YAMAMURA KAZAEMON

Stage names:

Yamamura Kazaemon In Japanese | In Japanese
Masaki Jinzaemon In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Son: Yamamura Ichitar˘

Disciples: Yamamura Giemon I, Yamamura Utanosuke, Yamamura S˘zaemon (?) [1]

Career:

7th lunar month of 1692: Jinzaemon performed as a tachiyaku in Ky˘to in the drama "Kashima no Kanameishi", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I.

1698: he settled in ďsaka and took the name of Yamamura Kazaemon.

Spring 1700: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in Ki-no-Kaion's drama "Keisei Mugen no Kane", which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I and starred Kataoka Nizaemon I.

Fall 1702: Kazaemon went back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1703: Kazaemon played the role of Kamei Daiemon in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mitsu no Kuruma", which was produced in Ky˘to by Yamatoya T˘kichi for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Kazaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

Fall 1707: Kazaemon went back to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1708: Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1708: Kazaemon played in ďsaka the role of Tawara Masuemon in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Uke Matsuri", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1709: Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1709: Kazaemon played in ďsaka at Shioya Kuroemon's theater the role of the kar˘ Kuranoj˘ in the kaomise "Inari Ch˘ja Kokonotsu Kogura", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Shusse Yakushi Jűnishin", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1711: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Tanba Tar˘ Kamado Sh˘gun", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1712: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Mikawa no Kuni Yatsuhashi no Kura Saiwai Ch˘ja", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1713: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka at Shioya Kuroemon's theater in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago".

1st lunar month of 1715: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "(Jing˘ K˘g˘ Sankan Taiji) Ashiwakebune" which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1715: Kazaemon performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Genji Kaichű Fude", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

Fall 1716: Kazaemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1716: Kazaemon performed in Ky˘to the role in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miyako Ikuyo no Yonedawara", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1717: Kazaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1717: Kazaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Jibudayű's son Shinohara Gekinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I in Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

1st lunar month of 1718: Kazaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kokichi [2] (superior - superior - (small-sized) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I.

Fall 1718: Kazaemon went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1718: Kazaemon played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Torii Banz˘ in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: Kazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1719: Kazaemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: Kazaemon played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Kadota Inabanosuke in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hiyoku no Tsurukame", which was written by the sakusha Sakakiyama Kansuke I and Nakayama Kinz˘ and was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I

11th lunar month of 1720: Kazaemon performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Aimuko".

1st lunar month of 1721: Kazaemon played in the same theater the role of the r˘nin Sait˘ Jitsubŕ in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei T˘yama Matsu". This was his last-recorded performance. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Yamamura Kazaemon was the founder of the Yamamura clan in Kamigata. He was a popular and talented tachiyaku actor, who was active from the beginning of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1720s. He was said to be outstanding in bud˘goto, equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He never performed in Edo.

[1] It was recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" that Yamamura S˘zaemon was the disciple of Yamamura Kazaemon. This is a bit weird as Yamamura Kazaemon started his career AFTER Yamamura S˘zaemon.

[2] This was a rarely-used visually-striking ranking.

The actors Yamamura Kazaemon (top), Matsumoto Shigemaki (bottom/left) and Sawamura Otoemon I (bottom/right) playing the roles of Torii Banz˘, the menoto Oky˘ and the r˘nin Onosaka Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1718 at the ďnishi no Shibai

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