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Asao Hisamatsu
Asao Hisamatsu  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Brother of Asao Jűjir˘ I, he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1715, when he performed in Ky˘to as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Chiyogasane Kiku no Shinpai", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű. He played in the 1st lunar month of 1720 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the kosh˘ Orinosuke in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hachimannichi". Hisamatsu's rank in the 1720 Ky˘to hy˘banki [2], wakashugata section, was (shiro)j˘ ((white) superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Asao Hisamatsu (left) and Yamanaka Naojűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Hanabusa Shuzen and Araki Shurinosuke in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Sh˘j˘ Zakaya Mannen-gura", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1719

Asao Monz˘
Asao Monz˘  In Japanese | Asao Toyoz˘  In Japanese | Mimasu Uhachi  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Mimasu Daigor˘ I, he received the name of Mimasu Uhachi and made his apprenticeship with his master in Kamigata. He worked as a zamoto in ďsaka in 1771. He became katakiyaku and played in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Namihei, in reality Yakushiji Jirozaemon, in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai". He was expelled from the Mimasu clan in 1774. He settled in Ky˘to in Fall 1774 and became a disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I, who gave him the name of Asao Toyoz˘. He became tachiyaku and played in the 11th lunar month of 1781 in Ky˘to the role of Sakurai Shinbŕ in the kaomise drama "Akanesasu Kogane no Maruyama" which was produced by Fujikawa Sango. He took the name of Asao Monz˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1781 in Ky˘to, playing the roles of Takebe Genz˘ and Shiratayű in the kaomise drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű". He played in the 1st lunar month of 1782 in the same theater the role of Tamamizu Ch˘emon in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chigo-ga-Fuchi". He also played the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the 3rd lunar month of 1782 in the same theater in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". No stage record in 1783 (was he performing in tabi shibai or was he sick?). Monz˘'s rank in the 1784 Ky˘to hy˘banki [3], tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Asao Monz˘ in an illustration from the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi", which was published in ďsaka by Yamatoya Kaemon in 1784

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Asao Tamesabur˘ [1]
Asao Tamesabur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Asao Tamesabur˘ [1] was active in Edo between the end of 1786 and the beginning of 1792. He was a tachiyaku actor. The play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, in the 9th lunar month of 1790 at the Ichimuraza; it celebrated the onagori ky˘gen of Tamesabur˘'s master Asao Tamejűr˘ I and Tamesabur˘ played the role of Kamei no Rokur˘ [more details]. Tamesabur˘'s rank in the 1792 Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Asao Tamesabur˘ performing in the kaomise drama "Sanga no Sh˘ Mutsu no Hanayome", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1787 in Edo at the Kiriza

 

Notes

[1] Was there a line of actors named Asao Tamesabur˘? This name was used by minor actors who were zamoto. For example in 1806 at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) or in 1818 at the Kado no Shibai.

[2] Published in the 2nd lunar month of 1720.

[3] Published in the 1st lunar month of 1784.

 
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