|SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Shigaku (?)
Existence: 1741 ~ 6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798 
Master: Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (??)
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 , 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.
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.
Fall 1779: Rinzaemon went to Ky˘to.
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].
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.
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).
1795 ~ 1798: Rinzaemon spent his latter years in tabi shibai.
6th day of the 1st lunar month of 1798 : Rinzaemon died.
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.
 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.
Shibazaki Rinzaemon II playing the role of Furuteya Hachirobŕ in a print made by Nagahide in the 1790s
The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors
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