TAMIYA SHIROGORď

Stage names:

Tamiya Shirogor˘ In Japanese
Takii Hanshir˘ In Japanese
Takii Hannosuke In Japanese

Poetry name: K˘on

Existence: 1685 ~ 1745

Connection:

Son: Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I

Career:

1702: first stage appearance in ďsaka; he performed as a wakaonnagata at Matsumoto Nazaemon III's theater under the name of Takii Hannosuke.

1st lunar month of 1705: Hannosuke played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Agemaki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's new year drama "Keisei Kogane no Yodogoi".

Fall 1706: Hannosuke went to Edo with Tomizawa Chiyonosuke and Kumamoto Izaemon.

11th lunar month of 1706: Hannosuke played at the Moritaza the role of Tomoe Gozen in the kaomise drama "Keisei Azuma Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Miyazaki Denkichi, Miyazaki Jűshir˘ I, Katsuyama Matagor˘, Tamon Sh˘zaemon II, Matsumoto Kantar˘, Tomizawa Chiyonosuke and Kumamoto Izaemon.

11th lunar month of 1708: Hannosuke played at the Ichimuraza the role of Momoyo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1710: Takii Hannosuke took the name of Takii Hanshir˘ at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1711: Hanshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

2nd lunar month of 1714: the love affair, which involves Ejima, a court lady who served the mother of the Sh˘gun, and the actor Ikushima Shingor˘, was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, which broke the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the authorities, which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ were exiled to different places, those in the Sh˘gun's household who were held responsible were executed, the Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined; Hanshir˘, who was involved to a small extent, was also condemned and had to stop acting [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1715: Hanshir˘ was pardoned. He did not return to Edo and joined a travelling troupe (tabi shibai).

Spring 1718: he took the name of Tamiya Shirogor˘ in Ise [1].

Summer 1718: Shirogor˘ went back to ďsaka to perform at the Kita no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1718: Shirogor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Hiki Sawaemon in the kaomise drama "Sumiyoshi Tanj˘seki", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1719: Shirogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Yamamura Kazaemon, Takenaka T˘zabur˘, Murayama Heijűr˘ II and Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.

6th lunar month of 1732 ~ 1734: tour in Ise and long stay in Nagoya; Shirogor˘'s travelling and stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Ogino Yaegiri I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Sakakiyama Fujisabur˘, Tatsuoka Someemon, Sawamura S˘gor˘ I, Sagawa Bunz˘ II, Fukuda Dan'emon, ďtori Michiemon and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1734: Shirogor˘ played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tada Katsuemon in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata In'y˘ no Ishizue"; his stage partners were Sawamura Otoemon I, Izumikawa Sennosuke, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Kamakura Heikur˘ I and Matsushima Moheiji.

1st lunar month of 1735: Shirogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sawamura Otoemon I, Arashi Sangor˘ I and Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1736: Shirogor˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Banshű Onna Narihira".

11th lunar month of 1738: Shirogor˘ played in the kaomise drama "Neko no Koneko", which was produced in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater (Minamigawa no Shibai) by Mizuki Tatsunosuke II.

12th lunar month of 1740: Shirogor˘ performed in the drama "Chinp˘ Sandai Gatana", which was produced by Sakakiyama Jűtar˘ I and starred Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I. The title of this drama, literally "The Rare Treasure - Three Generations of Swords" [2], was an allusion to the three generations of actors of the Sakakiyama clan sharing the same stage.

8th lunar month of 1741: the play "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was originally written for the puppet theater, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Shirogor˘ played the role of Sonobe Hy˘e [casting].

11th lunar month of 1741: Shirogor˘ played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Shimazaki Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Wag˘ no Futahashira", which was produced by Sakata Ichitar˘.

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Shirogor˘ played the role of Kansuke's mother [more details].

11th lunar month of 1742: Shirogor˘ played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "ďmi Genji Taihei no Kachidoki", which was produced by Hanakawa Ichinoj˘ at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater and welcomed in the Imperial City the actors Nakamura Utaemon I and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Shirogor˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Aoto Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďshimadai", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sanj˘ Mankatsu.

11th lunar month of 1744: Shirogor˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Taema Tomoemon in the kaomise drama "Hakataori Imose no Karanishiki"; his stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Sawamura Ch˘shir˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Nakamura Danz˘, Tatsuoka Hisagiku, Sanogawa Hanazuma II, Sakakiyama Danshir˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Ikushima Kashiwagi I, Nakamura Matsubŕ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Fujioka Gengor˘.

1st lunar month of 1745: Shirogor˘'s name appeared in a Kabuki hy˘banki for the last time, in Ky˘to in the tachiyaku section. His rank was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) and he shared the same rank with Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I, Fujioka Daikichi and Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1745: Shirogor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater, playing the role of farmer Magosaku in the new year drama "Keisei Sakura Gassen".

Comments:

Tamiya Shirogor˘ was an important tachiyaku of the first half of the 18th century, the founder of the Tamiya clan. His field of excellence was jitsugoto. He also compiled the book "Zoku Nijinshű", a sequel to Kaneko Ikk˘'s book "Nijinshű" ("Dust in the Ears").

[1] He most likely became tachiyaku around the same time.

[2] It had also a different suggestive meaning because the word chinp˘ is the penis in old Japanese.

Arashi Koroku I (left) and Tamiya Shirogor˘ (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Senzai Yakata Kogane no Shikigawara", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1739 in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater

 
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