|MIHOGI GIZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Sot˘
Existence: 1731 ~ 15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1789
Master: Mihogi Shichitar˘
11th lunar month of 1757: he becomes tachiyaku.
1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Fujimatsu played in the latter theater the roles of Yoshiteru and Shibata Katsumasa.
End of 1759: he takes the name of Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I.
6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the role of Wataya Tokuemon [casting].
3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Sanjűr˘ plays the roles of Fujiwara no Tankai and Motome [casting].
11th lunar month of 1771: Sanjűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Minamoto no Yorinobu and the wakat˘ Tamisuke in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1776: Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I takes the name of Mihogi Gizaemon II in Ky˘to, playing the role of Shinraku Jűnai in the kaomise drama "Oso Uji Yodo no Irifune", which is produced by Matsuyama Kogenji.
1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot is very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Gizaemon plays the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Wada Yukie [casting].
End of the 11th lunar month of 1779 ~ 1st lunar month of 1780: Gizaemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and En'ya Hangan are played by Yamamoto Giemon and Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.
12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters; Gizaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ningy˘ya K˘emon [casting].
9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Gizaemon plays the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Wada Yukie [casting].
5th lunar month of 1784: premiŔre in ˘shibai, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, of the gidayű ky˘gen "Yura no Minato Sengen Ch˘ja"; Gizaemon plays the roles of Yamaoka Gonroku and Iwaki Hangan Masauji [casting].
7th lunar month of 1789: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I and Chikamatsu Tokus˘ drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari"; Gizaemon plays the role of Numazu Chishima-no-Kami [more details]. It is Gizaemon's last appearance on stage.
15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1789: Gizaemon dies in ďsaka.
Mihogi Gizaemon II was a tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. This small-sized actor, endowed with a great voice, excelled in bud˘goto and jitsugoto. As he was the heir of Kataoka Nizaemon I's disciple Mihogi Gizaemon I (he was in fact the disciple of Mihogi Gizaemon I's grandson), he posthumously received the prestigious name of Kataoka Nizaemon VI.
Mihogi Gizaemon II in an illustration from the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi", which was published in ďsaka by Yamatoya Kaemon in 1784
The Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Mihogi Gizaemon line of actors
The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors
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