Stage names:

Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I In Japanese
Saigoku T˘gor˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Karaku

Existence: 1656 ~ 9th day of the 12th lunar month of 1705 [1]


Son: Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ II

Disciples: Saigoku Hy˘suke, Saigoku Heinai, Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ III


1670: he started his career in Edo, performing under the name of Saigoku T˘gor˘.

Beginning of the 1680s: he took the name of Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1694: Hy˘gor˘ joined the troupe led by Ichimura Takenoj˘ II, which was invited to perform at the mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami.

1st lunar month of 1695: Hy˘gor˘ moved from the Ichimuraza to the Moritaza. His rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1696: Hy˘gor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the drama "Shitenn˘ Yome Kagami".

1699: Hy˘gor˘ joined the Yamamuraza.

6th lunar month of 1699: Hy˘gor˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Sokohira Sukedayű in the drama "Isshin Onna Narukami".

7th lunar month of 1700: Hy˘gor˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of S˘ma no Tar˘ in the drama "Tsuya Kanmuri Onna Masakado".

1701: Hy˘gor˘ temporarily moved from the Yamamuraza to the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1701: Hy˘gor˘ was back at the Yamamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1705: Hy˘gor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Yamamuraza, playing the role of Kuwada T˘ji in the drama "Keisei Yoshinagazome".

9th day of the 12th lunar month of 1705 [1]: Hy˘gor˘ died in Edo [2].


Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I was a popular and talented d˘kegata actor, who was active in Edo from the end of the Kanbun era to the first years of the H˘ei era.

[1] The 9th day of the 12th lunar month of the 2nd year of the H˘ei era was the 21st of January 1706 in the western calendar.

[2] His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the Ch˘anji Temple in the district of Shiba Isarago.

Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I

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The Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ line of actors

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