|IWATA SOMEMATSU I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Senro
Existence: 1717 ~ 9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763
Disciple: Iwata Somematsu II
Before 1738: disciple of Iwata Seizaemon, his stage name is Iwata Somematsu I.
Fall 1743: Somematsu and his master Segawa Kikujir˘ I go together to Edo.
Fall 1745: Somematsu goes back to ďsaka without his master.
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.
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˘.
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.
Fall 1751: Somematsu goes to Ky˘to.
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.
7th lunar month of 1760: Somematsu plays in the same theater the role of Ofude in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".
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).
9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763: Somematsu dies in ďsaka.
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.
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