BANDď MITSUGORď III

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Band˘ Minosuke I
Morita Kanjir˘ II
Band˘ Mitahachi I

Nickname: Eiki no Oyagata (the boss of the Eiki district)

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Shűka

Existence: 1775 ~ 27th day of the 12th lunar month of 1831

Connection:

Great-grandfathers: Morita Kan'ya V, Nakamura Jűsuke I

Grandfather: Morita Kan'ya VI

Father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I

Adoptive father: Morita Kan'ya VIII

Father-in-law: Ogino Izabur˘ II

Adopted sons: Morita Kan'ya X, Morita Kan'ya XI, Band˘ Shűka I

Disciples: Band˘ Mitsuemon I, Band˘ Daikichi I, Band˘ Mitsuz˘

Career:

1775: born in Edo. His father is the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I and his mother is Morita Kan'ya VI's daughter.

11th lunar month of 1778: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Moritaza, receiving the name of Band˘ Mitahachi I.

1782: Band˘ Mitahachi I takes the name of Band˘ Minosuke I.

4th lunar month of 1782: His father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I dies.

1st lunar month of 1783: Band˘ Minosuke I takes the name of Morita Kanjir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1793: Morita Kanjir˘ II takes back the name of Band˘ Minosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1799: Band˘ Minosuke I takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Yumiya no Oyafune". At the same time, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II takes the name of Ogino Izabur˘ II at the Ichimuraza.

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bei Sh˘jin Manaita"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Shirai Gompachi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1806: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hana Yuki no Michinoku".

7th lunar month of 1807: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Rokusuke in the drama "Reigen Kanaegadake", whose plot and characters belong to the "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" world. His stage partner in the role of Osono is Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Moritaza of "Yamato Gana Iro no Nana Moji". This program is made up of seven dances: "Kanjo" (the court lady), "Saru Mawashi" (le dresseur of singes), "Inaka Musume" (a country girl), "Sotoba Komachi", "Genta", "Momotar˘" and "Sambas˘". All the roles are played by Mitsugor˘.

3rd lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and the white sake seller Kisuke [casting].

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Honj˘ Tsunagor˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta"); Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Shirafuji Genta [casting]. The play ends with a Tomimoto-based dance called "Kaze Sasou Kane mo Yotsudake", starring Mitsugor˘, Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Takahashi Yajűr˘, Magoshichi and Gapp˘ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Chigusa no Hana Iro no Yozakari". Mitsugor˘ dances in duo with the onnagata Iwai Hanshir˘ V. This dance is commonly called "Yamato Dango".

9th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 3-role hengemono "Mata Atarashiku Mitsu no Sakazuki", which is performed by Mitsugor˘. One of the roles, "Kairaishi", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

3rd lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's 7-role Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae", a program made up of seven dances: "Nyo San no Miya", "Kajiwara Genta", "Shiokumi" (the salt-making girl), "Sarumawashi" (a monkey showman), "Gannin B˘zu" (a bonze), "R˘jo" (an old woman) and "Kan'u" (a Chinese warlord). All the roles are played by Mitsugor˘. The dances "Gannin B˘zu" and "Shiokumi" are still part of the current repertoire; the former is staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu".

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Kazusanosuke Tsunehiro [more details].

5th lunar month of 1812: Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Motome in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which is staged at the Ichimuraza.

9th lunar month of 1812: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kakuju and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 12-role hengemono "Shiki no Nagame Yosete Mitsudaiji", made up of twelve dances, one for each month of the lunar calendar. All the roles are played by Mitsugor˘, including the Bonito seller, which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Katsuo Uri".

11th lunar month of 1813: Mitsugor˘ is zagashira for the first time in his career; he plays the roles of Abe no Munet˘, Arakawa Samon and the old woman Iwate in the kaomise drama "Okud˘sha Band˘ Junrei", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Matsue III.

3rd lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater all the roles of a 12-roles dance program called "Osete Mitsu Matamo Jűniji". Just like in the 3rd lunar month of 1813, this great program is made up of twelve dances, one for each month of the lunar calendar:

Month Role
SHI (month of the Mouse) Komatsu Biki
CH█ (month of the Cow) Oharame (the woman from Ohara)
IN (month of the Tiger) Uir˘ Uri (the medecine-seller)
Bď (month of the Rabbit) Kachikachi Yama
SHIN (month of the Dragon) Otohime (Princess Oto)
SHI (month of the Snake) Enoshima Zat˘
GO (month of the Horse) ďji Mairi
BI (month of the Sheep) Kami Ginuta
SHIN (month of the Monkey) Saru Tahiko
Y█ (month of the Rooster) Niwatori Musume (the Rooster Daughter)
JIYUTSU (month of the Dog) Yotsudake Bushi
GAI (month of the Wild Boar) Nitta no Shir˘

4th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed in the same theater.

