MIHOGI SHICHITARď

Stage names:

Mihogi Shichitar˘ In Japanese

Poetry names: Baik˘, Sanshi

Existence: ???

Connection:

Uncle: Mihogi Gizaemon I

Disciples: Mihogi Gizaemon II, Mihogi Shichisabur˘

Career:

11th lunar month of 1722: Shichitar˘ performed in Ky˘to as a wakashugata in Sakakiyama Kansuke I's kaomise drama "Senbon Matsu Tokiwa Yakata", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and welcomed in Ky˘to the ďsaka star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Shichitar˘ became wakaonnagata and played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Izuminosuke's sister Ariake-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Sanmen Daikoku Mangoku Dawara", which was produced by his uncle Mihogi Gizaemon I and starred Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Matsunami Hikojűr˘, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Sodeshima Genji, Tsugawa Kamon, Yamamura Utanosuke, Kirinami Onoe and Onoe Gonbŕ (who celebrated his shűmei).

Fall 1732: Shichitar˘ was expected to travel to Edo to perform at the Nakamuraza; he finally decided to stay in Kamigata.

Fall 1733: Shichitar˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1733: Shichitar˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Shigeri Matsu Kogane no Takaragura", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

Fall 1740: Shichitar˘ went back to Ky˘to.

12th lunar month of 1740: Shichitar˘ worked in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater on the drama "Chinp˘ Sandai Gatana", which was produced by Sakakiyama Jűtar˘ I and starred Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I. The title of this drama, literally "The Rare Treasure - Three Generations of Swords" [1], was an allusion to the three generations of actors of the Sakakiyama clan sharing the same stage.

1st lunar month of 1741: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

Fall 1741: Shichitar˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1741: Shichitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the keisei Nayama in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1741: Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of the keisei Miura in the ni-no-kawari drama "Imaori Daikanjima".

1st lunar month of 1742: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1742: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1742: Shichitar˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Wadanoj˘'s ny˘b˘ Namie and Onami in the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1742: Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of Genpachi's younger sister Minashi in the ni-no-kawari drama "Futari Musume Yamazaki Gayoi".

1st lunar month of 1743: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1743: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1743: Shichitar˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tanshű Teteuchi Guri".

11th lunar month of 1744: Shichitar˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role the widow Okuni in the kaomise drama "Azuma Soga Fujimi no Sato", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the roles of Edohei's ny˘b˘ Okuma and Mikuni in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Mukashi Komon Yoshioka-zome".

11th lunar month of 1745: Shichitar˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yasaemon's spouse Otsune in the kaomise drama "Murakami Genji Kogane no Niiyakata", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance; Shichitar˘ played the role of Otatsu at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1746: Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of the keisei Takasaki in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Bud˘ Yoshiwara Ikada".

3rd lunar month of 1746: Shichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1746: Shichitar˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1746: Shichitar˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Osuma in the kaomise drama "Taihei Asahi no Shirahata", which was produced by Asao Motogor˘ I; his stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

1st lunar month of 1747: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1747: Shichitar˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Namihei's ny˘b˘ Omiyo in the kaomise drama "Meiken Kogane Zukuri", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of Kurando's ny˘b˘ Asaka in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yoake no Kane".

11th lunar month of 1748: Shichitar˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which was produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I; Shichitar˘'s stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, ďtani Hirohachi I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Segawa Somematsu.

1st lunar month of 1749: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1749: no ranking for Shichitar˘ in the Ky˘to hy˘banki. He was recorded as resting. He was most likely sick and unable to perform.

11th lunar month of 1749: no record in any Kamigata kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1750: no record in any Kamigata kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1751: Shichitar˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the hairdresser Ohana in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Asahi no Nishiki", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1752: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of Yachűta's ny˘b˘ Osano in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Fuji Miru Chibumi".

11th lunar month of 1752: no record in any Kamigata kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1753: no record in any Kamigata kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichitar˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Izumi's wife Takanoya in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama was in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

1st lunar month of 1755: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1755: no record in any Kamigata kaomise program.

11th lunar month of 1756: Shichitar˘ played in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon's wife Otowa in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1757: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Shichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of the ame-uri osato in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chimoto no Taki".

3rd lunar month of 1757: Shichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. No stage record afterwards [2].

Comments:

Mihogi Shichitar˘ was a Kamigata j˘-j˘-kichi onnagata actor, who was active in Ky˘to or ďsaka from the beginning of the 1720s to the middle of the 1760s. He was said to be equally at home in both sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He excelled in keisei, ny˘b˘, tsubone and mekake roles.

[1] It had also a different suggestive meaning because the word chinp˘ is the penis in old Japanese.

[2] Last record in 1765 according to Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

Mihogi Shichitar˘ (left) and Sakakiyama Koshir˘ II (right) playing the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon's wife Otoha and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1756 in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai

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