BANDď SANPACHI I

Stage names:

Band˘ Sanpachi I In Japanese
Band˘ Matahachi I In Japanese

Other name: ďta Sanjűr˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Heikyű

Existence: ??? ~ 11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1770

Connections:

Father: Yamatoya Matahachi (Nakamura Koyata)

Master: Ichimura Uzaemon VIII

Adopted son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I

Disciple: Band˘ Sanpachi II

Career:

??? ~ 1745: he is the son of Yamatoya Matahachi, who was a wakashugata playing under the name of Nakamura Koyata from 1703 to 1707. He starts his career as a shamisen player performing at the Ichimuraza under the name of ďta Sanjűr˘.

1745: he decides to be an actor, becomes disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII and receives the name of Band˘ Matahachi I.

1st lunar month of 1746: Matahachi appears on stage for the first time, at the Ichimuraza, as a katakiyaku, playing the role of Miura no Yoichi in the new year drama "Kikeba Mukashi Soga Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1750: Matahachi achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the role of Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year drama "Kay˘kami Chidori Soga".

11th lunar month of 1750: Band˘ Matahachi I takes the name of Band˘ Sanpachi I at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Yuasa Magoroku Nyűd˘ in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Sanpachi I.

2nd lunar month of 1751: Sanpachi becomes tachiyaku, achieving a great success by playing in the same theater the role of Yabo Daijin in the drama "Hatsuhana Sumidagawa".

11th lunar month of 1751: Sanpachi plays the roles of Taira no Munemori and Matano no Gor˘ in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Tsuruwakamaru in the new year program "Suzuriha Sugatami Soga".

7th lunar month of 1752: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Sasara Sanpachi in the drama "Hitokanade Taihei Nagoya".

11th lunar month of 1752: Sanpachi plays the role of Kanawa Gor˘ in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru".

1st lunar month of 1753: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year program "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga".

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting]. Sanpachi plays the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka.

11th lunar month of 1753: Sanpachi plays the role of ďe Iwato Saemon in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Kasaya Matakur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1754: Sanpachi plays the role of the Hayami Tetsud˘maru in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Keisei Asakusa no Kane".

11th lunar month of 1755: Sanpachi plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kashiwagat˘ge Kichirei Sum˘".

11th lunar month of 1756: Sanpachi moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Band˘ Tar˘ in the kaomise program "Masakado Sh˘zoku no Enoki", which celebrates the arrival of Arashi Tominosuke I in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1757: Sanpachi plays the roles of Araoka Genta and Dekurobei in the Nakamuraza kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima".

11th lunar month of 1758: Sanpachi moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Shibuya no Konn˘maru in the kaomise program "Akazawa Genjiyama".

11th lunar month of 1759: Sanpachi moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the role of Sasara Sanpachi in the kaomise program "Okunizome Shusse Butai".

11th lunar month of 1760: Sanpachi moves to the Nakamuraza but there is no kaomise program this year.

3rd lunar month of 1761: Sanpachi plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Akogi no Heiji and Ise no Sabur˘ in the drama "Ai no Yama Onna Katakiuchi".

11th lunar month of 1761: Sanpachi moves to the Moritaza and plays in the kaomise drama "Mison˘ Banzei no Hachinoki".

4th lunar month of 1762: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1762: Sanpachi plays the aragoto role of Toriumi Yasabur˘ in the Moritaza kaomise drama "T˘zai T˘zai Wagakuni no Umeyashiki", which celebrates the shűmei of his disciple Band˘ Matahachi II.

2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Sanpachi plays the role of Bunji [casting|illustrations].

11th lunar month of 1763: Sanpachi plays in the Moritaza kaomise drama "Ume ya Suisen Izu no Irifune", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Sukegor˘ II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actors Kiriyama Monji I and Arashi Hinaji.

8th lunar month of 1764: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Taroku in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri".

11th lunar month of 1764: Sanpachi moves to ďsaka and plays in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miya Yunzei Kotobuki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I at the Naka no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1764: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Dankur˘ in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

5th lunar month of 1765: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ are played by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1765: Sanpachi plays in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I at the Naka no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1766: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Koshina Danj˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

Fall 1766: Sanpachi and his adopted son Takeda Minosuke go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1766: Sanpachi plays the roles of Arajishi Otokonosuke and Matahei in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi"; his adopted son Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I celebrates his shűmei at the Moritaza.

1st lunar month of 1767: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Soga Yawaragi Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1767: first Kabuki adaptation, at the Ichimuraza, of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku"; Sanpachi plays the roles of Jiroemon and Amakawaya Gihei [casting].

11th lunar month of 1767: Sanpachi plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Nue Shiged˘ Sakiwake Yűsha".

8th lunar month of 1768: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the role of Sukune Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1768: Sanpachi plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe".

5th lunar month of 1769: Sanpachi plays in the same theater the roles of Yoichibŕ and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Okaru and Yuranosuke are played by Nakamura Matsue I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1769: Sanpachi appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri".

Comments:

Band˘ Sanpachi I was a good tachiyaku and katakiyaku, who excelled in jitsugoto and yakko aragoto roles. He was the first actor in the Band˘ clan to use Yamatoya as a yag˘. He did not reach the j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) level in the Edo hy˘banki but his best rank was not far from this level of excellence.

Band˘ Sanpachi I playing the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1766 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Torii Kiyomitsu I)

The Band˘ Matahachi line of actors

The Band˘ Sanpachi line of actors

 
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