LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - SOMEKAWA
   
Somekawa Harugor˘
Somekawa Harugor˘  In Japanese | Somekawa Sanjűr˘  In Japanese | Somekawa Tatsujűr˘  In Japanese | Somekawa Sanjűr˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was a disciple of Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, then joined Somekawa Konohŕ, who gave him the name of Somekawa Sanjűr˘. He played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the kar˘ Sasao Ikkaku in the 11th lunar month of 1758 in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘.(first-recorded performance). He took the name of Somekawa Tatsujűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1761 at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka). He took back the name of Somekawa Sanjűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1762 in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai. He finally took the name of Somekawa Harugor˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1769 in Ky˘to, playing the role of the yakko Imasuke in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Itten Renri no Kachidoki". No record afterwards.

Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon
Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a musician, playing tsutsumi in Kabuki theaters. He became disciple of the actor Somekawa Ubŕ, who gave him the name of Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon. They performed together in tabi shibai for a while. Rokur˘zaemon was back in Ky˘to in Fall 1721 and he performed as a tachiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1721 at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1723 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kokonoe Santazaemon in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata". He went to Ky˘to in the 2nd lunar month of 1728, became jitsuaku and performed in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono", which was produced by Kanazawa Hikogor˘ in Ky˘to. He performed in the 1st lunar month of 1729 in Ky˘to as a tachiyaku in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Obasuteyama". His rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

The actors Ogino Umenosuke (left) and Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon (right) playing the roles of Ohaya and Miyashiro Daiemon in the kaomise drama "Tatsu Goyomi Daish˘ Wag˘ no Tsurugi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1723 in Ky˘to

Somekawa Tsuneyo
Somekawa Tsuneyo  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Somekawa Ubŕ, he received the name of Somekawa Tsuneyo and performed as a wakaonnagata iroko in Edo at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar of 1716 in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II. He became wakaonnagata in the 11th lunar month of 1728 and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Princess Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Moritaza the role of Ikeda Samanosuke and Onoe-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Gongor˘ Kagemasa". his ranking in the 1733 Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Somekawa Tsuneyo (top/left), Ichikawa Danz˘ I (top/right), Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ III(bottom/left) and Arashi Kisanta (bottom/right) playing the roles of Ikeda Samanosuke, Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa, Bunz˘ and Kagemasa's sister Miyagino in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Gongor˘ Kagemasa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Moritaza

Somekawa Ubŕ
Somekawa Ubŕ  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Somekawa Jűrobŕ, he started his career at the beginning of the 1700s, performing as a wakaonnagata in ďsaka. He played in ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1702 a tsubone role in the new year drama "Keisei Meoto Ike". He became kashagata in 1709. Ubŕ played in the 11th lunar month of 1731 at the Kado no Shibai the role of the Takasago k˘shitsu in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘". His rank in the 1732 ďsaka hy˘banki, kashagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards. He was the master of Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon and Somekawa Tsuneyo.

Somekawa Ubŕ playing the role of the Fujiwara k˘shitsu in the drama "Hako Denju Ise Monogatari", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1711 in ďsaka

 
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