ARASHI TOMINOSUKE I

Stage names:

Arashi Tominosuke I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: San'yű

Existence: 1720 ~ 9th day of the 6th lunar month of 1766

Connection:

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Career:

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.

Janvier 1742: Tominosuke plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Koiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".

1st lunar month of 1743: Tominosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1743: Tominosuke performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Oniji I.

1st lunar month of 1744: Tominosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1744: Tominosuke performs at the Ichimuraza the role of Kumasaka's ny˘b˘ Fujinami in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Genji Jűnidan".

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.

1st lunar month of 1748: Tominosuke plays at the Nakamuraza the role of ďis˘ no Tora in the new year sogamono "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

Fall 1751: Tominosuke goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Tominosuke plays in Ky˘to the role of Sanemori's daughter Shinohara in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

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].

11th lunar month of 1755: Tominosuke plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Tokiwa Gozen in the kaomise drama "Onna Monji Heike Monogatari".

Fall 1756: Tominosuke goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1756: Tominosuke plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Namiginu in the kaomise drama "Masakado Sh˘zoku no Enoki".

1st lunar month of 1757: Tominosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1757: Tominosuke plays the role of Yoritomo's mekake Hana-no-Mae in the Nakamuraza kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima"; the role of Yoritomo is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1758: Tominosuke plays at the Moritaza the role of Mank˘ in the kaomise program "Akazawa Genjiyama".

11th lunar month of 1759: Tominosuke performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Sh˘gaichi Kaomise Matsuri".

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˘.

11th lunar month of 1763: Tominosuke performs at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hatsuhi no Kachidoki".

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 1764: Tominosuke performs at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tanomi-agemasu Goken Butsusama".

1st lunar month of 1765: Tominosuke's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1765: Tominosuke plays in the same theater the role of Hikojir˘'s ny˘b˘ Onami in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Takasago no Ura".

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.

Comments:

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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