Band˘ Minosuke I
  The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III held the name of Band˘ Minosuke I from the 11th lunar month of 1793 to the 10th lunar month of 1799.

Band˘ Minosuke I drawn by Utagawa Toyokuni I for the book "Yakusha Gakuya Tsű" (1799)

Band˘ Minosuke II

The actor Morita Kan'ya XI held the name of Band˘ Minosuke II from the 11th lunar month of 1803 to the 2nd lunar month of 1832.

Band˘ Minosuke II playing the role of Takechi Mitsuhide in the drama "Oda no Kari Bundai Biraki", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1829 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Band˘ Minosuke III
Morita Matasabur˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Minosuke III  In Japanese | Band˘ Toyosabur˘ III  In Japanese

Born in Edo at an unknown date. He was adopted by Band˘ Minosuke II and received the name of Band˘ Toyosabur˘ III. In the 3rd lunar month of 1832, Band˘ Minosuke II and Band˘ Toyosabur˘ III respectively took the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV and Band˘ Minosuke III at the Nakamuraza, playing together in the drama "Sakura Doki Onna Gy˘retsu". From 1838 to 1843, the two men went on tour in almost all the provinces of Japan. Back in Edo in the 11th lunar month of 1843, they took part in a special program at the Ichimuraza, entitled "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. Band˘ Minosuke III took the name of Morita Matasabur˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1851 at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Konoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji". He joined his adoptive father in the 5th lunar month of 1856 to reopen the Moritaza, which was closed since 1837. His name disappeared from theater playbills around 1858.

The name of Band˘ Minosuke III in the 1848 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Band˘ Minosuke IV
Band˘ Minosuke IV  In Japanese | Band˘ Tamasabur˘ II  In Japanese | Band˘ Tamaichi  In Japanese

Born in Edo in 1831. He was adopted by the actor Band˘ Shűka I, who gave him the name of Band˘ Tamaichi and trained him as a wakashugata actor. He took the name of Band˘ Tamasabur˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1844 at the Ichimuraza, playing with success the role of Princess Tamamizu in the drama "Azuma no Hana S˘ma Dairi". He went on tour in Kamigata from 1852 and returned to Edo at the end of 1855. He joined the Band˘ and Morita clans in the 5th lunar month of 1856 to reopen the Moritaza. Band˘ Tamasabur˘ II took the name of Band˘ Minosuke IV in the 2nd lunar month of 1869 at the Nakamuraza and held it up to his death the 30th of the 7th lunar month of 1872 [1].

Band˘ Minosuke IV playing the role of Hanagata Shukin in the drama "Yayoi Zakura Shiranui Monogatari", which was staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1872 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Band˘ Minosuke V
Band˘ Minosuke V  In Japanese | Band˘ Rikimatsu  In Japanese

Born the 14th of the 12th lunar month of 1860 in the Mikawa province. He started his career as a disciple of the low-ranking travelling actor Band˘ Kichiroku, who gave him the name of Band˘ Rikimatsu and took him off on tour. He met Morita Kan'ya XII in Ky˘to in November 1885 and became his disciple. He took the name of Band˘ Minosuke V in September 1890 in ďsaka at the Naniwaza, playing in the drama "Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ". His fame started to grow in Kamigata and he decided at the end of 1897 to try his luck in T˘ky˘. He made his first stage appearance in the Eastern capital in January 1898 at the Masagoza, playing four roles in the drama "Jitsuroku Shirai Gonpachi". His performance was not successful and he immediately went on tour with a travelling troupe and settled down in Kamigata. He was back in T˘ky˘ in 1908, met Morita Kan'ya XII's son Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and became his disciple. He achieved a great success in a koshibai theater, the Kokkaza, playing his best role, Fudeya K˘bŕ in the drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa". He went back to ďsaka in 1909 and died there the 10th September 1910.

Yag˘ Haimy˘
Kinojiya, Kinojiya Shűk˘

Band˘ Minosuke V playing the role of Fudeya K˘bŕ in the drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"

Band˘ Minosuke VI
  The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII held the name of Band˘ Minosuke VI from June 1928 to August 1962.

Band˘ Minosuke VI playing the role of Ono no Sadakur˘ in the 5th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1953)

Band˘ Minosuke VII

The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX held the name of Band˘ Minosuke VII from September 1962 to August 1987.



[1] The 30th of the 7th lunar month of the 5th year of the Meiji era was the 2nd of September 1872 in the western calendar.

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