MIHARA J█DAY█ I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ ???

Connection:

Son: Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘

Disciple: Mihara Jűdayű II

Career:

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

1st lunar month of 1690: Jűdayű successfully plays in the drama "Ume no Yoshibei", which is produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ I.

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

3rd lunar month of 1693: Jűdayű plays in ďsaka 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 Heijűr˘ I; this production is a success and a long run (150 days).

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

3rd lunar month of 1707: Jűdayű's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1707: Jűdayű plays the role of the senior retainer Nishikito Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Irekozan", which is produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1708: Jűdayű's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1711: Jűdayű's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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

1st lunar month of 1713: Jűdayű's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1714: Jűdayű and his son Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘ go to Ky˘to; the latter produces at Ebisuya Hatsudayű's theater the kaomise drama "Toshitokujin Midoribune", in which the former plays the role of Sakaya T˘bŕ. Jűdayű's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1714: Jűdayű goes back to ďsaka.

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

Comments:

Mihara Jűdayű 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 Jűdayű 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 Nijinshű", a sequel to Kaneko Ikk˘'s book "Nijinshű" ("Dust in the Ears"), in "The Actors' Analects" by Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunz˘)

Mihara Jűdayű I

 
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