KATAOKA NIZAEMON VII

Stage names:

Kataoka Nizaemon VII
Yamazawa Kunigor˘
Asao Kunigor˘ II
Nakamura Matsusuke

Other name: Kataoka Gad˘ I

Guild: Matsushimaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Poetry names: Manmaro, Bairi, Gad˘ (1)

Crest: the ideogram for two (2 horizontal bars) in a circle

Existence: 1755 ~ 1st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1837 [1]

Connections:

Brother: Asao Kunigor˘ I

Masters: Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ I

Sons: Kataoka Ainosuke I, Kataoka Shimamaru

Adopted sons: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII, Kataoka Matsusuke II, Kataoka Ayame

Grandsons: Kataoka Gat˘ II, Kataoka Ichiz˘ III, Mimasu Inez˘ I

Disciples: Kataoka Ichiz˘ I, Kataoka Ch˘dayű III, Kataoka Ichimatsu

Career:

1755 ~ 1787: born in ďsaka. He is recruited and trained by Nakamura Jűz˘ I, playing under the name of Nakamura Matsusuke in ďsaka in a troupe of children actors (Kodomo Shibai). The star Asao Tamejűr˘ I takes him as a disciple and gives him in 1777 the name of Asao Kunigor˘ II. After a few years, he is expelled from the Asao clan because of a quarrel with his master. He takes for a while the name of Yamazawa Kunigor˘. He quickly receives the pardon of Asao Tamejűr˘ I and can take back the name of Asao Kunigor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1784: Kunigor˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Miura Danj˘ in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.

8th lunar month of 1787: Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Taik˘ Shinkenki", which was premiered in the 3rd lunar month of 1787 at the Naka no Shibai, is staged for the first time in Ky˘to; Kunigor˘ plays the role of Ky˘goku no Takumi [casting].

End of the 1st lunar month of 1788: Asao Kunigor˘ II is allowed to take the prestigious name of Kataoka Nizaemon, in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai. The theater is destroyed by a big fire and the troupe has to move to ďsaka to perform at the ďnishi no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1788: Asao Kunigor˘ II takes the name of Kataoka Nizaemon VII at the ďnishi no Shibai, playing the roles of Yakushiji Jirozaemon, Sagisaka Bannai (in reality Teraoka Heiemon) and ďta Ry˘chiku for the premiere of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku" [more details]; his stage partners are Arashi Sangor˘ II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II, Anegawa Shinshir˘ III, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Arashi Hinasuke III, Otowa Jirosabur˘ II, Sawamura Kunijűr˘ and Nakayama Tajir˘.

9th lunar month of 1789: the actor Mihogi Gizaemon II dies. He receives posthumously the name of Kataoka Nizaemon VI.

7th lunar month of 1791: Nizaemon plays the prestigious role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Kameya Kumenoj˘ and staged in its full length (nine acts) at the Kitagawa no Shibai. His stage partners are Arashi Kichisabur˘ II (Issun Tokubŕ) and Nakamura T˘z˘ I (Tsuribune Sabu, Mikawaya Giheiji).

11th lunar month of 1791: Nizaemon plays the role of Tawara no T˘ta in the drama "Hakubai Genji Shugi no Hajime", which is produced by Anegawa Kumajir˘ at the Nishigawa no Shibai.

7th lunar month of 1792: Nizaemon plays the role of Izumi no Sabur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai. The role of Gotobŕ is played by Kan˘ Hinasuke I.

2nd lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki"; the last scenes are a sewamono drama, which will be staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Nizaemon plays the role of Sasano Sangobei [more details].

Fall 1794: Nizaemon, Nakamura Noshio II and the playwright Namiki Gohei I travel together and settle in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1794: Nizaemon takes part in the kaomise "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare", which is staged at the Miyakoza.

1st lunar month of 1795: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza; Nizaemon plays the role of Sasano Sangobei [casting].

4th lunar month of 1795: Nizaemon plays the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Ono Kudayű and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged in the same theater.

9th lunar month of 1795: Nizaemon plays in the same theater 2 roles in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1796: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in the drama "Furiwakegami Aoyagi Soga".

4th lunar month of 1796: Nizaemon plays at the Miyakoza the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Zesai in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

7th lunar month of 1796: Nizaemon plays at the Miyakoza the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei, Kakuju and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Nizaemon plays the role of Ky˘goku no Takumi in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: third kaomise at the Miyakoza; Nizaemon performs in the drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji".

