IWATA SOMEMATSU I

Stage names:

Iwata Somematsu I In Japanese
Segawa Somematsu In Japanese
Iwata Somematsu I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Senro

Existence: 1717 ~ 9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763

Connection:

Masters: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Iwata Seizaemon

Disciple: Iwata Somematsu II

Career:

Before 1738: disciple of Iwata Seizaemon, his stage name is Iwata Somematsu I.

1738: Somematsu performs in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai as an iroko.

1740: he becomes disciple of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I, who give him the name of Segawa Somematsu.

Fall 1743: Somematsu and his master Segawa Kikujir˘ I go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1743: Somematsu performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which also celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I.

Fall 1745: Somematsu goes back to ďsaka without his master.

11th lunar month of 1745: Somematsu becomes wakaonnagata and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Shigure in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1745: Somematsu is adopted by his former master Iwata Seizaemon and takes back the name of Iwata Somematsu I. The drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Somematsu plays the role of Otatsu at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1746: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Shibazaki Taminosuke and Matsushima Kiyosaki.

11th lunar month of 1746: Somematsu performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genji Musha Hinode ďgi", which is produced by Ichikawa Ryűz˘.

11th lunar month of 1747: Somematsu plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okuni in the kaomise drama "Kogane Hana Michinoku Jikki", which is produced by Ichikawa Ryűz˘.

1st lunar month of 1748: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1748: Somematsu goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1748: Somematsu plays the roles of the keisei Naniwazu and Sh˘ji's daughter Otsuya in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I; Somematsu's stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, ďtani Hirohachi I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1749: Somematsu's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1749: Somematsu goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1749: Somematsu performs at the ďnishi no Shibai in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which is produced by the zamoto Mimasu Daigor˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV; Somematsu's stage partners are Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Sanj˘ Namie I and Nakamura Utaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Somematsu produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun"; his main stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Kirishima Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1751: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten").

Fall 1751: Somematsu goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Somematsu performs in the kaomise drama "En no Gy˘ja ďmine Zakura", which is produced in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by the zamoto Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Somematsu's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is back to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1752: Somematsu goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Somematsu performs at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1753: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1753: Somematsu plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei Tsukasa in the kaomise drama "Kashű Narihira Ishi".

1st lunar month of 1754: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1755: Somematsu performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Jidai Sewa Kogane no Hanazoroe", which is produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1757: Somematsu plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the keisei Utamachi in the kaomise drama "Shiki Samban Okina Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1759: Somematsu plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Maizuru in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen", which is produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1760: Somematsu plays in the same theater the role of Ofude in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1760: Somematsu plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Gihei's wife in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1761: Somematsu performs at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Miyo no Hana Yunzei Kagami", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1762: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. He shares the same rank with Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1763: Somematsu plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; his stage partners are Mimasu Daigor˘ I (Matahei), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Shirojir˘) and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (the courtesan T˘yama).

7th lunar month of 1763: Somematsu appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he plays the role of Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763: Somematsu dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Iwata Somematsu I was a talented ďsaka wakaonnagata actor, who was active from the end of the 1730s to the beginning of the 1760s. He was said to have a close resemblance at all level, artistic or physical, with his 1740s master Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

Iwata Somematsu I playing the role of Tajiemon's spouse Oriki in the ni-no-kawari drama "Ide no Tamagawa Sh˘hei Ori", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1762 at the Naka no Shibai

 
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