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 started his career in ďsaka in koshibai, performing at the Shijimigawa no Shibai as a tachiyaku. His first stage name was Fujita Koheita. Later, he switched to Fujita Chűgor˘ and performed in inaka shibai.

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

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

Fall 1718: Hanshir˘ went to Ky˘to.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1719: Hanshir˘ played the role of Karasaki Ikkaku in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘.

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1724: Hanshir˘ played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Izuminosuke in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by Mihogi Gizaemon I and starred 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 celebrated his shűmei).

11th lunar month of 1727: Hanshir˘ played 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 was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1730: Hanshir˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Yonegura Tatewaki in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which was 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, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1731: Hanshir˘ played the roles of Imagawa Nakaaki and R˘ikkan in the kaomise drama "Hiragana Imagawaj˘", which was produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; his stage partners were 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 was produced in Ky˘to by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Kazaemon played the role of Konda no Jir˘ Chikatsune [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Hanshir˘ played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Naniwazu T˘z˘ in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa"; his stage partners were 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˘ played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of the kannushi Tokudayű in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Shikigawara", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

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

12th lunar month of 1735: Hanshir˘ was back in Ky˘to and played 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, was back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1737: Hanshir˘ went back to ďsaka.

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

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

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

Fall 1739: Hanshir˘ went to Ky˘to.

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

1st lunar month of 1740: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

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

Fall 1742: Hanshir˘ went back to ďsaka.

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

1st lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II and Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mita no Tomotsuna in the kaomise drama "Tanshű Teteuchi Guri", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I. This was his last-recorded performance in ˘shibai. No record afterwards.

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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