MORITA KAN'YA I

Stage names:

Morita Kan'ya I
Morita Tashichi
Band˘ Matashichi

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 25th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1679

Connections:

Father: Band˘ Matakur˘ I

Adoptive father: Morita Tarobŕ I

Brother: Band˘ Matajir˘ I (Band˘ Matazaemon I)

Nephews: Band˘ Matatar˘ I, Band˘ Matakur˘ II (Morita Kan'ya II), Band˘ Matakur˘ III (Morita Kan'ya III)

Disciple: Morita Kan'ya II

Career:

1st lunar month of 1660: Morita Tarobŕ and his adopted son Morita Tashichi open the Moritaza, a new theater in the district of Kobiki-ch˘.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1660: a fire breaks out in the district of Yushima, which destroys the newly-constructed Moritaza.

5th lunar month of 1660: opening of the rebuilt Moritaza in the district of Kobiki-ch˘.

27th day of the 1st lunar month of 1661: a fire breaks out in the residence of Kusakabe Gonzaemon in the district of Takaj˘-ch˘, which burns the Moritaza to ashes.

3rd lunar month of 1668: Morita Tarobŕ I retires.

5th lunar month of 1668: Morita Tashichi takes the name of Morita Kan'ya I.

9th lunar month of 1668: Kan'ya and Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I join forces to open a new common theater in the district of Kobiki-ch˘.

25th day of the 6th lunar month of 1677: his adoptive father Morita Tarobŕ I dies.

25th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1679: Kan'ya dies in Edo.

Comments:

Morita Kan'ya I was the second zamoto of the Moritaza and the founder of an important line of theater managers and actors. He unfortunately died too young.

Morita Kan'ya I (left) and Kawarazaki Gonnosuke I (right) in the 11th lunar month of 1675

 
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