BANDď MITSUGORď VI

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI In Japanese
Band˘ Kichiya I In Japanese

Nicknames:

Aba Mitsu ("pockmarked Mitsu")
Kichiya Mitsugor˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Shűka, Shűzan

Existence: 1846 ~ 11 September 1873

Connection:

Father: Band˘ Shűka I

Adopted son: Band˘ Shűka II

Disciples: Band˘ Tamae, Band˘ Kichiya (?)

Career:

5th lunar month of 1850: he made his first appearance on stage at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Band˘ Kichiya I and played the role of Kuzu-no-Ha's child in the classic "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

2nd lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘"; Kichiya played the role of a kamuro [casting].

6th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1855 [1]: his father Band˘ Shűka I died.

5th lunar month of 1856: shűmei at the Moritaza; Band˘ Kichiya I took the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ V, performing in the drama "Shin Butai Iroha no Kakizome". This program celebrated the reopening of the Moritaza.

8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of Princess Kaoru [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe"; Mitsugor˘ played the roles of the keisei Usugumo and the katanaya daughter Ohana [casting].

8th lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of the courtesan Sayoginu [casting].

6th lunar month of 1863: Mitsugor˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Yamakawaya Gonroku and the female thief Hanaoka, who held 5 different names and disguises (Kaminari no Onaru, Gokuin Osen, Hotei no Oichi, Annozaka no Odaka and Karigane no Obun), in the drama "Sono Na Nomi Kariganezome". This parodic play was in fact the female version of the famous "Karigane Gonin Otoko" (an ďsaka sewamono whose heroes were 5 thieves called Kaminari Sh˘kur˘, Gokuin Sen'emon, Hotei Ichiemon, An no Heibei and Karigane Bunshichi) and was therefore nicknamed "Karigane Gonin Onna" [2]. Mitsugor˘ also played several roles in the Tokiwazu/Fujimoto/Kiyomoto/Nagauta-based hengemono "Yorite Mitsu ďyomiya no Hanadashi", which commemorated the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

2nd lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of ďshű [casting].

August ~ 9th lunar month of 1868: Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Ono no Komachi and the courtesan Sumizome (in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To", which was coproduced by both the Moritaza and the Nakamuraza; his stage partners were Nakamura Nakaz˘ III (Sekibŕ/Kuronushi) and Nakamura Fukusuke III (Yoshimine Munesada).

7th lunar month of 1869: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kichisama Mairu Yukari no Otozure"; Mitsugor˘ played the roles of the mekake Omitsu (later Yushima no Okan) and Oshichi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1869: Mitsugor˘ became tateonnagata at the Nakamuraza and played 3 roles in the drama "Iga Ueno Homare no Shor˘". He also played the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; his stage partner in the role of Fujiya Izaemon was Nakamura Shikan IV.

3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Nakamuraza of "Ume Goyomi Tatsumi no Sono", an adaptation to Kabuki by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Segawa Jok˘ III of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of the geisha Yonehachi [casting].

8th lunar month of 1870: Mitsugor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Okaru, Ichimonjiya Odai and Toda no Tsubone in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1872: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Ume Ky˘dai Naniwa Senki" (one act has survived and became the independent drama "Kimura Nagato-no-Kami"); Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Yodogimi, the female thief ďmi no Okane and Sanada Yukimura's ny˘b˘ Kagaribi [casting].

9th lunar month of 1872: Mitsugor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ono no Komachi in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"; his stage partners were Nakamura Shikan IV (Sekibŕ/Kuronushi), Onoe Kikugor˘ V (the courtesan Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) and Iwai Shijaku III (Yoshimine Munesada).

February 1873: Mitsugor˘ agrees for a 240 ry˘ yearly contract with the Murayamaza. He moved there and performed in the drama "Sakai no Taiko".

July 1873: Mitsugor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, at the Murayamaza, performing in the drama "Kao ni Momiji Mitsugumi Sakazuki". He fell ill and stopped acting.

11 September 1873: Mitsugor˘ died.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI was a talented and promising wakaonnagata and the worthy heir of his outstanding father Band˘ Shűka I. Unfortunately he died young at the age of 27.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI was in fact Band˘ Mitsugor˘ V during his career but the Kabuki world decided to give posthumously this prestigious name to his father, who became the fifth of the line and his son the sixth.

[1] The 6th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ansei era was the 31st of March 1855 in the western calendar.

[2] His father Band˘ Shűka I performed in a very similar play in the 5th lunar month of 1853.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI playing the role of Shinobu in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1870 at the Nakamuraza

Print made by Utagawa Yoshitora

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1870

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1877

The Band˘ Kichiya line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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