IWAI HANSHIRď VI

Stage names:

Iwai Hanshir˘ VI In Japanese
Iwai Kumesabur˘ II In Japanese
Iwai Hisajir˘ I In Japanese

Nickname Kumesa Hanshir˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Baiga, Shűka

Existence: 1799 ~ 8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836 [1]

Connections:

Great-grandfather : Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Grandfathers: Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ V

Brother: Iwai Hanshir˘ VII

Career:

1799: born in Edo.

28th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1800 [4]: his grandfather Iwai Hanshir˘ IV died.

29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1801 [5]: his grandfather Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III died.

11th lunar month of 1804: he made his first appearance on stage at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Iwai Hisajir˘ I while his father took the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

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].

7th lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Imaori Hakata no Irifune"; Kumesabur˘ played the role of the Komachiya musume Osato [casting].

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].

9th lunar month of 1819: first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura"; Kumesabur˘ played the role of Heiji's wife Oharu [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].

7th lunar month of 1825: Kumesabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Okaru, Oishi and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Kumesabur˘ played the role of Osode [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).

3rd lunar month of 1831: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the five-role hengemono "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori"; Kumesabur˘ played the role of Ono no Komachi [more details].

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".

3rd lunar month of 1833: Hanshir˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Oyoshi, Sonokichi and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [3].

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.

1st lunar month of 1834: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

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".

11th lunar month of 1834: Hanshir˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi".

1st lunar month of 1835: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1835: Hanshir˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Kabuki no Jintori", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Kuz˘ II and Band˘ Zenk˘.

1st lunar month of 1836: Hanshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

2nd lunar month of 1836: Hanshir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played 15 roles [6] 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.

8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836 [1]: Hanshir˘ died in Edo [2].

Comments:

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.

[1] 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.

[2] Iwai Hanshir˘ VI's tombstone was located in the cemetery of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa.

[3] This was a special expanded version of "Kanadehon Chűshingura" with new scenes written by Mimasuya Nis˘ji and Shinoda Kinji II and it was also the premiere of "Ochiudo".

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] He played the roles of Konami, Sakuramaru, Sadakur˘, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Princess Kariya, Okaru, Kaoyo Gozen, Yae, Tonase, Oni˘ Shinzaemon's wife Izayoi...

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)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1825

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1832

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1834

The Iwai Hisajir˘ line of actors

The Iwai Kumesabur˘ line of actors

The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors

 
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