MIMASU DAIGORď III

Stage names:

Mimasu Seibŕ
Mimasu Daigor˘ III
Yoshizawa Kamez˘

Guild: Ky˘masuya, ďsakaya, Iseya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Kikaku, Yuk˘

Existence: 1782 ~ 17th day of the 10th lunar month of 1824

Connections:

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˘

Career:

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.

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Daigor˘ plays the role of Tokuemon [casting].

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 1813: Daigor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Ono no Sadakur˘ and Yakushiji Jirozaemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

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".

1st lunar month of 1817: Daigor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1817: Daigor˘ goes back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1817: Daigor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Yurugi Saemon in the drama "Azuma Kagami Utsusu Nishikie".

1st lunar month of 1818: Daigor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1824: Daigor˘ goes to Edo, where his son Mimasu Gennosuke I lives.

10th lunar month of 1824: Daigor˘ is supposed to play in the Ichimuraza kaomise program in November but suddenly falls ill and dies in Edo.

Comments:

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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