HYAKUNIN'ISSHU GENZABURď

Stage name:

Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Disciple: Hyakuninshu Shinzabur˘

Career:

Before 1700: born in Nagasaki and raised in the pleasure quarter of Maruyama. He settled in Kamigata at unknown time.

11th lunar month of 1699 or 1st lunar month of 1700: debut on stage (hatsubutai) in ďsaka, where he performed as a d˘kegata.

11th lunar month of 1706: Genzabur˘ performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his main stage partners were Shinozuka Jirozaemon I (zamoto), Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ I, Band˘ Kikumatsu I, Hanai Azuma and Onogawa Orie.

1st lunar month of 1708: Genzabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1710: Genzabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Tsurutar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kenkon Daikoku Bashira", which was produced by Kataoka Sanpei.

1st lunar month of 1711: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Genzabur˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamada Jinpachi and Tamagawa Genzabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1713: Genzabur˘ performed in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Fukubiki Miuma no ďkamado".

2nd lunar month of 1714: Genzabur˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which was produced in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Genzabur˘ became tachiyaku and played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Yaneya Chobŕ in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tatsuoka Someemon and Imamura Shichisabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Kin'emon in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Tenjin Fukuju Musume", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III.

1st lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Yanefuki Genz˘, in reality Sengor˘, in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which was produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

11th lunar month of 1718: Genzabur˘ played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Tada Monjűr˘ in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane"; his stage partners were Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Miyazaki Giheita, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

Fall 1719: Genzabur˘ went back to ďsaka after 9 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: Genzabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ikomanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Iroha Obi", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

Fall 1720: Genzabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1720: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Takejir˘ in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukutoku no Kado", which was produced by Matsumoto Shigemaki and Sodesaki Wakaura I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘ performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to the role of ďenoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Tatsu Goyomi Daish˘ Wag˘ no Tsurugi", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘ played in Ky˘to in the same theater the role of the wakadono Tonerinosuke in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu". This was his last-recorded stage appearance; no record afterwards.

Comments:

Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ was a d˘kegata and tachiyaku actor, who was active in Kamigata from the very beginning of the 1700s to the first half of the 1720s. He was extremely popular as a d˘kegata, holding the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank between 1712 and 1715. He was qualified as zendai mimon, unparalleled in d˘kegata history! His family name was very unusual : Hyakunin'isshu was written the same way as the eponymous popular traditional poetry card game.

The actors Kikukawa Ky˘nosuke II (left), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I (center) and Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘ (right) playing the roles of Yaegiku's younger brother Shigegor˘, the keisei Yaegiku and K˘no Gonroku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chihaya no Toko", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1719

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