|AKITA HIKOSHIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Master: Akita Hikosabur˘
Sons (??): Iwai Sagenta I, Kikukawa Kiyotar˘ I
Disciples: Akita Hikoroku, Akita Hikohachi, Akita Hikokur˘
Fall 1697: Hikoshir˘ settled in Edo.
3rd lunar month of 1698: Hikoshir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the servant Kyűroku in the drama "Kant˘ Koroku".
1st lunar month of 1701: Hikoshir˘ played in the same theater the role of Kashiwaya Jinroku in the new year drama "Keisei Mitsu Urokogata".
1704: Hikoshir˘ went back to ďsaka.
Fall 1710: Hikoshir˘ went back to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1710: Hikoshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie.
1st lunar month of 1712: last-recorded performance of Hikoshir˘, at the Ichimuraza where he played the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Soga Kantan no Makura". No record afterwards.
Akita Hikoshir˘ I was born and trained in Kamigata. He made a fame for himself in Edo as a d˘kegata from the end of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1710s. He went back to ďsaka and Ky˘to from 1704 to 1710 but he was less popular than in Edo, as his ranking fell from j˘-j˘-kichi to j˘-j˘.
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