Stage names:

Morita Kan'ya XIII In Japanese
Band˘ Mitahachi III In Japanese

Guild: Kinojiya

Line number: J█SANDAIME (XIII)

Existence: 18 October 1885 ~ 16 June 1932


Father: Morita Kan'ya XII

Brother: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII

Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III

Son: Band˘ K˘tar˘

Adopted son: Morita Kan'ya XIV

Grandsons: Band˘ Kichiya II, Band˘ Yajűr˘

Disciples: Band˘ San'emon, Band˘ Tsumanosuke, Band˘ Shinasaku


December 1890: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Shintomiza, where he received the name of Band˘ Mitahachi III and performed in the drama "Higuchi no Kanemitsu Sakaro no Aranami".

21 August 1897: his father Morita Kan'ya XII died.

November 1906: Band˘ Mitahachi III became nadai and took the name of Morita Kan'ya XIII at the Shintomiza, performing in the dance "Renjishi".

1909: the management of the Shintomiza was taken over by the Sh˘chiku Company.

September 1914: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Furukawa Shinsui's drama "Ansei Kibun Tsukuda no Yoarashi"; Kan'ya played the role of J˘shűya Hanjir˘ [more details].

October 1914: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Soga Monogatari"; Kan'ya played the role of Soga Jűr˘ [casting].

1915: Kan'ya created and led the Bungeiza, a theater study group, which focused on new productions (Shinkabuki, modern theater) and also the adaptations of Western plays. The two others main actors were Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Nakamura T˘z˘ V.

28 ~ 30 June 1915: first program of the Bungeiza at the Imperial Theater. Then, the group stayed inactive up to 1918.

September 1918: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Okamura Shik˘'s dance-drama "Imohori Ch˘ja"; Kan'ya played the role of Sakigake Heima [casting].

July 1922: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Tanizaki Jun'ichir˘'s drama "Okuni to Gohei"; Kan'ya played the role of Tomonoj˘ [casting].

March 1923: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Osanai Kaoru's drama "Musuko"; Kan'ya played the role of the hori [more details].

1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ was destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed the Shintomiza.

February 1925: tenth and final program of the Bungeiza.

June 1925: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s drama "Ikite-iru Koheiji"; Kan'ya played the role of Kohata Koheiji [more details].

March 1928: premiere at the Hong˘za of Oka Onitar˘'s drama "Nemuru-ga-Rakuda Monogatari"; Kan'ya played the role of the yűjin Ch˘name no Hanji [casting].

June 1929: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s dance-drama "Ry˘kan to Komori" [more details]; Kan'ya played the role of Ry˘kan.

July 1931: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the play "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", written by Hasegawa Shin; Kan'ya played the role of Tatsusabur˘ [casting].

January 1932: Kan'ya appeared on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing in the dramas "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri" and "Kozaru Shichinosuke".


Morita Kan'ya XIII was the first in this line to be an actor and not a zamoto. He was a talented tachiyaku excelling as a wagotoshi. He was endowed with a great voice and an amazing memory. He was open to new forms of theaters and spent a lot of time and energy in the creations of new dramas.

Morita Kan'ya XIII playing the role of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue
in the drama "Genta Kand˘"
(print made by Natori Shunsen in 1928)
Print courtesy of Aoi Gallery (all rights reserved)

The Band˘ Mitahachi line of actors

The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers

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