|ARASHI TOMISABURď II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Sench˘
Existence: 1791 ~ 16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1830
Master: Arashi Sangor˘ III
Disciple: Arashi Tomisabur˘ III
1791 ~ beginning of the 1800s: born in Kamigata. Disciple of Arashi Sangor˘ III, his first stage name was Arashi Tominosuke II, although he had no direct relationship to the great onnagata Arashi Tominosuke I. He served his apprenticeship in Kamigata koshibai or miyaji shibai.
5th lunar month of 1807: he took the name of Arashi Tomisabur˘ II, became wakaonnagata and played the role of Onaka in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged at the Gory˘ no Shibai in ďsaka.
Fall 1811: Tomisabur˘ went to Edo.
Summer 1812: Tomisabur˘ went back to Kamigata.
1st lunar month of 1818: Tomisabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Nakamura Matsue III.
9th lunar month of 1822: Tomisabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the courtesan Umegawa in the drama "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai"; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Magoemon) and Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Kameya Chűbŕ). He also played the roles of Princess Minazuru and Oky˘ in "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".
11th lunar month of 1822: Tomisabur˘ was back in ďsaka and played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Tonami, Yae and Tatsuta in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Arashi Koroku IV and Arashi Kitsusabur˘ II.
5th lunar month of 1829: tour in Miyajima with Ichikawa Danz˘ V; he played the roles of Tonase ("Chűshingura"), Yűgiri ("Kuruwa Bunsh˘"), Koharu ("Ten no Amijima"), Misao ("Ehon Taik˘ki"), Koman ("Genpei Nunobiki no Taki"), Yae/Tonami ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Hisamatsu ("Imose no Kadomatsu"), Okon ("Ise Ondo") and Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba").
16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1830: Tomisabur˘ died in ďsaka.
Arashi Tomisabur˘ II was active in Kamigata from the 1800s to 1830. He was able to perform a wide range of female roles. He was popular and his last ranking was only one black stroke below the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) rank [visual].
Arashi Tomisabur˘ II playing the role of the keisei Katsuragi in the drama "Keisei Shina Sadame", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1823 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Kunihiro)
The Arashi Tomisabur˘ line of actors
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