HANAI SAIZABURď III

Stage names:

Hanai Saizabur˘ III In Japanese
Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II In Japanese

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: T˘ch˘

Existence: 1702 ~ 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1763 [1]

Connection:

Adopted son: Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III

Disciple: Sanj˘ Kametar˘

Career:

Born in 1702.

11th lunar month of 1711: he started his career as a wakashugata in Edo at the Yamamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko".

Fall 1716: Kantar˘ became wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1716: Kantar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shinobu in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane".

11th lunar month of 1719: Kantar˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Banmin Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1720: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater shinjűmono "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu", which was written in 1707. The same play was simultaneously produced in the 3 Edo theaters and commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the suicide of the couple Tokubŕ and Ofusa, whose roles were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Kantar˘ at the Moritaza [more details].

11th lunar month of 1722: Kantar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of It˘'s daughter Princess Tatsu in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

1st lunar month of 1723: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayű II and Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1723: Kantar˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinagata Shűten D˘ji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Ogino Izabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I, Fujimura Handayű II, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1724: Kantar˘ moved to the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Okuni in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura Denpachi, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Shinomiya Genpachi, Arashi Wakano I and Hayakawa Hatsuse.

1st lunar month of 1725: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayű II, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1725: Kantar˘ moved to the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Princess Nao in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Onna Moy˘".

1st lunar month of 1726:: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I and Hayakawa Hatsuse.

11th lunar month of 1726: Kantar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tokiwa-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Sangor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1727: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayű II and Yamashita Kinsaku I.

11th lunar month of 1727: Kantar˘ moved to the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [more details], which welcomed back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrated the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Kantar˘ played in the same theater the role of ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ were played by Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I and Kirinami Onoe.

3rd lunar month of 1728: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayű II, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Tsugawa Kamon.

11th lunar month of 1728: Kantar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shizuka Gozen in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Tadanobu, Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Tadanobu's wife Kowata and Ky˘-no-Kimi were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Tsugawa Kamon and Sodesaki Iseno I.

1st lunar month of 1729: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I and Tsugawa Kamon.

11th lunar month of 1729: Kantar˘ moved to the Ichimuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Shiraga Kintoki".

1st lunar month of 1730: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sanogawa Mangiku and Tsugawa Kamon.

11th lunar month of 1730: Kantar˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hiragana Tokiwa Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1731: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sanogawa Mangiku and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1731: Kantar˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Eiga Butai"; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Sodesaki Iseno I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1732: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1732: Kantar˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1733: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Kantar˘ moved to the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Arashi Otohachi I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sodesaki Iseno I and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1734: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Kantar˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Secchű no Tamatori", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1735: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Anegawa Chiyosabur˘ I.

Fall 1735: Kantar˘ became tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1735: Kantar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yorichika in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

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

11th lunar month of 1736: Kantar˘ moved to the Ichimuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Izu Genji H˘rai Yakata", which celebrated the arrival in Edo from Ky˘to of the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I and the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku II.

1st lunar month of 1737: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1738: Kantar˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza, where he played the role of Minamoto no Yoshiie in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Momiji Kagemasa".

1st lunar month of 1739: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1739: Kantar˘ performed at the Kawarasakiza in the kaomise drama "Irifune Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1740: no kaomise at the Kawarasakiza.

1st lunar month of 1741: Kantar˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of x and x in the new year drama "Wakamidori Nanakusa no Kotobuki".

3rd lunar month of 1741: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I and Sakata T˘jűr˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1741: Kantar˘ performed at the Kawarasakiza in the kaomise drama "Konrei Sakae no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1742: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III and Band˘ Matatar˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1742: Kantar˘ performed at the Kawarasakiza in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the return and the arrival in Edo of the actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1743: Kantar˘ performed at the Kawarasakiza in Tsuuchi Han'emon's kaomise drama "Hana Yosooi Azuma Kagami"; due to the lack of actors, the program was a huge commercial failure.

1st lunar month of 1744: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1744: Kantar˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Bandai no Watamashi".

1st lunar month of 1745: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1745: Kantar˘ played at the Moritaza the role of It˘ Kur˘ in the kaomise drama "Chiky˘dai Izu Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1746: Kantar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1746: He gave his name to his adopted son Sanj˘ Kosabur˘, who became Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III, and took the name of Hanai Saizabur˘ III at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Sagami Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1747: Saizabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1747: Saizabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1748: Saizabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1748: Saizabur˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1749: Saizabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

1750s: when his popularity started to fade away, he became kashagata and t˘dori at the Nakamuraza at the beginning of the H˘reki era. He definitively retired from the Kabuki world in 1755.

3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1763 [1]: Saizabur˘ died.

Comments:

Hanai Saizabur˘ III made a fame for himself in Edo as an onnagata, excelling in nuregoto. As a tachiyaku, he never reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank (at his best level, he was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi). As an onnagata, he stayed at the j˘-j˘-kichi level for 13 seasons from 1723 up to the 1735.

[1] The 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 15th of May 1763 in the western calendar.

The name and the mon of Hanai Saizabur˘ III (in the space within the red box) in a banzuke printed for the staging of the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki" at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1746

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1719

The Sanj˘ Kantar˘ line of actors

The Hanai Saizabur˘ line of actors

 
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