|ARASHI SAN'EMON VI|
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry names: Ranshi, Bunsha
Existence: 1760 ~ 26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1785
Connection:Masters: Arashi Hinasuke I, Arashi San'emon V/Arashi Sanjűr˘ II (???)*
1760 ~ 1773: according to the book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", he starts his career as a disciple Arashi Sanjűr˘ II* who gives him the name of Arashi Matsujir˘ I and trains him as a wakashugata. Later on, he joins Arashi Hinasuke I at an unknown date.
8th lunar month of 1774: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Katakiuchi Ganryűjima".
9th lunar month of 1774: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".
11th lunar month of 1774: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".
1st lunar month of 1775: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Kumetono Aiaigasa".
4th lunar month of 1775: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Hana Kurabe Ise Monogatari".
7th lunar month of 1775: Matsujir˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane".
11th lunar month of 1777: Matsujir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Princess Yachiyo in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.
11th lunar month of 1778: Matsujir˘ achieves a great success at the Kado no Shibai by playing the role of female fox Kojor˘ in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.
Fall 1779: San'emon and his master go to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1780: San'emon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" is produced for the first time in Ky˘to; San'emon plays the roles of the courtesan Hanatachibana and Okiku [casting].
9th lunar month of 1781: San'emon plays the role of Ofude in the epic drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced par Yamashita Yaoz˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai. His stage partners are Arashi Hinasuke I (Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Matsuemon, Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu), Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju, Shigetada), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Kajiwara Genta Kagesue), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Chidori), Shibazaki Rinzaemon II (Takatsuna, Gonshir˘) and Anegawa Minato II (Oyoshi).
8th lunar month of 1785: San'emon appears on stage for the last time, playing the roles of Asagiku and Okabei's sister in the drama "Gokusaishiki Musume ďgi", which is produced by Arashi Tanin in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai.
Arashi San'emon VI was a promising wakaonnagata actor, who had a good potential but unfortunately died too young, before reaching the peak of his art. He spent his short career only in Kamigata theaters, excelling in Princess and Maiden roles.
(*) We believe that his master was Arashi Koroku I (the future Arashi San'emon V), not Arashi Sanjűr˘ II because the latter actor died in 1750, 10 years before the birth of the future Arashi San'emon VI.
Arashi San'emon VI as depicted in the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi" published in ďsaka in 1784 by Yamatoya Kaemon
The Arashi San'emon line of actors
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