YOSHIDA MANSHIRď

Stage names:

Yoshida Manshir˘ In Japanese
Yoshida Ikushir˘ In Japanese
Yoshida Manshir˘ In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Yoshida Jűr˘bŕ II

Career:

Before 1729: son of the d˘kegata Yoshida Jűr˘bŕ II, his first stage name was Yoshida Manshir˘.

1st lunar month of 1729: Manshir˘ started his career in Ky˘to, performing as an iroko.

11th lunar month of 1732: Manshir˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai as an iroko in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak˘ no Tsuzumi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1733: Manshir˘ became wakashugata, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Matsujir˘ in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘", which celebrated the arrival in the new line-up of Sawamura Otoemon I.

Fall 1745: he went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1745: Yoshida Manshir˘ took the name of Yoshida Ikushir˘ at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Tomoe Gozen and Sanehira's daughter Matsu-no-Kimi in the kaomise drama "Chiky˘dai Izu Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1746: Ikushir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Tamazawa Saijir˘ I. He played in the same theater the roles of Ushiwaka and Kumasaka's wife in the new year drama "Gosho Ganoko Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1747: Ikushir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Sawamura Kodenji II.

11th lunar month of 1748: Yoshida Ikushir˘ took back the name of Yoshida Manshir˘ at the Kado no Shibai, where he played the role of Katada Hikokur˘'s spouse Otoha in the kaomise drama "Toyoashihara Taihei Keizu"; the role of Hikokur˘ was played by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1748: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Manshir˘ played the role of Okaru [casting].

1st lunar month of 1749: Manshir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was only j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

7th lunar month of 1749: Manshir˘ played in the same theater the role of Karaito and Ohyaku in the drama "Osana Narihira Izutsu no Kagami"; this was most likely his last appearance on a Kabuki stage.

Comments:

Yoshida Manshir˘ was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who made a short career from the end of the 1720s to the end of the 1740s. He was more popular in Edo, where he made a short stay in 1745~1747, than in ďsaka. He was the first actor in Kabuki history to perform the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Yoshida Manshir˘ playing the role of Otoha in the kaomise drama "Toyoashihara Taihei Keizu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Kado no Shibai

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