ARASHI SHICHIGORď III

Stage names:

Arashi Shichigor˘ III In Japanese
Arashi Ryűz˘ II In Japanese

Other name: Arashi Shagan III (?)

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Shagan

Existence: 1761 ~ 5th day of the 11th lunar month of 1798

Connection:

Master: Arashi Shichigor˘ II

Career:

Before 1780: he starts his career in Kamigata as a disciple of Arashi Shichigor˘ II, who trains him and gives him the name of Arashi Ryűz˘ II.

1780: Ryűz˘ goes to Edo for a short stay. He goes on tour in Sawara in the 6th lunar month, then goes back to ďsaka.

Fall 1786: Ryűz˘ definitively settles in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1786: Ryűz˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Kurando Yukihira and Ishida Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III.

28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1788: his master Arashi Shichigor˘ II dies.

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrates the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Date no Jir˘ [more details].

11th lunar month of 1791: Ryűz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Musashi Saemon in the kaomise drama "Kinme Nuki Genji no Kakutsuba", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI.

1st lunar month of 1792: Ryűz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

9th lunar month of 1792: Ryűz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga no Emiji in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1792: Ryűz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Koganegiku Date no ďkido", which celebrates the shűmei of Segawa Yűjir˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1793: Ryűz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ono no Kudayű and Ichimonjiya Saibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1793: Ryűz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga no Emiji in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors are drastically reduced. Ryűz˘'s yearly salary for the coming season is set to 250 ry˘ after a reduction of 10 ry˘.

1st lunar month of 1795: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Yasuke [casting].

4th lunar month of 1795: Ryűz˘ plays at the Miyakoza the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Gengobŕ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Ky˘goku no Takumi in the former theater [casting].

9th lunar month of 1797: Ryűz˘ plays at the Kiriza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1797: Arashi Ryűz˘ II takes the name of Arashi Shichigor˘ III at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Igu no Jűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Koky˘ no Nishikigi".

9th lunar month of 1798: Shichigor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, where he plays the roles of the taiko mochi Jir˘emon and Yazama Kinai in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

5th day of the 11th lunar month of 1798: Shichigor˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Arashi Shichigor˘ III was a good katakiyaku and jitsuaku actor, born and trained in Kamigata, who was very active in Edo for 12 years, from 1786 to 1798. He unfortunately died too young, before being able to reach the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi level. The print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku, who had a brief but brilliant career between 1794 and 2nd lunar month of 1795 before disappearing mysteriously, left behind a few famous prints depicting this actor.

Arashi Shichigor˘ III playing the role of Igu no Jűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Koky˘ no Nishikigi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1797 at the Nakamuraza
(print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

The Arashi Shagan line of actors

The Arashi Ryűz˘ line of actors

The Arashi Shichigor˘ line of actors

 
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