TAKESHIMA KďZAEMON II

Stage names:

Takeshima K˘zaemon II In Japanese
Takeshima K˘jűr˘ In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Adopted (?) father: Takeshima K˘zaemon I

Sons: Takeshima K˘zaemon III, Takeshima K˘zabur˘

Career:

11th lunar month of 1694: son or adopted son of Takeshima K˘zaemon I, he becomes tachiyaku and performs under the name of Takeshima K˘jűr˘.

Fall 1698: K˘jűr˘ goes to Edo. He performs in 1699 at the Moritaza.

Fall 1699: K˘jűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1699: K˘jűr˘ becomes zamoto and produces in ďsaka the drama "Daimy˘ Takara no Fukubiki".

11th lunar month of 1709: K˘jűr˘ produces in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the kaomise drama "Takekaburi Mangokumochi".

3rd lunar month of 1710: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1711: K˘jűr˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1711: K˘jűr˘ plays the role of the yakko Dampei, in reality Oki-no-Ishi Banzaemon, in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.

3rd lunar month of 1712: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1712: his father Takeshima K˘zaemon I dies.

11th lunar month of 1713: K˘jűr˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Yamada Yaichibei in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Musume Takara no Yome Banzei Muko", which is produced at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

1st lunar month of 1714: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1715: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Sugiyama Heihachi.

11th lunar month of 1715: Takeshima K˘jűr˘ takes the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon II in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai, playing the role of Hige Mombei in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora"; his stage partners are Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Onogawa Ugenji, Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Sodeshima Genji, Murayama Jűrobŕ, Arakawa Jűr˘emon, Sawano Hachigor˘, Yamamura Giemon I and Fujimura Oginoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1716: K˘zaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Otowa Jirosabur˘ I and Miyazaki Denkichi.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1718: K˘zaemon becomes zamoto in ďsaka, producing at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Sumiyoshi Tanj˘seki", in which he plays the role of the yakko Heinai.

1st lunar month of 1720: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is produced by K˘zaemon in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1724: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya's theater the role of Heidayű in the new year drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. This is his last recorded stage apperance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Takeshima K˘zaemon II was a popular Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who was active from the middle of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1720s. He was like his father (or adoptive father?) outstanding in bud˘goto roles.

[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.

Takeshima K˘zaemon II playing the role of Seki no Danpei in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 at the Naka no Shibai

The Takeshima K˘zaemon line of actors

 
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