TSUGAWA KAMON

Stage names:

Tsugawa Kamon In Japanese | In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 1730 (?)

Connection:

Master: Tsugawa Handayű

Disciple: Tsugawa Utano

Career:

11th lunar month of 1714: disciple of Tsugawa Handayű, he received the name of Tsugawa Kamon and made his debut on stage in ďsaka, performing as an iroko in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1716: he became wakaonnagata and played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Koyotsu in the kaomise drama "Futahashira Kasen Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1717: Kamon performed in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Meryű Oryű Kogane no Uroko", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1718: Kamon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1718: Kamon performed in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Seigaiha", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1719: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's 1708 puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" by Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘, which was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai; Kamon played the role of Princess Ich˘-no-Mae [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1719: Kamon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)j˘ ((white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Kamon played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Miyoshino [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hajimari", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1720: Kamon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was naka-no-j˘-j˘ (superior - superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1720: Kamon played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Princess Takamatsu [illustration] in Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Kogane no Ikioi", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1721: Kamon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Kamon performed at the Higashi no Shibai (ďsaka) in the kaomise drama "Tenryű Chiryű Kogane no Suzunari", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1722: Kamon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

Fall 1722: Kamon settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1722: Kamon played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tsunaemon's younger sister Oishi in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I; the role of Hara Tsunaemon was played by Yamamura Giemon I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of ďshű in the new year drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake".

11th lunar month of 1723: Kamon played the role of Kanbŕ's younger sister Miyoshi in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ; the role of Matsugane Kanbŕ was played by Mihogi Gizaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Kamon performed in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I and starred Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Katayama Kozaemon, Mihogi Shichitar˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe, Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrated his shűmei) and Dekishima Kozarashi III.

1st lunar month of 1725: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1725: Kamon performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Eiga no Shikishi", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1726: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He performed in the same theater in the ni-no-kawari new year drama "Keisei Futagoyama".

2nd lunar month of 1726: Kamon played in the same theater the role of Ki no Aritsune's ny˘b˘ in the san-no-kawari drama "Keisei Ise Monogatari"; the role of Ki no Aritsune was played by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1726: Kamon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

Fall 1726: Kamon went to Edo with Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726: Kamon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Yaheiby˘e Munekiyo's ny˘b˘ Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji"; the role of Yaheiby˘e Munekiyo was played by Arashi Sangor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1727: Kamon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1727: Kamon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Ono no Otsű in the kaomise drama "Goshozome K˘y˘ Gunki", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Kamon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I, Fujimura Handayű II and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1728: Kamon moved to the Nakamuraza; he played the role of Tadanobu's wife Kowata in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Tadanobu, Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Ky˘-no-Kimi and Shizuka Gozen are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Sodesaki Iseno I and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1729: Kamon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1729: Kamon played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ono no Otsű in the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya".

1st lunar month of 1730: Kamon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sanogawa Mangiku and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II. No record afterwards. He most likely died in 1730.

Comments:

Tsugawa Kamon was an onnagata actor, born and trained in Kamigata, who achieved fame for himself in Edo. He was active from the first half of the 1710s to the very beginning of the 1730s. He was talented, popular and ranked j˘-j˘-kichi for 3 seasons.

Tsugawa Kamon (top) and Arashi Sangor˘ I (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II in 1727 [Minneapolis Institute of Art (print in the public domain)]

Prints & Illustrations

 
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