SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON II

Stage names:

Shibazaki Rinzaemon II In Japanese
Sawamura Takichi In Japanese
Takeda Takichi In Japanese

Guilds: ďzakaya, Yoshidaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shigaku (?)

Existence: 1741 ~ 6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798 [1]

Connection:

Master: Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (??)

Career:

End of the 1750s: he started his career in hama shibai, in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai, performing under the name of Takeda Takichi.

1765: he joined the Kamigata branch of the Sawamura clan and switched his name to Sawamura Takichi. It was written in the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" that his master was Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III, but this was impossible as this actor died in 1756. A possible master could be Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, who was the head of the Sawamura clan in Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1777: thanks to the patronage of Arashi Hinasuke I, he was allowed to take the name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon II [2], in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he played the role of Utsunomiya Kintsuna in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Onoe Shinshichi I, Kiriyama Monji II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu III, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ III, Fujikawa Sango, Arashi Matsujir˘ I, Fujikawa Ryűz˘ and Nakamura Tamagashiwa.

1st lunar month of 1778: Rinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1778: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Rinzaemon played the roles of Daibutsu Mochiya S˘emon (in reality Kaida Shingo) and Mashiba Hisatsugu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1778: Rinzaemon performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and welcomed back in ďsaka the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1779: Rinzaemon was the kanjiku for the jitsuaku actors in the ďsaka hy˘banki.

3rd lunar month of 1779: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; Rinzaemon played the role of Shikama Daigaku [casting].

Fall 1779: Rinzaemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1779: Rinzaemon became tachiyaku and played the role of Naoe Yamatonosuke in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which was produced in Ky˘to by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1780: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" was produced for the first time in Ky˘to; Rinzaemon played the roles of Mashiba Hisatsugu and S˘emon's wife [casting].

11th lunar month of 1780: Rinzaemon became jitsuaku and performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Sono Uwasa Kiku no Hataage", which was produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1781: Rinzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Takatsuna and Gonshir˘ in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju, Shigetada), Arashi Hinasuke I (Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Matsuemon, Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Kajiwara Genta Kagesue), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Chidori), Arashi San'emon VI (Ofude) and Anegawa Minato II (Oyoshi).

11th lunar month of 1781: Rinzaemon played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Kurikara Tar˘, the yakko Takunai and Haji no Hy˘e in the kaomise drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", which was produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1782: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1782: Rinzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Yoichibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1782: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Tanin Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

6th lunar month of 1783: Rinzaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ were played by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II and Nakamura Jűz˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1784: Rinzaemon played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sonobe Hy˘e in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari"; his stage partners were Anegawa Shinshir˘ III (this actor celebrated his shűmei by playing the roles of Dankur˘, Katsuragi Minbu, Goheiji), Hanagiri Tomimatsu I (Magaki, Goheiji's wife), Asao Kunigor˘ II (Akizuki Daizen, Tsukimitsu Kyűz˘, Gorobŕ Masamune), Arashi Sanjűr˘ II (Saisaki Iga-no-Kami, the yakko Tsumahei), Ichinoya Gonjűr˘ (Kuniyuki), Ogawa Kichitar˘ II (Sonobe Saemon) and Nakayama Tsuruz˘ (Princess Usuyuki).

Fall 1785: tour in Ise, Kuwana and Misaki with Arashi Hinasuke I; Rinzaemon played the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori and Yazaemon in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1785 ~ 1794: as his popularity in ˘shibai went donwhill, he performed mainly in hama shibai or miyaji shibai.

1st lunar month of 1795: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

1795 ~ 1798: Rinzaemon spent his latter years in tabi shibai.

6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798 [1]: Rinzaemon died.

Comments:

Shibazaki Rinzaemon II was a 18th century ďsaka actor, who excelled in jitsuaku roles. He was trained in hama shibai, had his years of glory in Ky˘to ˘shibai during the first half of the 1780s and performed in hama shibai during the second half of the 1780s and the 1790s.

[1] The 6th day of the 1st lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 21st of February 1798 in the western calendar.

[2] A name which had not been held for 55 years!

Shibazaki Rinzaemon II playing the role of Furuteya Hachirobŕ in a print made by Nagahide in the 1790s

Prints & Illustrations

The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors

 
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