Stage names:

Morita Kan'ya XI
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
Band˘ Minosuke II

Other name: Morita Zek˘

Nickname: Yoi Mitsu (Mitsu the drunkard)

Guilds: Kinojiya, Yamatoya

Line number: J█ICHIDAIME (XI)

Existence: 1802 ~ 18th day of the 11th lunar month of 1863


Adoptive father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III

Son: Band˘ Mitahachi

Adopted sons: Morita Kan'ya XII, Morita Entar˘

Disciple: Band˘ Kak˘


11th lunar month of 1803: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Band˘ Minosuke II and plays in the drama "Kareki-ni Hana Gorish˘ Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1828: Minosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kumasaka Ch˘han, Ise no Sabur˘, a boatman, Iwate Sakingo and Akugenta Yoshihira in the drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki"; his yearly salary is 550 ry˘.

1st lunar month of 1830: Minosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

27th day of the 12th lunar month of 1831: his adoptive father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III dies.

3rd lunar month of 1832: Band˘ Minosuke II takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Sakura Doki Onna Gy˘retsu". He also performs one of the 2 leading roles in the premiere of the 3-part Kiyomoto-based dance "Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri", sharing the stage with Nakamura Shikan II. This dance is still sometimes performed in its entirety but the first part, "Sanja Matsuri" is frequently staged independently.

9th lunar month of 1832: Mitsugor˘ and Nakamura Utaemon IV alternately play the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘", which is staged at the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1832: Mitsugor˘ becomes zagashira at the Ichimuraza, playing 2 roles in the drama "Band˘ Musha Tsunagate Hajime".

1833: Mitsugor˘ becomes the assistant of the zamoto Morita Kan'ya X for the management of the Moritaza.

4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Satomi Yoshizane and Higashiyama Yoshimasa [casting].

Fall 1837: the Moritaza goes bankrupt and gives its license to the Kawarazakiza.

1838 ~ 1843: Mitsugor˘ goes on tour in almost all the provinces of Japan.

11th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838: Morita Kan'ya X dies.

12th lunar month of 1838: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

1st lunar month of 1839: Mitsugor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1843: Mitsugor˘ is back in Edo and plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. He also plays at the end of the program the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

1st lunar month of 1848: Mitsugor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1850: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV takes the name of Morita Kan'ya XI at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Go Taiheiki Date no Masugata".

8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Kan'ya plays the roles of Asakura T˘zaemon, ďsawa Hayato and Takaoka Kazue [casting].

5th lunar month of 1856: Kan'ya reopens the Moritaza, which was closed since 1837.

9th day of the 1st lunar month of 1858: a fire breaks out in the third floor of the Moritaza and burns the theater to ashes.

11th lunar month of 1858: the newly-rebuilt Moritaza reopens; Kan'ya changes the ideogram for Mori in both his name and his theater name:

Old writing for Moritaza New writing
森田座 守田座

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10th lunar month of 1863: Kan'ya produces "Sangoku Y˘buden", his last Kabuki production at the Moritaza. He dies the 18th of the 11th lunar month of 1863.


Morita Kan'ya XI was both a tachiyaku actor and the zamoto of the Moritaza (from 1856 to 1863). He was tall, handsome and, as an actor, excelled in sewamono dramas. He was also a talented jitsuaku and an outstanding dancer.

In his Mitsugor˘ years, he was both a stage partner and a rival (for the title of Edo best tachiyaku) for Nakamura Shikan II, imitating the glorious rivalry of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Nakamura Utaemon III.

Morita Kan'ya XI playing the role of Sait˘ Tarozaemon Toshiyuki in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1860)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyasu in 1829

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1833

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1834

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1835

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1860

The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors

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