ARASHI BUNGORď I

Stage names:

Arashi Bungor˘ I In Japanese
Arashi Kinzai I In Japanese
Arashi Kinsai In Japanese

Guild: Yoshinoya

Poetry names: Issen, Bokuyű

Existence: 1741 ~ 25th day of the 7th lunar month of 1783 [1]

Connection:

Master(s): Arashi Sangor˘ II, Arashi Sangor˘ I (?) [2]

Disciple: Arashi Kinzai II (?) [3]

Career:

1741: born in ďsaka.

1760s: disciple of Arashi Sangor˘ II, he received the name of Arashi Kinsai.

Fall 1766: he followed his master Arashi Sangor˘ II to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1767: he became tachiyaku, changed his stage name to Arashi Kinzai and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Takezumi Raiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Daikokuten", which was produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Onoe Kumesuke and celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II.

Fall 1768: Kinzai went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kinzai played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Azumazashi Udesuke in the kaomise drama "K˘mei Daifukuch˘", which was produced by Mimasu Tanin I.

12th lunar month of 1768: Kinzai played in the same theater the roles of Mihara Denz˘ and Mihara Ariemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1771: Arashi Kinzai took the name of Arashi Bungor˘ I at the Naka no Shibai, playing the role of Ishid˘ Kuranoshin in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai", which also celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Otojűr˘ and Arashi Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1772: Bungor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1775: Bungor˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tenmokuzan", which was produced by Mimasu Matsunoj˘ and welcomed in ďsaka the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1775: Bungor˘ played in the same theater the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Hara G˘emon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1776: Bungor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1776: Bungor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yoshioka Kijir˘ in the kaomise drama "Genji Saik˘ Uchide no Kozuchi", which was produced by Arashi Shichisabur˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Raisuke played the roles of Wada Yukie and Ishidome Busuke [casting].

1st lunar month of 1777: Bungor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1777: Bungor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Miki Sakon and the yakko Heinai in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which was produced by Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrated the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomed back in ďsaka his master Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

1st lunar month of 1778: Bungor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

Fall 1778: Bungor˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1778: Bungor˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the yakko ďmihei in the kaomise drama "Ume no Nazorae Azuma Hyakkan", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1778: Bungor˘ played in the same theater the role of the yakko Tsumahei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1779: Bungor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1779: Bungor˘ played in Ky˘to the roles of the fox Sankur˘ and the strategist Yamamoto Kansuke in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1780: Bungor˘ played in the same theater the role of Junkikan in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri".

Fall 1780: Bungor˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1780: Bungor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the yakko Saibŕ in the kaomise drama "M˘ M˘ Yokaro Ushi no Tamamono", which was produced by Fujikawa Sango and welcomed back in ďsaka the actor Yamashita Kinsaku II after 11 seasons spent in Edo.

1st lunar month of 1781: Bungor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play was staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters; Bungor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Yasuke and Mansuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1782: Bungor˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Zu ni Notta Bankoku Tokai", which celebrated the shűmei of Kagaya Kashichi I.

1st lunar month of 1783: Bungor˘ played in the same theater the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Hara G˘emon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th lunar month of 1783: Bungor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he played the role of Kujaku Sabur˘ in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

25th day of the 7th lunar month of 1783 [1]: Bungor˘ died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Arashi Bungor˘ I was a tachiyaku actor, who made his career in Kamigata from the 1760s to the beginning of the 1780s. He was said to be equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was quite popular but died before reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi ranking.

[1] The 25th day of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenmei era was the 22nd of August 1783 in the western calendar.

[2] According to Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", he was a disciple of Arashi Sangor˘ I, which was quite impossible as the master died in 1739 and the so-called disciple was born in 1741. He was a disciple of Arashi Sangor˘ II for sure.

[3] There were records of an actor named Arashi Kinzai performing in ďsaka in hama shibai between 1777 and 1783. Most likely the second holder of the name and a young disciple of Arashi Bungor˘ I.

Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (left) and Arashi Bungor˘ I (right) playing the roles of the keisei Shiratayű and Miki Sakon in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1777 at the Naka no Shibai

 
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