ARASHI SHICHIGORď II

Stage names:

Arashi Shichigor˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Ryűz˘ In Japanese
Arashi Ryűz˘ I In Japanese

Other name:

Arashi Shagan II [1] In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shagan

Existence: 1733 ~ 28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1788 [2]

Connection:

Father: Arashi Shichigor˘ I

Master: Ichikawa Danz˘ III

Disciples: Arashi Shichigor˘ III, Arashi Seiz˘

Career:

1730s ~ 1740s: son of Arashi Shichigor˘ I, his first stage name was Arashi Ryűz˘ I. He became disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and received the name of Ichikawa Ryűz˘ at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1746: Ryűz˘ became zamoto and produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Genji Musha Hinode ďgi".

8th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Naka no Shibai; it was produced by Ryűz˘ [casting].

1753 ~ 1757: Ryűz˘ was on tour, performing in inaka shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1758: Ichikawa Ryűz˘ took the name of Arashi Shichigor˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Kaminari Sh˘kur˘, the ghost of Kawazu Sabur˘ and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Okina Gusa Goshiki no Hanabusa".

1st lunar month of 1760: Shichigor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1764: Shichigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yahei in the drama "Fumizuki Urami no Kiriko"; the roles of Otsuma and Hachirobŕ were played by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Shichigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the wakat˘ Sahŕ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1768: Shichigor˘ performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki", which was produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1769: Shichigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Shichigor˘ played the role of Kyűshichi [casting].

Fall 1771: Shichigor˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1771: Shichigor˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Osaragi Daigaku in the kaomise drama "Miyako Yoshino Mikado no Takadono", which was produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, welcomed in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Anegawa Minato II and Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1774: Shichigor˘ played the role of Arao Got˘ta in the kaomise program "Akanesasu Kogane no Maruyama", which was produced by Fujikawa Sango at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and Hoteiya Umenoj˘ theater; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Arashi Hinasuke I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I (who arrived from Edo), Onoe Shinshichi I and Yoshizawa Iroha I.

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play was staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters; Shichigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of S˘ma Sabur˘emon [casting].

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Shichigor˘ played the roles of Sawai Matagor˘, Matagor˘'s mother Narumi and Usami Goemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Shichigor˘ played the roles of Momonoi Shuridayű, Hikaki and Daiba no Niza [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1787: Shichigor˘'s name appeared in a hy˘banki for the last time; his rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku/jitsuaku section, was is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

Spring 1788: he went on tour in Sakai with Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Mimasu Daigor˘ II. His last stage performance was most likely in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", in which he played the role of K˘ no Moron˘ and Ono no Kudayű.

28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1788 [2]: Shichigor˘ died in the city of Mitajiri.

Comments:

Arashi Shichigor˘ II was a talented actor, who was specialized in katakiyaku and jitsuaku roles and who made most of his career in Kamigata from the middle of the 1740s to the end of the 1780s. He was endowed with a powerful voice and his diction was outstanding.

[1] Not reported in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database. As Arashi Shichigor˘ II was the second actor to use the haimy˘ Shagan, we assume he was de facto Arashi Shagan II.

[2] The 28th day of the 5th lunar month of the 8th year of the Tenmei era was the 1st of July 1788 in the western calendar.

Arashi Shichigor˘ II performing in the 11th lunar month of 1782 at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Zu ni Notta Bankoku Tokai"

The Arashi Shagan line of actors

The Arashi Ryűz˘ line of actors

The Arashi Shichigor˘ line of actors

 
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