Not to mention the only natural re-evaluation placed upon the situation by the enhanced influence of
the shūmei, founding the dynasty’s ‘Uzaemon’
, a course of events which had alreadytransformed the stage.In the end Shikan ended up completely isolated and indignant.
‘With the intention to oppose the arrangement, the fellowship that was
hidden from the profession is
broken, leaving for the theatre many potentially unpredictable proposals’
Besides with no support from the other conspirators it (the arrangement) was dead and buried, killedwith speeches
with Inoue being appeased by Tamura’s intervention. That being the case if Kakitsuwas only waiting for the one show business shūmei he’d go to Ōsaka because it didn’t matter about
his recognition.The others from the broken alliance who were in opposition kept their own counsel about theirviewpoint and together with Tamura the stage manager felt confident of the need to re-emerge.Too much was read into the circumstances. It was recently recalled that aside from Inoue and theothers, the talented and so called entertainment industry legend and theatre director Morita Kanya XII(
), who until just a short time before had a strong influence on the stage, remainedaloof to the situation and what's more he perceived in Shikan the earlier prevailing fashion for beingdemanding on stage of the late Dankiku (
Ichikawa Danjurō IX and Onoe Kikugorō V)…
At the time Shikan was an actor who was similar to those of the previous generation. As such he wasgreatly determined to take risks on stage and about which he wrote many essays, though it wasunlikely that it would be feasible to be able to work like that.
) and Gatō (
Nizaemon XI) were two men between whom there was a little rivalry, for actorssomething that was naturally expected and a matter of course.
) san said that in the context of the stage, some argumentativeness was verynatural and not intellectually inferior or
a reflection of a man’s ability. Besides tough behaviour was
inherited and part and parcel of life show business because it made one think and question. To thatextent Shikan was an actor whose life was simply exceedingly influential, perhaps because it reflectedthe life of the stage.On about the 8
August Shikan, Matsusuke (
), Kakitsu and others were due to appear on stage inperformances at
). Each of the others who’d pulled out of the
alliance leftShikan feeling enraged. Uniting with Shikan over the course of the earlier matter, and to honour hisdignity, the troupe, for those reasons, left the theatre.
Isolated over the matter he gave up his actor’s
permit giving as his reason
‘cessation of business’
which seems to have been an intentionwhich stemmed from his growing withdrawal. His junior (Uzaemon), who was probably about eightyears younger than Kakitsu, ranted at those of lower rank and thought that he ought to be on stagebecause it would be strange for him to not have been.Shikan held local practice events at his home. Whether or not he was prepared to appear to have lostKakitsu
’s dignity remained intact and he responded by saying, ‘You, brother, seppuku seppuku’
Though Shikan was incensed he couldn’t help but finally, and reluctantly, smile,
his angry voice beinginflicted in turn on others and although resigned to the situation
he left for Ōsaka
. Though becomingexceedingly angry his surprise departure was seen as malign revenge over the issue. Consideredconceited the
who was also called Utaemon (
) left,withdrawing from the situation.
What was said can’t entirely discounted
, also an oppo
nent with allies Uzaemon’s unique
appeal wasalso exhausted ending with an anecdote about his furious attitude towards the company which wasunderstood to be as a result of
’Kirare Yosa (Scarface Yosa)’
and others being staged at the
, when Kakitsu simply returned