|ARASHI TOMINOSUKE I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: San'yű
Existence: 1720 ~ 9th day of the 6th lunar month of 1766
11th lunar month of 1734: first stage appearance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he performs as a wakaonnagata iroko in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Secchű no Tamatori", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I.
End of the 1730s: Tominosuke becomes wakaonnagata.
1st lunar month of 1745: Tominosuke performs in the same theater in the new year drama "Hatsu Goyomi Kotobuki Soga".
5th lunar month of 1745: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the role of Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Sato Gayoi Fujimi Saiky˘", whose plot and characters are related to the "Sonezaki Shinjű" world; the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ III.
Fall 1751: Tominosuke goes to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1752: Tominosuke's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Koroku I, Tatsuoka Hisagiku, Asao Motogor˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.
4th lunar month of 1752: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
11th lunar month of 1752: Tominosuke performs at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater (Kitagawa no Shibai) in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taiheiki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV and celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Otoemon II.
11th lunar month of 1753: Tominosuke performs at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage"; his stage partners are Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Fujioka Daikichi, Imamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Onoe Montar˘ and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1754: Tominosuke plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of T˘saku's wife Oseki in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which is produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama is in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].
Fall 1756: Tominosuke goes to Edo.
March 1761: Tominosuke performs in the same theater in the drama "Ai no Yama Onna Katakiuchi"
Fall 1761: Tominosuke goes to Ky˘to.
12th lunar month of 1761: Tominosuke plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the keisei Hinazuru in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Miyako no Hinagata", which celebrates the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon IV.
2nd lunar month of 1762: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the roles of Tomonoshin's wife Oshio and the keisei Tamanoi in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Shiunzan", which is produced by Sanogawa Wakamatsu; the role of Funabashi Tomonoshin is played by Yamashita Matatar˘ I (who appears on stage for the last time).
2nd lunar month of 1763: Tominosuke plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of the koshimoto Hatsuse and Jingor˘'s ny˘b˘ Oriki in the kaomise drama "Otowayama Renbo no Taki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘.
4th lunar month of 1763: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the drama "Keisei Sangoku Ichi"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover), Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) are played by Sakakiyama Koshir˘ II, Nakamura Matashir˘, Arashi Koroku I and Nakamura Senz˘.
1st lunar month of 1764: Tominosuke plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of the emissary Osan and Shinbŕ's wife Onami in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1765: Tominosuke performs at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Asahi no ďgi", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II and Yamashita Ky˘nosuke and welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III.
1st lunar month of 1766: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the roles of Unai's ny˘b˘ Ok˘ and Onatsu in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Shinonome Zakura". This is most likely his stage apperance on stage.
9th day of the 6th lunar month of 1766: Tominosuke dies in Ky˘to.
Arashi Tominosuke I was trained as a wakaonnagata in Edo (although Arashi was a name of Kamigata actors) but reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking in Ky˘to in 1752 and stayed at this level for 13 years. He was outstanding in keisei roles.
Arashi Tominosuke I (right) and Ichimura Kamez˘ I (left) playing the roles of Kumoi-no-Mae and Raig˘ Ajari in the drama "Chigo Zakura Futaba Jikki", which was staged in the 10th lunar month of 1746 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Torii Kiyonobu II)
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