SODESAKI MIWANO I

Stage names:

Sodesaki Miwano I In Japanese | In Japanese
Sodesaki Wakano I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Ch˘setsu

Existence: 1680 ~ 26nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1736 [1]

Connection:

Master: Sodesaki Karyű

Disciple: Sodesaki Kikutar˘

Career:

1711: disciple of Sodesaki Karyű, he started his career in Edo as an iroko. His first stage name was Sodesaki Wakano I [2].

1715: he became wakaonnagata and took the name of Sodesaki Miwano I.

11th lunar month of 1716: Miwano played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shiraume in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1720: Miwano performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kaig˘ Sakiwake Shitenn˘".

1st lunar month of 1721: Miwano played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ in the new year sogamono "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga".

5th lunar month of 1721: Miwano played in the same theater the role of Koharu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima"; the role of Kamiya Jihŕ was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1722: Miwano played at the Moritaza the role of Shirotae in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Fukujukai".

1st lunar month of 1723: Miwano played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Suiry˘ Soga".

11th lunar month of 1723: Miwano played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yoritsugu's sister Princess Seigai in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1723: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1724: Miwano played at the Ichimuraza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1725: Miwano performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Zentaiheiki Yotsugi Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1726: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1726: Miwano performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1727: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1727: Miwano played at the Moritaza the role of Manjű no Mae in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Hata Rokur˘zaemon), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (Moron˘), Sakata Hangor˘ I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Ichikawa Monnosuke I (Kusunoki Masatsura), Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (Nitta Yoshisada), Fujimura Handayű II (Kusunoki Kikusui), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanasato (K˘t˘-no-Naishi).

1st lunar month of 1728: Miwano played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori Aioi Soga".

11th lunar month of 1728: Miwano played at the Ichimuraza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Kikusui Yoshino no Dairi".

11th lunar month of 1729: Miwano played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yorikane's k˘shitsu Yagumo in the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya".

1st lunar month of 1730: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Sodesaki Iseno I.

11th lunar month of 1730: Miwano performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1731: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1731: Miwano performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1732: Miwano performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yamato Kotoba Imagawaj˘", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Arashi Otohachi I (who celebrated his shűmei).

1st lunar month of 1733: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Hayakawa Shinkatsu.

11th lunar month of 1733: no record of any appearance in any Edo kaomise program. Was he sick or on tour?

11th lunar month of 1734: no record of any appearance in any Edo kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1735: Miwano appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Kawarasakiza, where he played the role of Kawazu's goke Minazuru in the kaomise drama "Banzei Ikioi Izu Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1736: Miwano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

26nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1736 [1]: Miwano died in Edo.

Comments:

Sodesaki Miwano I was a popular Edo onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself from the end of the 1710s to the middle of the 1730s. He was said to be equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas. He was also a talented musician.

[1] The 26th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 21st year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 6th of April 1736 in the western calendar.

[2] We have not found any record in Edo hy˘banki between 1711 and 1716.

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (left) and Sodesaki Miwano I (right) in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II

The Sodesaki Wakano line of actors

The Sodesaki Miwano line of actors

 
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