BANDÔ MINOSUKE
   
SEVEN GENERATIONS
Bandô Minosuke I
  The actor Bandô Mitsugorô III held the name of Bandô Minosuke I from the 11th lunar month of 1793 to the 10th lunar month of 1799.

Bandô Minosuke I drawn by Utagawa Toyokuni I for the book "Yakusha Gakuya Tsű" (1799)

Bandô Minosuke II
  The actor Morita Kan'ya XI held the name of Bandô Minosuke II from the 11th lunar month of 1803 to the 2nd lunar month of 1832.

Bandô Minosuke II playing the role of Takechi Mitsuhide in the drama "Oda no Kari Bundai Biraki", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1829 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Bandô Minosuke III
 

Born in Edo at an unknown date. He was adopted by Bandô Minosuke II and received the name of Bandô Toyosaburô III. In the 3rd lunar month of 1832, Bandô Minosuke II and Bandô Toyosaburô III respectively took the names of Bandô Mitsugorô IV and Bandô Minosuke III at the Nakamuraza, playing together in the drama "Sakura Doki Onna Gyôretsu". From 1838 to 1843, the two men went on tour in almost all the provinces of Japan. Back in Edo in the 11th lunar month of 1843, they took part in a special program at the Ichimuraza, entitled "Wakatonobara Sharin no Ôyose", which commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Bandô Mitsugorô III. Bandô Minosuke III took the name of Morita Matasaburô at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Konoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji". He joined his adoptive father in the 5th lunar month of 1856 to reopen the Moritaza, which was closed since 1837. His name disappeared from theater playbills around 1858.

Bandô Minosuke IV
 

Born in Edo in 1831. He was adopted by the actor Bandô Shűka I, who gave him the name of Bandô Tamaichi and trained him as a wakashugata actor. He took the name of Bandô Tamasaburô II in the 11th lunar month of 1844 at the Ichimuraza, playing with success the role of Princess Tamamizu in the drama "Azuma no Hana Sôma Dairi". He went on tour in Kamigata from 1852 and returned to Edo at the end of 1855. He joined the Bandô and Morita clans in the 5th lunar month of 1856 to reopen the Moritaza. Bandô Tamasaburô II took the name of Bandô Minosuke IV in the 2nd lunar month of 1869 at the Nakamuraza and held it up to his death the 30th of the 7th lunar month of 1872.

Bandô Minosuke IV playing the role of Hanagata Shukin in the drama "Yayoi Zakura Shiranui Monogatari", which was staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1872 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Bandô Minosuke V
 

Born the 14th of the 12th lunar month of 1860 in the Mikawa province. He started his career as a disciple of the low-ranking travelling actor Bandô Kichiroku, who gave him the name of Bandô Rikimatsu and took him off on tour. He met Morita Kan'ya XII in Kyôto in November 1885 and became his disciple. He took the name of Bandô Minosuke V in September 1890 in Ôsaka at the Naniwaza, playing in the drama "Banzuiin Chôbę". His fame started to grow in Kamigata and he decided at the end of 1897 to try his luck in Tôkyô. He made his first stage appearance in the Eastern capital in January 1898 at the Masagoza, playing four roles in the drama "Jitsuroku Shirai Gonpachi". His performance was not successful and he immediately went on tour with a travelling troupe and settled down in Kamigata. He was back in Tôkyô in 1908, met Morita Kan'ya XII's son Bandô Mitsugorô VII and became his disciple. He achieved a great success in a koshibai theater, the Kokkaza, playing his best role, Fudeya Kôbę in the drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa". He went back to Ôsaka in 1909 and died there the 10th September 1910.

Bandô Minosuke V playing the role of Fudeya Kôbę in the drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"

Bandô Minosuke VI
  The actor Bandô Mitsugorô VIII held the name of Bandô Minosuke VI from June 1928 to August 1962.

Bandô Minosuke VI playing the role of Ono no Sadakurô in the 5th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1953)

Bandô Minosuke VII
  The actor Bandô Mitsugorô IX held the name of Bandô Minosuke VII from September 1962 to August 1987.
 
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