SANOGAWA HANAZUMA I

Stage names:

Sanogawa Hanazuma I In Japanese

Other name:

Sanogawa Sashichi In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Sojin (?)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Fujikawa Shigeemon (same master as Sanogawa Mangiku)

Adopted son: Sanogawa Hanazuma II

Disciples: Sanogawa Hanazuma III, Sagawa Bunz˘ I

Career:

Before 1703: disciple of Fujikawa Shigeemon, he starts his training in ďsaka, learning the art alongside Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1703: Hanazuma performs in ďsaka as a wakashugata.

1st lunar month of 1703: Hanazuma becomes wakaonnagata in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1711: Hanazuma plays in ďsaka the role of Oraku in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1712: Hanazuma performs in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which is produced by Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘; his stage partners are Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I, Mihara Jűdayű I, Ikushima Jűshir˘, ďshima Kajűr˘, Kaneko Jűrozaemon, Takashima Onoe and Sawamura Kodayű.

11th lunar month of 1723: Hanazuma plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tezuka Yasaemon's wife Osada in the kaomise "Kogane no Hanagata", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi San'emon III and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star ďtani Hiroji I; the role of Tezuka Yasaemon is played by Sawamura Otoemon I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Hanazuma's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He is the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors. Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Hanazuma plays the roles of Ninomiya Tar˘'s wife Wakakusa, Kinsh˘jo and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1727: Hanazuma plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Wakisaka Sanzaemon's wife Makino in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama", which is produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I; the role of Wakisaka Sanzaemon is played by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Hanazuma's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Ichimura Tamagashiwa I.

11th lunar month of 1728: Hanazuma becomes zamoto and produces at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no Kishi", in which he plays the role of Shikishima.

11th lunar month of 1730: Hanazuma plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the okugata Sakurada in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.

11th lunar month of 1736: Hanazuma plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Mutsura Tajiemon's spouse Oteru in the kaomise drama "Fur˘mon Kon no Shikigawara"; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (the zamoto), Arashi San'emon III, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ I and Fujikawa Heikur˘.

1739: he retires from the Kabuki world, calling himself Sanogawa Sashichi.

Comments:

Sanogawa Hanazuma I was a popular and talented ďsaka onnagata actor, who was active in Kamigata during four decades, from the beginning of the 1700s to the end of the 1730s. He achieved fame for himself in 1728 when he finally reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank and kept it for more than 10 years.

Sanogawa Hanazuma I (right) and Arashi Sanjűr˘ II (left) performing in the new year drama "Shimabara Koch˘ Natane no Monbi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1735 at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Sanogawa Hanazuma line of actors

 
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