5th lunar month of 1797: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Heiji and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

8th lunar month of 1797: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of H˘j˘ Tokimasa, Inage Zenji and Wadahei in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1797: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka. He plays 2 roles in the drama "Mote Hayasu Manry˘ no Tachibana", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1798: his rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1798: Nizaemon plays the great role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is performed in its full length (nine acts) in the same theater. His stage partners are Nakayama Bunz˘ (Issun Tokubŕ), Seki Sanjűr˘ I (Tsuribune Sabu), Yamashita Kinsaku II (Okaji) and Yoshizawa Iroha I (Otatsu).

7th lunar month of 1798: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the prestigious role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1798: the kaomise program "Tsuki Yuki Hana no Kaomise" that was supposed to be produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai is in fact performed in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai. Nizaemon replays Kumagai in "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

1st lunar month of 1799: Nizaemon plays in the same theater 2 roles in the drama "Keisei Hina no Shimabara", which is produced by Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

9th lunar month of 1799: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Arashi Otokichi at the ďnishi no Shibai. He also plays the role of Kurofune in the drama "Kurofune Deiri Minato".

11th lunar month of 1799: Nizaemon is supposed to play at the Naka no Shibai but the performance is in fact staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He plays the roles of Zesai, Yamaguchi Kurojir˘ and Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki". His stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III (T˘kichi), Nakamura Utaemon III (Gumpei) and Nakayama Ittoku I (Princess Yuki). He also plays the role of Sasano Sangobei in the drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime".

11th lunar month of 1799: Nizaemon moves to the Minamigawa no Shibai. He plays the roles of Mitsuhide and Ranpei in the dramas "Ama ga Shita shiru Kiky˘ no Hataage" and "Saiwai Ariwara Keizu".

1st lunar month of 1800: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays 3 roles in the drama "Hana Ikada Yodogawa Banashi", which is produced by Nakamura Somenosuke at the Naka no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1800: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to and plays the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna, Wadahei and H˘j˘ Tokimasa in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1800: Nizaemon plays the roles of Saisaki Iga no Kami and Masamune in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which is produced in the same theater by his son Kataoka Ainosuke.

1st lunar month of 1801: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays 2 roles in Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s drama "Tsugiawase Koshiji no Ume", which is produced by Yamashita Tokujir˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1801: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to and plays the roles of Takechi Samagor˘ and Kajisuke in the drama "Keisei Kakehashi Monogatari", which is produced by his Kataoka Ainosuke at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1801: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Shima no Koheiji and Kajiwara Shinjűr˘ in the dramas "Yamato Kotoba Suikoden" and "Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono", which are staged at the Naka no Shibai.

10th lunar month of 1801: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Karaki Masaemon in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa", which is produced by Yamashita Tokujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1801: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, replaying the role of Karaki Masaemon in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa", which is produced by Arashi Kumanosuke at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1802: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays 2 roles in the drama "Keisei Midori no Hayashi", which is produced by Anegawa Kamesabur˘ at the Kado no Shibai to celebrate the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

2nd lunar month of 1802: Nizaemon is supposed to perform in the same theater but he suddenly falls ill and has to be replaced by ďtani Tomoemon II and Mimasu Daigor˘ III.

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1802: Nizaemon is back on stage and plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged in the same theater and stars Ichikawa Danz˘ IV in seven roles!

5th lunar month of 1802: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Ranpei in the drama "Saiwai Ariwara Keizu". The troupe has to move at the end of the month to a different theater, the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai, and performs in the dramas "Saiwai Ariwara Keizu", "Heike Nyogo no Shima" and "Gokusaishiki Musume ďgi", which are produced by Onoe Yatar˘.

9th lunar month of 1802: Nizaemon moves to the Naka no Shibai to play the role of Takechi Mitsuhide in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which is produced by Yamashita Tokujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1802: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is staged in the precinct of the temple Inaba Yakushiji. At the end of the month, he takes part in the kaomise of the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the roles of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi and Jűjibŕ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Anegawa Kumajir˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai to play the roles of Matsu˘maru, Kakuju and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Yamashita Tokujir˘.

