|YAMASHITA KAMENOJď IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: T˘ko
Master: Yamashita Shirogor˘
1758 ~ 1761: disciple of Yamashita Shirogor˘, his first stage name is Yamashita Ky˘nosuke; he performs in Ky˘to as an iroko.
11th lunar month of 1765: he becomes both wakaonnagata and zamoto; he coproduces with Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Asahi no ďgi", in which he plays the role of Ky˘-no-Kimi and which welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III.
Fall 1767: Ky˘nosuke goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1770: Ky˘nosuke performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.
1771 ~ 1776: Ky˘nosuke performs in tabi shibai.
Fall 1776: Ky˘nosuke goes back to Ky˘to.
Fall 1777: Ky˘nosuke goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1777: Yamashita Ky˘nosuke takes the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘ and welcomes back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.
9th lunar month of 1778: Kamenoj˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and Haru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Shiratayű, Genz˘, Terukuni), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Band˘ Iwagor˘ (Shihei, Shund˘ Genba), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Chiyo), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru) and Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo).
11th lunar month of 1779: Kamenoj˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei ďmachi in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which is produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrates also the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II and Yamamura Giemon II.
12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura"; Kamenoj˘ plays the roles of mekake Kosai and K˘emon's wife [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters.
August ~ 9th lunar month of 1784: Kamenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
1784 ~ 1788: Ky˘nosuke performs in tabi shibai.
1787: tour in Ise and Nagoya.
5th lunar month of 1788: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which is staged in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai; Kamenoj˘ plays the role of Ichimisai's elder daughter Osono [casting].
Summer 1788: Kamenoj˘ plays in Sakai the roles of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi and Honz˘'s wife Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partner in the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Kakogawa Honz˘ is Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.
9th lunar month of 1788: Kamenoj˘'s last-recorded performance, in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai, where he plays the roles of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi and Honz˘'s wife Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners in the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Kakogawa Honz˘ are Mihogi Gizaemon II and Yamamura Giemon II. We don't know what happens to Kamenoj˘ afterwards for he disappears from the records.
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active from 1758 to 1788. He excelled in both jidaimono and sewamono, was also good-looking and had a good k˘seki (good voice and good at delivering lines). He was said to be both an excellent dancer and outstanding at playing sewa ny˘b˘ roles.
Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV as depicted in the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi" published in ďsaka in 1784 by Yamatoya Kaemon
The Yamashita Kamenoj˘ line of actors
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