IWATA SOMEMATSU I

Stage names:

Iwata Somematsu I In Japanese
Segawa Somematsu In Japanese
Iwata Somematsu I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Senro

Existence: 1717 ~ 9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763 [1]

Connection:

Master and adoptive father: Iwata Seizaemon

Masters: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Iwata Seizaemon

Disciple: Iwata Somematsu II

Career:

Before 1738: disciple of Iwata Seizaemon, his stage name was Iwata Somematsu I.

1738: Somematsu performed in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai as an iroko.

1740: he became disciple of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I, who gave him the name of Segawa Somematsu.

Fall 1743: Somematsu and his master Segawa Kikujir˘ I went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1743: Somematsu performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which also celebrated the arrival in Edo of the actor Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I.

Fall 1745: Somematsu went back to ďsaka without his master.

11th lunar month of 1745: Somematsu became wakaonnagata and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Shigure in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1745: Somematsu was adopted by his former master Iwata Seizaemon and took back the name of Iwata Somematsu I. The drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Somematsu played the role of Otatsu at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

1st lunar month of 1746: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Shibazaki Taminosuke and Matsushima Kiyosaki.

11th lunar month of 1746: Somematsu performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genji Musha Hinode ďgi", which was produced by Ichikawa Ryűz˘.

11th lunar month of 1747: Somematsu played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okuni in the kaomise drama "Kogane-bana Michinoku Jikki", which was produced by Ichikawa Ryűz˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV.

1st lunar month of 1748: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1748: Somematsu went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1748: Somematsu played the roles of the keisei Naniwazu and Sh˘ji's daughter Otsuya 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; Somematsu's stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, ďtani Hirohachi I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.

1st lunar month of 1749: Somematsu's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1749 [2]: his master Segawa Kikunoj˘ I died.

Fall 1749: Somematsu went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1749: Somematsu performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by the zamoto Mimasu Daigor˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV; Somematsu's stage partners were Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Sanj˘ Namie I and Nakamura Utaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Somematsu produced at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun"; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Kirishima Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1751: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten") [visual].

Fall 1751: Somematsu went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Somematsu performed in the kaomise drama "En no Gy˘ja ďmine Zakura", which was produced in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by the zamoto Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Somematsu's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was back to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Fall 1752: Somematsu went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Somematsu performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners were Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon I, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1753: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1753: Somematsu played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei Tsukasa in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Kashű Narihira Ishi".

1st lunar month of 1754: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1755: Somematsu performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Jidai Sewa Kogane no Hanazoroe", which was produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1756 [3]: his master Segawa Kikujir˘ I died.

11th lunar month of 1757: Somematsu played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the keisei Utamachi in the kaomise drama "Shiki Sanban Okina Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1759: Somematsu played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Maizuru in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen", which was produced by Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1760: Somematsu played in the same theater the role of Ofude in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1760: Somematsu played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Gihei's wife in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1761: Somematsu performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Miyo no Hana Yunzei Kagami", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1761: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Takeda Haruz˘'s ni-no-kawari drama "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi". It was the first drama in Kabuki history using gand˘-gaeshi on stage; Somematsu played the role of Itt˘'s ny˘b˘ Matsueda [casting].

1st lunar month of 1762: Somematsu's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1763: Somematsu played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; his stage partners were Mimasu Daigor˘ I (Matahei), Arashi Sangor˘ II (Shirojir˘) and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (the courtesan T˘yama).

7th lunar month of 1763: Somematsu appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he played the role of Tonami [4] in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1763 [1]: Somematsu died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Iwata Somematsu I was a talented ďsaka wakaonnagata actor, who was active from the end of the 1730s to the beginning of the 1760s. He was said to have a close resemblance at all level, artistic or physical, with his 1740s master Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

[1] The 9th day of the 8th lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 16th of September 1763 in the western calendar.

[2] The 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kan'en era was the 12th of October 1749 in the western calendar.

[3] The 13th day of the 11th lunar month of the 6th year of the H˘reki era was the 4th of December 1756 in the western calendar.

[4] The roles of Takebe Genz˘, Matsu˘maru and Chiyo were played by Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Nakamura Utaemon I and Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

Iwata Somematsu I playing the role of Tajiemon's spouse Oriki in the ni-no-kawari drama "Ide no Tamagawa Sh˘hei Ori", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1762 at the Naka no Shibai

 
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