MIMASU TOKUJIRď I

Stage name:

Mimasu Tokujir˘ I In Japanese

Nickname: Masutoku

Guild: Masuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Gyok˘

Existence: 1750 ~ 26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1812

Connection:

Master: Mimasu Daigor˘ I

Brother: Mimasu Mitsugor˘

Son: Mimasu Tokujir˘ II

Disciple: Mimasu Tatsujir˘

Career:

1750: born in Ky˘to.

1758: disciple of Mimasu Daigor˘ I, he receives the name of Mimasu Tokujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1760: Tokujir˘ becomes wakashugata, playing at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri".

11th lunar month of 1770: Tokujir˘ becomes zamoto and wakaonnagata, producing in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Sakae Genji Gojin no Kachidoki".

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Tokujir˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Tokujir˘ plays the role of Princess Tachibana [casting].

11th lunar month of 1771: Tokujir˘ produces in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Miyako Yoshino Mikado no Takadono", which welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Anegawa Minato II and Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II.

Fall 1772: Tokujir˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1772: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the keisei Miyakoji in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Onoe Kikugor˘ no Baranu Banashi".

1st lunar month of 1773: Tokujir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1773: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Princess Oto (Otohime) in the kaomise drama "Itari Yaitari Mukadeyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsujir˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1774: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Haru and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1775: Tokujir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Onoe Kumesuke.

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Tokujir˘ plays the roles of Ariwara no Narihira, Arakawa's wife, Isonokami Mameshir˘ and Murasame [more details].

11th lunar month of 1775: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the keisei Miyamaji in the drama "Gohiiki Tenmokuzan", which is produced by Mimasu Matsunoj˘.

12th lunar month of 1775: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1776: Tokujir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

10th lunar month of 1776: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Oyasu in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

11th lunar month of 1776: Tokujir˘ moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays in the kaomise program "Eh˘gura Sankai Meisho", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1776: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Magaki in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which is staged at the Kado no Shibai; Tokujir˘ plays the roles of Sukune's wife Kozakura and Haseo's wife [casting]; the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Ki-no-Haseo are played by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and Tokujir˘'s master Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1777: Tokujir˘ plays the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the role of Taira no Tomomori is played by Arashi Hinasuke I.

11th lunar month of 1777: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrates the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomes back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

9th lunar month of 1778: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Chiyo in thye drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Ichiyama Tajir˘; his stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Shiratayű, Genz˘, Terukuni), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV (Tatsuta, Haru), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Band˘ Iwagor˘ (Shihei, Shund˘ Genba), Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo) and Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru).

11th lunar month of 1778: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the koshimoto Wakagusa in the kaomise drama "Toki-ni T˘dai Sennin Kagami".

25th day of the 9th lunar month of 1780: his master Mimasu Daigor˘ I dies.

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Tokujir˘ plays the role of Otani [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: Tokujir˘ goes to Edo and plays at the Moritaza the role of Izaemon's lover Yűgiri in the drama "Haru no Yo Sh˘ji no Ume"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1784: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Chűbŕ's lover Umegawa in the drama "Keisei Koi Bikyaku"; the role of Kameya Chűbŕ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV. He also plays the role of Mohei's lover Osan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; the role of Mohei is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1784: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ch˘emon's lover Ohan in the drama "Tagasode Futatsu Nishikie"; the role of Obiya Ch˘emon is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1784: Tokujir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Oky˘ in the kaomise program "ďakinai Hiru-ga-Kojima", which celebrates the shűmei of Sanogawa Ichimatsu III and the return in Edo of ďtani Hiroemon III.

1st lunar month of 1785: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Hatsuhana Mimasu Soga". He also plays the role of Tora in the Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Shinobu Koi Yanagi ni Katsurao".

8th lunar month of 1785: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Chiyo and Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1785: Tokujir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise program "Yuki Motsu Take Furisode Genji".

5th lunar month of 1786: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

6th lunar month of 1786: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

Fall 1786: Tokujir˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1786: Tokujir˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of the fox Otatsu in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Niai no Enmusubi".

12th lunar month of 1786: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sonobe Saemon and Saemon's mother (hayagawari) in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Fall 1788: Tokujir˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1788: Tokujir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakusha Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1789: Tokujir˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Momokawa Kamijir˘ in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Chigusa Musubi".

12th lunar month of 1789: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th lunar month of 1790: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the villain Soga no Iruka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

7th lunar month of 1790: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Komagata Ikkaku Haruhide in the drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto".

11th lunar month of 1790: Tokujir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of En'ya Hangan and Gihei in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

Fall 1791: Tokujir˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1791: Tokujir˘ plays the role of Ema Koshir˘ Yoshitoki in the drama "Hakubai Genji Shugi no Hajime", which is produced by Anegawa Kumajir˘ at the Nishigawa no Shibai.

Summer 1793: Tokujir˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Higashigawa no Shibai the roles of Mameshir˘ and Yoshitsune in the dramas "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" and "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

2nd lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki"; the last scenes are a sewamono drama, which will be staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Tokujir˘ plays the role of Tomitaya Oichi [more details].

Fall 1794: Tokujir˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1794: Tokujir˘ becomes onnagata and plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kana Utsushi Azuchi Mond˘".

8th lunar month of 1795: Tokujir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1799: Tokujir˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1800: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yanagi's puppet theater drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was written in the 7th lunar month of 1799. The play is produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai and Tokujir˘ plays the role of Satsuki [casting].

Fall 1811: Tokujir˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1811: Tokujir˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Mimy˘ in the kaomise drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Kumetar˘ III.

26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1812: Tokujir˘ dies in ďsaka. His tombstone is located in the precinct of the Honch˘ji temple in ďsaka.

Comments:

Mimasu Tokujir˘ I was a Kamigata actor, who made most of his career in Ky˘to and ďsaka, with the exception of 3 successful seasons in Edo (1784~1786). He was talented and popular but it took him quite a long time (24 years!) to move from the j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi rank to the j˘-j˘-kichi rank, a quite unusual fact in Kabuki history. He was first an onnagata but shifted to tachiyaku for 5 years before switching back to onnagata roles. He was said to be able to perform a wide range of roles, equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. Sewa ny˘b˘ and onna bud˘ were his two fields of excellence.

Mimasu Tokujir˘ I

Print made by Katuskawa Shunk˘ 1784~1786

The Mimasu Tokujir˘ line of actors

 
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