|SODEOKA MASANOSUKE II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 1666 ~ 15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1724 
Father (adoptive father? master?): Sodeoka Masanosuke I
1686: his father (adoptive father? master?) Sodeoka Masanosuke I died.
11th lunar month of 1686: he took the name of Sodeoka Masanosuke II and performed as a wakaonnagata in ďsaka at Araki Yojibŕ I's theater. His yearly salary was 35 ry˘; his stage partners were Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Iwai Hanshir˘ I, Yamamura Kanzabur˘, Sakurayama Rinnosuke I, Sakata T˘kur˘, Takenaka Hanzabur˘, Matsushima Han'ya II, Kozakura Kodayű, Takigawa Kiyosabur˘, Yoshikawa Genzabur˘, Mihara Jűdayű I, Wakabayashi Shiroemon and Sadoshima Denpachi.
1691: Masanosuke settled in Edo, where he became wakaonnagata.
11th lunar month of 1696: Masanosuke performed at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Neko no Koneko", commonly called "Onna Narukami"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, Ogino Sawanoj˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, Nakamura Denkur˘ I, Nakajima Kanzaemon I and ďtani Hiroemon I.
6th lunar month of 1699: Masanosuke became wakaonnagata and played at the Yamamuraza the role of Yamashina Hayato's wife in the drama "Isshin Onna Narukami"; the role of Yamashina Hayato was played by Suzuki Heizaemon I.
1701~1711: a 10-year gap in Masanosuke history. One possible theory was that he went back to Kamigata.
11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1716 : a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Masanosuke had to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.
11th lunar month of 1718: Masanosuke played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tsuneyo's mother in the kaomise drama "Gozen N˘ Mitsu Uroko", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Onoe Samon; Masanosuke's others main stage partners were Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I (he played the role of Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo), Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, ďkuma Utaemon, Nakajima Mihoemon I and Onogawa Orie.
1st lunar month of 1720: Masanosuke played in the same theater the role of the mother of the Soga brothers in the new year sogamono drama "Yuzuriha Kongen Soga", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1720: Masanosuke played at the Moritaza the role of Watanabe's mother in the kaomise drama "Kaig˘ Sakiwake Shitenn˘"; the role of Watanabe no Taketsuna was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1721: Masanosuke played in the same theater the role of the mother of the Soga brothers in the new year sogamono drama "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1723: Masanosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of mother of the Soga brothers in the new year drama "Soga Koyomi Biraki"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II. Masanosuke fell ill afterwards and had to retire from the Kabuki stages.
15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1724 : Masanosuke died in Edo.
Sodeoka Masanosuke II was born and trained in Kamigata but achieved fame for himself in Edo, as it was often the case for onnagata actors at the beginning of the 18th century. He was active in Edo 4 theaters from the beginning of the 1690s to 1700, then from the beginning of the 1710s to the beginning of the 1720s. He was considered as the first important Edo kashagata, continuously holding the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank from 1715 to 1723. He excelled in a wide range of roles, like k˘shitsu, tsubone or the mother of the Soga brothers.
 The 15th day of the 9th lunar month of the 9th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 31st of October 1724 in the western calendar.
 The 11th day of the 1st lunar month of the 6th year of the Sh˘toku era was the 4th of February 1716 in the western calendar.
The Sodeoka Masanosuke line of actors
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