GATTEN YAZAEMON

Stage names:

Gatten Yazaemon In Japanese
Gatten Yazaemon In Japanese
Shimada Jűrobŕ In Japanese

Existence: ???

Career:

2nd lunar month of 1692: the name of Shimada Jűrobŕ was recorded in the hy˘banki "Yakusha ďkagami", tachiyaku section. His rank was naka (middle class).

11th lunar month of 1710: he took the name of Gatten Yazaemon, became d˘kegata and performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Sasaki Uji ďshimadai", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was naka-no-j˘ (superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1713: Yazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Musume Takara no Yome Banzei Muko", which was produced at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I. He changed the writing of his family name:

Old family name New family name
がってん 合点

11th lunar month of 1715: Yazaemon performed in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1716: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was (superior) [visual].

Fall 1716 ~ Fall 1717: no record in ˘shibai; he most likely performed in tabi shibai.

11th lunar month of 1717: Yazaemon performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1718: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

Fall 1718 ~ Fall 1721: no record in ˘shibai; he most likely performed in tabi shibai.

11th lunar month of 1721: Yazaemon performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Shachihoko".

1st lunar month of 1722: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, fell to (superior) [visual].

Fall 1722: Yazaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1722: Yazaemon performed at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Yazaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was (superior) [visual].

Fall 1723: Yazaemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Yazaemon performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1722: Yazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, fell to (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1725: Yazaemon performed at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Azuma in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata".

Fall 1726 ~ 1732: no record in Ky˘to or ďsaka ˘shibai.

1732: Yazaemon performed in Nagoya as an oyajigata.

Comments:

Gatten Yazaemon was a Kamigata d˘kegata actor, who was active from the 1690s to the beginning of the 1730s. His ranking was average during all his career. His most original feature was his stage name, Gatten, which was not a classic family name like Nakamura or Ichikawa, but a word meaning apprehend, comprehend or consent to.

Kuwabara Sanzaemon (left) and Gatten Yazaemon (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Bandai-ga-Ike no Tsurukame", which was staged in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1714

 
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