5th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon plays the role of Ch˘emon in the drama "Atsurae Ori Shusu no Obiya", which is staged in the same theater. His partner in the role of Ohan is Segawa Rok˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to to play the roles of Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Azuma Tomijir˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon plays the role of Tokichi is the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which is staged in the same theater. He also plays the roles of Kurofune and Koman in "Sugata Kurabe Deiri no Minato".

9th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Monogusa Tar˘ and Hanzaemon in the drama "Monogusa Monogatari".

10th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1803: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka to participate in the kaomise produced by Nakamura Noshio III at the Kado no Shibai. He plays the role of the yakko Tsunehei in the kaomise drama "Hatsu Yagura Kogane no Manmaku". The troupe moves to the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

1st lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon plays the roles of Isoroku and Nagaoka Yusai in the drama "Keisei Hako Denju", which is staged in the same theater. He also plays the role of Matsu˘maru in some scenes of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which end the program.

3rd lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to to play the role of the King of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri", which is produced in Ky˘to by Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and Kameya Kumenoj˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai. The role of Mashiba Hisayoshi is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV. The 2 stars, in the company of Nakamura Utaemon III, Arashi Sangor˘ III and Yamashita Yaoz˘ I, perform together in "Kanadehon Chűshingura", Nizaemon playing the roles of En'ya Hangan and Teraoka Heiemon.

5th lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Umesuke in "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa". His stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon III (Danshichi) and Segawa Rok˘ III (Otomi).

8th lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon moves back to ďsaka to perform in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari", which is produced by Nakamura Noshio III at the Kado no Shibai. He also plays the role of Kanroku in "Shinpan Utasaimon".

9th lunar month of 1804: final performance in ďsaka for the Edo star Segawa Rok˘ III, who plays the prestigious role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which is staged in the same theater. Nizaemon is his stage partner for the roles of D˘man and Yakanpei [illustration].

10th lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Hanzaemon in "Monogusa Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon moves to the Naka no Shibai to takes part in the kaomise drama "Minoriyoshi Kane no Naruki", which is produced by Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Asao Kuzaemon I and Yoshizawa Iroha I.

12th lunar month of 1804: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which is produced by Anegawa Kamesabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1805: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of S˘zaemon in "Keisei Ama no Hagoromo".

3rd lunar month of 1805: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai to play in the productions of Arashi Torasabur˘.

8th lunar month of 1805: tour in Nagoya. Nizaemon plays the role of Shunkan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is performed in the precinct of the Seijuin Temple. His stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon III (Tanzaemon), Fujikawa Tomokichi I (Chidori) and ďtani Tomoemon II (Senoo Tar˘).

9th lunar month of 1805: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to to play the role of S˘roku in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced by Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He also plays the role of Magoemon in "Keisei Sandogasa", sharing the stage with Nakamura Utaemon III (Kameya Chűbŕ) and Fujikawa Tomokichi I (the courtesan Umegawa).

Fall 1805: Nizaemon moves to the Shimonomori Shibai to play the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Ranpei in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Ranpei Monogurui".

8th lunar month of 1806: Nizaemon plays the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Rokuyata in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is produced by Nakamura Karoku I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1806: Nizaemon takes part in the kaomise of the Kado no Shibai, with Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Nakamura Utaemon III. The three stars perform together in the drama "ďsakazuki Asahi no H˘rai", which is produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke.

1st lunar month of 1807: Nizaemon plays in the same theater 3 roles in Tatsuoka Mansaku's drama "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", which is produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke.

3rd lunar month of 1807: tour in Nagoya; Nizaemon plays in the dramas "Monogusa Tar˘ Monogatari" (roles of Monogusa Tar˘ and Hanzaemon), "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" (Matsu˘maru, Kakuju, Shiratayű) and "Hirakana Seisuiki" (Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu, Kajiwara Heiji).

8th lunar month of 1807: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka to play the role of Koheiji in the drama "Yamato Kotoba Suikoden", which is produced by Asao Okujir˘ I at the Naka no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1807: Nizaemon plays the roles of Akizuki Daizen and Masamune in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which is produced in the same theater by Ogawa Kichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Sanpachi and Umezu Kamon in "Keisei Shina Sadame".

3rd lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai to play 3 roles in the drama "Tengajaya-mura".

5th lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen".

