|NAMIKI SHďZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1730 ~ 17th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1773 
Master: Namiki S˘suke
11th lunar month of 1749: he took back the name of Izumiya Sh˘z˘ and worked at the ďnishi no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by the zamoto Mimasu Daigor˘ I, celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ V and stared the actors Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Sanj˘ Namie I, Iwata Somematsu I, Mimasu Daigor˘ I (the zamoto) and Nakamura Utaemon I.
1751: he became a disciple of the puppet theater playwright Namiki S˘suke and he received the name of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I.
12th lunar month of 1751: premiere in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza of the puppet play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; Sh˘z˘ was one of the sakusha who worked under the supervision of Namiki S˘suke to write this drama.
11th lunar month of 1752: Sh˘z˘ went back to the Kabuki world, becoming tatesakusha at the Kado no Shibai, where he worked on the kaomise drama "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki", which starred Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Arashi Koroku I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Mimasu Daigor˘ I (the zamoto) and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.
12th lunar month of 1758: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Sh˘z˘'s drama "Sanjikkoku Yofune no Hajimari"; for the very first time in Kabuki history, a mawari-butai, invented by Sh˘z˘, was built and used on the stage of a theater [more details].
17th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1773: Sh˘z˘ died in ďsaka.
"Namiki Sh˘z˘ (1730~1773) was one of the most prominent sakusha
in Ky˘to, during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. He studied under one of
the best ningy˘ shibai playwrights,
Namiki S˘suke, and wrote for the dolls as well as for the actors. In his time the vogue
for the Doll-theatre had already begun to wane, and allured by the superior attractions
of Kabuki he wrote more for the latter than for the dolls. His plays were full of
complicated situations that tested the actor's ability, a technique he had acquired
as a result of his apprenticeship to the ningy˘ school,
which demanded many situations to keep the movements of the marionettes full of significance,
for otherwise their dollships would have become all too apparent."
 The 17th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 2nd year of the An'ei era was the 9th of March 1773 in the western calendar.
 The 7th day of the 9th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kan'en era was the 25th of October 1751 in the western calendar.
Namiki Sh˘z˘ I
The Namiki Sh˘z˘ line of playwrights
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