NAMIKI SHďZď II

Playwright names:

Namiki Sh˘z˘ II In Japanese
Namiki Sh˘kichi In Japanese

Stage name:

Asao Sh˘z˘ In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: ??? ~ 25th day of the 7th lunar month of 1807 [1]

Connection:

Masters: Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Namiki Sh˘z˘ I

Career:

Before 1773: son of a shibai jaya owner in the D˘tonbori in ďsaka. He was a relative of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's wife. He becomes a disciple of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I and receives the name of Namiki Sh˘kichi.

17th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1773: his master Namiki Sh˘z˘ I dies.

1770s ~ 1780s: he becomes actor and a disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I. His stage name is Asao Sh˘z˘.

9th lunar month of 1785: he takes back the name of Namiki Sh˘kichi and works as a zamoto in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1787: he takes the name of Namiki Sh˘z˘ II and works as a sakusha, along with the tatesakusha Tatsuoka Mansaku, in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Koko ni Kiwamaru Gojin no Sonae".

2nd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku". A drama written by Nagawa Shimesuke I, Sh˘z˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Shimada Tsuruz˘. It was supposed to be staged first in Ky˘to at the beginning of the month at the Nishi no Shibai but the theater was destroyed by fire the 29th day of the 1st lunar month. The troupe goes to ďsaka to perform at the ďnishi no Shibai and to celebrate the shűmei of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

End of the 1780s ~ beginning of the 1790s: Sh˘z˘ works mainly in hama shibai.

11th lunar month of 1794: Sh˘z˘ works at the Naka no Shibai, along with Nagawa Shimesuke I and Nagawa Kunisuke, on the kaomise drama "Kana Utsushi Azuchi Mond˘".

11th lunar month of 1795: he works with Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Tatsuoka Mansaku on the kaomise drama "Ichiban Yari T˘kai Suzuri", which is produced by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III (who celebrates his shűmei) at the Kado no Shibai; others main actors are Nakayama Bunshichi II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Koroku III, Nakayama Bungor˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, Yamamura Giemon II, Yamamura Tomoemon I and Asao Sennosuke.

4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Sh˘z˘ [more details].

7th lunar month of 1796: premiere of the play "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", which was written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Sh˘z˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

10th lunar month of 1796: Sh˘z˘ works at the Minamigawa no Shibai, along with Tatsuoka Mansaku, on the kaomise drama "Ebisu Daikoku Megumi no Kurairi", which stars Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Yamashita Kinsaku II, Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Nakayama Bunshichi II, Anegawa Shinshir˘ III, Yamashita Yaoz˘ I and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV. The troupe moves to the Naka no Shibai in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

11th lunar month of 1803: Sh˘z˘ works at the Kado no Shibai, along with Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Nagawa Tokusuke I and Segawa Jok˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Hatsu Yagura Kogane no Manmaku", which is produced by Nakamura Noshio III. The troupe moves to the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

7th day of the 4th lunar month of 1804: his master Asao Tamejűr˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1805: Sh˘z˘ works at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the revival of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which stars Nakamura Utaemon III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Asao Kuzaemon I, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Asao Tamejűr˘ II, Ogawa Kichitar˘ III, Asao Kunigor˘ III, Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Fujikawa Tomokichi I, Nakamura Daikichi I, Nakamura Kumetar˘ II, Fujikawa Katsujir˘, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke IV and Nakamura Motoz˘. The troupe moves to the Naka no Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program.

25th day of the 7th lunar month of 1807 [1]: Sh˘z˘ dies.

Comments:

Namiki Sh˘z˘ II was a Kamigata sakusha and a relative of the more prominent playwright Namiki Sh˘z˘ I. Though none of his surviving plays were prominent ones, he was said to be the author of "Kezairoku", a Kabuki playwriting manual which was published in 1801. His most notable contribution was his participation in the creation of "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" under the supervision of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Tatsuoka Mansaku.

The name of Namiki Sh˘z˘ II in a 1796 ďsaka hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the right side of the picture); all the names were the sakusha at the Kado no Shibai (the most important ones being Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Tatsuoka Mansaku)

[1] the 25th day of the 7th lunar month of the 4th year of the Bunka era was the 28th of August 1807 in the western calendar.

 
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