ARASHI SHINPEI
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Arashi Shinpei I
 

The actor Arashi Shinpei I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1745 to the 7th lunar month of 1754.

Arashi Shinpei I performing in the 11th lunar month of 1745 at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "T˘nai Tar˘ Danjiri Ropp˘"

Arashi Shinpei II
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career in 1751, becoming a disciple of Arashi Shinpei I's adopted son Arashi San'emon IV. His master died the 22nd of the 4th lunar month of 1756. He took the names of Arashi Sankatsu I in the 11th lunar month of 1761 and Arashi Shichisabur˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1771, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Urashima Ayagor˘ in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai". He became zamoto from the 11th lunar month of 1776 to the 10th lunar month of 1777, producing at the Naka no Shibai Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa". He took the name of Arashi Shinpei II in the 7th lunar month of 1779 at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Abe no Yasuna in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami" (the role of Kuzu-no-Ha was played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I). He was also quite successful in the 12th lunar month of 1779 at the Kado no Shibai, where he played the roles of Igo, Yazama Jűtar˘ and Kanpei's mother in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His final ranking in the 3rd lunar month of 1785 in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shuren Koizumiya

Arashi Shinpei II playing the role of Yazama Jűtar˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a caricature from the book "Ehon Mizu ya Sora", which was drawn by Matsuya Nich˘sai and published in ďsaka in 1780 by Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon

Caricature 1780

Arashi Shinpei III
 

The actor Nakayama Raisuke IV held the name of Arashi Shinpei III from the 11th lunar month of 1788 to the end of 1793.

Arashi Shinpei III playing the role of Kokingo in the "Kitasaga Anshitsu" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1792 at the Kado no Shibai

Arashi Shinpei IV
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in Kamigata, performing under the name of Arashi Tsunetar˘. He took the name of Arashi Shinpei IV in the 11th lunar month of 1797 in ďsaka, performing in the kaomise drama "Hanekonda Uma no Kaomise", which was produced by Mimasu Daijir˘ at the Wakadayű no Shibai and also celebrated the shűmei of Arashi San'emon VIII. He went to Edo in the 4th lunar month of 1801 and stayed there for quite a long time. He went back to Kamigata in the middle of the 1810s, where he died in 1817.

Arashi Shinpei IV and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IV backstage in 1811 or 1812 in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I

 
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