ASAO KUNIGORď
   
SEVEN GENERATIONS
Asao Kunigor˘ I
Asao Kunigor˘ I  In Japanese | Yamatoya Yosahachi [1]  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. His first stage name was Yamatoya Yosahachi [1]. He became disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I and received the name of Asao Kunigor˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1774. He became katakiyaku in 1775 and died in 1776. His haimy˘ was Kish˘ and he was the elder brother of Asao Kunigor˘ II, the future stage giant Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

The name of Asao Kunigor˘ I in the 1776 Ky˘to hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Asao Kunigor˘ II
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII held the name of Asao Kunigor˘ II from 1777 to the 1st lunar month of 1788.

Asao Kunigor˘ II playing the role of Mikami Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Matsuri Fukki no Kurairi", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1780

Asao Kunigor˘ III
 

The actor Asao Kunigor˘ III held this name from 1798 to the 1st lunar month of 1835.

Asao Kunigor˘ III playing the role of Hanada Motome in the drama "ďishizuri Sakura no Tanzaku", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1822 at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű)

Asao Kunigor˘ IV
Asao Kunigor˘ IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Mimasu Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Mimasu Monnosuke  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Mimasu Mitsugor˘, his first stage names were Mimasu Monnosuke and Mimasu Kanjűr˘. He became disciple of the star Nakamura Utaemon III and switched his name to Nakamura Kanjűr˘ at unknown times. It may have become disciple of Asao Kunigor˘ III (assumption to be proved). He took the name of Asao Kunigor˘ IV in 1839 but held it for a very short period of times as he died in 1840. He was a katakiyaku actor.

The name of Asao Kunigor˘ IV in the 1840 Ky˘to hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Asao Kunigor˘ V [2]
Arashi Kan'emon  In Japanese | Ikushima Kan'emon  In Japanese | Asao Kunigor˘ V  In Japanese | Nakamura Sanpachi  In Japanese | Nakamura Umebachi [3]  In Japanese | Asao Yamamichi  In Japanese | Asao Sanpachi  In Japanese | Mimasu Kanz˘ II [4]  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in Kamigata, performing under the name of Mimasu Kanz˘ II (relationship to the Mimasu clan unknown [4]). He became a disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ III and received the names of Asao Sanpachi in 1821 and Asao Yamamichi at an unknown date. He was for a short period of time a disciple of Nakamura Utaemon III and received the names of Nakamura Umebachi [3] in 1839 and Nakamura Sanpachi in 1841. He took the name of Asao Kunigor˘ V during the 1840s. He became a disciple of Arashi Rikan III and took the name of Ikushima Kan'emon in 1847. He was active up to 1881. This actor excelled in katakiyaku roles in sewamono and oyajigata roles in his latter years.

Asao Kunigor˘ VI [5]
Asao Kunigor˘ VI  In Japanese
 

Date of birth and death unknown. Asao Kunigor˘ VI was active between 1848 and 1857. He was a katakiyaku/jitsuaku actor.

The name of Asao Kunigor˘ VI in the 1856 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Asao Kunigor˘ VII [5]
Asao Kunigor˘ VII  In Japanese | Nakamura Kantar˘ II  In Japanese | Nakamura Shikagor˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Shikan IV, his first stage name was Nakamura Shikagor˘. He took the name of Nakamura Kantar˘ II in April 1882 at the Ichimuraza. He finally became Asao Kunigor˘ VII in November 1885. No record afterwards.

 

Notes

[1] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", his first stage name was recorded as Asai Kunigor˘. In the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, it was recorded as Nakamura Kunigor˘. Only the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" reported Yamatoya Yosahachi.

[2] In the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, Asao Kunigor˘ V held this name from 1846 to 1877. He never held the names of Arashi Kan'emon, Ikushima Kan'emon or Nakamura Sanpachi. In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", he took the name of Asao Kunigor˘ V in 1844 and held it up to 1877. He never held the names of Arashi Kan'emon or Nakamura Sanpachi but was also called Ikushima Kan'emon. We've decided to stick with the data in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[3] Asao Umebachi in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

[4] Mimasu Kanz˘ I was the younger brother of Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

[5] Actor not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database. Only in latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

 
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