YAMASHINA SHIROJŪRŌ

Stage names:

Yamashina Shirojūrō In Japanese
Narukawa Shirojūrō In Japanese
Yamashina Shinzō In Japanese

Guild: Fukuyoshiya

Poetry name: Gozan [1]

Existence: ??? ~ ???

Connection:

Master: Yamashina Tokuemon

Career:

1760s: he makes his apprentice with Yamashina Tokuemon, who gives him the name of Yamashina Shinzō.

1768: he goes on tour in Nagoya, where he takes the name of Narukawa Shirojūrō and performs in a troupe led by Bandō Manzō.

1769: he takes the name of Yamashina Shirojūrō in Nagoya.

1770: he settles in Edo at the end of the year.

1st lunar month of 1771: Shirojūrō appears on stage for the first time in Edo ōshibai, at the Moritaza where he plays the role of Kyō no Jirō in the new year sogamono "Ehō Soga Nennen Goyomi".

5th lunar month of 1771: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1774: Shirojūrō performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Ama no Iwato".

1st lunar month of 1775: Shirojūrō's rank in the Edo hyōbanki, tachiyaku section, is jō-jō-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

6th lunar month of 1776: tour in Kōfu; Shirojūrō plays in the precinct of the Kyōanji Temple the role of Danshichi Kurobź in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubź, Tsuribune Sabu and Otatsu are played by Bandō Mitsugorō I, Arashi Otohachi II and Yamashita Kinsaku II.

11th lunar month of 1779: Shirojūrō plays at the Moritaza the role of Ono no Yoshizane in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe Tōsei Moyō", which celebrates the shūmei of Ichikawa Yaozō III.

4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Emba, Kijō Tarō and Yō Yōdai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The play is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Shirojūrō plays the roles of Kusunoki Masashige and Kusuhara Fuden [casting].

9th lunar month of 1780: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Kurosuke in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

11th lunar month of 1780: Shirojūrō plays at the Moritaza the role of Kurando Nakakane in the kaomise drama "Tokimekiya Oedo no Hatsuyuki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Arashi Hinasuke I.

3rd lunar month of 1781: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Hara Gōemon and Horibe Yajibź in the drama "Kanadehon Chūshingura".

11th lunar month of 1781: Shirojūrō performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Sakikaese Yuki no Miyoshino", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata minor actors Arashi Konomatsu, Onoe Kokichi and Onoe Kosaburō.

5th lunar month of 1782: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Taira Kenjō Naokata in the drama "Ōshū Adachi-ga-Hara".

8th lunar month of 1782: Shirojūrō plays at the Moritaza the role of Genryū in the drama "Koko ga Otoko no Tatehiki Tokoro", which welcomes in Edo the actors Nakamura Jūzō II and Bandō Matajūrō II.

11th lunar month of 1782: Shirojūrō performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Eika Goyomi".

6th lunar month of 1783: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Hara Gōemon and Kanpei's mother Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chūshingura".

11th lunar month of 1783: Shirojūrō plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Sakagaki Hyōbu in the kaomise drama "Kuruma Gakari Tekuda no Gunbai".

Fall 1784: the Ichimuraza goes bankrupt and gives its license to the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1784: Shirojūrō plays at the Kiriza the role of Fujiwara no Mototsune in the kaomise drama "Jūni Hitoe Komachi Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1785: Shirojūrō performs at the Kiriza in the kaomise program "Otokoyama Furisode Genji", which celebrates the shūmei of Bandō Mitsugorō II.

11th lunar month of 1786: Shirojūrō performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki", which celebrates the shūmei of Nakamura Kichisaburō III.

11th lunar month of 1787: Shirojūrō performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yukimizuki Eiga Hana no Hachinoki", which celebrates the shūmei of Ōtani Oniji III.

11th lunar month of 1790: Shirojūrō performs at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise program "Daidanna Kanjinchō".

1791: he becomes tōdori at the Kawarazakiza.

11th lunar month of 1792: Shirojūrō plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Utsunomiya Yazaburō in the kaomise drama "Koganegiku Date no Ōkido", which celebrates the shūmei of Segawa Yūjirō II.