6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Nizaemon, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".

8th lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka to perform at the Kado no Shibai.

9th lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Sadanoshin, Shigenoi and Edohei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also plays the role of Iwanaga Saemon in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1808: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to for the kaomise at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He plays the roles of Sadanoshin, Sanai, Shigenoi and Edohei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also plays the role of Iwanaga Saemon in "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". His stage partners are Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I (Akoya) and Nakayama Bunshichi III (Shigetada)

1st lunar month of 1809: his rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon returns in ďsaka and plays the roles of Benkei and Matsu˘maru in the dramas "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi" and "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which are produced at the Naka no Shibai by Arashi Kamesabur˘.

8th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Yokoz˘ and Takasaka Danj˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

9th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai to play the role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri", which is produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘. The role of Mashiba Hisayoshi is played by Nakayama Shinkur˘ III.

10th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of S˘roku in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The roles of Miyagino and Shinobu are played by Nakayama Yoshio I and Kan˘ Minshi I.

11th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon settles in Ky˘to and takes part in the kaomise produced by Kameya Kumenoj˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He plays the roles of Takasaka Danj˘ and Yokoz˘ in the jidaimono "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". He also perform with Nakayama Yoshio I and Arashi Sangor˘ III in the drama "Sumiyoshi Monogatari".

12th lunar month of 1809: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced par Onoe Tokujir˘ at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Namiki Miyosuke ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta"; Nizaemon plays the roles of Nagasaki Shirozaemon, Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ and Asakawa Kuranosuke [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1810: tour in Ise in the company of Nakayama Yoshio I and Nakayama Hyakka. Nizaemon plays the role of Yokoz˘ in the classic "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", 5 roles in "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna" and the role of Raigen in "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

6th lunar month of 1810: tour in Nagoya. Nizaemon plays at the Tachibana no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1810: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka. He plays at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi", which is produced by Arashi Tomisabur˘.

9th lunar month of 1810: Nizaemon plays the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged in the same theater.

11th lunar month of 1810: Nizaemon settles in Ky˘to. He performs in the drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi", which is produced by Hoteiya Umenoj˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1811: Nizaemon returns in ďsaka and plays 2 roles in the drama "Keisei Umayaji no Ume" produced by Fujikawa Tatsuz˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1811: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Abe no Sadato in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara". He also plays the roles of Koman and Sh˘bei in "Sugata Kurabe Deiri no Minato".

4th lunar month of 1811: Nizaemon performs in the precinct of the Shukuin temple in Sakai. He plays several roles in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Summer 1811: tour in the province of Bichű.

9th lunar month of 1811: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Genpachi and Gonkur˘ in the drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai. The same play is performed with the same casting in the 11th lunar month at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Ky˘to.

12th lunar month of 1811: Nizaemon is back at the Naka no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1812: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Koshino Kanzaemon in the drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi", which is produced by Nakamura Daikichi.

2nd lunar month of 1812: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the prestigious role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

3rd ~ 4th lunar months of 1812: tour in Nagoya with Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakamura Karoku I, Nakamura Daikichi and Onoe Shinshichi. They perform in the precinct of the Inari shrine.

8th lunar month of 1812: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing the roles of Nagasaki Shirozaemon, Tokuz˘ and Asakawa Kuranosuke in the drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta", which is staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He also performs in "Sumidagawa Yukari no Gonichi".

1st lunar month of 1813: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays 4 roles in the drama "Ane Im˘to Date no ďkido", which is produced by Ichikawa Zentar˘ at the Kado no Shibai.

10th lunar month of 1813: Nizaemon plays the role of Yokoz˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1813: Nizaemon plays the roles of En'ya Hangan, Teraoka Heiemon and Amakawaya Gihei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. Nizaemon goes back to ďsaka at the end of the month to play the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Wadahei in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which is performed at the Naka no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1814: Nizaemon plays the roles of Namiroku, Nanagusa Shir˘ and Yodohei in the play "Keisei Kane ga Sakura", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1814: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in the drama "Katakiuchi Nit˘ Eiyűki".

4th lunar month of 1814: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Jisuke in "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa".

