EDO KAOMISE 1801
   
Play title Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki  In Japanese
Ume ni Suisen Iro no Udezuku  In Japanese
Miko no Suzu Niwaka no Furisode  In Japanese
Theater Kawarazakiza
Producer Kawarazaki Gonnosuke V
Playwrights Sakurada Jisuke I, Muraoka K˘ji I, Hon'ya S˘shichi

The actors Iwai Kumesabur˘ I (top/left), Ichikawa Danz˘ IV (bottom/left) and Ichikawa Hakuen I (bottom/right) playing the roles of the fox Kojor˘, the pilgrim T˘saku and the shűgy˘sha Banryű in the kaomise drama "Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1801 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

The actors Ichikawa Hakuen I (bottom/left) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ I (top/right) playing the roles of Funawaka Gor˘ and the Kobiki-ch˘ chaya girl Osan in the drama "Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1801 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

The kaomise drama "Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki" was produced in the 11th lunar month of 1801 at the Kawarazakiza by Kawarazaki Gonnosuke V with the following casting:

Code Actors Roles
1 Band˘ Yasosuke I The jich˘ Gor˘mata, in reality Itoku Sabur˘
2 Iwai Kumesabur˘ I Prince Koretaka, the Kobiki-ch˘ chaya girl Osan, Kudayű's daughter Oriki (in reality Ono no Komachi), the keisei Ariwara (in reality the fox Kojor˘)
3 Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II Dokko no Daroku
4 Ichikawa Hakuen I Funawaka Gor˘, the shűgy˘sha Banryű (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi)
5 Ichikawa Danz˘ IV The pilgrim T˘saku, Godai Sabur˘, Yasojima Daijin (in reality Goi Rokusuke)

 

Others actors in identified roles were:

Actors Roles
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III The jich˘ Jir˘mata, in reality Yoshimine Sh˘sh˘ Munesada, Yukienosuke
Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV The courtesan Kotono
Ichikawa Aragor˘ I Kujaku Sabur˘, Denp˘kichi
ďtani Tokuji I The jich˘ Tar˘mata, in reality ďtake Tar˘
Kirinoya Monz˘ Ikaruga Tar˘
Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II Ono no Yoshizane
Miyazaki Jűshir˘ III Tako no Nyűd˘
Nakajima Wadaemon Aramaki Mimishir˘
Band˘ Ryűz˘ Kageyu Jikan, Sann˘
Ichikawa Onoe Hatsune-no-Mae
Yamashita Taminosuke Hata Daizen's sister Chisato
Ichikawa Dansaku I The yakko Shigohei
Band˘ Mikiz˘ The yakko Shimehei
Ichikawa Danbŕ Katano Gont˘
Ichikawa Jűz˘ The yakko Nomuhei
Arashi Naoz˘ The yakko Yaruhei

Others actors were Ichikawa Raiz˘ III, Nakamura Kanzaemon II, Band˘ Daikichi I, Kirishima Giemon I, Ogawa Jűtar˘, Arashi Masuz˘, Arashi Taz˘ and Band˘ Shichiz˘. Ichikawa Omez˘ I was supposed to perform in this kaomise program but he fell ill and did not appear on stage.

There was the usual "Shibaraku" scene in this kaomise drama, starring Ichikawa Hakuen I and Iwai Kumesabur˘ I. There were also two Tokiwazu-based dance-dramas, which were created by Azuma Kunidayű and entitled "Ume ni Suisen Iro no Udezuku" and "Miko no Suzu Niwaka no Furisode". Morita Kan'ya VIII took the name of Band˘ Yasosuke I while playing the role of the jich˘ Gor˘mata, in reality Itoku Sabur˘, in the former dance-drama.

The opening day was the 7th (or the 9th) day of the 11th lunar month of the 1st year of the Ky˘wa era (1801), which was the 12th (or the 14th) of December 1801 in the western calendar. The last day was, according to the chronicles, the 17th day of the 12th lunar month of the 1st year of the Ky˘wa era, which was the 20th of January 1802 in the western calendar.

 
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