Mimasu Inemaru I (初代三枡稲丸) (actor 1834 – 1858)


Kabuki theater terms


"Born in Ōsaka in 1834. He was the son of the painter Nishikawa Kuniharu and the grandson of the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII. His brothers were Kataoka Gatō II [1810-63] and Kataoka Ichizō III [1851-1906]. He started his career in 1840 as a disciple of the actor Mimasu Daigorō IV, who gave him the name of Mimasu Inemaru I. He made a short but quite successful career on the stages in Ōsaka or Kyōto, in ōshibai or hama shibai. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 3rd lunar month of 1858, at the Minamigawa no Shibai, where he played the role of Omiwa in the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". He also played the roles of Sadasuke, Shirai Gompachi and Banzuiin Chōbei in "Edo Shiire". He unfortunately fell ill and died the 27th of the 4th lunar month of 1858. He was able to play a wide range of roles, either as a tachiyaku or an onnagata. He was said to excel in wagoto and jitsugoto."

This information is taken directly from Kabuki21.

Inemaru also appears in an 1858 print by Yoshitoyo in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Another print of Inemaru by Hironobu I from 1856 also appears in the same institution.


There is one Kunihiro print in the Lyon Collection of Mimasu's grandfather Kataoka Nizaemon VII (#893).