata roles. His forte was onna bud˘ and he was also a good musician. He was j˘-j˘-kichi only for one season (1753) and he most likely died at the end of the Meiwa era.

[1] There were two zamoto at the Naka no Shibai, Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I. They did not work together on the same kaomise drama but produced each his own kaomise drama with a different casting but which used the same title "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki".

The actors Arashi Sangor˘ II (first from left), Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (second from left), Yamashita Jir˘sa I (second from right) and Sanj˘ Namie I (first from right) playing the roles of the koshimoto Chikusa, H˘j˘ no Yoshitoki, ??? and Morisuke's ny˘b˘ in the kaomise drama "Yasa Heike Sakiwake Musha", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1750 at the Naka no Shibai

The Yamashita Kamenoj˘ line of actors

The Sanj˘ Namie line of actors

 
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