MIHARA JDAY I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ ???

Connection:

Son: Mitsuyama Shichisabur

Disciple: Mihara Jday II

Career:

1681: his name appears for the first time in the Kabuki records, as a katakiyaku actor performing in saka for a yearly salary of 35 ry.

1st lunar month of 1690: Jday successfully plays in the drama "Ume no Yoshib", which is produced in saka by Iwai Hanshir I.

1691: Jday goes to Kyto; he plays the role of Hirayama Sueshige in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Sakaotoshi", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinb II.

3rd lunar month of 1693: Jday plays in saka in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir I and stars Sugiyama Kanzaemon I, Iwai Sagenta I and Murayama Heijr I; this production is a success and a long run (150 days).

1697: Jday performs as a katakiyaku in saka at saka Tazaemon's theater, with the troupe led by Araki Yojib I. Jday's stage partners are Kanazawa Goheiji, Kokon Shinzaemon, Katsuyama hashi, Kamogawa Noshio I, Fujii Hachijr, Takashima Onoe, Dekishima Kosabur, Yamamoto Kantar, Iwakura Man'emon, Iwamatsu Kizaemon and Takeshima Shichisabur.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Jday's rank in the saka hybanki, katakiyaku section, is j-j (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1707: Jday plays the role of the senior retainer Nishikito Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy Irekozan".

1st lunar month of 1708: Jday's rank in the saka hybanki, katakiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1711: Jday's rank in the saka hybanki, katakiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1712: Jday plays the role of Denjunoj in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy Shintaku no Kamado", which is produced in saka by his son Mitsuyama Shichisabur.

1st lunar month of 1713: Jday's rank in the saka hybanki, katakiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1714: Jday and his son Mitsuyama Shichisabur go to Kyto; the latter produces at Ebisuya Hatsuday's theater the kaomise drama "Toshitokujin Midoribune", in which the former plays the role of Sakaya Tb. Jday's rank in the Kyto hybanki, jitsuaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1714: Jday goes back to saka.

11th lunar month of 1714: Jday plays the role of Katsuodera Genba in the kaomise drama "Yonedawara Mangoku no Minato", which is produced at saka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Shmatsu II. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

Mihara Jday I was an important katakiyaku of the Genroku era. He spent all his career in Kamigata and was placed very high in the actors ratings at the beginning of the 1710s. He was nicknamed katakiyaku no taish ("the boss of katakiyaku").

"A katakiyaku named Mihara Jday was short in stature, but nevertheless when he made his entrance wearing his long pair of swords and struck his vivid pose and walked his swaggering walk, he looked a big man and struck terror." (from Tamiya Shirogor's book "Zoku Nijinsh", a sequel to Kaneko Ikk's book "Nijinsh" ("Dust in the Ears"), in "The Actors' Analects" by Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunz)

Mihara Jday I

 
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