5th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Danshichi Kurobei in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Matsusuke II (Issun Tokubei) and Suketakaya Takasuke II (Tsuribune Sabu).

6th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is staged in the same theater. His stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Nakamura Utaemon III.

7th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the cook Kisuke in "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba". The roles of Okon and Mitsugi are played by Fujikawa Tomokichi II and Onoe Matsusuke II.

8th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Uematsu Unai in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

9th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the drama Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki. His stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Iwanaga Saemon are Nakamura Matsue III and Nakamura Utaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1814: Mitsugor˘ takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Ninin Mukomi Kurai Sadame".

4th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Genta in "Hirakana Seisuiki".

5th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ moves temporarily to the Kawarazakiza to play in the premiere of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu"), starring also Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

6th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ is back at the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Gengobei in the drama "Godairiki Iro no Minato", whose plot and characters belong to the "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" world. His stage partners in the roles of Koman and Sangobei are Nakamura Matsue III and Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Danshichi Kurobei in the drama "Otokodate Iro-mo Yoshiwara" (very similar to "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"). His stage partners are Onoe Baik˘ III (Issun Tokubei) and Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I (Tsuribune Sabu).

9th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki".

11th lunar month of 1815: Mitsugor˘ performs at the Nakamuraza in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Oedo no Kaburaya", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Kataoka Gach˘ and welcomes in Edo the actor Sawamura Tanosuke II.

7th lunar month of 1816: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, Kakogawa Honz˘ and Kazuemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1816: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki".

11th lunar month of 1816: Mitsugor˘ takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Fuwa Nagoya Yuki no Tategase", playing among others the role of Nagoya Sanza. His stage partner in the role of Fuwa Banzaemon is Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

4th lunar month of 1817: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara".

8th lunar month of 1817: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Haniu Yoemon in the drama "Tsuizen Kasane ďgi".

9th lunar month of 1817: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Naruto Ginjűr˘ in the drama "Manma to Shűbi Naruto no Shiranami".

11th lunar month of 1817: Mitsugor˘ takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Hana to Yuki Wag˘ Taiheiki".

4th lunar month of 1818: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Sono Sugata ha Hana no Utsushie", ending a program called "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Danmaku" (nibanme). Mitsugor˘, his Kamigata rival Nakamura Shikan I and the great onnagata Iwai Hanshir˘ V play together. This dance, commonly called "Mitsu Ningy˘" (literally "The three puppets"), is still in the current Kabuki repertoire.

5th lunar month of 1818: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Motome and Daihanji no Kiyosumi in "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

8th lunar month of 1818: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kinugawa Taniz˘ and Yoemon in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki". The role of Kasane is played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1818: Mitsugor˘ takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Danmaku". He plays the roles of Miuranosuke, Kumasaka Tar˘ and Tamaya Shimbei in the play "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kamikaze".

3rd lunar month of 1819: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the vile Iwafuji in the drama "Yayoi no Hana Onna Hinagata", whose plot and characters belong to the "Kagamiyama" world. His stage partners are Nakamura Shikan I (Ohatsu) and Nakamura Daikichi I (Onoe).

4th lunar month of 1819: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kakuju in the great drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

5th lunar month of 1819: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Issun Tokubei in "Natsu Matsuri Yomiya no Tateire", whose plot and characters belong to the "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" world. His stage partners are Nakamura Shikan I (Danshichi Kurobei) and Seki Sanjűr˘ II (Tsuribune Sabu).

7th lunar month of 1819: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sonobe no Hy˘ei in "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

9th lunar month of 1819: first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Akogi no Heiji [casting].

9th lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role hengemono "Setsugekka Nagori no Bundai". All the seven dances are played by Mitsugor˘. Three dances ("Asazuma Bune", "Makasho" and "Tama Usagi") are still part of the current Kabuki repertoire. He also plays the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". All these items are in fact his onagori ky˘gen for he was about to depart from Edo to play in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of the dance "Mon Uri", which is performed in the dance program "Hana Momiji Shin˘ K˘sh˘". The main role is played by Mitsugor˘.

12th lunar month of 1820: Mitsugor˘ settles in ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Oda Harunaga, Sanemori and Iwafuji in the dramas "Ehon Taik˘ki", "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Keisei Kagamiyama", which are produced by Nakamura Matsuyo at the Kado no Shibai. His main stage partner is his Kamigata rival Nakamura Utaemon III.

3rd lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi, Iruka and Fujiwara no Tankai in the drama "Imoseyma Onna Teikin". His stage partners are Arashi Koroku IV (Omiwa, Koganosuke), Nakamura Utaemon III (Fukashichi, Sadaka) and Nakamura Matsue III (Hinadori).

