Nickname: Ky˘ya Kiyű

Guild: Ky˘ya

Poetry name: Kiyű

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1687 ~ 12th day of the 7th lunar month of 1739 [1]


Masters: Arashi San'emon III, Arashi Kanshir˘ I

Son: Arashi Raishi I (Arashi Sangor˘ II)

Son-in-law: Onogawa Kamegiku

Grandson: Arashi Raishi II (Arashi Sangor˘ III)

Great-grandsons: Arashi Raishi III, Arashi Sangor˘ IV

Disciples: Arashi Otohachi I, Arashi Shichigor˘ I, Arashi Bungor˘ I (?)


1687 ~ 1721: born in a house of farmers named Shimada. His first name is Kumagor˘. He joins a troupe of children-actors and performs at the Takeda no Shibai. He is spotted by Arashi Kanshir˘ I, who takes him on as a disciple and gives him the name of Arashi Sangor˘ I.

Fall 1721: he becomes disciple of Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1721: Sangor˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Higashi no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Izuminosuke in the kaomise "Tenryű Chiryű Kogane no Suzunari", which is produced by his master.

11th lunar month of 1723: great kaomise in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai to celebrate the arrival of the Edo star ďtani Hiroji I. The zamoto Arashi San'emon III produces the drama "Kogane no Hanagata" in which Sangor˘ plays the role of Yomosaku.

1st lunar month of 1724: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama welcoming in ďsaka the Edo actor ďtani Hiroji I; Sangor˘ plays the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon [more details].

Fall 1726: Sangor˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1726: Sangor˘ achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by performing in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji".

Fall 1728: Sangor˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1728: Sangor˘ plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Yomohachi in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku.

Fall 1730: Sangor˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1730: Sangor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kokonoe Kinjűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue".

3rd lunar month of 1734: Sangor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1738: Sangor˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Fuji Daiko Wag˘ no Shirabe".

12th day of the 7th lunar month of 1739: Sangor˘ dies of physical exhaustion while producing in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the drama "Tsu no Kuni Shikanjima".


Arashi Sangor˘ I was a talented and popular tachiyaku actor, born and trained in Kamigata, who excelled in jitsugoto or yatsushigoto, especially in sewamono dramas. He was also an outstanding dancer, especially in hengemono or hy˘shigoto.

[1] The 12th day of the 7th lunar month of the 4th year of the Genbun era was the 16th of August 1739 in the western calendar.

Arashi Sangor˘ I performing in the drama "Honch˘shi Misuji no Haraobi", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1736 at the Kado no Shibai

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1862~1863

The Arashi Sangor˘ line of actors

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