TSUYAMA Y█Zď I

Stage names:

Tsuyama Yűz˘ I In Japanese
Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I In Japanese
ďtani Rokuz˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Zuiba, Sh˘k˘

Existence: 1703 ~ 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1753 [1]

Connection:

Master: ďtani Hiroji I

Adoptive father: Tsuuchi Jihŕ II

Disciple: Tsuyama Yűz˘ II

Career:

Before 1723: disciple of ďtani Hiroji I, he started his career as a koyaku and his first stage name was ďtani Rokuz˘.

11th lunar month of 1723: he became wakashugata and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1733: adopted by the playwright Tsuuchi Jihŕ II, he took the name of Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1735: Monzabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Mita no Genta Hirotsuna in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

Fall 1738: Monzabur˘ went to Kamigata, along with his adoptive father Tsuuchi Jihŕ II and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: Monzabur˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke, in reality the governor (kami) of Iga Shinozuka, in the kaomise drama "Kusunoki Yakata Sennen Gitsune" [2], which was produced in ďsaka by Yoshizawa Ayame II.

1st lunar month of 1739: Monzabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1740: Monzabur˘ went back to Edo, along with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1740: Monzabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Murei no Ikkaku, in realiy Akamatsu Mushanosuke, in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj˘", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji.

1st lunar month of 1741: Monzabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) are played by Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Sawamura Shigenoi and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1741: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1741: Monzabur˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of Aoto Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Konrei Sakae no Hachinoki".

Fall 1742: Monzabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1742: Monzabur˘'s names was displayed on the signboards of two Ky˘to theaters, Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater and Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater, as he was expected to spend half of the season in the former and half of the season in the latter. He played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of M˘ri Kazusanosuke in the kaomise drama "ďmi Genji Taihei no Kachidoki", which was produced by Hanakawa Ichinoj˘ and welcomed in the Imperial City the actor Nakamura Utaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Shinozuka Kazaemon and Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I.

Fall 1743: Monzabur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1743: Monzabur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Kinpira and Ikuno Daisaku (in reality Usui Sadakage) in the kaomise drama "Tanshű Teteuchi Guri".

1st lunar month of 1744: Monzabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Shinozuka Jirozaemon, Somenoi Hanshir˘ II, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II and Yamashita Matashir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1744: Monzabur˘ performed the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keisei Makura Gundan", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

Fall 1745: Monzabur˘ went back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1745: Monzabur˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Chibanosuke in the kaomise drama "Chiky˘dai Izu Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1746: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1746: Monzabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "ďtorii Gojűshigun".

1st lunar month of 1747: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1747: Monzabur˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari".

1st lunar month of 1748: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with ďtani Oniji I, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1748: Monzabur˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "H˘kas˘ Yunzei Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroji II.

5th lunar month of 1749: Monzabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and Hara G˘emon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1749: Monzabur˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sagami no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Onn˘ Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1750: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1750: Monzabur˘ switched back to tachiyaku roles and played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Sait˘ no Sanemori and Osaragi Gonz˘ in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Wakaki no Ume Taira no Kiyomori".

1st lunar month of 1751: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with ďtani Hiroji II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II. Monzabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the new year drama "Izu Kosode Sh˘bai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1751: Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I took the name of Tsuyama Yűz˘ I [3] at the Moritaza, performing in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Aizuchi Jűnidan", which also celebrated the shűmei of Morita Kan'ya VI.

1st lunar month of 1752: Yűz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with ďtani Hiroji II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1752: Yűz˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Ichimuraza the role of Takebe Gennai in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru".

1st lunar month of 1753: Yűz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with Nakamura Sukegor˘ I. Yűz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Ky˘ no Kojir˘ in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's new year sogamono "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga" [4].

2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1753 [1]: Yűz˘ died in Edo. His tombstone was located in the precincts of the Renk˘ji Temple in Asakusa.

Comments:

Tsuyama Yűz˘ I was a talented and popular Edo actor, who was active from the beginning of the 1720s to the beginning of the 1750s. He went twice to Kamigata, where he spent 4 seasons. He was j˘-j˘-kichi for five seasons, four times as a tachiyaku and one time as a jitsuaku. He was able to perform a wide range of roles and he was outstanding in aragoto and jitsugoto.

[1] The 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the H˘reki era was the 28th of September 1753 in the western calendar.

[2] This drama was created by the sakusha Tsuuchi Jihŕ II and Nakata Mansuke.

[3] Tsuyama was the family name of Tsuuchi Jihŕ I, the founder of the Tsuuchi clan, when he was an actor.

[4] "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga" mixed two sekai: the world of the Soga brothers and the world of "Chűshingura". It was a commercial failure.

The actors Tsuyama Yűz˘ I (bottom/right) and Arashi Shichigor˘ I (top/left) playing the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's new year sogamono "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1753 at the Ichimuraza

Prints & Illustrations

The Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ line of actors

 
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