|ARASHI KANSHIRď I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 22nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1739 
Father: Arashi Kan'emon I
Father-in-law: Arashi San'emon II
Son: Arashi Kanshir˘ II
Disciples: Arashi Ugenta, Arashi Kanzabur˘ (Arashi Kichisabur˘ I's master)
Before 1700: son of Arashi Kan'emon I, he started his career at an early age, performing in ďsaka under the name of Arashi Kanshir˘ I.
Fall 1701: Kanshir˘ went to Edo.
Fall 1706: he went back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1706: Arashi Kan'emon II took back the name of Arashi Kanshir˘ I, performing in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Kant˘ Koroku", which was produced by Shinozuka Jirozaemon I; his others stage partners were Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Hyakunin'isshu Genzabur˘, Band˘ Kikumatsu I, Hanai Azuma and Onogawa Orie.
11th lunar month of 1720: Kanshir˘ played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the roles of Yawatayama Gondayű [illustration] and a daikan in Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Kogane no Ikioi" and in the kiri ky˘gen "Nanshoku Kamo Samurai Jűshichikinenki", which were produced by Arashi San'emon III.
Fall 1729: Kanshir˘ went to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1729: Kanshir˘ became tachiyaku and played the role of Suminoe Manzaemon in the kaomise drama "Fukuju Yakata Wag˘ no Futabashira", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1730: Kanshir˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Nakatomi Tanzaemon in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which was produced by Arashi Koroku I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.
Fall 1731: Kanshir˘ went back to ďsaka.
Fall 1732: Kanshir˘ went to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1733: Kanshir˘ played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of Tsumori Gensuke in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Shikigawara", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.
Fall 1734: Kanshir˘ went back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1734: Kanshir˘ became jitsuaku and played the role of Mochizuki K˘emon in the kaomise drama "Honch˘ Bugaku no Hajimari", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Naka no Shibai.
11th lunar month of 1735: Kanshir˘ played the role of the r˘nin Nagagara Tamiemon in the kaomise drama "Toyo no Asahi Eitaigura", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Naka no Shibai and celebrated the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1736: Kanshir˘ played the role of the senior retainer Ishimaru Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Yamato Fumi Mannen no Ayatsuri", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III at the Kado no Shibai.
1st lunar month of 1738: Kanshir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, playing in the same theater the role of Kanjűr˘ in the new year drama "Gonin Onna Itazuragami".
22nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1739 : Kanshir˘ died in ďsaka.
Arashi Kanshir˘ I was an important jitsuaku and tachiyaku actor, who made most of his career in Kamigata from the end of the Genroku era to the Genbun era. He was excelling in bud˘goto and also in aragoto, a rare feature in Kamigata, in jidaimono dramas. He was endowed with a big powerful voice and it was said at the end of his career that nobody would be talented enough to replace him as a jitsuaku!
 The 22nd day of the 8th lunar month of the 4th year of the Genbun era was the 24th of September 1739 in the western calendar.
 This drama was a shinjűmono based on the story of Ch˘emon and his lover Ichinoj˘. The 17th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenna era (the 11th of June 1683 in the western calendar), the courtesan Yamatoya Ichinoj˘ and her lover Goze no Ch˘emon committed suicide together in ďsaka. This event caused quite a stir and three ďsaka theaters decided to capitalize on the situation by simultaneously producing the same month the first shinjűmono of Kabuki history.
The Arashi Kanshir˘ line of actors
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