Disciple: Hyakuninshu Shinzabur˘
Before 1700: born in Nagasaki and raised in the pleasure quarter of Maruyama. He settles in Kamigata at unknown time.
11th lunar month of 1706: Genzabur˘ performs in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his main stage partners are Shinozuka Jirozaemon I (zamoto), Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ I, Band˘ Kikumatsu I, Hanai Azuma and Onogawa Orie.
Fall 1710: Genzabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.
3rd lunar month of 1712: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamada Jinpachi and Tamagawa Genzabur˘.
11th lunar month of 1715: Genzabur˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Yaneya Chobŕ in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and includes a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1718: Genzabur˘ plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tada Monjűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". his stage partners are Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.
Fall 1719: Genzabur˘ goes back to ďsaka after 9 seasons spent in Ky˘to.
Fall 1720: Genzabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘ plays in Ky˘to in the same theater the role of the wakadono Tonerinosuke in the new year drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu". This is his last-recorded stage apperance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.
Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ was a d˘kegata and tachiyaku actor, who was active in Kamigata from the very beginning of the 1700s to the first half of the 1720s. He was extremely popular as a d˘kegata, holding the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank between 1712 and 1715. He was qualified as zendai mimon, unparalleled in d˘kegata history! His family name was very unusual : Hyakunin'isshu was written the same way as the eponymous popular traditional poetry card game.
The actors Kikukawa Ky˘nosuke II (left), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I (center) and Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ (right) playing the roles of Yaegiku's younger brother Shigegor˘, the keisei Yaegiku and K˘no Gonroku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chihaya no Toko", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1719
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