|TAKESHIMA KďZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Adopted (?) father: Takeshima K˘zaemon I
Fall 1698: K˘jűr˘ goes to Edo. He performs in 1699 at the Moritaza.
Fall 1699: K˘jűr˘ goes back to ďsaka.
Fall 1711: K˘jűr˘ goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1711: K˘jűr˘ plays the role of the yakko Dampei, in reality Oki-no-Ishi Banzaemon, in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.
3rd lunar month of 1712: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.
24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1712: his father Takeshima K˘zaemon I dies.
11th lunar month of 1713: K˘jűr˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Yamada Yaichibei in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Musume Takara no Yome Banzei Muko", which is produced at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.
1st lunar month of 1715: K˘jűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Sugiyama Heihachi.
11th lunar month of 1715: Takeshima K˘jűr˘ takes the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon II in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai, playing the role of Hige Mombei in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora"; his stage partners are Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Onogawa Ugenji, Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Sodeshima Genji, Murayama Jűrobŕ, Arakawa Jűr˘emon, Sawano Hachigor˘, Yamamura Giemon I and Fujimura Oginoj˘.
1st lunar month of 1716: K˘zaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Otowa Jirosabur˘ I and Miyazaki Denkichi.
1st lunar month of 1720: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is produced by K˘zaemon in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; K˘zaemon plays the roles of the priest Mongaku and Noto-no-Kami [casting].
1st lunar month of 1724: K˘zaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya's theater the role of Heidayű in the new year drama "Keisei Sone no Matsu", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. This is his last recorded stage apperance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.
Takeshima K˘zaemon II was a popular Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who was active from the middle of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1720s. He was like his father (or adoptive father?) outstanding in bud˘goto roles.
 This drama was a shinjűmono based on the story of Ch˘emon and his lover Ichinoj˘. The 17th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenna era (the 11th of June 1683 in the western calendar), the courtesan Yamatoya Ichinoj˘ and her lover Goze no Ch˘emon committed suicide together in ďsaka. This event caused quite a stir and three ďsaka theaters decided to capitalize on the situation by simultaneously producing the same month the first shinjűmono of Kabuki history.
The Takeshima K˘zaemon line of actors
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