Before 1765: he started his career as a disciple of the actor Anegawa Daikichi I, who gave him the name of Anegawa Kikuhachi and trained him as a wakaonnagata. He was also adopted by the Toyotakeza puppeteer Fujii Kosabur˘ II.
1775: he became a disciple of Arashi Hinasuke I.
11th lunar month of 1775: Anegawa Kikuhachi took the name of Arashi Koroku II in Ky˘to, playing the role of Miura Danj˘'s wife Sawarabi in the kaomise drama "Kono Hana Sakae Hachinoki"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II, Onoe Shinshichi I, Onoe Matsusuke I, Arashi T˘jűr˘, Arashi Shichigor˘ II, Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II (who also celebrated his shűmei), Fujikawa Sango, Asao Toyoz˘ I, Matsuyama Kogenji (who also celebrated his shűmei), Sakata Raiz˘, Nakamura Sh˘gor˘ (who also celebrated his shűmei), Asao Kunigor˘ I and Arashi Shigenoi.
1st lunar month of 1778: Koroku's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Premiere of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Hakata Ori", which was produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Mimasu Jirokichi; Koroku played the role of Omatsu [casting | picture and details].
15th day of the 1st lunar month of 1787: his first master Anegawa Daikichi I died.
Summer 1790: Arashi Koroku II took the name of Arashi San'emon VII.
Fall 1791: Arashi San'emon VII took back the name of Anegawa Kikuhachi.
29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1796: his second master Arashi Koroku III died.
1798: Kikuhachi performed at the Kita Shinchi no Shibai and at the Gory˘ no Shibai in ďsaka.
1799: Kikuhachi performed at the Kadomaru no Shibai in ďsaka.
1800: Kikuhachi performed at the Amida-ga-Ike no Shibai in ďsaka.
Anegawa Kikuhachi was a Kamigata onnagata, who was active from the beginning of the Meiwa era to 1800. He held two of the most prestigious names in Kamigata Kabuki but did not really achieved fame for himself in ˘shibai. He was more successful in hama shibai or miyaji shibai. No records of stage performances after 1800.
The actors Ichikawa Otojűr˘ (left), Hanagiri Toyomatsu III (top right) and Anegawa Kikuhachi (bottom right) playing the roles of Hidesato's yakko Otohei, Hidesato's wife Shikinami and Hidesato's daughter Princess Kotobuki in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1771 at the Naka no Shibai
The Arashi Koroku line of actors
The Arashi San'emon line of actors
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