ARASHI KICHISABURď I

Stage names:

Arashi Kichisabur˘ I In Japanese
Takeda Kichisabur˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Arashi Rikan In Japanese

Guild: Okajimaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Rikan

Existence: 1737 ~ 8th day of the 12th lunar month of 1780 [1]

Connection:

Master: Arashi Kanzabur˘ (Arashi Kanshir˘ I's disciple)

Sons: Arashi Izabur˘ I, Takemoto Nakadayű II, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ I

Grandsons: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Arashi Yoshisabur˘ I

Great-grandsons: Arashi Kichisabur˘, Arashi Izabur˘ III, Arashi Torasabur˘

Disciples: Arashi Imaz˘, Arashi Nakaz˘, Arashi Hidesuke

Career:

1737 ~ 1757: he started his career in ďsaka in kodomo shibai at the Takeda no Shibai, performing under the name of Takeda Kichisabur˘. He later on moved to hama shibai.

1757: he became disciple of Arashi Kanzabur˘ (a disciple of Arashi Kanshir˘ I).

1st lunar month of 1758: he made his debut in ˘shibai, taking the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ I and playing the role of Kumano no Benj˘ in the new year drama "Genpei Chitose no Matsu", which was produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by Kirinoya Hidematsu.

11th lunar month of 1758: he became zamoto and produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe", which starred Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II and Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Kichisabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1759: Kichisabur˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen".

Fall 1760: Kichisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: Kichisabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Tosa Matahei in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1761: Kichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1762: Kichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1762: Kichisabur˘ played the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I; his stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi was Arashi Shichigor˘ II.

Fall 1764: Kichisabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1764: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miya Yunzei Kotobuki".

12th lunar month of 1764: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the yakko Tsumahei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1765: Kichisabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

1st lunar month of 1766: Kichisabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

5th lunar month of 1766: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Jihiz˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1766: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in Namiki Jűsuke's kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Hikime no Yaguruma", which was produced by Nakamura Utaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1767: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Maizuru ďgi", which was produced by Mimasu Tanin I.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kichisabur˘ moved to the Kado no Shibai and played the role of Momonoi Gengo in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki", which was produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Danshichi Mohei [casting].

Fall 1770: Kichisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1770: Kichisabur˘ played the role of Kagekiyo in the kaomise drama "Sakigake Yashima no Kachidoki", which was produced by Onoe Kumesuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ and Kameya Kumenoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1771: Kichisabur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the pack-horse Sankichi, in reality Usui Sadamitsu, in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1772: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Yamagata J˘nosuke and Imagawa Kazusa-no-Kami in the ni-no-kawari "Keisei Sakura Goten".

Fall 1772: Kichisabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1772: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yoshitsune in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Onoe Kikugor˘ no Baranu Banashi", which was produced by Nakamura Utaemon I.

4th lunar month of 1773: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (Danshichi Kurobŕ) and Nakamura Utaemon I (Sabu).

11th lunar month of 1773: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Itari Yaitari Mukadeyama", which was produced by Arashi Matsujir˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1773: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of En'ya Hanagan and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1774: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Sasaki Takatsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

9th lunar month of 1774: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1774: Kichisabur˘ moved to the Kado no Shibai and played in the kaomise drama "Isagiyoshi Kusunoki Banashi".

8th lunar month of 1775: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Kichisabur˘ played the role of the sum˘tori Iwagawa Jirokichi [more details].

11th lunar month of 1775: Kichisabur˘ moved to the Naka no Shibai and played the role of Tanuki-no-Kinpachi ("Kinpachi the badger") in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tenmokuzan".

12th lunar month of 1775: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1776: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Arashi Hinasuke I (Danshichi Kurobŕ) and Mimasu Daigor˘ I (Sabu).

7th lunar month of 1776: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

8th lunar month of 1776: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of the yakko Ippei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

10th lunar month of 1776: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

Fall 1776: Kichisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1776: Kichisabur˘ played the roles of Kajiwara Genta and a priest in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Gura Manp˘ no Irifune", which was produced by Ogurayama Toyosaki at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater.

Fall 1777: Kichisabur˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1777: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which was produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrated the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomed back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

9th lunar month of 1778: Kichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Shiratayű, Genz˘ and Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV (Tatsuta-no-Mae, Haru), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Band˘ Iwagor˘ (Shihei, Shund˘ Genba), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Chiyo), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru) and Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo).

11th lunar month of 1778: Kichisabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Kajiwara Genta and a priest in the kaomise drama "Toki-ni T˘dai Sennin Kagami".

Fall 1779: Kichisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1779: Kichisabur˘ played in the kaomise drama "Miyako Han'ei Nanshi no Hiraki Hajime", which was produced by Nakayama Ihachi I at the theater of Kameya Kumenoj˘ and Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

11th lunar month of 1780: Kichisabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, playing in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Matsuri Fukki no Kurairi", which was produced by Nakayama Ihachi I at the theater of Kameya Kumenoj˘ and Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

8th day of the 12th lunar month of 1780 [1]: Kichisabur˘ suddenly died in Ky˘to; his tombstone was built in the precinct of the Yűk˘ji temple [2].

Comments:

Arashi Kichisabur˘ I was a talented Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who made all his career in ďsaka and Ky˘to between the 1760s and the 1770s. He was a jitsugotoshi and a wagotoshi but he also excelled in sum˘tori, otokodate or yakko roles. He died at the beginning of his 40s and his last ranking was only one little one rank below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). If he had lived a little longer, he would have reached without trouble this prestigious rank at the beginning of the 1780s.

[1] The 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the 9th year of the An'ei era was the 2nd of January 1781 in the western calendar.

[2] A temple located in ďsaka in the district of Shimoteramachi.

Arashi Kichisabur˘ I playing the role of Asaina T˘bŕ in a caricature from the book "Ehon Mizu ya Sora", which was drawn by Matsuya Nich˘sai and published in ďsaka in 1780 by Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon

Caricature 1780

The Arashi Kichisabur˘ line of actors

 
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