10th lunar month of 1814: tour in Nagoya. Nizaemon plays notably the role of Gotobŕ in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘", which is performed at the ďsu no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1814: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing the roles of Sawai Shirogor˘ and Karaki Masaemon in the drama "Tsugi Awase Ekiji no Ume", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1815: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and performs in the drama "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi", which is produced by Kataoka Ichimatsu at the Naka no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1815: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays the roles of Sadaka and Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

Fall 1815: tour in Nagoya. Nizaemon performs in the precinct of the Seijuin temple, playing among others 5 roles in the dance "Rokkasen" and 4 roles in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

1st lunar month of 1816: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the role of Karaki Masaemon in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa", which is produced by Nakamura Utagor˘ at the Kado no Shibai. He also plays the role of Yonegor˘ in "Kintai Bashi".

2nd lunar month of 1816: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Magoemon in "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai".

5th lunar month of 1816: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Harunaga and Masakiyo in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

9th lunar month of 1816: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Hana no Kumo Narukami Fud˘" (the role of Princess Taema is played by Nakayama Yoshio I). He also plays 3 roles in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and 2 roles in "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Winter 1817: Nizaemon and several Kamigata actors, including Band˘ Jűtar˘, travel together up to Edo.

3rd lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon performs at the Kiriza, playing in "Shinbutai Megumi no Ishizue", "Azuma Kagami Soga Sewagoto" and "Asa Zakura Sumida no Hakkei". His Edo stage partners are Suketakaya Takasuke II, Ichikawa Dannosuke III and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Yokoz˘ and Takasaka Danj˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

5th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Oniwakamaru and Kiichi H˘gen in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".

6th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon leaves the Kiriza and settles in the district of Kobiki-ch˘.

8th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Rokuyata in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

9th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon triumphes in the same theater where he plays 2 roles in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ganryűjima Sh˘bu no Miyamoto".

10th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon ends his second stay in Edo by playing the roles of Shigenoi and Hinuka no Hachiz˘ in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which is staged in the same theater. He also plays 5 roles in the dance "Yosooi Rokkasen".

11th lunar month of 1817: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Sadanoshin, Sanai and Shigenoi in "Kaeribana Somewake Tazuna". He also performs the dance "Rokkasen" at the end of the program.

1st lunar month of 1818: Nizaemon moves to the Kitagawa no Shibai and plays the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He also plays the main role in "Waka Gaeru Shiraga no Kintoki" and the role of the yakko Ihei in "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki".

3rd lunar month of 1818: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the role of Yokoz˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is produced by Asao Tamesabur˘ at the Kado no Shibai. He also plays the roles of Monogusa Tar˘ and Hanzaemon in "Monogusa Monogatari". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ V, Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, Nakamura Matsue III and Arashi Sangor˘ III.

5th lunar month of 1818: tour in Ise. Nizaemon performs at the Furuichi no Shibai in the dramas "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" and "Rokkasen". He moves later to Nagoya and performs in "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", "Raiden Genpachi" and "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".

1st lunar month of 1819: his rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

Spring 1819: Nizaemon plays the role of the King of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Ishikawazome", which is staged in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Yagor˘, Hisatsugu, Hisayoshi) and Nakamura Karoku I (Yodomachi Gozen, Oritsu). The theater is destroyed in a fire and the troupe moves to ďsaka to perform the same play at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

7th lunar month of 1819: Nizaemon plays the roles of En'ya Hangan, Yuranosuke and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai. He also plays the roles of Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

8th lunar month of 1819: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1819: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Jűjibŕ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1820: Nizaemon plays in the same theater 4 roles in the drama "Keisei Hana no Konoshita".

3rd lunar month of 1820: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Kajiwara no Kagetoki in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays the roles of Isonoya Jűnai and Jinza in the dramas "Koina Hanbei Sato no Iroage" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

3rd ~ 4th lunar months of 1820: tour in Nagoya in the company of Ichikawa Danz˘ V and Asao Kuzaemon I. They perform together in the precinct of the Seijuin Temple in the classics "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", "Ishikawazome", "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

5th lunar month of 1820: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing at the Kitagawa no Shibai 3 roles in "Katakiuchi Ganryűjima" and the role of Genzaemon in "Onna Hachinoki".

Spring 1821: Nizaemon, ďtani Tomoemon II and Nakayama Shinkur˘ III perform together in the precinct of Inaba Yakushiji temple in Ky˘to, playing in "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", "Hinin Adauchi", "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki" and "Deiri no Minato".

