Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I

The actor Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1711 to the 8th lunar month of 1731.

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I playing the role of Sakurai Wadaemon in Yoshida R˘fu's kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1722 in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ II

The actor Kirinoya T˘kur˘ held the name of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ II from the 11th lunar month of 1732 to the 10th lunar month of 1733.

Sagawa Masugor˘ II (top/left), Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ II (center/right) and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I (bottom/left) playing the roles of T˘ru Hanz˘, Sh˘j˘ no Gonroku and Emonnosuke in the kaomise drama "Hatsu Butai Kogane no Ishizue", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III
Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III  In Japanese | Wakayama Gonjűr˘  In Japanese | Nakayama Banz˘  In Japanese

Born in 1740. According to the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", he was said to be the son of Tomizawa Montar˘ I. He himself said that he was the grandson of Kirinoya T˘kur˘. We did not find enough proof to support both assumptions. He was for sure the disciple of Nakayama Shinkur˘ I and his first stage name was Nakayama Banz˘. He took the name of Wakayama Gonjűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1752 in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai, performing in the kaomise program "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe" which celebrated the shűmei of both Wakayama Shinkur˘ and Wakayama Bunshichi. He finally took the name of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1761 at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Onibishi Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "S˘tsui Hoshi Kamakura Kagami" which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 7th lunar month of 1767, playing at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Fujikawa Heikur˘ [casting]. He unfortunately died too young, the 14th day of the 11th lunar month of 1767. This katakiyaku actor was the father of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ IV and the master of Kirinoya Tokujir˘. His last ranking in the 1767 ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

Nakayama Raisuke I (left) and Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III (right) playing the roles of Nan Yohachi and Hiraoka G˘zaemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1762 at the Naka no Shibai

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ IV
Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ IV  In Japanese | Mimasu Kamesabur˘  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III and disciple of Mimasu Daigor˘ II, he served his apprenticeship in ďsaka hama shibai, performing under the name of Mimasu Kamesabur˘. He made his debut in ˘shibai in the 11th month of 1795, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he performed in Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s kaomise drama "Ichiban Yari T˘kai Suzuri", which celebrated the shűmei of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III. He finally took the name of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1801 in ďsaka. He also became t˘dori at the Kado no Shibai in 1804. He was active up to the beginning of the 1820s (according to "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten") or up to 1838 (according to "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran"). He was a katakiyaku actor.

Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ IV performing in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1805 at the Kado no Shibai

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