|ARASHI KOROKU I|
Other name: Zeshin
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Koroku, Minshi, Suj˘, Shich˘, Sugidori (?)
Existence: 1710 ~ 26th day of the 7th lunar month of 1786
Master: Arashi San'emon III
Son-in-law: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
1710 ~ 1727: he starts his career at an early age in kodomo shibai, playing under the name of Yoshida Koroku.
11th lunar month of 1727: he becomes disciple of Arashi San'emon III, receives the name of Arashi Koroku I and plays as a wakashugata the role of a yakko in Azuma Sampachi's kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku at Ebisuya Kichir˘bei's theater; he achieves a great success by performing the ropp˘ technique.
5th lunar month of 1735: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Koroku plays the role of Sakaki-no-Mae [casting].
8th lunar month of 1741: the play "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was originally written for the puppet theater, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Koroku plays the roles of Ume-no-Kata and Kojor˘ [casting].
5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Koroku plays the role of Danj˘'s sister [more details].
Fall 1743: Koroku goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1743: Koroku plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shiki Samba ďgi Ikusa", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Shinozuka Jirozaemon II.
12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance and line-up; Koroku plays the roles of Otatsu and Okaji at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting].
Fall 1746: Koroku goes to Edo.
10th day of the 7th lunar month of 1754: his master Arashi San'emon III dies.
22nd day of the 4th lunar month of 1756: his master's adopted son Arashi San'emon IV dies.
9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Koroku plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Jir˘emon's ny˘b˘ Oharu [casting].
12th lunar month of 1766: Koroku plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Enju in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Arashi Hinasuke I; his stage partners are Arashi Hinasuke I (Umegae), Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (Kajiwara Genta Kagesue), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Gonshir˘), Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (Matsuemon, Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu), Yoshizawa Ayame III (Oyoshi, Tomoe), Nakayama Raisuke I (Shigetada) and Arashi Shichigor˘ II (Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka).
11th lunar month of 1768: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Arashi San'emon V at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of T˘nai Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki"; he achieves a great success by performing the ropp˘ technique in the tanzen style.
12th lunar month of 1768: San'emon plays in the same theater the roles of Oseki and Yogor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".
Fall 1769 ~ Fall 1775: San'emon does not appear on stage.
10th lunar month of 1775: he is back on stage, in Ky˘to, where he temporarily takes back the name of Arashi Koroku I and does his isse ichidai performance by playing the role of Yamamba in the drama "Futaba Genji Komochi Yamamba", which is produced by Fujikawa Sango.
5th lunar month of 1776: he is back on stage, in ďsaka, where he temporarily takes the name of Arashi Koroku (using the haimy˘ Koroku instead of the stage name Koroku, which is used by his disciple Arashi Koroku II) and does his isse ichidai performance by playing the role of Yamamba in the drama "Komochi Yamamba Iohata Nishiki". He definitively retires and takes later on the tonsure, calling himself Zeshin.
26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1785: his son's disciple Arashi San'emon VI dies.
26th day of the 7th lunar month of 1786: he dies in ďsaka; his tombstone is located in the precinct of H˘my˘ji Temple.
Arashi Koroku I was a Kamigata wakaonnagata actors, who excelled in nuregoto and bud˘goto roles. He decided to become tachiyaku at the end of his career. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was also able to play some music instruments.
Arashi Koroku I (left) and Kasaya Matakur˘ I (right) in an illustration illustration from the book "Sanga no Tsu Yakusha Meijin Furue" (1750~1752)
The Arashi Koroku line of actors
The Arashi San'emon line of actors
The Arashi Koshichi line of actors
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