ARASHI KICHISABURď
   
EIGHT GENERATIONS
Arashi Kichisabur˘ I
  The actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ I held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1758 to the 12th lunar month of 1780.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ I portraying En'ya Hangan ("Kanadehon Chűshingura")
in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Arashi Kichisabur˘ II
 

The actor Arashi Kitsusabur˘ I held the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ II from the 1st lunar month of 1784 [1] to the 12th lunar month of 1820.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ II performing the role of Fukuoka Mitsugi in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"

Arashi Kichisabur˘ III
 

The actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ III held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1821 to the 9th lunar month of 1864.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ III portraying Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1852

Arashi Kichisabur˘ 3.4
 

Date of birth unknown. Elder son of Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, his first stage name was Arashi Rinshi II. He went to Edo in Summer 1867 to take in August the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ at the Nakamuraza. He unfortunately died there in September before the end of his shűmei. Therefore, he was never acknowledged as a regular holder of the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Rinshi Okajimaya

The actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ playing the role of Yokoz˘ in the "Takenoko Hori" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1867 at the Nakamuraza
(print made by Utagawa Kuniteru II)

Print made by Utagawa Kuniteru in 1867

Arashi Kichisabur˘ IV
 

Date of birth unkown. Related to Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, his first stage name in ďsaka was Arashi Rinsh˘. In the 8th lunar month of 1867, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III's eldest son Arashi Rinshi II was allowed to take the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He unfortunately died on stage during his shűmei in the 9th lunar month of 1867. Rinsh˘ was summoned to Edo, where he had to replace on the spot the late heir of Arashi Kichisabur˘ III to take the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ IV, in the 10th lunar month of 1867 at the Nakamuraza, performing in the drama "Chiyo Banzei Araki no Shimadai". He went back to Kamigata in the 3rd lunar month of 1870, where he stayed up to his death the 15th of July 1879.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Rinsh˘ Okajimaya

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V (left) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ IV (right) during the k˘j˘ for the shűmei of the latter actor, which was staged in the 10th lunar month of 1867 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kuniteru II)

Arashi Kichisabur˘ V
 

Born in 1845. He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Jakuemon I, then Nakamura Shibajaku II, and his first stage name was Nakamura Tasabur˘. He took the name of Nakamura Shibaz˘ III in 1874. He decided to perform under his real name, Matsuda Tasabur˘, from February 1882 to September 1884. With the patronage of the star Nakamura S˘jűr˘, he was allowed to take the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ V in October 1884. He appeared on stage for the last time in November 1897 at the Minamiza, where he played the roles of Ky˘goku no Takumi and Mimy˘ in the dramas "Keya-mura" and "Moritsuna Jin'ya". He died the 9th of October 1898.

Haimy˘ Yag˘ Honmy˘
Rish˘ Okajimaya Matsuda Tasabur˘
Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI
 

The actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI held this name from June 1902 to October 1927.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI playing the role of Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon", which was staged in February 1908 in Nagoya at the Suehiroza

Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII
 

The actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII held this name from February 1928 to February 1973.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ VIII
 

Born in Ky˘to the 6th of January 1932. Son of Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII, he made his first stage appearance in October 1940 at the ďsaka Kabukiza, where he received the name of Arashi Rish˘ IV. He had the chance to learn the art of Kabuki with talented teachers like Band˘ Minosuke VI or Kataoka Gat˘ IV. He left the Kabuki world in 1946 and spent several years acting in movies. He worked also for the TV and took part to the T˘h˘ Kabuki projects. He was back in the Kabuki world several years after the death of his father (in 1973). He took the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ VIII in March 1984 at the Nakaza, playing the role of Tenmaya S˘bŕ in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű". He appeared on stage for the last time in January 1986, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Shuzenji Monogatari". He unfortunately died quickly, the 3rd of September 1987.

Haimy˘ Buy˘ name Honmy˘
Okajimaya Fujima Kanz˘ Kitagami Yatar˘

[1] Not 1784 but 1787 in in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

 
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