|KIRINOYA GONJ█Rď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 13th day of the 8th lunar month of 1731 
Disciples: Kirinoya Shinshichi, Kirinoya Chiyotake
Before 1711: born in Ky˘to. His father is a flower-arrangement teacher. He becomes actor and joins travelling troupes, performing under the name of Harada Giemon.
11th lunar month of 1711: he becomes tachiyaku in ˘shibai, takes the name of Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I and plays in ďsaka the role of Yamada Kunigor˘ in the kaomise drama "Futabashira Aioi Ch˘ja", which is coproduced by Ogino Yaegiri I and Miyazaki Denkichi.
11th lunar month of 1716: Gonjűr˘ plays in ďsaka the role of R˘ikkan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Gosabur˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon at the Higashi no Shibai. This is the first time this play is staged in ďsaka. Shirosabur˘'s stage partners are Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I (Wat˘nai), Sanogawa Mangiku (Kinsh˘jo), Takenaka T˘zabur˘ (Kanki) and Kirinami Takie (Wat˘nai's mother).
3rd lunar month of 1719: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's 1708 puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" by Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘, which was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Maizuruya Denz˘ [casting].
11th lunar month of 1720: Gonjűr˘ becomes zamoto for the first time in his career, producing at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Chibikizuru", in which he plays the role of the kar˘ Yamaki Hideemon [illustration].
Fall 1722: Gonjűr˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1722: Gonjűr˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Sakurai Wadaemon in Yoshida R˘fu's kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I.
1st lunar month of 1723: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shares this rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.
Fall 1723: Gonjűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1724: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shares this rank with Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Arashi San'emon III.
Fall 1725: Gonjűr˘ goes to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1726: Gonjűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shares this rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.
Fall 1726: Gonjűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1727: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nagoya Sanzaemon in the kaomise drama "Onna Kabuki Chiyo no Hajime"; the role of Fuwa Banzaemon is played by Arashi Kanshir˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1729: Gonjűr˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the kar˘ Nakatsugawa Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Banzai Kogane Tsukuri", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Yoshizawa Ayame II, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Fujii Hanamatsu.
11th lunar month of 1730: Gonjűr˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.
1st lunar month of 1731: Gonjűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of Harunaga and Sakuma Kyűemon in the new year drama "Takechi Jűbŕ Miyako Nishiki".
13th day of the 8th lunar month of 1731 : Gonjűr˘ dies in ďsaka.
Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I was an important Ky˘to actor, who started his career in travelling troupes and achieved fame for himself from the end of the 1710s to the beginning of the 1730s in ďsaka and his native city, as a jitsuaku and as a tachiyaku (from the 11th lunar month of 1722 to Fall 1730). he was the founder of the Kirinoya Clan.
"Kirinoya Gonjűr˘, who acted chiefly in ďsaka and Ky˘to, was the son of a
flower-arrangement teacher. A certain official living in Ky˘to belonged to the
same school of flower-arrangement as the actor's father, and the two were on
friendly terms. When Kirinoya was appearing in Ky˘to he had to go to the
magistrate's office on some business connected with the theatre, and the
official discovered that his friend's son had joined the ranks of the vulgar
Kabuki players. He ordered Kirinoya to call at his residence, and when he did
so he would not allow him to enter, but commanded him to prostrate himself on
the ground before the entrance, and is reported to have said to him:
 The 13th day of the 8th lunar month of the 16th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 13th of September 1731 in the western calendar.
The Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ line of actors
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