ICHIMURA SANOHACHI

Stage name:

Ichimura Sanohachi In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Ichimura Tamagashiwa II (?) [1]

Career:

Before 1747: he was the son of a man named Genbŕ, who had a family relation to the actor Ichimura Tamagashiwa I. Ichimura Sanohachi started his career as a disciple of Ichimura Tamagashiwa II [1], who gave him the name of Ichimura Sanohachi.

11th lunar month of 1747: Sanohachi became wakaonnagata in the , performing at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane Hana Michinoku Jikki".

8th lunar month of 1748: Sanohachi played in the same theater in the the roles of Wakaba-no-Naishi and Kosen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged for the first time in ďsaka [casting].

11th lunar month of 1748: Sanohachi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kingo's sister Naruse in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Shinji.

11th lunar month of 1749: Sanohachi played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Sagoromo in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I, welcomed back in ďsaka Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1750: Sanohachi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the keisei Sonohara in the kaomise drama "Yasa Heike Sakiwake Musha", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1751: Sanohachi performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Sode Nikki Futatsu Domoe", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Sanohachi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). He played in the same theater the role of the keisei Tsutayama in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Miyako no Fuji".

11th lunar month of 1752: Sanohachi played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Namiemon's spouse Oyana in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners were Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Iwata Somematsu I, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1753: Sanohachi became zamoto in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, producing and performing in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin".

1st lunar month of 1754: Sanohachi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1754: Sanohachi produced in the same theater the drama "Katakiuchi Ikkyű Banashi", which was written by Takagi Richű and Namiki Sh˘z˘ I. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Ichimura Sanohachi was a promising wakaonnagata actor, who made a short but successful career in ďsaka from 1747 to 1754.

[1] This master-disciple relationship was reported in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

The actors Yamashita Rokusabur˘ (left) and Ichimura Sanohachi (right) playing the roles of Onami and the keisei Konohana in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1753 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai

 
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