|IWAI HANSHIRď III|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1698 ~ 26th day of the 11th lunar month of 1759 
Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ I
Brothers: Iwai Hanshir˘ II, Iwai Hanzabur˘
Disciples: Iwai Kiyotar˘ I, Iwai Izaemon, Iwai Yasoshichi, Iwai Harugor˘
1698: born in ďsaka.
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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".
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].
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 : Hanshir˘ died.
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.
 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.
 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
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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