YAMASHITA YAOZď I

Stage names:

Yamashita Yaoz˘ I In Japanese
Yamashita Yaoz˘ I In Japanese
Yamashita Yaoz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Masuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kik˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Yamashita Jiroz˘ I

Master: Yamashita Kinsaku II.

Adopted sons: Yamashita Yaoz˘ II, Band˘ Mitsuz˘ I

Disciple: Yamashita Yaoz˘ II

Career:

Before 1763: son of Yamashita Jiroz˘ I, he started his career as a wakashugata in hama shibai, performing under the name of Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

Fall 1763: Yaoz˘ became disciple of Yamashita Kinsaku II.

11th lunar month of 1763: Yaoz˘ made his debut in ˘shibai, performing with his master at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Gomori K˘bai no Iezuto", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1764: Yaoz˘ became wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1768: Yaoz˘ became zamoto and produced in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki".

Fall 1769: Yaoz˘ and his master Yamashita Kinsaku II went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1769: Yaoz˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which welcomed in Edo the actors Yamashita Kinsaku II and Kasaya Matakur˘ II (who also celebrated his shűmei) and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1770: Yaoz˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

Fall 1772: Yaoz˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1772: Yaoz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yamana's daughter Kaoyo in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai".

Fall 1773: Yaoz˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1773: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Seki-no-To in the kaomise drama "Etari ya Etari Tsuwamono Majiwari", which was produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I.

1st lunar month of 1774: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1778: Yaoz˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Ume no Nazorae Azuma Hyakkan", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1779: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1779: Yaoz˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which was produced in Ky˘to by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1780: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with Sawamura Kunitar˘ I. Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" was produced for the first time in Ky˘to; Yaoz˘ played the role of Masagi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1780: Yaoz˘ became zamoto in Ky˘to, producing at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Sono Uwasa Kiku no Hataage".

1st lunar month of 1781: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1781: Yaoz˘ produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", in which he played the role of Tonami.

Fall 1782: Yaoz˘ went back to ďsaka after 9 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1782: Yaoz˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Zu ni Notta Bankoku Tokai", which celebrated the shűmei of Kagaya Kashichi I.

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Yaoz˘ plays the courtesan Segawa, Hisakata Gozen and Osode [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Yaoz˘ played the roles of the keisei Kach˘ and Kitabatake Hamaogi [casting]. His rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1784: the play "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami", which was originally written in the 10th lunar month of 1776 by Suga Sensuke for the puppet theater, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohŕ, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Yaoz˘ played the role of Ch˘emon's spouse Okinu [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sewa Ry˘ri Yaoya Kondate"; Yaoz˘ played the role of Ochiyo [more details].

4th lunar month of 1788: Yaoz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Nureginu and Karaori in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

11th lunar month of 1788: Yaoz˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in Nagawa Shimesuke I's kaomise drama "Toshi-ni Kan˘ Tori-ga-Saik˘".

11th lunar month of 1790: Yaoz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Omasu in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Ittai Bunshin Nishiki no Okuyama", which was produced by Asao Yatar˘ and celebrated the return in ďsaka (from a tour to Edo) of the star Asao Tamejűr˘ I. He also played from the 25th of the 11th lunar month the roles of Magaki and Saisaki Iga-no-Kami's wife in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Summer 1791: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to the roles of Sasaki Tan'emon's wife and Sawai Matagor˘'s wife in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; the roles of Sasaki Tan'emon and Sawai Matagor˘ were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

11th lunar month of 1791: Yaoz˘ performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Hakubai Genji Shugi no Hajime", which was produced by Anegawa Kumajir˘ at the Nishigawa no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1792: Yaoz˘ performed in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Hajimari"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Nakamura T˘z˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ III and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

Summer 1793: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to the roles of Sukune's wife, Shinobu and Princess Izutsu in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

3rd lunar month of 1794: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Sakaki-no-Mae in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami". He also played the role of Ochiyo in "Yaoya no Kondate"; the role of Hanbei was played by Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1794: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Sagami in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Nishi no Shibai (Ky˘to) of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Yaoz˘ played the role of the courtesan Kikuno [casting].

11th lunar month of 1794: Yaoz˘ played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kokaji's wife Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Tatematsuru Chibako no Tamamono"; he also played from the 27th day of the 11th month to the 19th day of the 12th month the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1795: Yaoz˘'s rank in the ďsaka and Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with Yoshizawa Iroha I in the ďsaka hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1795: Yaoz˘ performed in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hajimete Hiraku Nanshi no Hanabusa", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Mitsuemon I.

8th lunar month of 1796: Yaoz˘ played in the same theater the role of Takigawa in the drama "Deiri Minato". He also played the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and Yae in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

2nd lunar month of 1797: Yaoz˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Otane in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Jihiz˘ and Yokoz˘ were played by Nakayama Bunshichi II and Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1798: Yaoz˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Umegawa in the drama "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai"; the roles of Chűbŕ and Magoemon were played by Onoe Koisabur˘ I and Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

10th lunar month of 1798: Yaoz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Shinobu and Princess Izutsu in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1803: Yaoz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Matsukaze in the kaomise drama "Hatsu Yagura Kogane no Manmaku", which was produced by Nakamura Noshio III. The troupe moved to the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

3rd lunar month of 1804: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1804: Yaoz˘ performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ichiy˘ ďgi no Kachidoki".

9th lunar month of 1805: Yaoz˘ played in Ky˘to at the Shita-no-Mori no Shibai (in the district of Kitano) the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Comments:

Yamashita Yaoz˘ I was a popular and talented Kamigata onnagata, who made a long and successful career from the 1760s to the middle of the 1800s. He had all the features of a great actor: he was very handsome, had an amazing stage presence and perfectly delivered his lines with his beautiful voice. He was able to perform any kind of female role but in his latter years, he was particularly outstanding in sewa ny˘b˘ roles. No more records for this actor from 1806.

Yamashita Yaoz˘ I in a print made in 1770 by Ippitsusai Bunch˘
for the Ehon Butai ďgi series of prints

Prints of Yamashita Yaoz˘ I

Suifutei 1782

 
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