SOMENOI HANSHIRď

Stage names:

Somenoi Hanshir˘ In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese
Fujita Chűgor˘ In Japanese
Fujita Koheita In Japanese

Poetry names: Saryű, Kisha

Existence: ???

Connection:

Disciple: Somenoi Utamatsu

Career:

Beginning of the 1710s: he starts his career in ďsaka in koshibai, performing at the Shijimigawa no Shibai as a tachiyaku. His first stage name was Fujita Koheita. Later, he switches to Fujita Chűgor˘ and performs in inaka shibai.

11th lunar month of 1714: he takes the name of Somenoi Hanshir˘ and makes his debut in ˘shibai, playing the roles of Danroku in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1715: Hanshir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

Fall 1718: Hanshir˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1718: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of ďminato Naniwanosuke in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Ishizue", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

1st lunar month of 1721: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of the wakadono Muranoj˘ in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei T˘yama Matsu", which is staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

11th lunar month of 1721: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Kameemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Fuku In'y˘ no Kanegura", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

7th lunar month of 1723: first Kabuki adaptation in Ky˘to of the puppet theater drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Doki Kurando Yoshikazu [more details].

11th lunar month of 1724: Hanshir˘ plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Izuminosuke in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which is produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I and stars Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Mihogi Shichitar˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Tsugawa Kamon, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe and Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrates his shűmei).

11th lunar month of 1727: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the umakata Ude no Sansuke, in reality Tokiwa Sasaemon, in the kaomise drama "Masu Kagami Eitai Gura", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1729: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater the role of Tamukeyama Genjűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Shichigosan", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Koroku I.

1st lunar month of 1730: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1730: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Yonegura Tatewaki in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.

1st lunar month of 1731: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1731: Hanshir˘ plays the roles of Imagawa Nakaaki and R˘ikkan in the kaomise drama "Hirakana Imagawaj˘", which is produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; his stage partners are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Yashio Ikuemon, Anegawa Chiyosabur˘ I and Arashi San'emon III.

9th lunar month of 1732: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ and Hasegawa Senshi puppet theater drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki", which is produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Kazaemon plays the role of Konda no Jir˘ Chikatsune [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Hanshir˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Naniwazu T˘z˘ in the kaomise drama "Hanazaki Kogane no Hanabusa"; his stage partners are Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I, Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsushima Moheiji, Kirinami Takie, Fujioka Daikichi, Shinozuka Kazaemon and Arashi Koroku I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Hanshir˘ plays at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of the kannushi Tokudayű in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Shikigawara", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

Fall/Winter 1734: Hanshir˘ goes to tour to Nagoya to perform at the Seijuin no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1735: Hanshir˘ is back in Ky˘to and plays at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Ikuno Saemon in the drama "Onna Tokimasa Gunp˘ Hinagata".

1st lunar month of 1736: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1737: Hanshir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1737: Hanshir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the farmer Fujinomori Kichiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe Kachidoki no Ume", which is produced by Yoshizawa Ayame II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Hanshir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1739: Hanshir˘ becomes zamoto in ďsaka and produces at the Sakurabashi no Shibai the drama "Ten no Amijima Hiyoku no Futamon", in which he plays the role of Kamiya Jihŕ. This drama is similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Shinjű Ten no Amijima"; the roles of Koharu, Magoemon and Osan are played by Ichimura Tamagashiwa II, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Ikushima Kashiwagi I.

Fall 1739: Hanshir˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1739: Hanshir˘ plays at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of the yakko Kajisuke in the kaomise drama "Senzai Yakata Kogane no Shikigawara", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I.

1st lunar month of 1740: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

1st lunar month of 1741: no record in any Kamigata hy˘banki; is he sick or on tour?

Fall 1742: Hanshir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1742: Hanshir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ashiwake Wadanoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II and Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mita no Tomotsuna in the kaomise drama "Tanshű Teteuchi Guri", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I. This is his last recorded performance in ˘shibai. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Comments:

Somenoi Hanshir˘ was an ďsaka tachiyaku, who was active in Kamigata from the beginning of the 1710s to the first half of the 1740s. He was very popular (his last ranking in 1744 was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi, really close to the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking), had a great stage presence and was notable for his k˘seki (good voice and good at delivering lines). He was better in sewamono than in jidaimono dramas. In his latter years, he was said to be both an actor and a playwright but we did not find any evidence of any drama on which he might have worked. His family name was written 3 different ways: the classic writing with 3 ideograms (the official writing), a writing with 2 ideograms only and a writing with 2 ideograms separated with a character coming from a Japanese syllabary.

Somenoi Hanshir˘ (left) and Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I (right) playing the roles of Yonegura Tatewaki and Fuji Sezaemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1730 in Ky˘to

 
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