8th lunar month of 1821: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka, performing at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

9th lunar month of 1821: Nizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai to play 2 roles in the drama "Katakiuchi Nit˘ Eiyűki", which is produced by Nakamura Matsuyo.

11th lunar month of 1821: Nizaemon moves to the Naka no Shibai to participate in the kaomise, playing 2 roles in the drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari" and the role of Sengoku Gonbŕ in "Kotobuki H˘raisan".

12th lunar month of 1821: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Magosabur˘ in the drama "Sugata Kurabe Deiri no Minato".

1st lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Takemura Sadanoshin, Yuruki Saemon and Fukushima Masanori in the drama "Keisei Somewake no Tazuna".

2nd lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri". His stage partner in the role of Ishikawa Goemon is Nakamura Utaemon III. Nizaemon also plays the role of An no Heibei in "Otokodate Itsusu Karigane".

3rd lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in the dramas "ďishizuri Sakura Tanzaku", a play based on the "Chűshingura" world, and "Yodoyabashi no Kenka".

7th lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Shima no Koheiji in "Yamato Kotoba Suikoden".

8th lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Shund˘ Jir˘emon in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki".

9th lunar month of 1822: short stay in Ky˘to. Nizaemon plays the roles of Oniwakamaru and Kiichi H˘gen in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki", which is performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He also plays the role of Magoemon in "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai", sharing the stage with Arashi Tomisabur˘ II (Umegawa) and Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Kameya Chűbŕ).

11th lunar month of 1822: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Matsu˘maru, Kakuju and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Naka no Shibai. His stage partners are Arashi Kitsusabur˘ II, Arashi Koroku IV and Arashi Tomisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1823: Nizaemon plays 2 roles in the same theater in "Keisei Shina Sadame". He also plays the role of Tawara Matatar˘ in "Sumiyoshi Hakkei".

3rd lunar month of 1823: Nizaemon plays 3 roles in the same theater in "Katakiuchi Noriai Banashi".

11th lunar month of 1823: Nizaemon plays the role of Jűjibŕ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is performed in the same theater. His stage partners are Arashi Kitsusabur˘ II, Nakamura Karoku I and Asao Gakujűr˘. Nizaemon also plays the role of the God Daikokuten in "Naka ni Atatte Kogane no Kurairi".

1st lunar month of 1824: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, performing at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the drama "Keisei Koi no Hikifune".

3rd lunar month of 1824: Nizaemon performs in the same theater in "Tsukushi no Tsumagoto".

4th lunar month of 1824: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Adachi Tomonoshin in the drama "An'ei Roku".

5th ~ 6th lunar months of 1824: tour in Tsu in the company of Nakamura Karoku I and Asao Gakujűr˘. Nizaemon plays in "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai", "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" and "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki".

9th ~ 10th lunar months of 1824: tour in Nagoya with the same troupe. Nizaemon plays in "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi" and "Kenmawashi Kuruwa no Daitsű" at the Wakamiya no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1825: Nizaemon is back in Ky˘to, playing the roles of Nippon Daemon and Tamashima Itt˘ in the drama "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi" staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1825: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka, playing in the dramas "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi", "Yűzen Zome Zashiki Hakkei" and "Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono", which are produced at the Naka no Shibai by Arashi Kichinosuke.

6th ~ 7th lunar months of 1825: tour in Tsu in the company of Arashi Kitsusabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Sawamura Kunitar˘ II and Nakamura Karoku I. Nizaemon plays the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Gotobŕ in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘". He also performs in "Kigokoro no Funabashi", "Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono" and "Hirakana Seisuiki".

7th ~ 8th lunar months of 1825: tour in Nagoya. Nizaemon plays the roles of Gotobŕ and the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the dramas "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" and "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which are performed at the Tachibana no Shibai. He also plays the roles of En'ya Hangan, Teraoka Heiemon and Tonase in "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and 4 roles in "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

1st lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon and a troupe of Kamigata actors including Arashi Shichigor˘ IV, Kataoka Matsusuke, Kiriyama Monji III and Arashi Kamenoj˘ II settle in Edo and perform in the drama "Mitsu Ireko Soga no Kaomise", which is produced at the Kawarazakiza. Nizaemon's Edo stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon gives a great demonstration of his talent in the same theater by performing several roles in the best scenes of the plays "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi", "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori", "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki", "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘", "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi", "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Shinpan Utasaimon" and "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe".

