IWAI HANSHIRď VI

Stage names:

Iwai Hanshir˘ VI In Japanese
Iwai Kumesabur˘ II In Japanese
Iwai Hisajir˘ I In Japanese

Nickname Kumesa Hanshir˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Baiga, Shűka

Existence: 1799 ~ 8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836

Connections:

Great-grandfather : Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Grandfathers: Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ V

Brother: Iwai Hanshir˘ VII

Career:

11th lunar month of 1804: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Iwai Hisajir˘ I while his father takes the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1812: Hisajir˘ takes the name of Iwai Kumesabur˘ II at the Ichimuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Kumesabur˘ plays the roles of the okujochű Taketawa and Kariganeya's shinz˘ Uneme [more details].

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" (commonly called "Suma no Utsushie"); Kumesabur˘ plays the role of the ama Murasame [casting].

9th lunar month of 1819: first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura"; Kumesabur˘ plays the role of Heiji's wife Oharu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1822 ~ 10th lunar month of 1823: the best year of the Iwai Clan; The tateonnagata for the 3 Edo theaters (Edo Sanza) are Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Ichimuraza), Kumesabur˘ (Nakamuraza) and Iwai Shijaku I (Moritaza).

7th lunar month of 1825: Kumesabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Okaru, Oishi and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Kumesabur˘ plays the role of Osode [casting].

9th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; Kumesabur˘ plays the roles of Dakki no Koman, Oroku, Moron˘'s mistress Ran-no-Kata and Kanpei's widow Okaru [casting].

6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Kumesabur˘ plays the roles of ďe's daughter Princess Shigenoi (later the hinin Koman), the keisei Komurasaki and Minbunosuke's wife Onobu [casting].

9th lunar month of 1827: Kumesabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Matahei), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Utanosuke), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Shurinosuke) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Sh˘gen).

3rd lunar month of 1831: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the five-role hengemono "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori"; Kumesabur˘ plays the role of Ono no Komachi [more details].

11th lunar month of 1832: great shűmei for the Iwai clan at the Nakamuraza; Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Iwai Hisajir˘ II respectively take the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III. They play together in Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroshiro" and their stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Nakamura Shikan II, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Sawamura Tossh˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1836: Hanshir˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Moritaza 15 roles in Mimasuya Nis˘ji's drama "Sugawararyű Kanagaki Soga", which mixes the "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and sogamono worlds. He suddenly falls ill in the middle of the month and dies the 8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836. His tombstone is located in the precinct of the J˘shinji temple in the district of Fukagawa.

Comments:

Iwai Hanshir˘ VI was a talented wakaonnagata, who achieved fame for himself in Edo during the first half of the nineteenth century. His popularity was high (as high as the one of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V in the 1820s) but he unfortunately died too young, before reaching the peak of his career. As far as art is concerned, he followed the same path as his father Iwai Tojaku or his grandfather Iwai Hanshir˘ IV but he did not create his own.

Iwai Hanshir˘ VI playing the role of Oshichi in the drama "Sugawararyű Kanagaki Soga", which was staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1836 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1825

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1832

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1834

The Iwai Hisajir˘ line of actors

The Iwai Kumesabur˘ line of actors

The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors

 
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