ďTANI HIROHACHI I

Stage names:

ďtani Hirohachi I In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kiban

Existence: ???

Connections:

Master: ďtani Hiroji I

Son: ďtani Imasabur˘

Disciples: ďtani Tomoemon I, ďtani Hikojűr˘

Career:

1727: he becomes disciple of the actor ďtani Hiroji I in ďsaka and follows him to Edo.

5th lunar month of 1732: tour in Nagoya; Hirohachi plays katakiyaku roles.

11th lunar month of 1733: Hirohachi goes back to ďsaka and plays as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Funa Zukuri Mannen Goyomi", produced at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai by Kirinoya T˘kur˘.

11th lunar month of 1735: Hirohachi goes to Ky˘to, becomes katakiyaku and plays in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Ishizue", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I.

12th lunar month of 1740: Hirohachi plays the roles of Kikuchi Jűr˘ and Katsura Ippeiji in the drama "Miura Danj˘ Sugata no Yoroi", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1747: his master ďtani Hiroji I dies.

11th lunar month of 1748: Hirohachi plays the role of Matsuura Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I. His stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Iwata Somematsu I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Kawachi Kambei in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Asao Motogor˘ I, Anegawa Daikichi I and Arashi San'emon IV.

11th lunar month of 1750: Hirohachi plays in the same theater the roles of Oni no Kurobŕ and Kajima Hy˘g˘ in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata".

1st lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Hirohachi plays the role of Agata Kenmotsu Genba [casting].

11th lunar month of 1751: Hirohachi plays the role of Gunta in the kaomise drama "En no Gy˘ja ďmine Zakura", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by the zamoto Nakayama Bunshichi I.

11th lunar month of 1752: Hirohachi moves to ďsaka and plays the role of Maeda Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe", which is produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by the zamoto Sanj˘ Sadasuke. His stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1753: Hirohachi plays in the same theater the role of Ecchű Jirobei in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1754: Hirohachi plays in the same theater in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which is produced by Wakayama Bunshichi. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Wakayama Shinkur˘, Nakamura Utaemon I, Wakayama Bunshichi, Arashi Sangor˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Anegawa Daikichi I and Someyama S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1755: Hirohachi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1756: Hirohachi plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which is produced by Anegawa Daikichi I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1757: Hirohachi plays the role of Taira no Tomomori in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II at the Naka no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1759: Hirohachi plays the role of Daimonji Shibaemon in the kaomise drama "Bandai Fueki H˘rai Yakata", which is produced in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai by Arashi Hinasuke I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Hirohachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1760: Hirohachi plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

Fall 1761: the actors Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Nakamura Matsue I and Hirohachi go together to Edo to perform at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1761: Hirohachi plays the roles of Gapp˘ Tar˘ and Terukuni in the Moritaza kaomise drama "Mison˘ Banzei no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1762: Hirohachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten"), below his Kamigata rank. "jű" is in fact the first 2 strokes of the ideogram "kichi" and means "ten". Hirohachi plays in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year sogamono "Koi Zakura Umewaka Soga".

11th lunar month of 1763: Hirohachi is back in Ky˘to and plays the role of Kurozuka Heima in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1764: Hirohachi's ranking is back to the "superior - superior - excellent" level in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1764 ~ 1770: Hirohachi's name does not appear anymore in licensed theaters banzuke.

Spring 1771: Hirohachi plays in ďsaka at the Horie Ichinogawa Shibai. This performance is likely to be his final stage appearance.

Comments:

ďtani Hirohachi I was a talented old-fashioned katakiyaku, who spent almost all his career in the Kamigata theaters but unfortunately did not achieve the fame he deserved.

ďtani Hirohachi I (left, standing) and Matsuyama Sanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Ecchű Jirobei and Kis˘ Yoshinaka in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1753 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The ďtani Hirohachi line of actors

 
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