KANEKO KICHIZAEMON

Other name: Kaneko Ikk˘

Poetry name: Ikk˘

Existence: ??? ~ 11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1728

Connections:

Master: Kaneko Rokuemon

Career:

1688: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Senma in the drama "ďkumagawa Genzaemon".

1689: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to in the drama "Waka no Ura Katao Nami".

3rd lunar month of 1693: the first drama written by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon for the star Sakata T˘jűr˘ I is performed in Ky˘t˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater. The play's title is "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘" and the others actors in the casting are Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Yoshizawa Ayame, Kirinami Senju I, Iwai Heijir˘ and Kichizaemon.

1695: Kichizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is (superior).

7th lunar month of 1698: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘t˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tokuz˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Isshin Niga Byakud˘".

1st lunar month of 1699: Kichizaemon's rank in the Ky˘t˘ hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1701: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the dramas "Onzoshi Hatsutora Mairi" and "Keisei Fuji Miru Sato" which are produced by Kokon Shinzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1701: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Gorakub˘ in the drama "Shin Komachi Eiga no Kuruma", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1702: premiere in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mibu Dainenbutsu", which is produced by Kokon Shinzaemon; Kichizaemon plays the role of the ah˘ Ch˘bŕ.

11th lunar month of 1704: Kichizaemon plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Ah˘ Manroku in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's kaomise drama "Kissh˘ Tennyo Anzan no Tama".

1st lunar month of 1712: Kichizaemon plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater the role of Saiz˘ in the drama "Onna Wankyű", which is produced by Yoshizawa Ayame I.

Fall 1712: Kichizaemon goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1712: Kichizaemon becomes tachiyaku and plays the role of Asakura Kin'emon in the kaomise drama "Mikawa no Kuni Yatsuhashi no Kura Saiwai Ch˘ja", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.

1st lunar month of 1713: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

11th lunar month of 1713: Kichizaemon plays the role of Rokur˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.

1st lunar month of 1714: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1714: Kichizaemon plays in ďsaka the role of Mikazuki Tairanosuke in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1716: Kichizaemon plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kinsuke in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Ichigura", which is produced by Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1717: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1717: Kichizaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kinbŕ in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1717: Kichizaemon plays in the same theater the role of Yohŕ in the kiri ky˘gen "ďsaka Shinjű Hajimari" [1].

1st lunar month of 1718: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1718: Kichizaemon goes back to Ky˘to after 6 seasons spent in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1718: Kichizaemon plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". His stage partners are Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Kichizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1719: Kichizaemon goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1719: Kichizaemon becomes zamoto and produces at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Kogane no Mitsu Gashiwa".

1st lunar month of 1720: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1720: Kichizaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Chibikizuru", which is produced by Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1721: Kichizaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1725: Kichizaemon writes and plays in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ no Futabashira", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III at the Kado no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1728: Kichizaemon writes and plays in the drama "Atomeron Keizu no Hakozaki", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at the Kado no Shibai.

11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1728: Kichizaemon dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Kaneko Kichizaemon was an outstanding d˘kegata actor in Kamigata from the Genroku period to the Ky˘h˘ era, excelling in fool (ah˘) roles. He decided to switch to tachiyaku roles from the 11th lunar month of 1712. He was also an important playwright, who was, along with Tominaga Heibei, a disciple of Kaneko Rokuemon and collaborated with Chikamatsu Monzaemon. When Chikamatsu Monzaemon left the Kabuki world to write for the puppet theater, Kaneko Kichizaemon became the favourite playwright of the star Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. "Kichizaemon worshipped the great actor for whom he wrote, and put down his sayings about the theatre and his art as though they were oracles". Kaneko Kichizaemon wrote two books, called "Nijinshű", (literally "Collection of the Ears Dust"), a collection of actors stories, mainly Sakata T˘jűr˘ I's words and pieces of advice on his art. It is worthy of note that Kichizaemon "was criticised adversely because he made his own part prominent in the plays he wrote"
The 2 sentences within double quotes are from ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan".

[1] This drama was a shinjűmono based on the story of Ch˘emon and his lover Ichinoj˘. The 17th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenna era (the 11th of June 1683 in the western calendar), the courtesan Yamatoya Ichinoj˘ and her lover Goze no Ch˘emon committed suicide together in ďsaka. This event caused quite a stir and three ďsaka theaters decided to capitalize on the situation by simultaneously producing the same month the first shinjűmono of Kabuki history.

Kaneko Kichizaemon

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