|IWAI HANSHIRď VI|
Nickname Kumesa Hanshir˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry names: Baiga, Shűka
Existence: 1799 ~ 8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836 
Great-grandfather : Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Brother: Iwai Hanshir˘ VII
1799: born in Edo.
11th lunar month of 1812: Hisajir˘ took the name of Iwai Kumesabur˘ II at the Ichimuraza.
3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Kumesabur˘ played the roles of the okujochű Taketawa and Kariganeya's shinz˘ Uneme [more details].
5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" (commonly called "Suma no Utsushie"); Kumesabur˘ played the role of the ama Murasame [casting].
1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Kumesabur˘ played the role of Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) [casting].
11th lunar month of 1822 ~ 10th lunar month of 1823: the best year of the Iwai Clan; The tateonnagata for the 3 Edo theaters (Edo Sanza) were Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Ichimuraza), Kumesabur˘ (Nakamuraza) and Iwai Shijaku I (Moritaza).
1st lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Okuni-iri Soga Nakamura"; Kumesabur˘ played the roles of Sukedayű's sister Yaeume, Mikazuki Osayo (later Minoya Sankatsu), the tabiya Akaneya's ny˘b˘ Osono, Wada no Maizuru and Oshun [casting].
9th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; Kumesabur˘ played the roles of Dakki no Koman, Oroku, Moron˘'s mistress Ran-no-Kata and Kanpei's widow Okaru [casting].
6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Kumesabur˘ played the roles of ďe's daughter Princess Shigenoi (later the hinin Koman), the keisei Komurasaki and Minbunosuke's wife Onobu [casting].
9th lunar month of 1827: Kumesabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Matahei), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Utanosuke), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Shurinosuke) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Sh˘gen).
11th lunar month of 1832: great shűmei for the Iwai clan at the Nakamuraza; Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Iwai Hisajir˘ II respectively took the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III. They performed together in Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroshiro" and their stage partners were Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Nakamura Shikan II, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Sawamura Tossh˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1833: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. Hanshir˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza where he played the roles of Maizuru and ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Fuji o ďgi to Mimasu Soga".
11th lunar month of 1833: Hanshir˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Kabuki no Yorizome", which celebrated the reopening of this theater; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Iwai Tojaku, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Sawamura Tossh˘ I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ III, Band˘ Minosuke II, Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I and ďtani Tomoemon IV.
5th lunar month of 1834: Hanshir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". From the 25th day, he played at the Moritaza the roles of Sadaka and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".
2nd lunar month of 1836: Hanshir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played 15 roles  in the drama "Sugawara-ryű Kanagaki Soga", which mixed the "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and sogamono worlds. He suddenly fell ill in the middle of the month.
Iwai Hanshir˘ VI was a talented wakaonnagata, who achieved fame for himself in Edo during the first half of the nineteenth century. His popularity was high (as high as the one of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V in the 1820s) but he unfortunately died too young, before reaching the peak of his career. As far as art was concerned, he followed the same path as his father Iwai Tojaku or his grandfather Iwai Hanshir˘ IV but he did not create his own.
 The 8th day of the 4th lunar month of the 7th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 22nd of May 1836 in the western calendar.
 Iwai Hanshir˘ VI's tombstone was located in the cemetery of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa.
 The 28th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 12th year of the Kansei era was the 21st of April 1800 in the western calendar.
 The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 1st year of the Ky˘wa era was the 11th of May 1801 in the western calendar.
Iwai Hanshir˘ VI playing the role of Oshichi in the drama "Sugawara-ryű Kanagaki Soga", which was staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1836 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)
The Iwai Hisajir˘ line of actors
The Iwai Kumesabur˘ line of actors
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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