KANAZAWA GOHEIJI I

Stage name:

Kanazawa Goheiji I In Japanese | In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1646 ~ ???

Connection:

Master: Kaneko Rokuemon

Disciples: Kanazawa Heiroku, Kanazawa Hikotar˘, Kanazawa Hikogor˘ I

Career:

1st lunar month of 1688: the name of Kanazawa Goheiji, a disciple of Kaneko Rokuemon, appeared for the first time in the Kabuki records, as a d˘kegata performing in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater. Goheiji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was naka (middle class), shared with Yamada Jinpachi and Kuga Rokur˘emon.

9th lunar month of 1691: Goheiji played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Yűgaomura-no-Sakusuke in the drama "Shikoku Henro", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1693: Goheiji performed as a d˘kegata in ďsaka in the troupe led by Iwai Hanshir˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1694: Goheiji played in ďsaka the role of Ama Ch˘gor˘ in Tsuuchi Jihŕ I's drama "Nihon Ajase Taishi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I and starred the Edo actor Band˘ Matatar˘ I.

1695: Goheiji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was (superior) [visual].

1697: Goheiji performed as a d˘kegata in ďsaka at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater with the troupe led by Araki Yojibŕ I. Goheiji's stage partners were Mihara Jűdayű I, Kokon Shinzaemon, Katsuyama ďhashi, Kamogawa Noshio I, Fujii Hachijűr˘, Takashima Onoe, Dekishima Kosabur˘, Yamamoto Kantar˘ I, Iwakura Man'emon, Iwamatsu Kizaemon and Takeshima Shichisabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1698: Goheiji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1698: Goheiji went to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1699: Goheiji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1700: Goheiji played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Matsushima Shin'emon in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Guzei no Fune", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1701: Goheiji played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Tetsud˘maru in the drama "Miyako no Waka Ebisu", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I; his others stage partners were Ogino Samanoj˘ I, Yamashita Sagoemon, Okada Samanosuke and Yamamoto Kamon.

1st lunar month of 1702: Goheiji played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater the role of Tarosuke in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Kumano Ochi", which was produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi; his others stage partners were Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Fujikawa Buzaemon I and Yamada Jinpachi.

1st lunar month of 1703: Goheiji went back to ďsaka and played with the troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1705: Goheiji played in ďsaka in the new year drama "Miura no ďsuke Hyakuhaimaru", which was produced by Murayama Heijűr˘ I.

Fall 1706: Goheiji went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1706: Goheiji played at the Ichimuraza the role of the yakko Sagaemon in the kaomise drama "Mano no Ch˘ja Kogane no Torii".

1st lunar month of 1707: Goheiji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1709: Goheiji went back to ďsaka and played the role of Tomi no Chűj˘ in the drama "Izumi Shikibu Sennin Otoko", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1709: Goheiji appeared on an ˘shibai for the last time, in ďsaka, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Mai˘gi Masaki no Kazura", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Kanazawa Goheiji I was a popular and talented d˘kegata actor, who achieved fame for himself not only in his native Kamigata, but also in Edo for a few years, during the Genroku era. His popularity started to rise with the decline of the actor Sendai Yagoshichi and he was said to be able to make laugh both Ky˘to and ďsaka audiences, a rare feature for a d˘kegata actor because the forms of humor in these two cities were very different. He was a pioneer in using hy˘shigoto in his comical and somehow vulgar dances.

Kanazawa Goheiji I (left), Yamashita Hanzaemon I (center) and Otowa Jirosabur˘ I (right) in an illustration from a Ky˘to hy˘banki which was published in 1702

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