SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON I

Stage names:

Shibazaki Rinzaemon I In Japanese
Shibazaki Rinnosuke I In Japanese
Yamamoto Shinanoj˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1722

Connection:

Son: Shibazaki Rinnosuke II

Disciples: Shibazaki Rinnosuke III, Shibazaki Jűzaemon, Shibazaki Kikuemon, Shibazaki Momotar˘, Shibazaki Tamijűr˘, Shibazaki Wadanosuke

Career:

1660s/1670s: he started his career as a koyaku performing under the name of Yamamoto Shinanoj˘. Later on, he became wakashugata and took the name of Shibazaki Rinnosuke I.

1681: he became tachiyaku and took the name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1695: Rinzaemon played the role of ďtomo Ikazuchimaru in the drama "Jingű K˘g˘", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1696: Rinzaemon played the role of Onogawa in Tominaga Heibei's drama "Kumano Sankaich˘", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II; his stage partners were Asao Jűjir˘ I, Nishikawa Okanosuke, Dekishima Kozabur˘, Otowa Saizabur˘, Sakata T˘kur˘, Takaoka Muraemon, Ichiya Gembei, Kamogawa Noshio I, Tashiro Seizaemon, Miyazaki Hachirozaemon, Mizuki Asanoj˘ and Hayama Okaemon.

7th lunar month of 1696: Rinzaemon played the role of Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Kamakura Ominaeshi" which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II; his stage partners were Arashi San'emon II (Soga Jűr˘), Asao Jűjir˘ I (Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘) and Nishikawa Okanosuke (ďiso no Tora).

1st lunar month of 1700: Rinzaemon played the role of Shigetada in the new year drama "Kamakura Sh˘gatsu Tsukai", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1701: Rinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1706: Rinzaemon played the role of Shishid˘ Kuranosuke in the kaomise drama "Ebisu Otoko Onna Daigoku Hashira Gatame", which was produced in ďsaka by Kataoka Nizaemon I and celebrated the first stage appearance of his son Shibazaki Rinnosuke II as a wakaonnagata.

Fall 1707: Rinzaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1707: Rinzaemon played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kikuchi Hachir˘zaemon [1] in the kaomise drama "Ohiyaki Sannin Musume".

Fall 1709: Rinzaemon went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1709: Rinzaemon played the role of Higaki Jűzaemon the kaomise drama "Chigo Daimy˘ Ky˘ Miyage", which was produced in ďsaka by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1710: Rinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1711: Rinzaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1711: Rinzaemon performed in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1713: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Ikuchise Gontazaemon in the kaomise drama "Eitai Kogane no Ichigura", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

11th lunar month of 1714: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to the role of the r˘nin Takahashi Hikozaemon in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

Fall 1716: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Rinzaemon played the role of Kanki [casting]. Around the same time, his disciple Shibazaki Kodenji took the name of Shibazaki Rinnosuke III in Edo at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1716: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Takara Jűrozaemon in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Tenjin Fukuju Musume", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III.

11th lunar month of 1717: Rinzaemon played the role of Kikuchi Hachir˘zaemon [1] in Sakakiyama Kansuke I's kaomise drama "ďmu Gaeshi Momotose Gitsune", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; his stage partners were Kirinami Takie, Yamada Jinpachi, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura Otoemon I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Matsushima Moheiji, Band˘ Matajűr˘ I and Onoe Samon.

2nd lunar month of 1718: First Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Nihon Furisode Hajime", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Rinzaemon played the role of Amatsu Koyane-no-Shin [casting].

11th lunar month of 1718: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kikuchi Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1719: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Ichimaru S˘emon in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Sh˘j˘ Zakaya Mannen-gura".

11th lunar month of 1721: Rinzaemon was supposed to perform in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura" but he suddenly fell ill and had to stop acting. He most likely dies the following year.

Comments:

"Shibazaki Rinzaemon, who was quick to recognise the art of the doll-actors. His specialty consisted in imitating them. He was well fitted in personal appearance, character, and voice to be a leading actor. He began his stage study in ďsaka, where the dolls were beginning to rival the real actors, and it is easy to see how the movements of the puppets, their airs and graces, postures and gestures, as created by the dollhandlers, who were artists in every respect, introduced the Kabuki actors to a whole new world of expression, of style and taste, which they were eager to command." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] Hachirozaemon also possible.

Shibazaki Rinzaemon I in the hy˘banki "Ogakuzu" (1699)

Prints & Illustrations

The Shibazaki Rinnosuke line of actors

The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors

 
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