TAMAGAWA GENZABURď

Stage name:

Tamagawa Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Tamagawa Sennoj˘ III

Career:

1698: disciple of Tamagawa Sennoj˘ III, he started his career in Ky˘to, performing as a tachiyaku.

1st lunar month of 1705: Genzabur˘ became d˘kegata and performed in Ky˘to in the new year drama "Keisei Hachisu no Ito", which was staged at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

Fall 1709: Genzabur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1709: Genzabur˘ played in ďsaka the role of Kotatsuya Tokubŕ in the kaomise drama "Chigo Daimy˘ Ky˘ Miyage", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

Fall 1710: Genzabur˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Genzabur˘ performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Tagasode Ume Sakura Matsu".

6th lunar month of 1713: Genzabur˘ went to Edo and performed at the Yamamuraza. He failed as humour was different depending on the city. He quickly went back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1714: Genzabur˘ played the role of the master Matsunoshin in the kaomise drama "Toshitokujin Midoribune", which was produced in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Hatsudayű's theater by Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘. Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Sakan Genz˘ in the kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori" [1], which is produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

1st lunar month of 1718: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi [2] (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamada Jinpachi.

11th lunar month of 1718: Genzabur˘ played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Dekinoshin in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane"; his stage partners were Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the sake maker Yajűbŕ in the kaomise drama "Sh˘j˘ Zakaya Mannen-gura".

1st lunar month of 1720: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamada Jinpachi.

11th lunar month of 1720: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of the kagokaki Shinbŕ at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

1st lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Matsushima Moheiji.

3rd lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamada Jinpachi and Matsushima Moheiji.

11th lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Negi Kindayű in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ was not recorded in the Ky˘to hy˘banki. He played in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater the role of the servant Matasaku in the new year drama "Keisei Hitomaruzuka" which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Kusuemon in the kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi [3] (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1725: Genzabur˘ was not recorded in any hy˘banki [4].

1st/3rd lunar months of 1726: Genzabur˘ was not recorded in any hy˘banki [4].

11th lunar month of 1726: Genzabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time in Ky˘to, where he played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Hanshichi in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Imose no Shitone".

1st lunar month of 1727: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Tamagawa Genzabur˘ was a popular d˘kegata actor, who was active mostly in Ky˘to from the end of the 1690s to the second half of the 1720s. He tried to perform in ďsaka or Edo, where he was not successful. In the Imperial City, he reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank several times.

[1] He shared the stage with another d˘kegata actor named Genzabur˘.

[2] In a different hy˘banki published the same month, he was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

[3] He had the same rank in the hy˘banki, which was published in the 3rd lunar month of 1724.

[4] Was he sick ? Was he in tabi shibai? Was he in miyaji shibai? We don't know.

Tamagawa Genzabur˘ playing the role of Hoshino Hachizaemon in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei T˘yama Matsu", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1721

 
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