|MORITA KAN'YA XI|
Nickname: Yoi Mitsu (Mitsu the Drunkard)
Guilds: Kinojiya, Yamatoya
Line number: J█ICHIDAIME (XI)
Existence: 1802 ~ 18th day of the 11th lunar month of 1863 
Adoptive father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Son: Band˘ Mitahachi
Adopted sons: Morita Kan'ya XII, Morita Entar˘
Disciple: Band˘ Kak˘
11th lunar month of 1803: he made his first appearance on stage (hatsu butai), at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Band˘ Minosuke II in the kaomise drama "Kareki-ni Hana Gorish˘ Hachinoki".
11th lunar month of 1828: Minosuke played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kumasaka Ch˘han, Ise no Sabur˘, a boatman, Iwate Sakingo and Akugenta Yoshihira in the kaomise drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki"; his yearly salary was 550 ry˘.
3rd lunar month of 1832: Band˘ Minosuke II took the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Sakura Doki Onna Gy˘retsu". He also performed one of the 2 leading roles in the premiere of the 3-part Kiyomoto/Tokiwazu/Nagauta-based dance "Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri" , sharing the stage with Nakamura Shikan II.
1838 ~ 1843: Mitsugor˘ went on tour in almost all the provinces of Japan.
1st lunar month of 1839: Mitsugor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki was hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].
11th lunar month of 1843: Mitsugor˘ was back in Edo and performed at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. He also played at the end of the program the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".
11th lunar month of 1850: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV took the name of Morita Kan'ya XI at the Ichimuraza, performing in the drama "Go Taiheiki Date no Masugata".
8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Kan'ya played the roles of Asakura T˘zaemon, ďsawa Hayato and Takaoka Kazue [casting].
5th lunar month of 1856: Kan'ya reopened the Moritaza, which was closed since 1837.
9th day of the 1st lunar month of 1858: a fire broke out in the third floor of the Moritaza and burned the theater to ashes.
11th lunar month of 1858: the newly-rebuilt Moritaza reopened; Kan'ya changed the ideogram for Mori in both his name and his theater name. The old ideogram for mori meant forest and was made up of 3 ideograms meaning wood, a highly-inflammable ideogram. The new ideogram for Mori meant protection, a better meaning for a theater.
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10th lunar month of 1863: Kan'ya produced "Sangoku Y˘buden", his last Kabuki production at the Moritaza.
18th of the 11th lunar month of 1863 : Kan'ya died.
Morita Kan'ya XI was both a tachiyaku actor and the zamoto of the Moritaza (from 1856 to 1863). He was tall, handsome and, as an actor, excelled in sewamono dramas. He was also a talented jitsuaku and an outstanding dancer.
In his Mitsugor˘ years, he was both a stage partner and a rival (for the title of Edo best tachiyaku) for Nakamura Shikan II, imitating the glorious rivalry of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Nakamura Utaemon III.
 The 18th of the 11th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunkyű era was the 28th of December 1863 in the western calendar.
 This dance is still sometimes performed in its entirety but the second part, "Sanja Matsuri", is frequently staged independently.
 The 11th day of the 7th lunar month of the 9th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 30th of August 1838 in the western calendar.
 The 22nd day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era was the 21st of June 1851 in the western calendar.
Morita Kan'ya XI playing the role of Sait˘ Tarozaemon Toshiyuki in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1860)
The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
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