SAKURAYAMA SHIROSABURď II

Stage names:

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II In Japanese
Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon II In Japanese
Sakurayama Takematsu In Japanese

Other name:

Sakurayama Shir˘sa In Japanese

Playwright names:

Sakurato Bunsaku In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Nanga

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I

Disciple: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ III (?)

Career:

Before 1731: his first two stage names are Sakurayama Takematsu and Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1731: Sh˘zaemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Suminoe Daigor˘ in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘".

7th lunar month of 1732: his father Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I dies; he immediately takes the name of Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II.

Fall 1732: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1732: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Datenoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak˘ no Tsuzumi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance and line-up; Shirosabur˘ plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the kagokaki Matajűr˘, in realtiy the kar˘ Yojűr˘, in the kaomise drama "Meiken Kogane Zukuri", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakayama Shinjűr˘.

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

11th lunar month of 1749: Shirosabur˘ performs in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Tokitsukazeyasu Keizu", which is produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II; his stage partners are Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

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

1st lunar month of 1751: Shirosabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of the hairdresser Shichirobei in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

1757: he becomes sakusha.

11th lunar month of 1757: tatesakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai, he leads the creation of the kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and in which he plays the role of Nikaid˘ Tatewaki.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Shirosabur˘ plays in the latter theater the roles of Kusuriya Zesai and Shibata Gonroku Katsushige.

11th lunar month of 1758: he works as a sakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which is produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II and in which he plays the role of Fukusuke, in reality Ashiya Saichir˘.

Fall 1759: Shirosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Shirosabur˘ performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen", which is produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1760: Shirosabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: Shirosabur˘ performs at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1761: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He is the kanjiku for this category of actors.

1st lunar month of 1764: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Rokuj˘'s fox Sakon in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1765: tatesakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai, he leads the creation of the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and in which he plays the role of Katada Sagoemon.

11th lunar month of 1771: Shirosabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Princess Karamatsu in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

1772: his name appears in a hy˘banki for the last time; he most likely dies the same year.

Comments:

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II was a talented Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who followed in the footsteps of his father Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I. He was j˘-j˘-kichi either in Ky˘to or ďsaka from 1748 to 1772 and was active as a playwright named Sakurato Bunsaku from 1757. He held this name for 40 years but, as he had no talented heir, he was unfortunately the last great actor of the Sakurayama clan.

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II playing the role of Rokuj˘'s fox Sakon in the drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1764 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon line of actors

The Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ line of actors

 
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