6th lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Gotobŕ in "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘". He also plays the role of Sangobei in "Gozonji Godairiki", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Gengobŕ) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (Koman).

8th lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, Kakogawa Honz˘ and En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Shundo Jiroemon in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". He also plays the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Yamaguchi Kurojir˘ in "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", sharing the stage with Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (Princess Yuki) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (T˘kichi).

11th lunar month of 1826: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

1st lunar month of 1827: his rank in the Edo hy˘banki is shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). Nizaemon plays the roles of Gosho Gor˘maru and Kud˘ Saemon at the Kawarazakiza in the drama "ďichiza Soga no Shimadai", sharing the stage with Onoe Kikugor˘ III (Nagoya Sanza, Soga Jűr˘), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Kagekiyo, Fuwa Banzaemon, Soga Gor˘), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (Jigokudani no Oni˘, Sh˘suke, Seibŕ) and Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Akoya, Okuni, Muragumo). He also plays the role of Fukashichi in "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which ends the program.

6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Nizaemon plays the role of Fujikawa Kandayű [casting].

7th lunar month of 1827: Nizaemon moves to the Ichimuraza to play the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Ono no Kudayű and Horibe Yajibŕ in "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1827: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of the painter Tosa no Sh˘gen Mitsunobu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Keisei Hangonk˘". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Matahei), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Otoku), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Shurinosuke) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (Utanosuke).

11th lunar month of 1827: Nizaemon is back at the Kawarazakiza and play 4 roles in the drama "Muro no Ume H˘gan Biiki".

1st lunar month of 1828: his rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is k˘-goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (achieve - extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1828: Nizaemon plays the role of ďe no Onizura in the drama "Toki no Hana Date no Kikigaki", which is based on the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world and is staged at the Kawarazakiza. He also plays the role of Maboroshi Takeemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which ends the program.

3rd lunar month of 1828: Nizaemon plays the roles of Benkei and Kajiwara Kagetoki in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged in the same theater.

5th lunar month of 1828: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Sawai Shirogor˘ in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

6th lunar month of 1828: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Koshiji in "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". He also plays the role of Tebagawa Kichibei in "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori".

12th lunar month of 1828: Nizaemon goes back to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1829: his rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). Nizaemon plays the roles of Akizuki Daizen and Masamune in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which is produced by his son Kataoka Shimamaru in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai. His stage partners are Arashi Rikan II, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, ďtani Tomoemon II, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ IV and Band˘ Jutar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1829: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in "Keisei Yanagi Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1829: Nizaemon and the troupe performing at the Naka no Shibai move to Ky˘to in order to play in "Keisei Yanagi Zakura" at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1829: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Gotobŕ in "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘". The role of Izumi no Sabur˘ is played by Arashi Rikan II. Nizaemon also plays the role of the sh˘ya Shichirobei in "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi".

7th lunar month of 1829: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and replay the role of the sh˘ya Shichirobei in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced by Nakamura Umematsu at the Kado no Shibai. He also plays the roles of Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneuji and Kizu Kanpei in the dramas "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Kizugawa Hakkei".

9th lunar month of 1829: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of the painter Tosa no Sh˘gen Mitsunobu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Keisei Hangonk˘". His stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon III (Matahei), Nakamura Matsue III (Otoku) and Arashi Rikan II (Utanosuke). The troupe plays also in the drama "Matsushita Kaheiji Renga Hy˘ban". The same program is performed with the same casting in November at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1830: his rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is murui (literally "unequaled"). He shares the same rank with 2 others stars: Nakamura Utaemon III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V. Nizaemon is back in ďsaka in order to play with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Nakamura Utaemon III, Ichikawa Hakuen II, Arashi Rikan II and Nakamura Matsue III in the dramas "Keisei Setsugekka" and "Keisei Fukama-ga-Fuchi", which are staged at the Kado no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1830: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Ono Kudayű and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also plays in the dramas "Mitsugumi Homare no Kagekiyo" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

4th lunar month of 1830: Nizaemon plays in the same theater in the dramas "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

8th lunar month of 1830: Nizaemon and all the actors of the Kado no Shibai move to the Naka no Shibai. They perform in "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" and "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura".

