YAMASHITA KAMENOJď
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I
 

The actor Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I held this name from 1698 to the middle of the 1720s.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I playing the role of Takao in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1722

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II  In Japanese | Shinozuka Masanosuke  In Japanese | Yamamoto Somenosuke  In Japanese | Shinozuka Masanosuke  In Japanese | Nakamura Mitsusabur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Shirogor˘ I, he started his career in the 1st lunar month of 1711 in Ky˘to, performing as a wakashugata; his first stage name was Nakamura Mitsusabur˘. He became wakaonnagata in the 11th lunar month of 1713, performing in the kaomise drama "Eitai Kogane no Ichigura", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater. He joined the Shinozuka clan in 1715, becoming a disciple of Shinozuka Jirozaemon I. He became one more time wakashugata and took the name of Shinozuka Masanosuke in the 11th lunar month of 1715 in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I. He definitively switched back to female roles in the 1st lunar month of 1716, playing in the same theater the role of the keisei Koiso in the new year drama "Keisei Otokoyama". He went to ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1719 and took the name of Yamamoto Somenosuke at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai, where he played the role of Manzai Otoku in the new year drama "Genji Shusse no Kadode", which was produced by Kokon Shinzaemon. He went back to Ky˘to the same year and took back the name of Shinozuka Masanosuke in the 12th lunar month of 1719, performing in the kaomise drama "Yamato ďji Meoto Izumi", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I. He became a disciple of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I in 1721. He took the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the Naka no Shibai, playing the role of the mekake Kokonoe in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II (who was the adopted son of Kamenoj˘'s first master Nakamura Shirogor˘ I). His last-recorded performance occurred the following year, in the 2nd lunar month of 1726 in the same theater. We don't know what happened to him afterwards. He was ranked one stroke below j˘-j˘ [visual] in the 1st lunar month of 1726 Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section. He was said to excel in keisei roles and nuregoto in sewamono dramas.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II (left) and Nakamura Shirogor˘ II (right) playing the roles of the mekake Kokonoe and Mochizuki Daisuke in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the Naka no Shibai

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ III
 

The actor Sanj˘ Namie I held the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ III from the beginning of the Genbun era to the 10th lunar month of 1743.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV
 

The actor Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV held this name from 11th lunar month of 1777 to the end of the 1780s.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV performing in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1777 at the Naka no Shibai

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ V
 

The actor Arashi Kamenoj˘ II held the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ V from unknow times to 1815.

Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI
 

The actor Nakamura Tomiko held the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI from the end of the Kaei era to the 10th lunar month of 1858.

 
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