IWAI HANSHIRď III

Stage names:

Iwai Hanshir˘ III In Japanese
Iwai Takematsu In Japanese

Guild: Z˘shigaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1698 ~ 26th day of the 11th lunar month of 1759 [1]

Connections:

Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ I

Brothers: Iwai Hanshir˘ II, Iwai Hanzabur˘

Son-in-laws: Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV

Disciples: Iwai Kiyotar˘ I, Iwai Izaemon, Iwai Yasoshichi, Iwai Harugor˘

Career:

1698: born in ďsaka.

3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1699 [2]: his father Iwai Hanshir˘ I died.

1710: his brother Iwai Hanshir˘ II died.

11th lunar month of 1715: Iwai Takematsu took the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, became zamoto and produced the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja" for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon; it starred Miyazaki Denkichi, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, ďtori Michiemon, Sanogawa Mangiku, Tomizawa Chiyonosuke, Sagawa Bunz˘ I, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Yamamoto Sakuya I, Takashima Onoe, Ogino Samanoj˘ II, ďshima Kajűr˘ and Kamei Heizaemon.

11th lunar month of 1717: Hanshir˘ played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Torii Nagaonosuke in the kaomise drama "Benten Ch˘ja Uga no Tama", which was produced by Ogino Kinnoj˘; he also performed a kitsune dance in this drama.

11th lunar month of 1720: Hanshir˘ played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Fujiki Matasuke [illustration] in Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Kogane no Ikioi", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1724: Hanshir˘ played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which was produced by the zamoto Ogino Umenosuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

Fall 1725: Hanshir˘ played the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Sonezaki Shinjű", which was produced by Ogino Umenosuke at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater; the role of Tokubŕ's lover Ohatsu was played by Sanogawa Mangiku.

11th lunar month of 1730: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Meotogura Wag˘ no Nakatomi"; his stage partners were Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Izumikawa Sennosuke.

12th lunar month of 1731: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "ďyamato Wag˘ no Tsuchi", which celebrated the arrival in the new line-up of Fujikawa Heikur˘, Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II and Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1732: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak˘ no Tsuzumi", which celebrated the arrival in the new line-up of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘", which celebrated the arrival in the new line-up of Sawamura Otoemon I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Honch˘ Bugaku no Hajimari".

11th lunar month of 1735: Hanshir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Toyo no Asahi Eitaigura", which celebrated the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1742: Hanshir˘ produced at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi"; his stage partners were Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Somenoi Hanshir˘ and Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Hanshir˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Chűshichi and Imagawa Nakaaki in Namiki S˘suke's kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which was produced in ďsaka by the zamoto Nakamura Jűz˘ I; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Nakamura Shingor˘ I and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1744: Hanshir˘ moved to the Naka no Shibai and played the role of Hikoroku in the kaomise drama "Keisei Makura Gundan", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance; Hanshir˘ played the role of Issun Tokubŕ at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

Fall 1746: Hanshir˘ and Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1746: Hanshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of It˘ Kur˘ Sukekiyo in the kaomise drama "Aioi Izu Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the roles of Komurasaki Kamon and Yasaku in the new year drama "Tamakushige Yosooi Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Hanshir˘ played the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘ played in the same theater the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ in the drama "Onna Kan Sh˘j˘ Utsutsu no Narukami", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" world.

8th lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Mangetsu Oguri Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1747: Hanshir˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1748: Hanshir˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Takat˘ Yoichi in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Hanshir˘ played the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and Amakawaya Gihei.

Fall 1749: Hanshir˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1749: Hanshir˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Eda Genz˘ and Azuma Hanshir˘ in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV; his others stage partners were Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Sanj˘ Namie I, Iwata Somematsu I and Nakamura Utaemon I.

Beginning of the 1750s: Hanshir˘'s uncontrolled passion for food led him to obesity.

11th lunar month of 1752: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, as a kaomise drama, at the Naka no Shibai; Hanshir˘ played the roles of Midaroku and Taira no Tsunemori [casting].

7th lunar month of 1754: Hanshir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing 2 roles in the drama "Meigetsu Senri no Kane", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1754 ~ 1759: Hanshir˘ went to Edo and definitively settled there. He was too fat to perform anymore. His adopted daughter became the wife of the Edo star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.

26th day of the 11th lunar month of 1759 [1]: Hanshir˘ died.

Comments:

Iwai Hanshir˘ III was an active zamoto of the first half of the eighteenth century, who spent most of his career in ďsaka. As an actor, he was a tachiyaku and his forte were wagotoshi or jitsugotoshi roles.

[1] The 26th day of the 11th lunar month of the 9th year of the H˘reki era was the 13th of January 1760 in the western calendar.

[2] 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.

Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and Iwai Hanshir˘ III playing the roles of the female fox Otatsu and Kajiya Niz˘ in the kaomise drama "Yasa Heike Sakiwake Musha", which was staged at the Naka no Shibai in the 11th lunar month of 1750

Prints & Illustrations

The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors

 
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