|ARASHI KANSHIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 22nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1739
Father: Arashi Kan'emon I
Father-in-law: Arashi San'emon II
Son: Arashi Kanshir˘ II
Disciples: Arashi Ugenta, Arashi Kanzabur˘ (Arashi Kichisabur˘ I's master)
Before 1700: son of Arashi Kan'emon I, he starts his career at an early age, performing in ďsaka under the name of Arashi Kanshir˘ I.
Fall 1701: Kanshir˘ goes to Edo.
Fall 1706: he goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1706: Arashi Kan'emon II takes back the name of Arashi Kanshir˘ II, performing in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kant˘ Koroku", which is produced by Shinozuka Jirozaemon I; his others stage partners are Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘, Band˘ Kikumatsu I, Hanai Azuma and Onogawa Orie.
Fall 1729: Kanshir˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1729: Kanshir˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays the role of Suminoe Manzaemon in the kaomise drama "Fukuju Yakata Wag˘ no Futabashira", which is produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1730: Kanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Nakatomi Tanzaemon in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.
Fall 1731: Kanshir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
Fall 1732: Kanshir˘ goes to Ky˘to.
Fall 1734: Kanshir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1734: Kanshir˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays the role of Mochizuki K˘emon in the kaomise drama "Honch˘ Bugaku no Hajimari", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Naka no Shibai.
11th lunar month of 1735: Kanshir˘ plays the role of the r˘nin Nagagara Tamiemon in the kaomise drama "Toyo no Asahi Eitaigura", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Naka no Shibai and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1736: Kanshir˘ plays the role of the senior retainer Ishimaru Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Yamato Fumi Mannen no Ayatsuri", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Kado no Shibai.
1st lunar month of 1738: Kanshir˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing in the same theater the role of Kanjűr˘ in the new year drama "Gonin Onna Itazuragami".
22nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1739: Kanshir˘ dies in ďsaka.
Arashi Kanshir˘ I was an important jitsuaku and tachiyaku actor, who made most of his career in Kamigata from the end of the Genroku era to the Genbun era. He was excelling in bud˘goto and also in aragoto, a rare feature in Kamigata, in jidaimono dramas. He was endowed with a big powerful voice and it was said at the end of his career that nobody would be talented enough to replace him as a jitsuaku!
The Arashi Kanshir˘ line of actors
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