MIMASU DAIGORď I

Stage names:

Mimasu Daigor˘ I
Yoshizawa Jűshir˘
Yoshizawa Kuranosuke
Sagawa Kuranosuke

Guild: Masuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Ikk˘

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

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 becomes disciple of the actor Sagawa Bunz˘ II, who gives him the name of Sagawa Kuranosuke. he performs as a wakashugata in Nagoya in a production of the zamoto Matsumoto Genjűr˘.

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

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

1735 ~ 1739: Yoshizawa Kuranosuke takes the name of Yoshizawa Jűshir˘ and joins a travelling troupe. He leaves the Kabuki world for a while in order to become a merchant. Later on, he gives up his business, takes back the name of Yoshizawa Kuranosuke and goes on tour.

11th lunar month of 1739: Yoshizawa Kuranosuke becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Mimasu Daigor˘ I in Ky˘to, playing in the kaomise drama "Keigoto Senri no Michi", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Koroku I.

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1744: Daigor˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays in the kaomise drama "Yamazaki Yojibei Imay˘ Sugata", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II at the Kado no Shibai.

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

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

12th lunar month of 1750: Daigor˘ plays 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 is produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I for the nadai Shioya Kuroemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1752: Daigor˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki" in which he achieves a great success by playing the role of Matahei. His stage partners are 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˘ is zamoto at the Kado no Shibai.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1757: Daigor˘ plays 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 is 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 is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Daigor˘ plays in the former theater the role of Kusuriya Zesai.

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

11th lunar month of 1761: Daigor˘ becomes zamoto and tachiyaku; he produces 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 is staged at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ plays the role of Ise no Sabur˘ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1762: Daigor˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", in which he plays the roles of Yazaemon, Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘. His stage partners in the roles of Yoshitsune and Yasuke is Arashi Sangor˘ II.

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

2nd lunar month of 1763: Daigor˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", in which he plays the role of Matahei. His stage partners are 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 is 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 is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ plays 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 is performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ plays the roles of Takasaka Danj˘ and Yokoz˘ [casting].

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

12th lunar month of 1768: Daigor˘ plays the role of the sum˘tori Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is produced by 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 is staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Daigor˘ plays the role of Sasaki Moritsuna [casting].

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

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

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

Fall 1774: Daigor˘ plays for the last time the role Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is 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˘ plays the roles of Wadasaku and Koyoshi [more details].

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

5th lunar month of 1776: Daigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are 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 is staged at the Kado no Shibai; Daigor˘ plays the roles of Ki no Haseo, Haji no Hy˘e, Shiratayű and H˘ssh˘b˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1779: Daigor˘ goes back to Ky˘to and plays in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which is produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II.

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

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

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.

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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