BANDď MITSUEMON
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Band˘ Mitsuemon I
Band˘ Mitsuemon I  In Japanese | Band˘ Kumahei  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in 1788. He started his career as a disciple of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1803 at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Band˘ Kumahei and performed as a koyaku. He became katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1808 at the Moritaza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Kusunoki". He took the name of Band˘ Mitsuemon I in the 11th lunar month of 1817 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Hana to Yuki Wag˘ Taiheiki", which celebratd also the shűmei Matsumoto Goroichi and Band˘ Hidesuke. He went on a long tour in 1821 in Nagoya and the Kamigata with his master and they went back to Edo in the 5th lunar month of 1822. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 6th lunar month of 1836, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Kinai, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Hara G˘emon and Amakawaya Gihei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He retired from the Kabuki world and opened a restaurant, which was called Sugisaka. He called himself Sugisakaya Heiroku up to his death the 4th day of the 4th lunar month of 1846. This popular and talented actor excelled as a hand˘gataki or a katakiyaku. He had a great k˘seki and was said to be equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas. He was nicknamed Araguma, which is literally in English the Wild (ara) Bear (guma); guma is in fact the word kuma in the first name of his first stage name.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Band˘ Mitsuemon I in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Yűzan Yamatoya, Sakaiya, Yamadaya, Sugisakaya

Band˘ Mitsuemon I portraying Asagao Sempei ("Sukeroku") in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I

Band˘ Mitsuemon II
Band˘ Matasabur˘ II  In Japanese | Band˘ Wak˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Mitsuemon II  In Japanese | Band˘ Tamae  In Japanese
 

The actor Band˘ Matasabur˘ II held the name of Band˘ Mitsuemon II from 1881 to April 1895.

Band˘ Mitsuemon III
Band˘ Mitsuemon III  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Unknown relationship to the Band˘ clan. Unknown previous stage name(s). This minor actor held the name of Band˘ Mitsuemon III from 1896 to 1915.

Band˘ Mitsuemon IV
Band˘ Mitsuemon IV  In Japanese | Band˘ Sanpei I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1902. He was the brother of Band˘ Mitsusabur˘ and a disciple of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII. He held the names of Band˘ Sanpei I and Band˘ Mitsuemon IV. He most likely died at the end of the 1950s.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yamatoya Irogawa Seiz˘
Band˘ Mitsuemon V
Band˘ Mitsuemon V  In Japanese | Band˘ Sanpei II  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ the 8th of November 1960. He became disciple of Band˘ Minosuke VII in April 1977 and received the name of Band˘ Sanpei II in May 1977, making his debut on stage at the Kabukiza, where he performed minor roles in "Suzu-ga-Mori" and "Sukeroku". He took the name of Band˘ Mitsuemon V in January 2001 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Samezu Goheiji in the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘". He appeared on a major stage for the last time in July 2010 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he played the roles of the tedai Jűsuke and Tagata Umpachi in "Meigetsu Hachiman Matsuri" and "Shibaraku". He left the Japan Actors Association and became a free-lance actor afterwards, performing nowadays under the name of Kikuzuki Kichiju.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yamatoya Adachi Masao
 
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