ARASHI RAISHI II

Stage names:

Arashi Raishi II
Arashi Sangor˘ III
Arashi Matsunosuke

Guild: Ky˘ya

Poetry name: Raishi

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: ??? ~ 1833

Connection:

Grandfather: Arashi Sangor˘ I

Father: Arashi Raishi I (Arashi Sangor˘ II)

Sons: Arashi Raishi III, Arashi Sangor˘ IV

Disciples: Arashi Tomisabur˘ II, Arashi Sanz˘, Arashi Sank˘ II

Career:

1781: Arashi Matsunosuke starts his career as a wakashugata.

11th lunar month of 1788: Matsunosuke becomes tachiyaku and plays the role of Sanbas˘ in the dance "Imay˘ Sanbas˘", which is staged in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

2nd lunar month of 1797: his father Arashi Sangor˘ II retires and takes the name of Ky˘ya Shichihei.

11th lunar month of 1797: great shűmei for the Ky˘ya guild; Ky˘ya Shichihei and Arashi Matsunosuke respectively take the names of Arashi Raishi I and Arashi Sangor˘ III in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai. This is the last stage appearance of his father (isse ichidai performance) and they play together in the kaomise drama "Nanboku Yuki no Miyako", which is produced by Arashi Kumanosuke.

1st lunar month of 1798: Sangor˘ moves to ďsaka and plays 2 roles in the new year drama "Keisei Hana no Kitayama", which is produced by Mimasu Daijir˘ at the Wakadayű no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1798: Sangor˘ plays the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue, Yashichi, Izaemon, Matahei and Yamanaka Saemon in the dramas "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku", "Yűgiri", "Domo Mata" and "Iroha Engi", which are staged within the precinct of the Tenma Tenjin shrine in ďsaka. His stage partners are Yamashita Kinsaku II (Matahei's wife Otoku) and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Izaemon's lover Yűgiri).

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Sangor˘ plays the role of Iinuma Katsugor˘ [casting].

Summer 1802: the play "Ehon Taik˘ki" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, produced by Arashi Sankichi at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Sangor˘ plays the role of Oda Harunaga [casting].

5th lunar month of 1803: his father Mitsugen dies.

1st lunar month of 1804: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Nagoya Sanza in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘".

10th lunar month of 1804: Sangor˘ plays the roles of Tabakoya Genshichi and Sakata Tokiyuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which is produced by Anegawa Kamesabur˘ at the Naka no Shibai. The role of the courtesan Oginoya Yaegiri is played by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1805: Sangor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1805: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Hayano Kanpei, Ono no Sadakur˘, Yoichibŕ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

10th lunar month of 1805: Sangor˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Kitano Shita-no-Mori no Shibai the roles of Gorohachi and Fujiya Izaemon in the dramas "Kurofune Deiri Minato" and "Keisei Awa no Naruto"; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Sawamura Tanosuke II.

11th lunar month of 1805: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1806: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Sangor˘, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Sawamura Tanosuke II and Nakayama Bungor˘ I; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Sakura no Shima", "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi" or "Komochi Yamanba".

3rd lunar month of 1807: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yamazakiya Yogor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ is played by Nakamura Utaemon III.

5th lunar month of 1807: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue, Yashichi and Tabakoya Genshichi in the dramas "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku" and "Komochi Yamanba".

7th lunar month of 1807: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays the role of the cook Kisuke in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

10th lunar month of 1807: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto"; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1808: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Katsuranosuke and the yakko Shikaz˘ in the drama "Keisei Shina Sadame".

Fall 1808: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1808: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Umanosuke and the yakko Ippei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

2nd lunar month of 1809: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox genkur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the role of Shizuka Gozen is played by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I. He also plays the roles of Nobunaga, Shinsaku and T˘kichi in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

10th lunar month of 1809: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto"; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1809: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Nagao Kagekatsu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

8th lunar month of 1810: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Katsugor˘ in the drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi", which is produced by Arashi Tomisabur˘.

9th lunar month of 1810: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The roles of Osato and Shizuka Gozen are played by Kan˘ Minshi I and Nakayama Yoshio I. He also plays the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Keisei Gaishi Nandokoro"; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Kan˘ Minshi I.

11th lunar month of 1810: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Katsugor˘ in the drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi". He also plays the role of Ari˘maru in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

1st lunar month of 1811: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Yasuda Daish˘ and Torii Matasuke in the drama "Keisei Ume no Kaiga". He also plays the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Keisei Gaishi Nandokoro"; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Nakayama Yoshio I.

2nd lunar month of 1811: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ogurusu Jűbŕ in the drama "Oriawase An'eiroku".

5th lunar month of 1811: tour in Nagoya; Sangor˘ plays at the Wakamiya no Shibai the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The roles of Osato and Shizuka Gozen are played by Nakamura Karoku I.

7th lunar month of 1811: Sangor˘ is back in ďsaka and plays the role of Nakano T˘bŕ in the drama "Katakiuchi Senju no Sukedachi", which is produced by Ichikawa Zentar˘ at the Kado no Shibai.

9th lunar month of 1811: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ashikaga Tadayoshi and Senzaki Yagor˘ in the drama "Iroha Gura Mitsugumi Sakazuki".

11th lunar month of 1811: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Tanimura Kot˘ji in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

2nd lunar month of 1812: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yoshitsune in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

Spring 1812: Sangor˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Kameya Chűbŕ and Fukuoka Mitsugi in the dramas "Keisei Koi Bikyaku" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; the roles of Chűbŕ's lover Umegawa and Mitsugi's lover Okon are played by Nakayama Yoshio I.

