IMAMURA SHICHISABURď II

Stage names:

Imamura Shichisabur˘ II In Japanese
Mihogi Shichisabur˘ In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Riko

Existence: 1720 ~ 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762 [1]

Connection:

Master: Mihogi Shichitar˘

Disciple: Imamura Shichiz˘ (?)

Career:

1720~1743: born in Kamigata. He started his career as a disciple of Mihogi Shichitar˘, performing in kodomo shibai under the name of Mihogi Shichisabur˘. He spent some times in travelling troupes and took the name of Imamura Shichisabur˘ II [2] at an unknown date (middle of the 1730s?).

11th lunar month of 1743: Shichisabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Taema Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "Wakamidori Hatsumenbako", which was produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

1st lunar month of 1744: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1744: Shichisabur˘ became katakiyaku and played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Sekiguchi Kanz˘ in the kaomise drama "Tanba Yosaku Kameyama Kayoi", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shared the same rank as Nakamura Danz˘.

11th lunar month of 1745: Shichisabur˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Toragoyomi Hoteibukuro", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1746: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1748: Shichisabur˘ played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Sugamori Hiru-ga-Kojima", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV; his stage partners were Fujikawa Heikur˘, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Hanakawa Ichinoj˘, Sanogawa Hanazuma II and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1749: Shichisabur˘ played at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Sanj˘ Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Tokitsukazeyasu Keizu", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1750: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1750: Shichisabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Kurimoto Datenoj˘ in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Shichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the farmer Yogobŕ in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

11th lunar month of 1751: Shichisabur˘ became jitsuaku and played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

1st lunar month of 1752: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1753: Shichisabur˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Mogami Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage"; his stage partners were Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Fujioka Daikichi, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Arashi Tominosuke I, Onoe Montar˘ and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1754: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichisabur˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the roles of Nejigane Monpachi and Togashi no Samon in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama was in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1757: Shichisabur˘ became tachiyaku and performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai".

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Shichisabur˘ played in the latter theater the role of Oda Nobunaga. Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes below j˘-j˘-kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Shichisabur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

1st lunar month of 1761: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank as Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1761: Shichisabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Ayaha Chichibunosuke in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Miyako no Hinagata", which celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon IV.

2nd lunar month of 1762: Shichisabur˘ was expected to perform in the same theater but he suddenly fell ill and had to retire.

29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762 [1]: Shichisabur˘ died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Imamura Shichisabur˘ II was an important 18th century Ky˘to actor, who achieved fame for himself in the Imperial City as a katakiyaku/jitsuaku (j˘-j˘-kichi in 1754) and as a tachiyaku at the end of his career (j˘-j˘-kichi in 1761). He was short-sized but had a powerful voice, which helped him being without rival in villain roles.

[1] The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 12th year of the H˘reki era was the 23rd of April 1762 in the western calendar.

[2] Unknown relationship to Imamura Motojűr˘ (who was also Imamura Shichisabur˘ I).

The actors Imamura Shichisabur˘ II (right, committing seppuku) and Mizuki Kichisabur˘ (left) playing the roles of Kusunoki Masatsura and Osen in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1760 in Ky˘to

Prints & Illustrations

The Imamura Shichisabur˘ line of actors

 
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