5th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Yuranosuke, En'ya Hangan and Jűtar˘ in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku". He also plays the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi", which is played at the end of the program.

6th lunar month of 1821: Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Shirafuji Genta [casting]. He also plays the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki".

7th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ plays in Nagoya at the Tachibana no Shibai. He plays among others the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" act of the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

8th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ performs in the same theater the roles in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ performs in the same theater in the dramas "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi", "Awa no Naruto no Shiranami" and "Kuruwa Bunsh˘".

10th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ performs in the same theater in the dramas "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

11th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ moves to Ky˘to and plays the role of Yuranosuke in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1821: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama". His stage partners are Nakamura Karoku I (Onoe) and Band˘ Jűtar˘ (Ohatsu).

1st lunar month of 1822: Mitsugor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He plays the roles of Matsu˘maru, Terukuni, Kakuju and Kan Sh˘j˘ in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Kanesuke at the Kado no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1822: the rivalry between Mitsugor˘ and Nakamura Utaemon III reaches its climax when both actors play simultaneously the prestigious larger-than-life role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri". Nakamura Utaemon III performs it at the Naka no Shibai and Mitsugor˘ at the Kado no Shibai. Mitsugor˘'s stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Hisayoshi) and Arashi Koroku IV (Sonoo no Kata). Mitsugor˘ also plays the role of Kago no Jimbei in the drama "Tsuyu no Ch˘ Kuruwa no Meigetsu". This great performance ends his successful 13-months stay in Kamigata.

3rd lunar month of 1822: Mitsugor˘ is back in Edo. He plays 3 roles in the drama "Yorimasa Yumiya no Ie Zakura", which is staged at the Nakamuraza.

5th lunar month of 1823: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ume˘maru, Kan Sh˘j˘, Kakuju and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Moritaza of the dance "Yamagaeri", in which Mitsugor˘ plays the main role.

8th lunar month of 1824: Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi, Fukashichi and Motome in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which is staged at the Ichimuraza.

9th lunar month of 1824: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". His stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

11th lunar month of 1824: Mitsugor˘ performs in the same theater in the kaomise program "Yamatogana Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1825: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘, Gorohachi and Kurofune Chűemon in the new year sogamono "Satsuki no Fuji Soga Hatsuyume". His stage partners in the roles of Kud˘ Suketsune's wife Nagi no Ha and Soga Gor˘ are Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Seki Sanjűr˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1825: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the eponymous role of the drama "Monogusa Tar˘". He also plays the role of Hanbei in the love story "Shiikake no Sode Ukina no Kaemon", in duo with Iwai Hanshir˘ V in the role of Hanbei's lover Kohina.

5th lunar month of 1825: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Yasuke, Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Suke-no-Tsubone and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1825: Mitsugor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1825: Mitsugor˘ performs in the same theater in the kaomise program "Azuma Dairi Kabuki no Sh˘gatsu".

6th lunar month of 1826: Mitsugor˘ performs at the Ichimuraza in a 3-role Kiyomoto-based hengemono entitled "Mata Koko-ni Kabuki no Hanadashi". The 3 roles are Take-no-Uchi no Sukeneya (a legendary character famous for his extraordinary long life), a fisherman fighting a giant octopus and a tekomai festival dancer. The fisherman and the dancer are nowadays independent dances, which are staged under the respective titles of "Ami Uchi" and "Omatsuri".

6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Teranishi Kanshin (in reality Date no Yosaku, later Nippon Daemon), Honj˘ Sukeichi, the fisherman Mihoshichi and Hokke Ch˘bei [casting].

5th lunar month of 1828: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Shiratayű, Kakuju and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1831: Mitsugor˘ triumphes at the Ichimuraza by playing in "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" and "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1831: Mitsugor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kawarazakiza, playing in "Matsu o Chikara Tomoe no Fuji Nami". He falls seriously ill and dies in the 12th lunar month.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III was one of the best tachiyaku of the Bunka (1804~1818) and Bunsei (1818~1830) eras and a great dancer who was excellent in the quick-changes multi-roles dances. He was also famous for his acting rivalry with the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon III (street-fights between groups of fans were not unusual according to the chronicles).

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III's best roles: Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane ("Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"), Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori ("Gempei Nunobiki no Taki"), Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ ("Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"), Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Fujiya Izaemon ("Yoshidaya"), Hayano Kampei ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Miyagi Asojir˘ ("Asagao Nikki"), Kinugawa Taniz˘/Arajishi Otokonosuke ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Kameya Chűbei ("Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai"), Tomomori/Tadanobu ("Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura").

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III playing the role of the warrior Hayakawa Yukikage in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada between (1825~1835)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1798

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1811

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1815 ~ 1820)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1815

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1817

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1819

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1822

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1824

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1825

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1832

The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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