|MASUYAMA KINPACHI II|
Poetry name: Gozan
Existence: ??? ~ 1826
Before 1808: with the patronage of Tsuchiya Kanji, who worked at the entrance of the backstage of a theater in the district of Kobiki-ch˘, he was hired to work in the ˘d˘gu team. As the job was physically too tough for him, he moved to the kod˘gu team, where he excelled and was spotted as a very reliable and talented worker. He became a disciple of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I.
1808: the name of this new sakusha was created in the backstages of the Ichimuraza, using one ideogram from the first name or last name of 4 people. He was named Tsuchii Hy˘shichi with Tsuchi coming from Tsuchiya (his previous master Tsuchiya Kanji), i coming from Matsui (Matsui K˘z˘ I), hy˘ coming from Hy˘z˘ (the first name of the previous name of his master, Sawa Hy˘z˘) and Shichi coming from Sh˘shichi (Shimizu Sh˘shichi I). As it was too early to use the same ideogram as his master, a different one was selected:
11th lunar month of 1808: Hy˘shichi worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Katsu Hy˘z˘ I (tatesakusha), Matsui K˘z˘ I Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Sone Sh˘kichi I, on the kaomise drama "Irosoyuru Nidai Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Tanosuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ II.
1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1809: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. The new year sogamono was staged at the beginning of the 4th lunar month after the rebuilding of the Ichimuraza.
11th lunar month of 1811: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I took the name of Tsuruya Nanboku IV at the Ichimuraza; Hy˘shichi worked with his master on the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IV.
11th lunar month of 1818: Hy˘shichi worked, along with Sakurada Jisuke II, Namiki Gohei II (who celebrated his shűmei), Tajima Konosuke I and Matsushima Hanji II (who celebrated his shűmei), on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kamikaze".
11th lunar month of 1822: he became tatesakusha, took the name of Masuyama Kinpachi II and worked at the Moritaza , along with Hon'ya S˘shichi, on the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Wakoku no Kachidoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Shijaku I, Ichikawa Dannosuke IV and Nakamura Gyoraku II.
1826: Kinpachi died.
The name of Masuyama Kinpachi II in a 1823 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red shape on the right side of the picture)
The Masuyama Kinpachi line of playwrights
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