YAMANAKA HEIJ█Rď
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I [1]
Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I  In Japanese | Nakamura Kuheiji  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Younger brother of Namie Karumo and son-in-law of Yamanaka Heikur˘ I's aunt, his first stage name was Nakamura Kuheiji but his relationship to the Nakamura clan could not be clarified. Thanks to his family relationship, he became a disciple of Yamanaka Heikur˘ I and received the name of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1709 at the Ichimuraza, where he performed as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Gempuku Nue Yorimasa". He became katakiyaku in the 1st lunar month of 1713, performing at the Ichimuraza in the new year drama "Taihei Onna Imagawa". He went to Kamigata in Fall 1713 and performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I. He became jitsuaku in the 11th lunar month of 1735 in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater, where he performed in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Miyako no Ichigura" which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘z˘. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1748, in Ky˘to Miyako Handayű's theater, where he played the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which was produced by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I. He most likely died in 1749.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I in kabuki21.com.

Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (left) and Ichikawa Danz˘ III (right) playing the roles of ďmori Hikoshichi and Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1748

Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II [2]
Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II  In Japanese | Kasaya Matagor˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1732. Disciple of Kasaya Matakur˘ I, he received the name of Kasaya Matagor˘ and started his career in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1756. He took the name of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1759 in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 2nd month of 1768, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, where he played the roles of Kishida Ikkaku, Kat˘ Toranosuke and the yakko Totahei in the new year drama "Keisei Momoyama Nishiki". His last ranking, in the 1768 ďsaka hy˘banki, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He died the 10th day of the 11th lunar month of 1769.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II in kabuki21.com.

Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II playing the role of Ishida Kenmotsu in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1764 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III [3]
Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III  In Japanese | Fujioka Monz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Fujioka Daikichi, his first stage name was Fujioka Monz˘. He took the name of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1772 and was active up to 1778. He was a minor katakiyaku. His last ranking, in the 1778 ďsaka hy˘banki, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). His haimy˘ was Ikki.

The name of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III in the 1778 ďsaka hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

[1] There are huge differences between the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten"; in the latter, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I was active up to 1715 and never held the name of Nakamura Kuheiji. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[2] There are huge differences between the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten"; in the latter, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II held the name of Nakamura Kuheiji around 1734 in Nagoya and took the name of Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1735 in Ky˘to. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[3] There are huge differences between the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten"; in the latter, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III was described just like Yamanaka Heijűr˘ II in the former. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

 
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