ARASHI KOROKU IV

Stage names:

Arashi Koroku IV In Japanese
Kan˘ Minshi I In Japanese
Arashi San'emon VIII In Japanese
Arashi Iwajir˘ II In Japanese

Other name:

Kan˘ San'emon I In Japanese

Guild: Yoshidaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Minshi

Existence: 1783 ~ 15th day of the 11th lunar month of 1826 [1]

Connections:

Grandfather: Arashi Koroku I

Father: Arashi Koroku III

Brothers: Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Hinasuke III, Arashi Koroku V

Disciples: Arashi San'emon IX, Arashi Kan˘

Career:

7th lunar month of 1795: he made his first appearance on stage in ďsaka as a wakaonnagata actor; he received the name of Arashi Iwajir˘ II and played the role of Ohan in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami".

29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1796 [2]: his father Arashi Koroku III died.

11th lunar month of 1797: Arashi Iwajir˘ II took the name of Arashi San'emon VIII in ďsaka, performing in the kaomise drama "Hanekonda Uma no Kaomise", which was produced by the zamoto Mimasu Daijir˘ at the Wakadayű no Shibai.

4th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1801 [3]: his elder brother Arashi Hinasuke II died in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1801: San'emon settled in Ky˘to and took the name of Kan˘ Minshi I, performing in the kaomise drama "Furuki Omotte Aratama no Kaomise", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Sankichi.

10th lunar month of 1809: Minshi played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shinobu in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which was produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘; the roles of Miyagino and S˘roku were played by Nakayama Yoshio I and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

11th lunar month of 1809: Minshi played at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keishoku Yuki-miru Yama", which was produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘ and starred Nakayama Hyakka, Yoshizawa Ayame V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, Nakamura Daikichi I and Asao Okuyama III.

17th of the 9th lunar month of 1813 [4]: his elder brother Arashi Hinasuke III died.

1st lunar month of 1814: Minshi played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Oran and the courtesan Segawa in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto". This was the first performance in Kabuki history of a play based on the "Asagao Nikki" world [casting].

4th lunar month of 1814: "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto" was staged with the same casting in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1814: Minshi played at the Kitagawa no Shibai 2 roles in the drama "Tsugi Awase Ekiji no Ume".

1816: Minshi went back to ďsaka.

8th lunar month of 1816: Minshi played the role of Azuma in the drama "Abura Uri Kuruwa Monogatari", which was produced by the zamoto Asao Tokusabur˘ at the Naka no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1817: Kan˘ Minshi I and his younger brother respectively took the names of Arashi Koroku IV and Kan˘ Minshi II at the Naka no Shibai; the new Koroku played the role of Osan in the drama "Echizen Sangoku Meoto-zuka".

1st lunar month of 1818: Koroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1818: Koroku played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Oito in the drama "Musume Kagekiyo Yashima Nikki"; his stage partners were Arashi Kichisabur˘ II (Yoshitoki, Kagekiyo) and Asao Kuzaemon I (Mataroku, Sajidayű).

11th lunar month of 1818: Koroku played in the same theater the role of Oyone in the drama "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku"; the roles of Jűbŕ and Heisaku were played by Arashi Kichisabur˘ II and Asao Kuzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1821: Koroku played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Misao, Koman and Chiyo in the dramas "Ehon Taik˘ki", "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Keisei Kagamiyama", which were produced by Nakamura Matsuyo; his stage partners were the Edo star Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon III.

3rd lunar month of 1821: Koroku played in the same theater the roles of Omiwa and Koganosuke in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners were Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Daihanji, Iruka, Fujiwara no Tankai), Nakamura Utaemon III (Fukashichi, Sadaka) and Nakamura Matsue III (Hinadori).

9th lunar month of 1821: Koroku played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Komurasaki in the drama "Tatehiki Kotoba no Hanakawado". He shared the stage with the Edo stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ) and Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Shirai Gonpachi).

1st lunar month of 1822: Koroku played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Chiyo and Tatsuta in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Kanesuke; the role of Matsu˘maru was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

2nd lunar month of 1822: Koroku played in the same theater the role of Sonoo-no-Kata in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Mashiba Hisayoshi) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Ishikawa Goemon).

1st lunar month of 1824: Koroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1824: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the drama "Banshű Sarayashiki"; Koroku played the role of Okiku [more details].

9th lunar month of 1825: Koroku played in the city of Sakai the roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1825: Koroku appeared on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Otoki and Yaeume in the drama "Ume no Naniwa Hayazaki Genji"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Fujikawa Tomokichi II. Koroku suddenly fell ill.

15th day of the 11th lunar month of 1826 [1]: Koroku died in ďsaka [5].

Comments:

Arashi Koroku IV was a talented Kamigata wakaonnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in ďsaka and Ky˘to during the first half of the nineteenth century.

[1] The 15th day of the 11th lunar month of the 9th year of the Bunsei era was the 13th of December 1826 in the western calendar.

[2] The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 8th year of the Kansei era was the 6th of May 1796 in the western calendar.

[3] The 4th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 13th year of the Kansei era was the 18th of March 1801 in the western calendar. The following day was the last day of the Kansei era.

[4] The 17th of the 9th lunar month of the 10th year of the Bunka era was the 10th of October 1813 in the western calendar.

[5] His tombstone was in ďsaka in the precinct of the Yaku˘ji temple in the temple district of Nakaderamachi.

Arashi Koroku IV playing the role of Okashi in the drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura" (print made by Asayama Ashiyuki in 1818)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Asayama Shibakuni in 1821

The Arashi San'emon line of actors

The Arashi Koroku line of actors

 
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