Pen names:

Masuyama Kinpachi II In Japanese
Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I In Japanese
Tsuchii Hy˘shichi In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Gozan

Existence: ??? ~ 1826


Master: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I (Tsuruya Nanboku IV)


Before 1808: with the patronage of Tsuchiya Kanji, who worked at the entrance of the backstage of a theater in the district of Kobiki-ch˘, he was hired to work in the ˘d˘gu team. As the job was physically too tough for him, he moved to the kod˘gu team, where he excelled and was spotted as a very reliable and talented worker. He became a disciple of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I.

1808: the name of this new sakusha was created in the backstages of the Ichimuraza, using one ideogram from the first name or last name of 4 people. He was named Tsuchii Hy˘shichi with Tsuchi coming from Tsuchiya (his previous master Tsuchiya Kanji), i coming from Matsui (Matsui K˘z˘ I), hy˘ coming from Hy˘z˘ (the first name of the previous name of his master, Sawa Hy˘z˘) and Shichi coming from Sh˘shichi (Shimizu Sh˘shichi I). As it was too early to use the same ideogram as his master, a different one was selected:

Source names Final Result
屋勘次 Tsuchiya Kanji  
幸三 Matsui K˘z˘ 槌井 Tsuchii
蔵 ==>  Sawa Hy˘ 兵七 Hy˘shichi
清水正 Shimizu Sh˘shichi  

11th lunar month of 1808: Hy˘shichi worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Katsu Hy˘z˘ I (tatesakusha), Matsui K˘z˘ I Shimizu Sh˘shichi I and Sone Sh˘kichi I, on the kaomise drama "Irosoyuru Nidai Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Tanosuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ II.

1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1809 [3]: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. The new year sogamono was staged at the beginning of the 4th lunar month after the rebuilding of the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1810: Hy˘shichi worked with his master at the Ichimuraza on the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yagura no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1811: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I took the name of Tsuruya Nanboku IV at the Ichimuraza; Hy˘shichi worked with his master on the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1818: Hy˘shichi worked, along with Sakurada Jisuke II, Namiki Gohei II (who celebrated his shűmei), Tajima Konosuke I and Matsushima Hanji II (who celebrated his shűmei), on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1820: Hy˘shichi worked at the Naka no Shibai, along with Nagawa Harusuke I, on the kaomise drama "Zensei Yuki no Dategasa", starring the Edo stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1822: he became tatesakusha, took the name of Masuyama Kinpachi II and worked at the Moritaza [1], along with Hon'ya S˘shichi, on the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Wakoku no Kachidoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Shijaku I, Ichikawa Dannosuke IV and Nakamura Gyoraku II.

1st lunar month of 1823: Kinpachi worked at the Moritaza on the new year sogamono drama "Hatsuyume Soga Takara no Irifune".

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Moritaza of the 5-role hengemono "Yamato Gana Tamuke no Itsumoji" [2]; the five roles were performed by Iwai Shijaku I [more details].

1826: Kinpachi died.


Masuyama Kinpachi II was an Edo sakusha, who was active from 1808 to 1826. One of his creations is still in the Kabuki repertoire: "Komori".

[1] The Moritaza was closed from the 7th lunar month of 1818 to the 10th lunar month of 1822. Its license was used by the Kawarasakiza. This kaomise drama celebrated the reopening of the theater.

[2] The 4th role, the komori, is still in the Kabuki repertoire and is nowadays entitled "Komori".

[3] The 1st day of the 1st lunar lunar month of the 6th year of the Bunka era was the 14th of February 1809 in the western calendar.

The name of Masuyama Kinpachi II in a 1823 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

The Tsuchii Hy˘shichi line of playwrights

The Masuyama Kinpachi line of playwrights

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