EDO KAOMISE 1723
   
Play title Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho  In Japanese
Theater Nakamuraza
Producer Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI
Playwright ???

The kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho" was produced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI at the Nakamuraza in Edo in the 11th lunar month of 1723 [1]. It celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘. It was staged with the following casting:

Code Actors Roles
1 Shinomiya Genpachi Harada no Jir˘
2 Tsuruya Nanboku I Kanazawa Zusho
3 Ogawa Zengor˘ I Akaboshi Tar˘
4 Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II The Sh˘gun Yoritsugu
5 Sodesaki Miwano I Yoritsugu's sister Princess Seigai
6 Narumi Goroshir˘ I Aku Zenji
7 Arashi Wakano I Kaijumaru
8 Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I Tokiwaka
9 Hayakawa Hatsuse Nikaid˘'s musume (and Aoto's ny˘b˘ ? [3]) Katase
10 Miyakawa Hachir˘zaemon Nikaid˘ Nyűd˘
11 Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo [print]
12 Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I Harada Imajir˘
13 Ichikawa Monnosuke I H˘j˘ Tokimune
14 Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna [print]
15 Yamashita Kinsaku I Sano's ny˘b˘ Naniwazu [print]

The stars [2] of this kaomise program were:

Actors Category/Ranking
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II tachiyaku
goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I tachiyaku
j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]
Ogawa Zengor˘ I jitsuaku
j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]
Yamashita Kinsaku I wakaonnagata
j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]
Shinomiya Genpachi oyajigata
j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]
Ichikawa Monnosuke I wakashugata
j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]

Others actors were Nakamura Genshichi, Dekishima Sagenta, Dekishima Heihachi, Yamatogawa Tomigor˘, Sanogawa Senz˘ and ďtani Rokuz˘.

[1] "I worked on this kaomise page in October 2023, almost 300 years afterwards!" (Sh˘riya Aragor˘)

[2] Our definition of star is a ranking equal or above j˘-j˘-kichi.

[3] Recorded as Nikaid˘'s musume Katase in the 2nd volume of the "Kabuki Nenpy˘" series of books. In the illustration in the 1724 Edo hy˘banki, it was written near Hayakawa Hatsuse that he played the role of Aoto's ny˘b˘:

The question is still open: was Katase both Nikaid˘'s musume and Aoto's ny˘b˘?

 
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