9th lunar month of 1830: the troupe is back at the Kado no Shibai and performs in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

10th lunar month of 1830: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Yazaemon in the "Sushiya" scene of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1830: Nizaemon settles in Ky˘to. He plays the roles of Shiratayű and Fujiwara no Shihei in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He also plays the role of Yazaemon in the "Sushiya" scene of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which ends the program.

1st lunar month of 1831: Nizaemon's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is r˘k˘ murui (literally "unequaled veteran"). He's back in ďsaka and plays 2 roles in "Keisei Sato no Odamaki", which is produced by Arashi Tokusabur˘ III at the Kado no Shibai, sharing the stage with Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Arashi Rikan II and Asao Gakujűr˘. He also plays the role of Uesugi Shirobŕ in "Azuma Miyage Inazuma Z˘shi".

2nd lunar month of 1831: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Eirakuya in "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1831: tour in Ise in the company of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Arashi Rikan II, Arashi Tokusabur˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Nakayama Nanshi II and Arashi Sangor˘ IV. Nizaemon plays in the drama "Ise Monogatari", "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage", "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Satomi Isuke". He plays also for the last time the role of Gotobŕ in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ Shibai.

7th lunar month of 1831: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays the role of Hojo no Tokimasa in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which is produced by Arashi Tokusabur˘ III at the Kado no Shibai. He also plays the roles of Shinjűr˘ and Hansai in "Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono" and "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami" (the latter play replacing in the program the former which was not successful).

9th lunar month of 1831: Nizaemon plays the roles of Dait˘ji Nisaku and Tashiro Sagosaemon in the drama "Chűk˘ Homare no Futamichi", which is staged in the same theater.

11th lunar month of 1831: the Kado no Shibai troupe moves to Ky˘to. Nizaemon plays the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1832: Nizaemon's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is murui-r˘k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (unequaled veteran - superior - superior - excellent. He's back in ďsaka and plays the roles of Kasahara Shinsabur˘, the peasant Shichisuke and Kat˘ Kiyomasa in the drama "Katakiuchi Nit˘ Eiyűki", which is produced by Arashi Kitsunosuke at the ďnishi no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1832: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Otama and Yuminosuke in the drama "Tsukushi no Tsumagoto Asagao Nikki".

5th lunar month of 1832: Nizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Arashi Rikan II (Danshichi Kurobŕ) and Iwai Shijaku I (Issun Tokubŕ). He also plays in "Yoshiwara Saiken no Zu".

6th lunar month of 1832: tour in the province of Hy˘g˘. Nizaemon plays among others the roles of Enju and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

8th lunar month of 1832: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka and plays in the drama "Ehon Tengajaya-mura", which is produced by Arashi Takejir˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1834: Nizaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

1st lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa" Nizaemon plays the role of Yamanouchi Akisada [casting].

11th lunar month of 1836: Nizaemon appears on stage for the last time, playing the role of Yasojima no Tsubone in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘", which is performed in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

Spring 1837: Nizaemon is back in ďsaka. He is supposed to play at the Kado no Shibai but he falls seriously ill.

1st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1837 [1]: Nizaemon dies in ďsaka [2].

Comments:

Kataoka Nizaemon VII was an outstanding tachiyaku actor and a leading star for the Kamigata Kabuki at the end of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth centuries. He toured a lot in the Nagoya area and spent several long stays in Edo, where his talent was appreciated as much as it was in ďsaka or Ky˘to.

His forte were the katakiyaku, jitsugotoshi and oyajigata roles. He was also a good onnagata, especially in the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

His best roles: Yokoz˘ ("Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"), Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu ("Hirakana Seisuiki"), Shigenoi ("Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna"), Gotobŕ ("Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘") and Matsu˘maru/Kakuju/Shiratayű ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

[1] The 1st day of the 3rd lunar month of the 8th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 5th of April 1837 in the western calendar.

[2] His tombstone is located in the precinct of the Yaku˘ji temple (ďsaka).

Kataoka Nizaemon VII playing the role of Yokoz˘ in the "Takenoko Hori" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1817 in Edo at the Kiriza
(print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1796

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1796

Print made by Nagahide in 1811

Print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű in 1814

Print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1857

The Asao Kunigor˘ line of actors

The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors

 
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