SODESHIMA GENJI

Stage names:

Sodeshima Genji In Japanese
Sodeshima Ichiya III In Japanese
Sodeshima Genji In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Sodeshima Ichiya I

Elder brother: Sakata Seiemon (Sodeshima Ichiya II)

Career:

1st lunar month of 1695: disciple of Sodeshima Ichiya I, he received the name of Sodeshima Genji and was trained in Kamigata. First record; Genji performed in ďsaka in the new year drama "Shissei Nyoirin Kannon Kaich˘".

11th lunar month of 1695: Genji played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Naniwa in the kaomise drama "Hime Kura Daikoku Bashira".

8th lunar month of 1697: Genji performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Momoyo Komachi", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1698: Genji played in the same theater the role of Miyagino in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kamigy˘ no Uta Hajime".

2nd lunar month of 1698: Genji played in the same theater the role of the Takama-no-Mae in the san-no-kawari drama "Keisei Edo Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1698: Genji performed in the same theater in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Isshin Niga Byakud˘".

1st lunar month of 1699: Genji played in the same theater the role of the keisei Kozatsuma in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. This drama a huge success.

3rd lunar month of 1699: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was naka-no-j˘ (superior in the middle class).

1st lunar month of 1700: Genji played in ďsaka the role of the keisei Hanayama [1] in the new year drama "Nanto Jűsangane", which was produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1700: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was naka-no-j˘ (superior in the middle class).

1st lunar month of 1701: Genji played in ďsaka the role of ďiso no Tora [2] in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Hyakunichi Soga", which was produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I. A sogamono was an unusual feature in Kamigata!

3rd lunar month of 1702: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1707: Genji played in Ky˘to the role of the keisei Michishiba in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Ishiyamadera".

3rd lunar month of 1707: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1709: Genji played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Somegae in the kaomise drama "Takekaburi Mangokumochi", which was produced by Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1710: Genji went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1710: Genji played in ďsaka the role of the menoto Makino in the kaomise drama "Sasaki Uji ďshimadai", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Genji played in ďsaka the role of Gonjűr˘'s ny˘b˘ Osatsu in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III; the role of Sasano Gonjűr˘ was played by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1713: Genji played in ďsaka the role of Tanomo's ny˘b˘ Asama in the kaomise drama "Onna Fude Y˘bunsh˘", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III and Ogino Yaegiri I; the role of Miyoshi Tanomo was played by Takenaka T˘zabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1714: Genji played the role of Danroku's ny˘b˘ Ochiyo in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I; the role of Danroku was played by Somenoi Hanshir˘.

11th lunar month of 1715: Genji played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Osen in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1716: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: he took the name of Sodeshima Ichiya III at the ďnishi no Shibai and played the role of Princess Aioi in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Ichigura", which was produced by Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Ichiya performed in the same theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chibiki no Ishi".

11th lunar month of 1717: Ichiya played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Otaku in the kaomise drama "Meryű Oryű Kogane no Uroko", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1719: he took back the name of Sodeshima Genji and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Otora in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Iroha Obi", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1720: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Genji played the role of Tokiwa Gozen [casting].

11th lunar month of 1720: Genji played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the roles of Oshige and Saky˘'s ny˘b˘ in Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Kogane no Ikioi" and in the kiri ky˘gen "Nanshoku Kamo Samurai Jűshichikinenki", which were produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1721: Genji performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Shachihoko".

11th lunar month of 1722: Genji played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Okuzaemon's ny˘b˘ Otatsu in the kaomise drama "Genji Moy˘ Ichimai Gushi", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II (who celebrated his shűmei).

1st lunar month of 1723: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Genji performed in the same theater in the new year drama "Daibutsu Kuy˘ Ryakuengi".

3rd lunar month of 1723: Genji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1723: Genji went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1723: Genji played in Ky˘to the role of Gekizaemon's ny˘b˘ Otsuru in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I; the role of the kar˘ Gekizaemon was played by Matsukawa Tsuneemon (who celebrated his shűmei).

1st lunar month of 1724: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Genji was the kanjiku for onnagata actors. Genji played in the same theater the role of Sagoemon's ny˘b˘ Okita in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Futakamiyama"; the role of Taema Sagoemon was played by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Genji played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Sezameon's ny˘b˘ Makino in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I; the role of Wada Sezaemon was played by Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1725: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1725: Genji played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Hanzaemon's ny˘b˘ Komatsu in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Hatsumen Bako", which was produced by Sanogawa Mangiku; the role of the kar˘ Kanamori Hanzaemon was played by Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1725: Genji played in the same theater the role of the k˘ya gejo Oyoshi in the kiri ky˘gen drama "Kashű Ishikawa-zome".

1st lunar month of 1726: Genji played in the same theater the role of Matori's elfer sister Kumoi in the ni-no-kawari new year drama "Keisei Futagoyama".

3rd lunar month of 1726: Genji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Genji was the kanjiku for onnagata actors. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Sodeshima Genji was a popular and talented wakaonnagata actor, who was active in Kamigata from the second half of the 1690s to the second half of the 1720s. He was outstanding in kar˘ ny˘b˘ roles.

[1] Hanayama or Kazan. Both readings were possible.

[2] the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ were played by Kataoka Nizaemon I, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I (who fell sick and was replaced by Okamura Jűr˘ji) and Sodesaki Karyű.

Yamashita Kinsaku I (top/1st from left), Arashi Kanshir˘ I (top/2nd from left), Iwai Hanshir˘ III (top/center), Sodeshima Genji (top/2nd from right), Tsugawa Kamon (top/1st from right), Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (bottom/1st from left), Murayama Heijűr˘ II (bottom/2nd from left), Arashi San'emon III (bottom/2nd from right) and ďtori Michiemon (bottom/1st from right) playing the roles of Daizen's mekake Oteru, Yawatayama Gondayű, Fujiki Matasuke, Oshige, Princess Takamatsu, Kushiro Wadanosuke, Kaguyama Manz˘, Okumatsu Tominoj˘ and Kaguyama Daizen in Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Kogane no Ikioi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1720 at the Higashi no Shibai (ďsaka)

The Sodeshima Ichiya line of actors

 
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