ASAO KUNIGORď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Asao Kunigor˘ I
Asao Kunigor˘ I  In Japanese | Asai Kunigor˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. His first stage name was Asai Kunigor˘. He became disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I and switched his name to Asao Kunigor˘ I. He became katakiyaku in 1775 and died in 1776. His haimy˘ was Kish˘ and he was the elder brother of Asao Kunigor˘ II.

Asao Kunigor˘ II
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII held the name of Asao Kunigor˘ II from 1777 to the 1st lunar month of 1788.

Asao Kunigor˘ II playing the role of Mikami Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Matsuri Fukki no Kurairi", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1780

Asao Kunigor˘ III
 

The actor Asao Kunigor˘ III held this name from 1798 to the 1st lunar month of 1835.

Asao Kunigor˘ III playing the role of Hanada Motome in the drama "ďishizuri Sakura no Tanzaku", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1822 at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű)

Asao Kunigor˘ IV
Asao Kunigor˘ IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Mimasu Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Mimasu Monnosuke  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Mimasu Mitsugor˘, his first stage names were Mimasu Monnosuke and Mimasu Kanjűr˘. He became disciple of the star Nakamura Utaemon III and switched his name to Nakamura Kanjűr˘ at unknown times. It may have become disciple of Asao Kunigor˘ III (assumption to be proved). He took the name of Asao Kunigor˘ IV in 1839 but held it for a very short period of times as he died in 1840. He was a katakiyaku actor.

Asao Kunigor˘ V
Asao Kunigor˘ V  In Japanese | Asao Umebachi  In Japanese | Arashi Kan'emon  In Japanese | Asao Yamamichi  In Japanese | Asao Sanpachi  In Japanese | Mimasu Kanz˘ II  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in Kamigata, performing under the name of Mimasu Kanz˘ II (relationship to the Mimasu clan unknown - Mimasu Kanz˘ I was the younger brother of Mimasu Daigor˘ I). He became a disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ III and received the names of Asao Sanpachi and Asao Yamamichi at unknown times. He joined the Arashi clan, led by Arashi Rikan III, and took the name of Arashi Kan'emon for a while. He went back to the Asao clan and took the name of Asao Umebachi. He settled in Edo at unknown times and was finally allowed to take the prestigious name of Asao Kunigor˘ V either in 1844 (according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten") or 1846 (according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database). He died in 1877. This actor excelled in katakiyaku roles in sewamono and oyajigata roles in his latter years. It is worthy to note that he was also called Ikushima Kan'emon (In Japanese).

 
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