|SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Shigaku (?)
Existence: 1741 ~ 6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798
Master: Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (??)
1765: he joins the Kamigata branch of the Sawamura clan and switches his name to Sawamura Takichi. It is written in the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" that his master is Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III, but this is impossible as this actor died in 1756. A possible master could be Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, who was the head of the Sawamura clan in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1777: thanks to the patronage of Arashi Hinasuke I, he is allowed to take the name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon II, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he plays the role of Utsunomiya Kintsuna in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Onoe Shinshichi I, Kiriyama Monji II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu III, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III, Fujikawa Sango, Arashi Matsujir˘ I, Fujikawa Ryűz˘ and Nakamura Tamagashiwa.
4th lunar month of 1778: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Rinzaemon plays the roles of Daibutsu Mochiya S˘emon (in reality Kaida Shingo) and Mashiba Hisatsugu [casting].
11th lunar month of 1778: Rinzaemon plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and welcomes back in ďsaka the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.
Fall 1779: Rinzaemon goes to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1780: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" is produced for the first time in Ky˘to; Rinzaemon plays the roles of Mashiba Hisatsugu and S˘emon's wife [casting].
9th lunar month of 1781: Rinzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Takatsuna and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju, Shigetada), Arashi Hinasuke I (Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Matsuemon, Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Kajiwara Genta Kagesue), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Chidori), Arashi San'emon VI (Ofude) and Anegawa Minato II (Oyoshi).
11th lunar month of 1781: Rinzaemon plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Kurikara Tar˘, the yakko Takunai and Haji no Hy˘e in the kaomise drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", which is produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.
3rd lunar month of 1782: Rinzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Yoichibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
11th lunar month of 1782: Rinzaemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Tanin Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which is produced by Nakayama Raisuke II and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.
6th lunar month of 1783: Rinzaemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ are played by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II and Nakamura Jűz˘ III.
1st lunar month of 1784: Rinzaemon plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sonobe Hy˘e in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari"; his stage partners are Anegawa Shinshir˘ III (this actor celebrates his shűmei by playing the roles of Dankur˘, Katsuragi Minbu, Goheiji), Hanagiri Tomimatsu I (Magaki, Goheiji's wife), Asao Kunigor˘ II (Akizuki Daizen, Tsukimitsu Kyűz˘, Gorobei Masamune), Arashi Sanjűr˘ II (Saisaki Iga-no-Kami, the yakko Tsumahei), Ichinoya Gonjűr˘ (Kuniyuki), Ogawa Kichitar˘ II (Saemon) and Nakayama Tsuruz˘ (Princess Usuyuki).
1795 ~ 1798: Rinzaemon spends his latter years in tabi shibai.
6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798: Rinzaemon dies.
Shibazaki Rinzaemon II was a 18th century ďsaka actor, who excelled in jitsuaku roles. He was trained in hama shibai, had his years of glory in Ky˘to ˘shibai during the first half of the 1780s and performed in hama shibai during the second half of the 1780s and the 1790s.
Shibazaki Rinzaemon II playing the role of Furuteya Hachirobŕ in a print made by Nagahide in the 1790s
The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors
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