MURAYAMA SHIRďJI

Stage names:

Murayama Shir˘ji In Japanese
Murayama Shirojir˘ In Japanese
Ichimura Shir˘ji In Japanese
Ichimura Shirojir˘ In Japanese
Asaka Shizuma In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 12th day of the 1st lunar month of 1713 [1]

Connection:

Masters: Murayama Heiemon III, Komai Sh˘zaemon

Son: Murayama Shirotar˘

Career:

Before 1679: he started his career in Kamigata, performing as a wakashugata named Asaka Shizuma. He was a disciple of Komai Sh˘zaemon.

1679: he went to Edo, where he took the name of Ichimura Shir˘ji [2] and performed at the Ichimuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1680: the very first sayaate scene in Kabuki history is staged at the Ichimuraza; Shir˘ji plays the role of Nagoya Sanzabur˘ [more details].

11th lunar month of 1686: Shir˘ji performed as a tachiyaku in ďsaka at Arashi Monzabur˘ I's theater. His yearly salary was 80 ry˘. His stage partners were Arashi San'emon I, Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Uemura Tatsuya, Namie Kokan, Hanai Saijir˘, Kaneko Hikotar˘, Kawashima Kazuma, Yoshijima Kodayű, Sawai Hannosuke, Matsumoto Hy˘z˘, Sawamura Kodenji I, ďyama Giemon, Iwakura Man'emon and Sendai Yahachi.

11th lunar month of 1692: Shir˘ji played in Ky˘to the role of And˘ Sen'emon in the drama "Kawachi Izumi Renri no Matsu", which was produced by Murayama Heiemon III.

1693: he became disciple of Murayama Heiemon III and received the name of Murayama Shir˘ji [3].

1694: Shir˘ji settled in Edo to perform at the Moritaza.

1st lunar month of 1697: Shir˘ji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nagoya Sanzabur˘ in the new year drama "Daifukuch˘ Sankai Nagoya", which included the first bombastic "Shibaraku" scene in Kabuki history.

3rd lunar month of 1699: Shir˘ji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1699: Shir˘ji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Nakatsuna in the kaomise drama "Taira no Kiyomori Bijin Zoroi".

11th lunar month of 1702: Shir˘ji played at the Moritaza the role of Shinoda Rokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchijin Tsutsumamori"; the super-hero in the "Shibaraku" scene was Ichikawa Kuz˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1703: Shir˘ji played in the same theater the role of Yukihira in Mimasu Hy˘go's drama "Naritasan Bunshin Fud˘".

7th lunar month of 1703: Shir˘ji played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in Mimasu Hy˘go's drama "Oguri Jűnidan". No record in ˘shibai afterwards.

12th day of the 1st lunar month of 1713 [1]: Shir˘ji died in Edo [4].

Comments:

Murayama Shir˘ji was a tachiyaku actor, who was born and trained in Kamigata and who ended his career in Edo. He was active from the 1670s to the first half of the 1700s. He performed in the first sayaate scene in Kabuki history!

[1] The 12th day of the 1st lunar month of the 3rd year of the Sh˘toku era was the 6th of February 1713 in the western calendar.

[2] He was called either Ichimura Shir˘ji or Ichimura Shirojir˘.

[3] He was called either Murayama Shir˘ji or Murayama Shirojir˘.

[4] His tombstone was located in the cemerery of the Keiy˘ji temple in the district of Imado in Edo.

Murayama Shir˘ji in an ilustration from the book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu" (1st lunar month of 1693)

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