ďTANI HIROHACHI I

Stage name:

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 became disciple of the actor ďtani Hiroji I in ďsaka and followed him to Edo.

5th lunar month of 1732: tour in Nagoya; Hirohachi performed there as a katakiyaku.

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

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

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

25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 [1]: his master ďtani Hiroji I died.

11th lunar month of 1748: Hirohachi played the role of Matsuura Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which was produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I; his stage partners were 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, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Kawachi Kanbei in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners were 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 played in the same theater the roles of Oni no Kurobŕ [picture] 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 was produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Hirohachi played the role of Agata Kenmotsu Genba [casting].

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

Fall 1752: Hirohachi moved to ďsaka.

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

11th lunar month of 1753: Hirohachi played in the same theater the role of Ecchű Jirobŕ [picture] in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1754: Hirohachi played in the same theater in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which was produced by Wakayama Bunshichi; his stage partners were 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1756: Hirohachi played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in Namiki Eisuke I's kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which was produced by Anegawa Daikichi I.

11th lunar month of 1757: Hirohachi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Taira no Tomomori in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakayama Raisuke I.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act maruhonmono drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi" in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Hirohachi played the roles of Gake no D˘roku and Hida no Saemon [casting].

Fall 1759: Hirohachi moved to Ky˘to.

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1761: Hirohachi played 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, was j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten") [visual], below his Kamigata rank. "" was in fact the first 2 strokes of the ideogram "kichi" and means 'ten'. Hirohachi played in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Koi Zakura Umewaka Soga".

Fall 1763: Hirohachi went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1763: Hirohachi played the role of Kurozuka Heima in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

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

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

Spring 1771: Hirohachi played in ďsaka at the Horie Ichinogawa Shibai. This performance was likely to be his final stage appearance. No record afterwards.

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.

[1] The 25th day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Enky˘ era was the 2nd of July 1747 in the western calendar.

ďtani Hirohachi I (left, standing) and Matsuyama Sanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Ecchű Jirobŕ and Kiso 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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