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Sanj˘ Kantar˘ I
Sanj˘ Kantar˘ I  In Japanese
 

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ I was a wakaonnagata actor, who was active in Edo during the 1670s and the 1680s. He was recorded as performing at the Nakamuraza in 1681. No record after 1687.

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II
Hanai Saizabur˘ III  In Japanese | Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II  In Japanese
 

Born in 1702. He performed as a wakashugata in the 11th lunar month of 1711 in Edo at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko". He became wakaonnagata in Fall 1716 and played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shinobu in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane". His rank in the 1723 Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) and he stayed at this level up for 13 seasons up to the 1735 hy˘banki He became tachiyaku in Fall 1735 and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yorichika in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma". He gave his name to his son, who became Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III, and took the name of Hanai Saizabur˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1746 at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Sagami Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki". When his popularity started to fade away, he became kashagata and t˘dori at the Nakamuraza at the beginning of the H˘reki era and retired in 1755. He died the 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1763 [1]. His haimy˘ was T˘ch˘. He was the adoptive father of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III and the master of Sanj˘ Kametar˘. He made a fame for himself in Edo as an onnagata, excelling in nuregoto. As a tachiyaku, he never reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank (at his best level, he was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi).

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Hanai Saizabur˘ III (Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II) in kabuki21.com.

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II playing the role of ďiso no Tora in the drama "Soga H˘raisan", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1728 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III
Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III  In Japanese | Sanj˘ Kosabur˘  In Japanese | Sanj˘ Kokan  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Son of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, he started his career in Edo as a koyaku in 1739 at the Kawarazakiza. His first stage name was Sanj˘ Kokan. Later on, he received the name of Sanj˘ Kosabur˘. He took the name of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III, while his father became Hanai Saizabur˘ III, in the 11th lunar month of 1746 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki". In the 11th lunar month of 1747, he performed as both a wakashugata and a wakaonnagata at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki". He performed as a wakaonnagata in Edo Sanza up to his death in 1767 but he never really achieved any fame for himself.

The name of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III in the 1762 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ IV
 

The actor ďtani Hiroemon held the name of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ IV from the 11th lunar month of 1784 to the 10th lunar month of 1787.

The name of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ IV in the 1786 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Sanj˘ Kantar˘ V
Sanj˘ Kantar˘ V  In Japanese
 

A minor actor held the name of Sanj˘ Kantar˘ V in Edo between 1837 and 1859 according to the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" [2].

[1] The 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 15th of May 1763 in the western calendar.

[2] He was not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

 
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