|ASAO KUZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Kigan (2)
Existence: 1786 ~ 11th day of the 9th lunar month of 1845 
Master: ďtani Tomoemon II
1799: he started his career in minor theaters in Kamigata, playing under the name of Ichikawa Rikimatsu.
Fall 1805: he became disciple of the actor ďtani Tomoemon II.
11th lunar months of 1805: he received the name of ďtani Tomoji.
1st lunar month of 1832: ďtani Tomoji takes the long-forgotten name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon III.
3rd lunar month of 1832: Rinzaemon played at the Takeda no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Yakushiji Jirozaemon, Yoichibŕ, Ono no Sadakur˘, Horibe Yajibŕ, Kond˘ Genshir˘ and the servant Rin in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was produced by Asao Momonosuke.
8th lunar month of 1832: Shibazaki Rinzaemon III took the name of Asao Kuzaemon II.
6th lunar month of 1835: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1773, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kuzaemon played the role of Gapp˘ D˘shin [casting].
8th ~ 11th lunar months of 1836: tour in Nagoya with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Mimasu Gennosuke I and Nakayama Nanshi II; Kuzaemon played the role of Motoemon in the drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura", which was staged in the precinct of the Seijuin Temple in the 9th lunar month.
8th ~ 9th lunar months of 1840: Kuzaemon played at the Naka no Shibai 4 roles, including Yokoyama Daizen, in the drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji".
11th lunar month of 1840: Kuzaemon performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the dramas "Keisei Haru no Tori", "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku", "Ishikiri Kajiwara" (Kuzaemon played the old man Rokur˘dayű) and "Heike Nyogo no Shima".
9th lunar month of 1843 ~ Spring 1845: Kuzaemon settled in Edo and performed at the Ichimuraza.
Summer 1845: Kuzaemon went back to ďsaka and fell ill.
Asao Kuzaemon II was a good actor specialized in katakiyaku, oyajigata and fukeoyama roles but he did not find the same fame as Asao Kuzaemon I. He spent most of his career in Kamigata theaters and his last years in Edo.
 The 11th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the K˘ka era was the 11th of October 1845 in the western calendar. According to others sources, he died the 18th day of the 6th lunar month of the 2nd year of the K˘ka era, which was the 22nd of July 1845 in the western calendar
 The 24th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 13th year of the Bunsei era was the 16th of May 1830 in the western calendar.
Asao Kuzaemon II portraying the farmer Heisaku in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors
The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors
The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors
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