|SANOGAWA HANAZUMA III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Kigen
Existence: ??? ~ 1774 (?)
Master: Sanogawa Hanazuma I
Elder brother: Sanogawa Hanazuma II
11th lunar month of 1750: he becomes wakaonnagata in ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1752: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, as a kaomise drama, at the Naka no Shibai; S˘kichi plays the roles of Taira no Atsumori and Kojir˘ [casting].
11th lunar month of 1756: S˘kichi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Hanazono 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.
11th lunar month of 1763: he becomes wakaonnagata and takes the name of Sanogawa Hanazuma III at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of the keisei Imamurasaki in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Aun no Ishizue".
1st lunar month of 1764: Hanazuma's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shares the same rank as Arashi Hinasuke I, Nakamura Senz˘ and Kirinoya Hidematsu.
9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of the star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I. A similar play is staged one day later under a different title, "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Hanazuma plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Oharu's sister [casting].
Fall 1772: Hanazuma goes to Ky˘to.
2nd lunar month of 1773: Hanazuma plays in the same theater the role of Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
11th lunar month of 1773: Hanazuma plays in Ky˘to the role of Watanabe no Tsuna's wife in the kaomise drama "Etari ya Etari Tsuwamono Majiwari"; the role of Watanabe no Tsuna is played by Onoe Shinshichi I.
1st lunar month of 1774: Hanazuma plays in Ky˘to in the same theater the role of Katsura Gozen in the new year drama "Keisei Miyako no Nishiki"; this is most likely his last appearance on stage.
The onnagata actor Sanogawa Hanazuma III was active in Kamigata from the end of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1770s. He switched to tachiyaku only for one season in 1762-1763, when he was allowed to take the prestigious name of Arashi Sanjűr˘ but his voice was the one of an onnagata and he failed being a good tachiyaku. He quickly reverted to female roles and was quite successful, although he did not reach the same level of fame as his master Sanogawa Hanazuma I or his elder brother Sanogawa Hanazuma II. He most likely died in 1774.
Sanogawa Hanazuma III playing the role of Ofude in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1766 at the Kado no Shibai (on the left side, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I playing the role of the boatman Gonshir˘)
The Arashi Sanjűr˘ line of actors
The Sanogawa Hanazuma line of actors
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