ARASHI SHICHIGORď II

Stage names:

Arashi Shichigor˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Ryűz˘ In Japanese
Arashi Ryűz˘ I In Japanese

Other name: Arashi Shagan II (?)

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shagan

Existence: 1733 ~ 28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1788

Connection:

Father: Arashi Shichigor˘ I

Master: Ichikawa Danz˘ III

Disciples: Arashi Shichigor˘ III, Arashi Seiz˘

Career:

1730s ~ 1740s: son of Arashi Shichigor˘ I, his first stage name is Arashi Ryűz˘ I. He becomes disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and receives the name of Ichikawa Ryűz˘ at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1746: Ryűz˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Genji Musha Hinode ďgi".

8th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naka no Shibai; it is produced by Ryűz˘ [casting].

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].

11th lunar month of 1768: Shichigor˘ plays in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki", which is produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1769: Shichigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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].

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Shichigor˘ plays the roles of Momonoi Shuridayű, Hikaki and Daiba no Niza [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.

Comments:

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.

Arashi Shichigor˘ II performing in the 11th lunar month of 1782 at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Zu ni Notta Bankoku Tokai"

The Arashi Shagan line of actors

The Arashi Ryűz˘ line of actors

The Arashi Shichigor˘ line of actors

 
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