3rd lunar month of 1793: Shirojūrō's rank in the Edo hyōbanki, tachiyaku section, is jō-jō-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

5th lunar month of 1793: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Hara Gōemon and Kanpei's mother Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chūshingura".

11th lunar month of 1793: Shirojūrō performs at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Yasa Gunbai Miyako no Jintori"; his stage partners are Segawa Kikunojō III, Ichikawa Danjūrō VI, Iwai Kumesaburō I, Ōtani Hiroji III and Bandō Mitsugorō II.

11th lunar month of 1794: Shirojūrō performs at the Miyakoza in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uruō Tosshi Meika no Homare", which celebrates the shūmei of Nakamura Nakazō II and welcomes in Edo the actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Nakamura Noshio II and the Ōsaka playwright Namiki Gohei I.

4th lunar month of 1795: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Hara Gōemon and Kanpei's mother Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chūshingura".

8th lunar month of 1795: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Hayashi in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1795: Shirojūrō performs at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Yuki no Yoshitsune".

4th lunar month of 1796: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Sezai's wife and Miyoshi Shuridayū in the drama "Gion Sairei Shinkōki".

7th lunar month of 1796: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Tenrankei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Shirojūrō plays the roles of Yoshioka Ichimisai and Okō in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Shirojūrō performs at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai Ōyose Genji", which celebrates the isse ichidai performance of Ichikawa Ebizō, the shūmei of Ichikawa Ebizō V and which welcomes back in Edo the actor Iwai Hanshirō IV.

1st lunar month of 1797: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Mankō, the mother of the Soga brothers, in the new year sogamono "Edo no Haru Kichirei Soga".

8th lunar month of 1797: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Tanimura Kenmotsu in the drama "Ōmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1797: the Miyakoza has to give back its license to the Nakamuraza; Shirojūrō moves to the Moritaza, where there is no kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1798: Shirojūrō performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Mitsugi no Funauta", which celebrates the shūmei of Ichikawa Aragorō I.

5th lunar month of 1799: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Shiratayū in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1799: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Hara Gōemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chūshingura".

11th lunar month of 1800: Shirojūrō performs at the Ichimuraza in Nagawa Shimesuke I's kaomise drama "Oishigeru Nami no Une Une", which celebrates the shūmei of Ichikawa Danjūrō VII and Arashi Kanjūrō I.

11th lunar month of 1801: Shirojūrō performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Date Dōgutsui no Ōtori", which celebrates the shūmei of Bandō Hikozaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1802: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Mankō, the mother of the Soga brothers, in the new year sogamono "Hatsubutai Wakayagi Soga".

11th lunar month of 1802: Shirojūrō performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Koshiji no Hana Oedo no Torideki".

8th lunar month of 1803: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the roles of Kakuju and Shiratayū in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1802: Shirojūrō performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kareki-ni Hana Gorishō Hachinoki", which celebrates the first stage appearance of Bandō Minosuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1804: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Hayashi in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

8th lunar month of 1804: Shirojūrō plays in the same theater the role of Kawatsura Hōgen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1809: Shirojūrō's rank in the Edo hyōbanki, veterans section, is jō-jō (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Shirojūrō plays the role of the tedai Sagobź. This is is last-recorded stage apperance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Yamashina Shirojūrō was born and trained in Ōsaka, spent some time in Nagoya and he was active in Edo from the beginning of the 1770s to 1810. He performed in Edo three major theaters (Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Moritaza) but also in Edo three hikae yagura (Miyakoza, Kiriza and Kawarazakiza). Equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, he was able to perform a wide range of supporting roles, as a tachiyaku, katakiyaku, kashagata, oyajigata or dōkegata. Two of his best roles were Okaya (Kanpei's mother) and Hara Gōemon in the classic Kanadehon Chūshingura.

[1] Another possible reading could be Kureyama.

Yamashina Shirojūrō playing the role of Nagoya Sanzaemon in the drama "Keisei Sanbon Karakasa", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1794 in Edo at the Miyakoza (print made by Tōshūsai Sharaku)

 
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