MIMASU DAIGORď I

Stage names:

Mimasu Daigor˘ I In Japanese
Yoshizawa Kuranosuke In Japanese
Yoshizawa Jűshir˘ In Japanese
Yoshizawa Kuranosuke In Japanese
Sagawa Kuranosuke In Japanese

Guild: Masuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Ikk˘

Existence: 1718 ~ 25th day of the 9th lunar month of 1780 [1]

Connections:

Masters: Yoshizawa Tamazuma, Sagawa Bunz˘ II

Brother: Mimasu Kanz˘ I

Son: Mimasu Matsunosuke

Adopted sons: Mimasu Daigor˘ II, Mimasu Tanin I

Disciples: Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, Mimasu Matsunoj˘, Mimasu Ch˘gor˘, Mimasu Uhachi, Mimasu Komaz˘, Mimasu Sakuz˘, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, Mimasu Mitsugor˘, Mimasu Denz˘, Mimasu Chaz˘

Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan

Career:

1718: born in Ky˘to.

Spring 1732: he became disciple of the actor Sagawa Bunz˘ II, who gave him the name of Sagawa Kuranosuke. he performed as a wakashugata in Nagoya for the zamoto Matsumoto Genjűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1732: he became disciple of the wakaonnagata actor Yoshizawa Tamazuma and received the name of Yoshizawa Kuranosuke. He performed in ďsaka in the drama "Mitsu no Hama Kogane no Irie", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1734: Kuranosuke played the role of Tomogor˘ in the kaomise drama "Honch˘ Bugaku no Hajimari", which was produced by the zamoto Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Naka no Shibai.

1735 ~ 1739: Yoshizawa Kuranosuke took the name of Yoshizawa Jűshir˘ and joined a travelling troupe (tabi shibai). He left the Kabuki world for a while in order to become a merchant. Later on, he gave up his business, took back the name of Yoshizawa Kuranosuke and went on tour.

11th lunar month of 1739: he became tachiyaku and took the name of Mimasu Daigor˘ I in Ky˘to, performing in the kaomise drama "Keigoto Senri no Michi", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Koroku I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Daigor˘ achieved a great success in Ky˘to by playing the role of Nagao Gensuke in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Wag˘ no Futahashira", which was produced by Sakata Ichitar˘.

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Kassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Daigor˘ played the roles of Murakami Saemon Yoshikiyo and Hayami Genjűr˘ [more details].

11th lunar month of 1742: Daigor˘ settled in ďsaka and became katakiyaku, performing in the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1744: Daigor˘ became jitsuaku and performed in the kaomise drama "Yamazaki Yojibŕ Imay˘ Sugata", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1749: Daigor˘ became zamoto and tachiyaku at the ďnishi no Shibai; he produced Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ V and starred the actors Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Sanj˘ Namie I, Iwata Somematsu I and Nakamura Utaemon I.

Fall 1749: Daigor˘ performed in the city of Sakai.

12th lunar month of 1750: Daigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Matahei and Nagoya Sanza in the drama "Keisei T˘yama Zakura" (similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"), which was produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I for the nadai Shioya Kuroemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1752: Daigor˘ became zamoto and produced at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki" in which he achieved a great success by playing the role of Matahei; his stage partners were Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Arashi Koroku I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.

11th lunar month of 1752 ~ 8th lunar month of 1754: Daigor˘ was zamoto at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1754: Daigor˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

11th lunar month of 1756: Daigor˘ went back to Ky˘to and performed in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

11th lunar month of 1757: Daigor˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the sum˘tori Ukiemon, in reality Genbachihy˘e, in the kaomise drama "ďyashiro Musubu no Sanban Tsuzuki", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

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]; Daigor˘ played in the former theater the role of Konishi Zesai.

Fall 1758: Daigor˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1758: Daigor˘ became jitsuaku and performed in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Arigatashi Fujiwara Keizu", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1761: Daigor˘ became zamoto and tachiyaku; he produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Miyo no Hana Yunzei Kagami".

4th lunar month of 1762: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act puppet theater drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi", which was staged at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ played the role of Ise no Sabur˘ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1762: Daigor˘ produced in the same theater the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", in which he played the roles of Yazaemon, Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘; his stage partners in the roles of Yoshitsune and Yasuke was Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1762: Daigor˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Uchide no Kozuchi Tezuma Urakata".

2nd lunar month of 1763: Daigor˘ produced in the same theater the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", in which he played the role of Matahei; his stage partners were Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (T˘yama), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Shirojir˘) and Iwata Somematsu I (Otoku).

9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which was produced by Daigor˘. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Shund˘ Jir˘emon [casting].

5th lunar month of 1766: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ played the roles of Takasaka Danj˘ and Yokoz˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1768: Daigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

12th lunar month of 1768: Daigor˘ played the role of the sum˘tori Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was produced by his adopted son Mimasu Tanin I at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

5th lunar month of 1770: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's gidayű ky˘gen "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ played the role of Sasaki Moritsuna [casting].

27th of the 11th lunar month of 1770 [2]: his adopted son Mimasu Tanin I died.

1st lunar month of 1771: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Daigor˘ played the roles of Tadotsu Ikkaku and Tadotsu Shinz˘ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1771: Daigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" [casting].

9th lunar month of 1773: Daigor˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was produced by the zamoto Ogawa Kichitar˘ I for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon; his stage partners were Arashi Hinasuke I (Otoku) and Nakayama Raisuke I (Sh˘gen).

Fall 1774: Daigor˘ played for the last time the role Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Daigor˘ played the roles of Wadasaku and Koyoshi [more details].

1st lunar month of 1776: Daigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1776: Daigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Tokubŕ) and Arashi Hinasuke I (Danshichi Kurobŕ).

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which was staged at the Kado no Shibai; Daigor˘ played the roles of Ki no Haseo, Haji no Hy˘e, Shiratayű and H˘ssh˘b˘ [casting].

Fall 1779: Daigor˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1779: Daigor˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1780: Daigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent). Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" was produced for the first time in Ky˘to; Daigor˘ played the role of Konomura ďinosuke (in reality S˘ Sokei) [casting].

4th lunar month of 1780: Daigor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, playing in the drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki".

25th day of the 9th lunar month of 1780 [1]: Daigor˘ died.

Comments:

Mimasu Daigor˘ I was the founder of a great line of Kamigata actors. He was mainly a tachiyaku actor but he also performed many seasons in his career as a katakiyaku or a jitsuaku. He excelled in bud˘goto roles.

[1] The 25th day of the 9th lunar month of the 9th year of the An'ei era was the 22nd of October 1780 in the western calendar.

[2] The 27th of the 11th lunar month of the 7th year of the Meiwa era was the 12th of January 1771 in the western calendar.

Mimasu Daigor˘ I playing the role of Sekiguchi Heita in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

The Mimasu Daigor˘ line of actors

 
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