ARASHI SAN'EMON
   
ELEVEN GENERATIONS
Arashi San'emon I
 

The actor Arashi San'emon I held this name from the 1670s to the 10th lunar month of 1690.

Arashi San'emon I n the stage of an ďsaka theater in the 11th lunar month of 1686 (illustration from the 1686 hy˘banki "Naniwa Tachigiki Mukashi Banashi")

Arashi San'emon II
 

The actor Arashi San'emon II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1690 to the 11th lunar month of 1701.

Arashi San'emon III
 

The actor Arashi Shinpei I held the name of Arashi San'emon III from the 11th lunar month of 1704 to the 10th lunar month of 1745.

Arashi San'emon III playing the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the drama "Keisei Arashiyama", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1739 in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater

Arashi San'emon IV
 

Born in 1732. Adopted son of Arashi San'emon III, his first stage name was Arashi Matsunoj˘ II and he was trained as a wakashugata. His father took the name of Arashi Shinpei I in the 11th lunar month of 1745, letting his adopted son becoming both Arashi San'emon IV and a zamoto producing at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘". He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1748, to produce at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s the kaomise drama "Sugamori Hiru-ga-Kojima". He also worked two seasons as a zamoto from the 11th lunar month of 1751 to Fall 1753, when he went back to ďsaka. He became wakaonnagata, the first in a line of tachiyaku actors, in the 11th lunar month of 1753, when he played at the Kado no Shibai the role of keisei Koizuru in the kaomise drama "Kashű Narihira Ishi". He worked one more season as a zamoto in ďsaka, producing in the 11th lunar month of 1754 at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono". He went on tour in Ise with Nakamura Utaemon I in the 3rd lunar month of 1756. He fell ill there and died the 22nd of the 4th lunar month of 1756.

Arashi San'emon IV performing in the 11th lunar month of 1748 in Ky˘to
in the kaomise drama "Sugamori Hiru-ga-Kojima"

Arashi San'emon V
 

The actor Arashi Koroku I held the name of Arashi San'emon V from the 11th lunar month of 1768 to Fall 1775.

Arashi San'emon VI
 

The actor Arashi San'emon VI held this name from the 9th lunar month of 1779 to the 8th lunar month of 1785.

Arashi San'emon VI playing the role of It˘ Kur˘'s sister Yaehata in the drama "Zu ni Notta Bankoku Tokai", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1782 at the Naka no Shibai

Arashi San'emon VII
 

The actor Anegawa Kikuhachi held the name of Arashi San'emon VII from Summer 1790 to Summer 1791.

Arashi San'emon VIII
 

The actor Arashi Koroku IV held the name of Arashi San'emon VIII from the 11th lunar month of 1797 to the 10th lunar month of 1801.

Arashi San'emon IX
 

The actor Arashi San'emon IX held this name from Winter 1823 to the 3rd lunar month of 1859.

Arashi San'emon IX playing the role of Otsuma in the drama "Tsuma Gasane Urami no Samezaya", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1851 in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Arashi San'emon X
 

Date of birth unknown. Born in Edo, he started his career as a disciple of the actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ III, who gave him the name of Iwai Yamato. He also used the name of Iwai Kiyosa. He was adopted by the actor Arashi San'emon IX and took the name of Kan˘ Minshi IV in Edo in the 3rd lunar month of 1859. His adoptive father died the same month and he decided to settle for a while in ďsaka, where he became quite successful in hama shibai. He was finally allowed to succeed to his adoptive father, taking the name of Arashi San'emon X in the 5th lunar month of 1866 in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai. He made his last appearance on stage in March 1878 in ďsaka at the Ebisuza. He died in April 1878.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Minshi Yoshidaya

Arashi San'emon X playing the role of Mikuni no Kojor˘ in a print made by Toyohara Kunichika

Arashi San'emon XI
 

The actor Arashi San'emon XI held this name from January 1948 to July 1980.

Arashi San'emon XI

 
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