ARASHI SHICHIGORď I

Stage names:

Arashi Shichigor˘ I In Japanese

Other name: Arashi Shagan I (?)

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shagan, Hoppi (?)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Arashi Sangor˘ I

Brother: Arashi Hidegor˘

Son: Arashi Shichigor˘ II

Career:

Before 1728: most likely born in Kamigata. He starts his career with his brother in countryside theaters, as disciples of Arashi Sangor˘ I. His stage name is Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1728: Shichigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai; this is most likely his first stage appearance in ˘shibai.

11th lunar month of 1730: Shichigor˘ plays as a wakashugata in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai", which is produced by Asao Motogor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Shichigor˘ becomes katakiyaku and plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Meotogura Kogane no Masugata".

1st lunar month of 1734: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1734: Shichigor˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Sekiguchi Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Tomi Yakata Kogane no Yaguruma".

1st lunar month of 1735: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1736: Shichigor˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Tomi no Ichi Kogane no Aratama", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I. His stage partners are Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Tatsuoka Hisagiku and Tatsuoka Someemon.

1st lunar month of 1737: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1739: Shichigor˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Kantetsu and Ishid˘ Hy˘bu in the drama "Keisei Arashiyama", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

Fall 1739: Shichigor˘ goes to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1739: Shichigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Kewai Musha ďmi Genji", which is produced by Yoshizawa Ayame II; his stage partners are Yoshizawa Ayame II (Okichi), Nakamura S˘jűr˘ (Sh˘gen), Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I (Nagoya Sanza), Anegawa Shinshir˘ I (Matahei) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (the courtesan T˘yama).

11th lunar month of 1740: Shichigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I; his stage partners are Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I and Nakamura S˘jűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1741: Shichigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and stars Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura Jir˘sa I, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Shibazaki Taminosuke, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Yamatogawa Akashi.

1st lunar month of 1742: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Shichigor˘ plays the role of Yatsurugi Genba [casting].

11th lunar month of 1743: Shichigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in Namiki S˘suke's kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which is produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Nakamura Shingor˘ I and Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1745: Shichigor˘ plays the roles of Yakanpei and Sh˘gen in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami" , which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai; his stage partners are Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I (Abe no Yasuna), Nakamura Jűz˘ I (D˘man), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Yokanpei), Ichikawa Danz˘ III (Sakon Tar˘) and Yoshizawa Ayame II (Kuzu-no-Ha).

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Shichigor˘ plays the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

11th lunar month of 1750: Shichigor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which is produced by Iwata Somematsu I; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II and Kirishima Gizaemon I.

Fall 1751: Shichigor˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1751: Shichigor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the painter Matahei, in reality ďmi no Kot˘ta, in the kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1752: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1752: Shichigor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Adachi Hachir˘ in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru".

1st lunar month of 1753: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the new year drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga". This is his last recorded performance. What happens to him afterwards is unknown.

Comments:

Arashi Shichigor˘ I was a talented actor, who achieved fame for himself during the first half of the 18th century as a jitsuaku actor. He made most of his career in Kamigata but ended it with a short and successful stay in Edo. He was said to be better in jidaimono rather than in sewamono.

Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Yamatogawa Akashi playing the roles of Moron˘ and ďhara no Matsuo in the drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Arashi Shagan line of actors

The Arashi Shichigor˘ line of actors

 
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