ďTANI HIROHACHI I

Stage names:

ďtani Hirohachi I In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kiban

Existence: ???

Connections:

Master: ďtani Hiroji I

Son: ďtani Imasabur˘

Disciples: ďtani Tomoemon I, ďtani Hikojűr˘

Career:

1727: he becomes disciple of the actor ďtani Hiroji I in ďsaka and follows him to Edo.

5th lunar month of 1732: tour in Nagoya; Hirohachi plays katakiyaku roles.

11th lunar month of 1733: Hirohachi goes back to ďsaka and plays as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Funa Zukuri Mannen Goyomi", produced at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai by Kirinoya T˘kur˘.

11th lunar month of 1735: Hirohachi goes to Ky˘to, becomes katakiyaku and plays in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Ishizue", which is produced by Arashi Koroku I.

12th lunar month of 1740: Hirohachi plays the roles of Kikuchi Jűr˘ and Katsura Ippeiji in the drama "Miura Danj˘ Sugata no Yoroi", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1747: his master ďtani Hiroji I dies.

11th lunar month of 1748: Hirohachi plays the role of Matsuura Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I. His stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Iwata Somematsu I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Kawachi Kambei in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Asao Motogor˘ I, Anegawa Daikichi I and Arashi San'emon IV.

11th lunar month of 1750: Hirohachi plays in the same theater the roles of Oni no Kurobŕ and Kajima Hy˘g˘ in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata".

1st lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Hirohachi plays the role of Agata Kenmotsu Genba [casting].

11th lunar month of 1751: Hirohachi plays the role of Gunta in the kaomise drama "En no Gy˘ja ďmine Zakura", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by the zamoto Nakayama Bunshichi I.

11th lunar month of 1752: Hirohachi moves to ďsaka and plays the role of Maeda Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe", which is produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by the zamoto Sanj˘ Sadasuke. His stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1753: Hirohachi plays in the same theater the role of Ecchű Jirobei in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1754: Hirohachi plays in the same theater in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which is produced by Wakayama Bunshichi. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Wakayama Shinkur˘, Nakamura Utaemon I, Wakayama Bunshichi, Arashi Sangor˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Anegawa Daikichi I and Someyama S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1755: Hirohachi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1756: Hirohachi plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which is produced by Anegawa Daikichi I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1757: Hirohachi plays the role of Taira no Tomomori in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II at the Naka no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1759: Hirohachi plays the role of Daimonji Shibaemon in the kaomise drama "Bandai Fueki H˘rai Yakata", which is produced in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai by Arashi Hinasuke I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Hirohachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1760: Hirohachi plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

Fall 1761: the actors Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Nakamura Matsue I and Hirohachi go together to Edo to perform at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1761: Hirohachi plays the roles of Gapp˘ Tar˘ and Terukuni in the Moritaza kaomise drama "Mison˘ Banzei no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1762: Hirohachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten"), below his Kamigata rank. "jű" is in fact the first 2 strokes of the ideogram "kichi" and means "ten". Hirohachi plays in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year sogamono "Koi Zakura Umewaka Soga".

11th lunar month of 1763: Hirohachi is back in Ky˘to and plays the role of Kurozuka Heima in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1764: Hirohachi's ranking is back to the "superior - superior - excellent" level in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1764 ~ 1770: Hirohachi's name does not appear anymore in licensed theaters banzuke.

Spring 1771: Hirohachi plays in ďsaka at the Horie Ichinogawa Shibai. This performance is likely to be his final stage appearance.

Comments:

ďtani Hirohachi I was a talented old-fashioned katakiyaku, who spent almost all his career in the Kamigata theaters but unfortunately did not achieve the fame he deserved.

ďtani Hirohachi I (left, standing) and Matsuyama Sanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Ecchű Jirobei and Kiso Yoshinaka in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1753 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The ďtani Hirohachi line of actors

 
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