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

Guild: Yoshidaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Minshi

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

Connections:

Grandfather: Arashi Koroku I

Father: Arashi Koroku III

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

Disciple: Arashi San'emon IX

Career:

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

3rd lunar month of 1796: his father Arashi Koroku III dies.

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

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

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

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

1st lunar month of 1814: Minshi plays the roles of Oran and the courtesan Segawa in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. This is 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" is staged with the same casting in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

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

1816: Minshi goes back to ďsaka.

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

11th lunar month of 1817: Kan˘ Minshi I takes the name of Arashi Koroku IV at the Naka no Shibai, playing 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, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

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

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

1st lunar month of 1821: Koroku plays 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 are produced by Nakamura Matsuyo. His stage partners are the Edo star Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon III.

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

9th lunar month of 1821: Koroku plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Komurasaki in the drama "Tatehiki Kotoba no Hanakawado". He shares 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 plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Chiyo and Tatsuta in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Kanesuke; the role of Matsu˘maru is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

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

1st lunar month of 1824: Koroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is 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 plays the role of Okiku [more details].

9th lunar month of 1825: Koroku plays 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 appears 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 are Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Fujikawa Tomokichi II. Koroku suddenly falls ill and dies the 15th of this month.

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.

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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