|ARASHI SHICHIGORď II|
Other name: Arashi Shagan II (?)
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Shagan
Existence: 1733 ~ 28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1788
Father: Arashi Shichigor˘ I
Master: Ichikawa Danz˘ III
Disciples: Arashi Shichigor˘ III, Arashi Seiz˘
1753 ~ 1757: Ryűz˘ is on tour, performing in inaka shibai.
2nd lunar month of 1758: Ichikawa Ryűz˘ takes the name of Arashi Shichigor˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Kaminari Sh˘kur˘, the ghost of Kawazu Sabur˘ and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Okina Gusa Goshiki no Hanabusa".
1st lunar month of 1760: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.
8th lunar month of 1764: Shichigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yahei in the drama "Fumizuki Urami no Kiriko"; the roles of Otsuma and Hachirobŕ are played by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and Mimasu Daigor˘ I.
9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Shichigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sahei [casting].
6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Shichigor˘ plays the role of Kyűshichi [casting].
Fall 1771: Shichigor˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1771: Shichigor˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Osaragi Daigaku in the kaomise drama "Miyako Yoshino Mikado no Takadono", which is produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Anegawa Minato II and Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II.
11th lunar month of 1774: Shichigor˘ plays the role of Arao Got˘ta in the kaomise program "Akanesasu Kogane no Maruyama", which is produced by Fujikawa Sango at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and Hoteiya Umenoj˘ theater. His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Arashi Hinasuke I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I (who arrives from Edo), Onoe Shinshichi I and Yoshizawa Iroha I.
12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters; Shichigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of S˘ma Sabur˘emon [casting].
9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Shichigor˘ plays the roles of Sawai Matagor˘, Matagor˘'s mother Narumi and Usami Goemon [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1787: Shichigor˘'s name appears in a hy˘banki for the last time; his rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku/jitsuaku section, is is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].
Spring 1788: he goes on tour in Sakai with Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Mimasu Daigor˘ II. His last stage performance is most likely in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", in which he plays the role of K˘ no Moron˘ and Ono no Kudayű. He dies in the city of Mitajiri the 28th of the 5th lunar month of 1788.
Arashi Shichigor˘ II was a talented actor, who was specialized in katakiyaku and jitsuaku roles and who made most of his career in Kamigata from the middle of the 1740s to the end of the 1780s. He was endowed with a powerful voice and his diction was outstanding.
The Arashi Shagan line of actors
The Arashi Ryűz˘ line of actors
The Arashi Shichigor˘ line of actors
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