MIHOGI SHICHITARď

Stage names:

Mihogi Shichitar˘ In Japanese

Poetry names: Baik˘, Sanshi

Existence: ???

Connection:

Uncle: Mihogi Gizaemon I

Disciples: Mihogi Gizaemon II, Mihogi Shichisabur˘

Career:

11th lunar month of 1722: Shichitar˘ performs in Ky˘to as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Senbon Matsu Tokiwa Yakata", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and welcomes in Ky˘to the ďsaka star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Shichitar˘ becomes wakaonnagata and plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Izuminosuke's sister Ariake-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which is produced by his uncle Mihogi Gizaemon I and stars Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Tsugawa Kamon, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe and Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrates his shűmei).

Fall 1732: Shichitar˘ is expected to travel to Edo to perform at the Nakamuraza; he finally decides to stay in Kamigata.

Fall 1733: Shichitar˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1733: Shichitar˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Shigeri Matsu Kogane no Takaragura", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

Fall 1740: Shichitar˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

Fall 1741: Shichitar˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1741: Shichitar˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the keisei Nayama in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1742: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1744: Shichitar˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role the widow Okuni in the kaomise drama "Azuma Soga Fujimi no Sato", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1745: Shichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yasaemon's spouse Otsune in the kaomise drama "Murakami Genji Kogane no Niiyakata", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Shichitar˘ plays the role of Otatsu at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

Fall 1746: Shichitar˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1746: Shichitar˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Osuma in the kaomise drama "Taihei Asahi no Shirahata", which is produced by Asao Motogor˘ I; his stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

11th lunar month of 1751: Shichitar˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the hairdresser Ohana in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Asahi no Nishiki", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichitar˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Izumi's wife Takanoya in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which is produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama is in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1756: Shichitar˘ plays the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon's wife Otoha in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which is produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

Comments:

Mihogi Shichitar˘ was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active in Ky˘to or ďsaka from the beginning of the 1720s to the middle of the 1760s. He was said to be equally at home in both sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He excelled in keisei, ny˘b˘, tsubone and mekake roles. He stopped acting around 1765.

Mihogi Shichitar˘ (left) and Sakakiyama Koshir˘ II (right) playing the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon's wife Otoha and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1756 in Ky˘to

 
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