Fall 1812: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitano Shita-no-Mori no Shibai the role of Daihanji no Kiyosumi, Tadanobu and Tabakoya Genshichi in the dramas "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Komochi Yamanba".

11th lunar month of 1813: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Ono no Yorikaze in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri".

1st lunar month of 1814: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yodoya Tatsugor˘ in the drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura".

Fall 1814: Sangor˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1814: Sangor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Sekai no Hana Sugawara Denju". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Suketakaya Takasuke II. This kaomise program is a huge success.

1st lunar month of 1815: Sangor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" (commonly called "Suma no Utsushie"); Sangor˘ plays the roles of Ariwara no Yukihira and the ry˘shi Konohŕ [casting].

6th lunar month of 1815: Sangor˘ plays in the drama "Ran'yatai Nitta Keizu". This production is a financial disaster for the Ichimuraza. Sangor˘ decides to leave the troubled theater and go back to Kamigata.

Summer 1815: tour in Nagoya.

1st lunar month of 1816: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Bunji and Kenj˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara".

2nd lunar month of 1816: Sangor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Dankur˘ and Sonobe Hy˘e in the drama "Sono no Yuki Koi no Kumidai", similar to "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". He also plays the roles of Yasuke, Taira no Koremori, Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1816: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hanbei in the drama "Yűzenzome Zashiki Hakkei"; the role of Hanbei's lover Koina is played by Nakamura Karoku I.

11th lunar month of 1816: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise program, sharing the stage with Nakamura Utaemon III, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I and Nakayama Yoshio I.

1st lunar month of 1817: Sangor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku") section, is hakushi-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost unique - superior - superior - excellent). He plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Mashiba Hisayoshi and Hayakawa Takakage in the drama "Keisei Chikugo-ga-Fuchi".

5th lunar month of 1817: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Jihiz˘ and Shingen in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the role of Yokoz˘ is played by Nakamura Utaemon III. He also plays the role of Yukihira in the drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu".

8th lunar month of 1817: Sangor˘ plays the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Yoshidaya", which is staged in ďsaka in the precinct of the Tenma Tenjin shrine; the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri is played by Nakayama Yoshio I.

9th lunar month of 1817: Sangor˘ plays at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Shibaroku and Daihanji no Kiyosumi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1817: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Motome and Daihanji no Kiyosumi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the roles of Sadaka, Hinadori and Koganosuke are played by Nakayama Yoshio I, Nakamura Matsue III and Ichikawa Shik˘ I. He also plays the role of Tokiyori in the drama "Onna Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Takebe Genz˘, Ume˘maru and Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Band˘ Jűtar˘. He also plays the roles of Jihei and Sahei in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". His rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is most likely shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Jihiz˘ and Shingen in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the role of Yokoz˘ is played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII. He also plays the role of Kingy˘ya Kinpachi in the drama "Monogusa Tar˘".

5th lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Nagai Uma-no-Kami Nobuaki and Sazen in the dramas "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

8th lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Mori Sanzaemon Yoshinari and Nadaemon in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘". He also plays the roles of Tokiyori and Kanjűr˘ in the dramas "Onna Hachinoki" and "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi".

9th lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fujiemon in the drama "Katakiuchi Takane no Taiko".

11th lunar month of 1818: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Fujiemon in the drama "Katakiuchi Takane no Taiko". He also plays the role of Kanjűr˘ in the drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; the roles of Ume no Yoshibei and Koume are played by Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I and Nakamura Matsue III.

1st lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). He plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of the spirit of the ivy, T˘emon and Nagaoka Shingo in the new year drama "Keisei no Haru Tori". He also plays the role of Hanzawa Rokur˘ in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

4th lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Teraoka Heiemon and Horibe Yajibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Mori Sanzaemon Yoshinari and Got˘ Motohy˘e Masatsugu in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘". He also plays the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

8th lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

9th lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Yoichi in the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru".

11th lunar month of 1819: Sangor˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Yoichi and the yakko Bansuke in the dramas "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru" and "Yoshiwara Saiken no Zu".

1820 ~ 1821: Sangor˘'s popularity declines and his name does not appear on top of the bills in the major theaters.

1st lunar month of 1822: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ume˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Band˘ Jűtar˘.

2nd lunar month of 1823: great shűmei for the Ky˘ya guild; Arashi Sangor˘ III and his son Arashi Umatar˘ I respectively take the names of Arashi Raishi II and Arashi Sangor˘ IV at the Minamigawa no Shibai. Raishi plays the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and Kakogawa Honz˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also plays the roles of Takebe Genz˘, Sukune Tar˘ and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

Spring ~ Winter 1823: tour in Ise.

1st lunar month of 1824: Raishi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1824 ~ 1833: Raishi's name appears less frequently in the theaters' banzuke.

1st lunar month of 1824: Raishi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1826: Raishi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1830: Raishi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Bunji and Kenj˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara".

1833: Raishi most likely dies this year, although his name appears in the 1834 hy˘banki.

Comments:

Arashi Raishi II was a talented tachiyaku actor and the worthy heir of his amazing father Arashi Sangor˘ II. His forte were wagoto and bud˘goto roles.

Arashi Raishi II's best roles: Fujiya Izaemon, Tadanobu/Yasuke/Koremori ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Tabakoya Genshichi/Sakata Kurando Tokiyuki ("Komochi Yamanba"), Kajiwara Genta Kagesue ("Hirakana Seisuiki").

Arashi Raishi II playing the role of Ume˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1826 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Ukiyo Shigekatsu)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1815

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1862~1863

The Arashi Sangor˘ line of actors

 
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