|MIHARA JÛDAYÛ I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ ???
Son: Mitsuyama Shichisaburô
Disciple: Mihara Jûdayû II
3rd lunar month of 1693: Jûdayû performed in Ôsaka in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaichô", which was produced by Iwai Hanshirô I and starred Sugiyama Kanzaemon I, Iwai Sagenta I and Murayama Heijûrô I; this production was a success and a long run (150 days).
1697: Jûdayû performed as a katakiyaku in Ôsaka at Ôsaka Tazaemon's theater, with the troupe led by Araki Yojibê I. Jûdayû's stage partners were Kanazawa Goheiji, Kokon Shinzaemon, Katsuyama Ôhashi, Kamogawa Noshio I, Fujii Hachijûrô, Takashima Onoe, Dekishima Kosaburô, Yamamoto Kantarô, Iwakura Man'emon, Iwamatsu Kizaemon and Takeshima Shichisaburô.
1st lunar month of 1714: Jûdayû and his son Mitsuyama Shichisaburô went to Kyôto; the latter produced at Ebisuya Hatsudayû's theater the kaomise drama "Toshitokujin Midoribune", in which the former played the role of Sakaya Tôbê.
Fall 1714: Jûdayû went back to Ôsaka.
Mihara Jûdayû I was an important katakiyaku of the Genroku era. He spent all his career in Kamigata and was placed very high in the actors ratings at the beginning of the 1710s. He was nicknamed katakiyaku no taishô ("the boss of katakiyaku").
"A katakiyaku named Mihara Jûdayû was short in stature, but nevertheless when he made his entrance wearing his long pair of swords and struck his vivid pose and walked his swaggering walk, he looked a big man and struck terror." (from Tamiya Shirogorô's book "Zoku Nijinshû", a sequel to Kaneko Ikkô's book "Nijinshû" ("Dust in the Ears"), in "The Actors' Analects" by Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunzô)
Mihara Jûdayû I
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