SHIMIZU SHďSHICHI
   
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Shimizu Sh˘shichi I
Shimizu Sh˘shichi I  In Japanese | K˘raiya Z˘fu  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Sakurada Jisuke I, he was quickly reocgnized as an talented hy˘shigi expert. Attached to Ichikawa Komaz˘ III, his first name was K˘raiya Z˘fu [1]. He took the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and worked as a sakusha in the 11th lunar month of 1787 at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Yukimizuki Eiga Hana no Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Oniji III. He became sanmaime sakusha and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1794 at the Kawarasakiza on the kaomise drama "Matsu no Misao Onna Kusunoki" [2]. He joined the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IV in 1798 and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1798 at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Mitsugi no Funauta" [3], which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Aragor˘ I. He worked in the 6th lunar month of 1813 at the Moritaza on the drama "Onoe Sh˘roku Sentaku Banashi". No record afterwards. He was the master of the sakusha Kashimura Seisuke.

The name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi I in the 1806 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Shimizu Sh˘shichi II
Shimizu Sh˘shichi  In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | Horikoshi Nis˘ji II  In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘shichi  In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘juken  In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘shichi  In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘shichi II  In Japanese | Shimizu Sensh˘ken  In Japanese | In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘shichi II  In Japanese | Shimizu Sh˘kichi  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was born in Edo and was the son of either a t˘dori at the Nakamuraza named Shimizu San'emon or Shimizu Sh˘shichi I (lower probability). Disciple of Sakurada Jisuke III, he received the name of Shimizu Sh˘kichi. He took the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi II and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1845 at the Ichimuraza on the drama "Kaikei Shinoda Mitsuki no Funauta". He became nimaime sakusha and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1848 at the Ichimuraza on the drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroishi" [4]. He went to ďsaka with Nakamura Utaemon IV and worked in the 1st lunar month of 1850 at the Naka no Shibai on the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Homare no Sukedachi" and the dance-drama "Mitsu no Haru Kanjaku Odori". He took the name of Shimizu Sensh˘ken and worked in the 3rd lunar month of 1855 at the Kado no Shibai on the dramas "Ehon Taik˘ki" and "Some Moy˘ Imose no Kadomatsu". He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1855 at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the dramas "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" and "Kokusen'ya Gassen". He took back the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi II and worked in the 11th lunar month of 1856 at the Kitagawa no Shibai on the dramas "Keisei Haru no Tori", "Senry˘ Nobori", "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki". He took the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi and worked in the 1st lunar month of 1859 at the Naka no Shibai on the dramas "Keisei Okuni Kabuki", "Sangoku Ichi Sato no Nishikie" and "Kokusen'ya Gassen". He took the name of Shimizu Sh˘juken and worked in the 1st lunar month of 1863 at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "Keisei Somewake Tazuna". He took back the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi and worked in the 10th lunar month of 1863 at the Naka no Shibai on the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He worked in ďsaka for the last time in the 3rd lunar month of 1870, at the Naka no Shibai on the dramas "Hana no Kumo Inazuma Z˘shi" and "Hiyokumon Ch˘ch˘ no Irozashi" (similar to "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"). He went back to T˘ky˘ after 20 years spent in Kamigata. He worked at the Nakamuraza, where he became tatesakusha in the 1st lunar month of 1871 and worked on the dramas "Shin Kuruwa Nanakusa Monpi", "Honch˘ Shiito no Nejime" and "Eky˘dai Haru no Nishiki". He took the name of Horikoshi Nis˘ji II in the 9th lunar month of 1871 but held only for a few months as he took back the name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi in the 1st lunar month of 1872. He worked with Kawatake Shinshichi II at the Murayamaza in 1874. Then, he went to ďsaka with the actors Band˘ Kakitsu I and Ichikawa Kuz˘ III. He was active in ďsaka up to 1887. No record afterwards.

The name of Shimizu Sh˘shichi II in a 1850 ďsaka yakuwari banzuke (the zone within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] Not sure about the reading of the first name.

[2] The main sakusha were Nakamura Jűsuke II and Muraoka K˘ji I.

[3] The main sakusha were Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, Hon'ya S˘shichi, Matsui K˘z˘ I, Kimura Benisuke and Kasanui Sensuke I.

[4] The main sakusha were Sakurada Jisuke III, Fukumori Kyűji and Matsushima Ch˘fu III.

 
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