|MIMASU DAIGORď III|
Guild: Ky˘masuya, ďsakaya, Iseya
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Kikaku, Yuk˘
Existence: 1782 ~ 17th day of the 10th lunar month of 1824
Father: Mimasu Daigor˘ II
Master: Yoshizawa Iroha I (Ayame V)
Sons: Mimasu Yoshisabur˘, Mimasu Daigor˘ IV
Grandsons: Mimasu Gengor˘ I, Mimasu Gengor˘ II
Disciple: Mimasu Daitar˘
1782: born in Ky˘to.
1788: he becomes disciple of the actor Yoshizawa Iroha I, who gives him the name of Yoshizawa Kamez˘.
1788 ~ 1800: Kamez˘ starts his career performing in children-actors troupe and, later on, plays in the ďsaka minor theaters (hama shibai).
7th lunar month of 1793: his father Mimasu Daigor˘ II dies.
Fall 1800: Kamez˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1800: Yoshizawa Kamez˘, thanks to the patronage of his master Yoshizawa Iroha I, takes the name of Mimasu Daigor˘ III at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Dankur˘ in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which is produced by Kataoka Ainosuke I.
2nd ~ 3rd lunar months of 1802: Daigor˘ replaces the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII, who falls ill, in the role of Yoshikata in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which is produced by Anegawa Kamesabur˘ at the Kado no Shibai.
6th lunar month of 1804: tour in Nagoya with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Nakamura Daikichi I, Bando Jűtar˘ I, Segawa Hamajir˘ and Nakamura Utagor˘; Daigor˘ plays at the Wakamiya no Shibai the roles of Amakawaya Gihei, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
11th lunar month of 1804: Mimasu Daigor˘ III takes the name of Mimasu Seibŕ.
2nd lunar month of 1806: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi temple. The main roles are played by Yamashina Jinkichi II (Princess Toki), Band˘ Jűtar˘ (Miuranosuke) and Seibŕ (Takatsuna).
8th lunar month of 1810: his master Yoshizawa Ayame V dies.
6th lunar month of 1813: Mimasu Seibŕ takes back the name of Mimasu Daigor˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1814: Daigor˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Yasuke, Osato and Yazaemon are played by Nakayama Bunshichi III, Ogino Kinshi II and Asao Kunigor˘ III.
Summer 1816: Daigor˘ goes to Edo.
8th lunar month of 1816: Daigor˘ plays at the Kiriza the roles of T˘ma Hashiz˘ and Ningy˘ya K˘emon in the drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura".
Fall 1817: Daigor˘ goes back to Kamigata.
Fall 1824: Daigor˘ goes to Edo, where his son Mimasu Gennosuke I lives.
Mimasu Daigor˘ III was a tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who spent most of his career in Kamigata minor theaters (hama shibai). He was not a popular actor but he played an important role by transmitting the art of his line to his son Mimasu Daigor˘ IV, who became one of the best Kamigata actors from the 1830's to the end of the 1850's.
Mimasu Daigor˘ III portraying Ningy˘ya K˘emon in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Mimasu Daigor˘ line of actors
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