|YAMAMURA TOMOEMON I|
Guilds: Himukaya, Akashiya
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: T˘yű
Existence: 1763 ~ 24th day of the 6th lunar month of 1804
Master: Yamamura Giemon II
Disciples: Yamamura Tomogor˘, Yamamura Tomoemon II
Fall 1783: Anegawa Tomogor˘ takes the name of Urayama Heijűr˘.
11th lunar month of 1784: Heijűr˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Todoroki Daiz˘ in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.
Spring 1786: Urayama Heijűr˘ takes the name of Tamamura Tomoemon.
Fall 1786: he becomes disciple of Yamamura Giemon II.
11th lunar month of 1786: Tamamura Tomoemon takes the name of Yamamura Tomoemon I in Ky˘to, performing in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Niai no Enmusubi"; his stage partners are Arashi Sangor˘ II, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II, Otowa Jiroza II, Arashi Shichigor˘ II, Arashi Sanpachi I, Onoe Shinshichi I, Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I and Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.
9th lunar month of 1791: premiere of Nagawa Shimesuke I's chűshinguramono "Iroha Gana Shijűshichi Moji" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Tomoemon plays the roles of Ono no Kudayű, Yakushiji Jirozaemon, the tedai Ibŕ, Inoko Gunpei and Dennai [more details].
11th lunar month of 1792: Tomoemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Matsuura Kenmotsu and the yakko Datehei in the kaomise drama "Hito no Kokoro-ni Kan˘ Kaomise". He also plays the role of Kit˘ta in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".
3rd lunar month of 1795: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was originally written for the puppet theater, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Tomoemon plays the role of Monobe no Heita [casting].
11th lunar month of 1795: Tomoemon performs at the Kado no Shibai in Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s kaomise drama "Ichiban Yari T˘kai Suzuri", which celebrates the shűmei of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Koroku III, Nakayama Bungor˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, his master Yamamura Giemon II and Asao Sennosuke.
4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Tomoemon plays the roles of Kuroda Kenmotsu and Fuji no Kur˘ji [more details].
11th lunar month of 1797: Tomoemon performs at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Mote Hayasu Manry˘ no Tachibana", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II and welcomes back in ďsaka the actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII.
5th lunar month of 1798: Tomoemon plays in the same theater the roles of Tamashima Hy˘dayű and Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ is played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII.
11th lunar month of 1799: Tomoemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Rokuz˘ and the yakko Togahei in the kaomise drama "Yunzei T˘ri Yaguruma", which is produced by Fujikawa Katsujir˘; he also plays 2 roles in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
5th day of the 1st lunar month of 1803: his master Yamamura Giemon II dies.
5th lunar month of 1803: the two Tomoemon, Yamamura and ďtani, perform together at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka) in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the former one plays the roles of Sat˘ Toranosuke Masakiyo and Yamaguchi Kurojir˘.
Fall 1803: Tomoemon performs in Ky˘to in miyaji shibai, in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi temple; this is most likely his last appearance on a Kabuki stage.
24th day of the 6th lunar month of 1804: Tomoemon dies in ďsaka.
Yamamura Tomoemon I (left), Nakamura Ky˘jűr˘ II (center) and Nakamura Monjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Mihara Ariemon, Yamazaki Yogor˘ and Hiraoka G˘zaemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1790 at the Naka no Shibai
The Yamamura Tomoemon line of actors
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