SHINOMIYA GENPACHI

Stage name:

Shinomiya Genpachi In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 1730 (?)

Connection:

Son: Shinomiya Heihachi I

Disciples: Shinomiya Manjir˘, Shinomiya Kohachi, Shinomiya Kogenji, Shinomiya Heisuke

Career:

1670: coming from Kamigata, he settled in Edo.

Enp˘ era: he performed in Edo as a tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1699: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Taira no Kiyomori Bijin Zoroi".

1st lunar month of 1701: Genpachi played at the Yamamuraza the role of H˘j˘ no Tokimasa in the new year drama "Keisei Mitsu Urokogata".

3rd lunar month of 1701: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was only naka no j˘ (superior in the middle class) but, in the oyajigata section, it was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1703: Genpachi played at the Yamamuraza the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Keisei Asama Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Band˘ Matatar˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1709: Genpachi moved to the Ichimuraza after 9 seasons spent at the Yamamuraza; he played the role of Gi˘ Takiguchi in the kaomise drama "Gempuku Nue Yorimasa".

11th lunar month of 1710: Genpachi moved to the Moritaza, where he played the role of Nobutsura in the kaomise drama "Onna Tsuwamono Tokiwa no Matsu".

3rd lunar month of 1711: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1711: Genpachi played at the Moritaza the role of Ono no Yoshizane in the kaomise drama "K˘bai no Momoyoguruma", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sakakiyama Sukegor˘, Osagawa Tatsuya and Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon.

1st/3rd lunar months of 1712: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent); his rank in the tachiyaku section was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1713: Genpachi performed at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Sazare Ishi Nasu no Futahashira".

3rd lunar months of 1714: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month: Ejima of 1714, a court lady who served the mother of the Sh˘gun, was in love with the star Ikushima Shingor˘. Their affair was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, breaking the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the authorities which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ were exiled to different places, some people in the Sh˘gun's household were executed, the Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined [more details].

11th lunar month of 1715: Genpachi performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Kaburi Konrei Yorimasa".

11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1716: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata, spreading to others sections of Edo and destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Genpachi had to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

11th lunar month of 1716: Genpachi performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1717: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Harada no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki H˘nen Mitsugimono".

11th lunar month of 1718: Genpachi moved to the Moritaza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe".

11th lunar month of 1719: Genpachi moved to the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1720: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kiyohara Takenori in the kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1721: Genpachi played in the same theater the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the new year sogamono "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga".

11th lunar month of 1721: Genpachi performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori".

11th lunar month of 1722: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nagasaki Nyűd˘ in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1723: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Harada no Jir˘ in the kaomise program "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

11th lunar month of 1724: Genpachi performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki".

11th lunar month of 1725: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yokoyama no Gunji in the kaomise drama "Oguri Ch˘seiden" ("Oguri in the palace of long life").

11th lunar month of 1726: Genpachi moved to the Ichimuraza where he played the role of Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1727: Genpachi performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Goshozome K˘y˘ Gunki", which celebrates the return in Edo of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1728: Genpachi moved to the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu".

1st lunar month of 1729: Genpachi's last rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). Genpachi played in the same theater the role of ďmi no Kot˘ta in the new year program "Suehiro Eh˘ Soga", in which the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban) was premiered. The performance was a huge success and it was extended up to the 5th lunar month. This was most likely Genpachi's last appearance on stage.

1730 (?): Genpachi died in Edo.

Comments:

Shinomiya Genpachi was a popular actor, who was active in Edo four major theaters from the 1670s to the end of the 1720s. As an oyajigata, he held in the Edo hy˘banki the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank from 1701 to 1729. He was outstanding in bud˘goto. He was also appreciated in hand˘gataki roles. He made an unusually long career on Kabuki stages.

Shinomiya Genpachi playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the new year drama "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1721 at the Nakamuraza

 
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