ASAO KUNIGORď III

Stage names:

Asao Kunigor˘ III In Japanese

Guild: Matsubaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Kish˘, Kizan

Existence: 1769 ~ 19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1835

Connection:

Master: Asao Kunigor˘ II

Disciple: Asao Kunigor˘ IV (?)

Career:

1798: he receives the name of Asao Kunigor˘ III.

8th lunar month of 1800: Kunigor˘ plays in Ky˘to in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi temple the roles of Akizuki Daizen and Akizuki Daitar˘ in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1805: Kunigor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, katakiyaku/jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1805: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Sagisaka Bannai, ďta Ry˘chiku and Horibe Yajibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1805: Kunigor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

12th lunar month of 1805: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1809: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Shiratayű and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1810: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Ono no Kudayű and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1810: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei and Kataoka Hachir˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1814: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Yazaemon in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Igami no Gonta, Yasuke and Osato are played by Mimasu Daigor˘ III, Nakayama Bunshichi III and Ogino Kinshi II.

11th lunar month of 1817: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Soga no Emiji and Sakura no Tsubone in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

4th lunar month of 1819: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ono no Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1823: Kunigor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is one little rank below j˘-j˘-kichi [visual]. He shares the same rank with ďtani Tomoemon II and Asao Okuyama III.

3rd lunar month of 1824: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ono no Kudayű in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1825: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Ume no Naniwa Hayazaki Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakayama Bungor˘ II; his others stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II and Arashi Koroku IV (who makes his last stage appearances).

12th lunar month of 1826: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Suruga Jir˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1827: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Ono no Kudayű in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1829: Kunigor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, katakiyaku/jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1830: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Yakushiji Jirozaemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

2nd lunar month of 1832: Kunigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Soga no Emiji in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

1833 ~ 1835: Kunigor˘'s name does not appear anymore in Kabuki hy˘banki.

19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1835: Kunigor˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Asao Kunigor˘ III was a popular 19th century Kamigata actor, who excelled in jitsuaku, katakiyaku and fukeoyama roles. He was short-sighted (chikame in Japanese) and was therefore nicknamed Chikakuni (the kuni comes from Kunigor˘).

Asao Kunigor˘ III playing the role of the tedai Danpachi in the drama "Gokusai Shiki Musume ďgi", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1826 at the Naka no Shibai

Print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű in 1822

Print made by Utagawa Kunihiro in 1827

The Asao Kunigor˘ line of actors

 
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