SAKURAYAMA SHIROSABURď II

Stage names:

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II In Japanese
Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon II In Japanese
Sakurayama Takematsu In Japanese

Other name:

Sakurayama Shir˘sa In Japanese

Playwright names:

Sakurato Bunsaku In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Nanga

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I

Disciple: Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ III (?)

Career:

Before 1731: his first two stage names were Sakurayama Takematsu and Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1731: Sh˘zaemon played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Suminoe Daigor˘ in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘".

7th lunar month of 1732: his father Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I died; he immediately took the name of Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II.

Fall 1732: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1732: Shirosabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Datenoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak˘ no Tsuzumi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance and line-up; Shirosabur˘ played the role of Issun Tokubŕ at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Shirosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the kagokaki Matajűr˘, in realtiy the kar˘ Yojűr˘, in the kaomise drama "Meiken Kogane Zukuri", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakayama Shinjűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1748: Shirosabur˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Sugomori Hiru-ga-Kojima", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV; his stage partners were Fujikawa Heikur˘, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Hanakawa Ichinoj˘, Sanogawa Hanazuma II, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and Imamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1749: Shirosabur˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Tokitsukazeyasu Keizu", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II; his stage partners were Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Shirosabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Sanzaemon in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Shirosabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the hairdresser Shichirobŕ in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

11th lunar month of 1756: Shirosabur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Kimoiri Tokubŕ, in reality Horio Tatewaki, in the kaomise drama "Ukematsuri H˘rai Yakata", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘ for the nadai Hoteiya Umenoj˘. He also worked as a sakusha, using the pen name Sakurato Bunsaku, on this kaomise program.

1757: he became sakusha.

11th lunar month of 1757: tatesakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai, he worked on the kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and in which he played the role of Nikaid˘ Tatewaki.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Shirosabur˘ played in the latter theater the roles of Konishi Zesai and Shibata Gonroku Katsushige.

11th lunar month of 1758: he worked as a sakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II and in which he played the role of Fukusuke, in reality Ashiya Saichir˘.

Fall 1759: Shirosabur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Shirosabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen", which was produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1760: Shirosabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: Shirosabur˘ performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1761: Shirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for this category of actors.

11th lunar month of 1763: Bunsaku worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hatsuhi no Kachidoki", which was produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ III and in which he played the roles of Kose no Kurando and Konda Yoshio.

1st lunar month of 1764: Shirosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Rokuj˘'s fox Sakon in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama".

11th lunar month of 1765: tatesakusha at the Kitagawa no Shibai, he worked on the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and in which he played the role of Katada Sagoemon.

11th lunar month of 1771: Shirosabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Princess Karamatsu in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

1772: his name appeared in a hy˘banki for the last time; he most likely died the same year.

Comments:

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II was a talented Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who followed in the footsteps of his father Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I. He was j˘-j˘-kichi either in Ky˘to or ďsaka from 1748 to 1772 and was active as a playwright named Sakurato Bunsaku from 1756. He held this name for 40 years but, as he had no talented heir, he was unfortunately the last great actor of the Sakurayama clan.

Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II playing the role of Rokuj˘'s fox Sakon in the drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1764 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon line of actors

The Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ line of actors

 
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