Existence: ??? ~ 1730 (?)
Son: Shinomiya Heihachi I
Disciples: Shinomiya Manjir˘, Shinomiya Kohachi, Shinomiya Kogenji, Shinomiya Heisuke
1670: coming from Kamigata, he settled in Edo.
3rd lunar month of 1701: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was only naka no j˘ (superior in the middle class) but, in the oyajigata section, it was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].
1st lunar month of 1703: Genpachi played at the Yamamuraza the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Keisei Asama Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Band˘ Matatar˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1711: Genpachi played at the Moritaza the role of Ono no Yoshizane in the kaomise drama "K˘bai no Momoyoguruma", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sakakiyama Sukegor˘, Osagawa Tatsuya and Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon.
1st/3rd lunar months of 1712: Genpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent); his rank in the tachiyaku section was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].
2nd lunar month: Ejima of 1714, a court lady who served the mother of the Sh˘gun, was in love with the star Ikushima Shingor˘. Their affair was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, breaking the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the authorities which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ were exiled to different places, some people in the Sh˘gun's household were executed, the Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined [more details].
11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1716: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata, spreading to others sections of Edo and destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Genpachi had to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.
11th lunar month of 1719: Genpachi moved to the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.
11th lunar month of 1723: Genpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Harada no Jir˘ in the kaomise program "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.
11th lunar month of 1726: Genpachi moved to the Ichimuraza where he played the role of Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Sangor˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1729: Genpachi's last rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Genpachi played in the same theater the role of ďmi no Kot˘ta in the new year program "Suehiro Eh˘ Soga", in which the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban) was premiered. The performance was a huge success and it was extended up to the 5th lunar month. This was most likely Genpachi's last appearance on stage.
1730 (?): Genpachi died in Edo.
Shinomiya Genpachi was a popular actor, who was active in Edo four major theaters from the 1670s to the end of the 1720s. As an oyajigata, he held in the Edo hy˘banki the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank from 1701 to 1729. He was outstanding in bud˘goto. He was also appreciated in hand˘gataki roles. He made an unusually long career on Kabuki stages.
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