|YAMAMURA GIEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Sonk˘, Got˘
Existence: 1736 ~ 5th day of the 1st lunar month of 1803 
Disciples: Yamamura Tomoemon I, Yamamura Mitsuz˘, Yamamura Tominosuke
11th lunar month of 1769: he became katakiyaku and took the name of Yamamura Mitsuz˘, performing at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tora no Itten Sanryaku no Maki", which was produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II; this was his first stage performance in ˘shibai.
11th lunar month of 1776: he became jitsuaku and took the name of Yamamoto Gizaemon, performing Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Oso Uji Yodo no Irifune", which was produced by Matsuyama Kogenji.
1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot was very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Gizaemon played the roles of Sawai Matagor˘, Matagor˘'s mother Narumi and the doctor Sanai [casting].
Fall 1779: Gizaemon went back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1779: Yamamoto Gizaemon took the name of Yamamura Giemon II, playing at the Kado no Shibai the role of Naniwa Mitsuz˘ in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which was produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrated also the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II; his others stage partners were Nakayama Bunshichi I, Ogawa Kichitar˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon II, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II, Arashi Sanjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Jiroza II, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and Fujikawa Sango.
Fall 1781: Giemon went to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1781: Yamamura Giemon II took the name of Yamamoto Giemon at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Yoshikawa Saemon in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which celebrated also the shűmei of Hanagiri Tomimatsu I (who played the role of Yoshikawa Saemon's ny˘b˘) and welcomed back in Ky˘to the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.
5th lunar month of 1782: Giemon played in Ky˘to the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" [illustration]; the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ was played by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1784: tour in Nagoya, where he performed under the name of the name of Yamamura Giemon II.
11th lunar month of 1784: Giemon played in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Miura Saemon in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which was produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.
1st lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-s˘d˘mono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokus˘; Giemon played the roles of Sakai Hida-no-Kami and the Yodoya tedai S˘bŕ [more details].
2nd lunar month of 1796: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai; Giemon played the role of Magoemon [casting].
4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawa-zome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Giemon played the roles of Miura Hitachinosuke and Furuta Naribe [more details].
9th lunar month of 1799: Giemon played at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Enju and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; this was most likely his last stage appearance. He fell ill and had to retire.
5th day of the 1st lunar month of 1803 : Giemon died in ďsaka.
Yamamura Giemon II was an important Kamigata actor, who achieved fame for himself on ďsaka and Ky˘to stages from the 1770s to the end of the 1790s. He was an outstanding jitsuaku, excelling in his latter years in the roles of crafty old villains in sewamono dramas.
 The 5th day of the 1st lunar month of the 3rd year of the Ky˘wa era was the 27th of January 1803 in the western calendar.
Yamamura Giemon II playing the role of Sakae Hida-no-Kami in the new year drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1793 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Ryűk˘sai Jokei)
The Yamamura Giemon line of actors
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