Pen names:

Mimasuya Shir˘ In Japanese
Izutsu Yasuke In Japanese
Izutsu Tokubŕ In Japanese
Mimasuya Ichiji [1] In Japanese
Izutsu Yasuke In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1837 [2]


Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Iwai Hanshir˘ V


Before 1824: born in Kamigata. He was initially a taiko mochi. He settled in Edo at an unknown date. He worked as a sakusha dedicated to the Edo onnagata star Iwai Hanshir˘ V. His first pen name was Izutsu Yasuke as he was related to a chaya named Izutsu in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1824: Yasuke worked at the Kawarasakiza, along with Matsui K˘z˘ II, Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Matsui Yűsuke II and Katsui Genpachi, on the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Toritate Genji".

1st lunar month of 1825: Yasuke worked at the Nakamuraza on the new year sogamono drama "Okuni-iri Soga Nakamura".

8th lunar month of 1826: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Soga Nakamura Aki no Torikomi"; Yasuke was a member of the sakusha team [casting].

1831: because of his relationship to Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, he took the name of Mimasuya Ichiji [1]. Mimasu, the three measures (of rice), was the mon of the Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors.

1st lunar month of 1833: he took the name of Izutsu Tokubŕ and quickly switched back to Izutsu Yasuke.

3rd lunar month of 1833: he became nimaime sakusha and worked for Mimasuya Nis˘ji at the Kawarasakiza on the 22-act chűshinguramono drama "Ura Omote Chűshingura" [3]. The dance-drama "Ochiudo" was premiered in "Ura Omote Chűshingura" with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Onoe Kikugor˘ III in the roles of Kanpei and Okaru.

1833: he took the name of Mimasuya Shir˘.

11th lunar month of 1835: Shir˘ worked at the Moritaza, along with Takarada Jusuke (tatesakusha) and Matsui Yűsuke III, on the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Kabuki no Jintori", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Kuz˘ II and Band˘ Zenk˘.

2nd lunar month of 1836: Shir˘ worked in the same theater on the drama "Sugawara-ryű Kanagaki Soga", which mixed the "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and sogamono worlds.

4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono", written by Takarada Jusuke and Shir˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1836: he became tatesakusha and worked at the Moritaza, along with Nakamura Jűsuke IV, Shinoda Sasuke and Takarada Jusuke, on the kaomise drama "Kioi Genji Mitsugi no Tamamono".

28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1837 [2]: Shir˘ died in Edo.


Mimasuya Shir˘ was an ďsaka taiko mochi, who became an Edo sakusha, who was active from the beginning of the first half of the 1820s to the second half of the 1830s.

[1] Mimasu Ichiji in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[2] The 28th day of the 5th lunar month of the 8th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 30th of June 1837 in the western calendar.

[3] The title could be translated by "Back and Forth Chűshingura". All the 11 famous omote acts of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" were staged alternatively with a parodic ura counterpart act.

The name of Mimasuya Shir˘ in a 1836 Moritaza ehon banzuke (the zone within the red box)

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