ARASHI WAKANO II

Stage names:

Arashi Wakano II In Japanese
Sadoshima ???  
Arashi Wakano II In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Senshi

Existence: 1727 ~ 9th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1763 [1]

Connection:

Masters: Arashi Shinpei I, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I

Disciples: Arashi Kichijir˘, Arashi Kunijir˘, Arashi Kiyosa

Career:

Before 1749: he was recorded for the first in 1734 in Nagoya at the Seijuin no Shibai, where he performed as an iroko for the zamoto Onogawa Sennosuke. He was a disciple of Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I for a few years and it was recorded in 1750 that he held a Sadoshima name. He was a wakaonnagata performing in tabi shibai, not only in Kamigata or Nagoya, but also in Kyűshű.

11th lunar month of 1749: Wakano made his debut in ˘shibai, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he performed as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "Fűryű Gosho Zakura", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Wakano's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Wakano performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which was produced by Iwata Somematsu I.

1st lunar month of 1751: Wakano's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1752: Wakano went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1752: Wakano played at the Ichimuraza the role of Sakura-no-Mae in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru".

1st lunar month of 1753: Wakano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Wakano played in the same theater the role of ďiso no Tora in Jihŕ II's new year sogamono drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga" [2]; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Ichimura Kamez˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1753: Wakano played at the Ichimuraza the role of the female fox Oran in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Band˘ Sanpachi I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Osagawa Tsuneyo I, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Ichimura Kamez˘ I, Arashi Otohachi I, Nakajima Kanzaemon II, Nakajima Mihoz˘ I and Yorozuya Mataz˘.

1st lunar month of 1754: Wakano played in the same theater the role of ďiso no Tora [picture] in the new year sogamono drama "Satsuki Matsu Soga no Tachibana"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Ichimura Kamez˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1754: Wakano moved to the Moritaza, where he played the role of Princess Go˘ in the kaomise drama "Kiichi H˘gen Shinan-guruma".

1st lunar month of 1755: Wakano played in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Suketsune's okugata Manju-no-Mae in Tsuuchi Eishi I's new year sogamono drama "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga"; the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune was played by Suketakaya Takasuke I.

11th lunar month of 1755: Wakano played at the Moritaza the role of Kurando's ny˘b˘ Azechi in the kaomise drama "ďtomo no Kuronushi Sokutai Kagami"; the role of Ki no Kurando was played by Matsuyama Sanjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1756: Wakano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1756: Wakano played at the Moritaza, the role of Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Manazuru Heike Monogatari", which celebrated the shűmei of Agemaki Rin'ya.

1st lunar month of 1757: Wakano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1757: Wakano moved to the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Yoritomo's mekake Tsuki-no-Mae, in reality Morihisa's wife Ariake, in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima"; the roles of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Morihisa were played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1758: Wakano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1758: Wakano played at the Nakamuraza the role of K˘ga Sabur˘'s wife Asazuma in the kaomise drama "Kigoto no Hana Aioi Hachinoki", which welcomed the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon I who left the Ichimuraza and celebrated the shűmei of Mizuki Tatsunosuke III; the role of K˘ga Sabur˘ was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1759: Wakano's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

Fall 1759: Wakano went back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1759: Wakano performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I at the Minamigawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1760: Wakano's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Wakano played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Matahei's ny˘b˘ in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1761: Wakano's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. Wakano played in the same theater the role of the keisei Hashitomi in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďuchiyama".

11th lunar month of 1761: Wakano played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Inode no Hachir˘'s ny˘b˘ Utakata in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1762: Wakano's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Wakano played in the same theater the roles of the keisei Shizuka and the fox Shizuka in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kamakurayama".

11th lunar month of 1762: Wakano played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the keisei Azumaji in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which was produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1763: Wakano's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Wakano appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, where he played the role of the Princess Tauta in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Mitsunoyama".

9th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1763 [1]: Wakano died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Arashi Wakano II was an ďsaka onnagata actor, who made a short but quite successful career not only in his native city but also in Edo and Ky˘to. He was trained in tabi shibai and, as a result, was able to perform quite a wide range of female roles. He was said to be better in sewamono than in jidaimono, excelling in keisei and sewa ny˘b˘ roles. He died before reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank.

[1] The 9th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 23rd of March 1763 in the western calendar.

[2] "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga" mixed two sekai: the world of the Soga brothers and the world of "Chűshingura". It was a commercial failure.

Band˘ Manz˘ (left) and Arashi Wakano II (right) playing the roles of Sanada Yoichi and the keisei Shizuka in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kamakurayama", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1762 in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai

In the 1st lunar month of 1754 at the Ichimuraza

 
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