NAMIKI JUSUKE

Playwright names:

Namiki Jusuke In Japanese | In Japanese
Namiki Jűsuke I [1] In Japanese | In Japanese
Namiki Sh˘juken In Japanese
Namiki Jűsuke I [1] In Japanese | In Japanese
Katsura no Kichi In Japanese
Namiki T˘suke In Japanese | In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I, Namiki Eisuke I

Disciple: Namiki Sensuke, Namiki Jűsuke II [1]

Career:

Before 1748: disciple of Namiki Eisuke I, he received the name of Namiki T˘suke and started to work with his master at the end of the Enky˘ era.

11th lunar month of 1748: T˘suke worked in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater on the kaomise drama "Jidai Makie Chűshingura", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I.

1st lunar month of 1754: he went to ďsaka, where he took the name of Katsura no Kichi.

Fall 1758: he went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1758: he took the name of Namiki Jűsuke I and worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1759: Jűsuke became tatesakusha and worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II, Matsuya Shinjűr˘ and Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II.

Fall 1762: Jűsuke went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1762: Jűsuke worked at the Kado no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Hachinoki Nendaiki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Sanjűr˘ III.

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 [casting]. It was revised by Jűsuke, Ichiyama Bokuhei and Namiki ďsuke. 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. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1766: Jűsuke worked at the Naka no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Hikime no Yaguruma", which was produced by Nakamura Utaemon I.

1771: his first master Namiki Eisuke I died.

17th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1773 [2]: his second master Namiki Sh˘z˘ I died.

11th lunar month of 1773: he took the name of Namiki Sh˘juken and worked at the Kado no Shibai, along with Namiki Gohachi, on the kaomise drama "Medetai Uchimash˘", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1778: he took back the name of Namiki Jűsuke I and worked at the Kado no Shibai, along with Namiki Gohŕ, on the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and welcomed back in ďsaka the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

Fall 1782: Jűsuke went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1782: Jűsuke worked in Ky˘to, along with Tatsuoka Mansaku and Tsutsui Hanji [3], on the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

Fall 1783: Jűsuke went back to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi", which was written by Namiki Gohei I, Tsutsui Hanji and Jűsuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1785: he took the name of Namiki Jusuke and worked at the Nishi no Shibai, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I [4], on the kaomise drama "Nanshi no Hana o Eh˘ no Saiwai", which was produced by Nakamura Noshio II.

11th lunar month of 1786: Jusuke worked at the ďnishi no Shibai, along with Chikamatsu Tokus˘ and Kawatake Bunji [5], on the kaomise drama "Osanago no Katakiuchi".

12th lunar month of 1787: Jusuke worked at the Kado no Shibai, along with Namiki Gohŕ, Nagawa Kunisuke and Kawatake Bunji [6], on the kaomise drama "Sanga no Tsumidori Soga".

11th lunar month of 1788: Jusuke worked at the Naka no Shibai, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I, Nagawa Kunisuke and Tatsuoka Mansaku [7], on the kaomise drama "Toshi-ni Kan˘ Tori-ga-Saik˘".

5th lunar month of 1789: Jusuke worked in the same theater on the drama "Tsuizen Shigure no Matsu". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Namiki Jusuke was a Kamigata sakusha, who was active from the end of the 1740s to the end of the 1780. He was said to be equally at home in writing jidaimono, oiemono or sewamono dramas. He worked on more than 100 original dramas but only one stayed in the current Kabuki repertoire: "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi".

[1] Was there really a Namiki Jűsuke II? There is no record about a nidaime in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". In the Ritsumeikan Univ. Kabuki Hy˘banki Database, there are records for a Namiki Jűsuke from 1790 to 1799.

[2] The 17th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 2nd year of the An'ei era was the 9th of March 1773 in the western calendar.

[3] The others sakusha were Tawara Kiichi, Nakamura Kasuke and Fujikawa Hira.

[4] The others sakusha were Shimada K˘bŕ, Nakagawa Masaemon and Namiki Gonz˘.

[5] The others sakusha were Nakagawa Masaemon, Yoshida Kahe, Yoshida Genz˘ and Sodesaki Hanji.

[6] The others sakusha were Namiki Sehei and Namiki Ch˘z˘.

[7] The others sakusha were Namiki Takichi, Matsukawa Sada and Fujikawa Hira.

The name of Namiki Jusuke in a 1786 ďsaka hy˘banki (the zone within the red rectangle)

 
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