BANDď MITSUGORď VI

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI In Japanese
Band˘ Kichiya I In Japanese

Nicknames:

Aba Mitsu ("pockmarked Mitsu")
Kichiya Mitsugor˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Shűka, Shűzan

Existence: 1846 ~ 11 September 1873

Connection:

Father: Band˘ Shűka I

Adopted son: Band˘ Shűka II

Disciples: Band˘ Tamae, Band˘ Kichiya (?)

Career:

5th lunar month of 1850: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Band˘ Kichiya I and plays the role of Kuzu-no-Ha's child in the classic "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

2nd lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘"; Kichiya plays the role of a kamuro [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1855: his father Band˘ Shűka I dies.

5th lunar month of 1856: shűmei at the Moritaza; Band˘ Kichiya I takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ V, playing in the drama "Shinbutai Iroha no Kakizome".

8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Princess Kaoru [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of the keisei Usugumo, Katanaya daughter Ohana [casting].

8th lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the courtesan Sayoginu [casting].

6th lunar month of 1863: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Yamakawaya Gonroku and the female thief Hanaoka, who holds 5 different names and disguises (Kaminari no Onaru, Gokuin Osen, Hotei no Oichi, Annozaka no Odaka and Karigane no Obun), in the drama "Sono Na Nomi Kariganezome". This parodic play is in fact the female version of the famous "Karigane Gonin Otoko" (an ďsaka sewamono whose heroes are 5 thieves called Kaminari Sh˘kur˘, Gokuin Sen'emon, Hotei Ichiemon, An no Heibei and Karigane Bunshichi) and is therefore nicknamed "Karigane Gonin Onna". His father Band˘ Shűka I performed in a very similar play in the 5th lunar month of 1853. Mitsugor˘ also plays several roles in the Tokiwazu/Fujimoto/Kiyomoto/Nagauta-based hengemono "Yorite Mitsu ďyomiya no Hanadashi", which commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

August ~ 9th lunar month of 1868: Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Ono no Komachi and the courtesan Sumizome (in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To", which is coproduced by both the Moritaza and the Nakamuraza. His stage partners are Nakamura Nakaz˘ III (Sekibŕ/Kuronushi) and Nakamura Fukusuke III (Yoshimine Munesada).

7th lunar month of 1869: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kichisama Mairu Yukari no Otozure"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of the mekake Omitsu (later Yushima no Okan) and Oshichi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1869: Mitsugor˘ becomes tateonnagata at the Nakamuraza and plays 3 roles in the drama "Iga Ueno Homare no Shor˘". He also plays the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘". His stage partner in the role of Fujiya Izaemon is Nakamura Shikan IV.

3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Nakamuraza of "Ume Goyomi Tatsumi no Sono", an adaptation to Kabuki by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Segawa Jok˘ III of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the geisha Yonehachi [casting].

8th lunar month of 1870: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Okaru, Ichimonjiya Odai and Toda no Tsubone in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1872: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ono no Komachi in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To". His stage partners are Nakamura Shikan IV (Sekibŕ/Kuronushi), Onoe Kikugor˘ V (the courtesan Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) and Iwai Shijaku III (Yoshimine Munesada).

February 1873: Mitsugor˘ agrees for a 240 ry˘ yearly contract with the Murayamaza. He moves there and plays in the drama "Sakai no Taik˘".

July 1873: Mitsugor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Murayamaza, playing in the drama "Kao ni Momiji Mitsugumi Sakazuki". He falls ill and dies in September.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI was a talented and promising wakaonnagata and the worthy heir of his outstanding father Band˘ Shűka I. Unfortunately he died young at the age of 27.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI was in fact Band˘ Mitsugor˘ V during his career but the Kabuki world decided to give posthumously this prestigious name to his father, who became the fifth of the line and his son the sixth.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI playing the role of Shinobu in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1870 at the Nakamuraza

Print made by Utagawa Yoshitora

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1870

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1877

The Band˘ Kichiya line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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