|IWAI HANSHIRď III|
Iwai Hanshir˘ III
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1698 ~ 26th day of the 11th lunar month of 1759
Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ I
Brothers: Iwai Hanshir˘ II, Iwai Hanzabur˘
Disciples: Iwai Kiyotar˘ I, Iwai Izaemon, Iwai Yasoshichi, Iwai Harugor˘
1698: born in ďsaka.
4th lunar month of 1699: his father Iwai Hanshir˘ I dies.
1710: his brother Iwai Hanshir˘ II dies.
11th lunar month of 1715: Iwai Takematsu takes the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ III in ďsaka, becomes zamoto and produces the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja" for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon. The line-up is made up of the actors Miyazaki Denkichi, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, ďtori Michiemon, Sanogawa Mangiku, Tomizawa Chiyonosuke, Sagawa Bunz˘, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Yamamoto Sakuya I, Takashima Onoe, Ogino Samanoj˘ II, ďshima Kajűr˘ and Kamei Heizaemon.
11th lunar month of 1717: Hanshir˘ plays in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Torii Nagaonosuke in the kaomise drama "Benten Ch˘ja Uga no Tama", which is produced by Ogino Kinnoj˘; he also performs a kitsune dance in this drama.
Fall 1725: Hanshir˘ plays the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Sonezaki Shinjű", which is produced by Ogino Umenosuke at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater; the role of Tokubŕ's lover Ohatsu is played by Sanogawa Mangiku.
11th lunar month of 1730: Hanshir˘ produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi". His stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.
12th lunar month of 1731: Hanshir˘ produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "ďyamato Wag˘ no Tsuchi", which celebrates the arrival in the new line-up of Fujikawa Heikur˘, Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II and Arashi Sangor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1735: Hanshir˘ produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Toyo no Asahi Eitaigura", which celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1742: Hanshir˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi". His stage partners are Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Somenoi Hanshir˘ and Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Chűshichi and Imagawa Nakaaki in Namiki S˘suke's kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which is produced in ďsaka by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Nakamura Shingor˘ I and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.
12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ at the Kado no Shibai [casting].
Fall 1746: Hanshir˘ and Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I go together to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He plays in the same theater the roles of Komurasaki Kamon and Yasaku in the new year drama "Tamakushige Yosooi Soga".
5th lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ in the drama "Onna Kan Sh˘j˘ Utsutsu no Narukami", whose plot and characters belong to the "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" world.
8th lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘ plays in the same theater in the drama "Mangetsu Oguri Yakata".
Fall 1749: Hanshir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1749: Hanshir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Eda Genz˘ and Azuma Hanshir˘ in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV. His others stage partners are Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Sanj˘ Namie I, Iwata Somematsu I and Nakamura Utaemon I.
1750: Hanshir˘'s uncontrolled passion for food leads him to obesity.
11th lunar month of 1752: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, as a kaomise drama, at the Naka no Shibai; Hanshir˘ plays the roles of Midaroku and Taira no Tsunemori [casting].
1754 ~ 1759: Hanshir˘ goes to Edo and definitively settles there. He is too fat to perform anymore. His adopted daughter becomes the wife of the Edo star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.
Iwai Hanshir˘ III was an active zamoto of the first half of the eighteenth century, who spent most of his career in ďsaka. As an actor, he was a tachiyaku and his forte were wagotoshi or jitsugotoshi roles.
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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