|IWAI HANSHIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1652 ~ 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1699 
1652 ~ 1685: Born in Arima. His father was a folding fan seller. His first name was Ch˘shir˘. He started his actor career at an unknown date, performing in Kamigata theaters under the name of Iwai Handayű.
1685: Iwai Handayű took the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ I. He also performed in ďsaka in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű".
11th lunar month of 1686: Hanshir˘ performed in ďsaka, at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater, in the productions of the zamoto Araki Yojibŕ I. His yearly salary was 150 ry˘; his stage partners were Araki Yojibŕ I, Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Yamamura Kanzabur˘, Sakurayama Rinnosuke I, Sodeoka Masanosuke II, Sakata T˘kur˘, Takenaka Hanzabur˘, Matsushima Han'ya II, Kozakura Kodayű, Takigawa Kiyosabur˘, Yoshikawa Genzabur˘, Mihara Jűdayű I, Wakabayashi Shiroemon and Sadoshima Denpachi.
1688: Hanshir˘ played the role of Asakura Daigaku in the drama "ďkumagawa Genzaemon", which was staged in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ I and Kaneko Kichizaemon.
Fall 1688: he performed in the same theater in the drama "Keisei Tamatebako".
1st lunar month of 1690: Hanshir˘ produced in ďsaka the dramas "Sakaba no ďji" and "Ume no Yoshibŕ", starring Murayama Heijűr˘ I in the former and the successful duo Nakamura Kazuma II/Mihara Jűdayű I in the latter.
3rd lunar month of 1693: Hanshir˘ produced in ďsaka Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘", starring Sugiyama Kanzaemon I, Iwai Sagenta I and Murayama Heijűr˘ I; this production was a success and a long run (150 days). The same play was simultaneously staged in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater.
11th ~ 12th lunar months of 1694: Hanshir˘ successfully produced in ďsaka the drama "Zenk˘ji Kaich˘".
12th lunar month of 1695: Akaneya Hanshichi (son of a sake merchant) and his lover Sankatsu commit suicide together in ďsaka. This event caused quite a stir and was immediately adapted for Kabuki by Hanshir˘, under the title "Akane no Iroba"; the roles of Sankatsu and Hanshichi were played by Hanai Azuma and Sugiyama Kanzaemon I. Hanshir˘ played the role of Minoya Heiemon. This production was a long run (150 days).
11th lunar month of 1696: Hanshir˘ welcomed in his ďsaka productions the star Kataoka Nizaemon I.
6th lunar month of 1698: Hanshir˘ produced in ďsaka the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse", in which he played the role of Kiyotsura; his stage partners were Asao Jűjir˘ I (Kita no Kata), Fujikawa Buzaemon I (Mareyo), Yamashita Matashir˘ I (Senju Tar˘), Shinozuka Jirozaemon (Sakagami no ďji), Uemura Takenoj˘ (Semimaru), Mihara Jűdayű I, Ogura Bun'emon and Uemura Kichisabur˘.
3rd lunar month of 1699: Hanshir˘ produced in ďsaka Tsuuchi Jihŕ I's drama "Keisei Hachij˘ Shima". Hanshir˘ fell sick before the end of the production and had to be replaced by his son Iwai Kamematsu I.
Iwai Hanshir˘ I was an important zamoto and a good tachiyaku actor, who founded one of the most important lines of Kabuki actors, which started in ďsaka and flourished in Edo from Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. His mon, which represents 3 folding fans, was an allusion to his father's business.
 The 3rd day of the 4th lunar month of the 12th year of the Genroku era was the 2nd of May 1699 in the western calendar.
Iwai Hanshir˘ I (center of the picture) in 1686
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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