|ÔTANI HIROEMON III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Jicchô, Banfû
Existence: 1726 ~ 14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1790 
Master: Ôtani Hiroji II
Son: Ôtani Kunizô II
2nd lunar month of 1769: the play "Sekitori Senryô Nobori", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1767 in Ôsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Edo at the Moritaza; Hiroemon played the role of Sawada Banryû [casting].
5th lunar month of 1769: Hiroemon played at the Moritaza the role of Abe no Munetô in the drama "Ôshû Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners were Sakata Sajûrô I (Abe no Sadatô) and Iwai Hanshirô IV (Sodehagi).
11th lunar month of 1769: Hiroemon played at the Moritaza the role of Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which welcomed in Edo the actors Yamashita Kinsaku II and Kasaya Matakurô II (who also celebrated his shûmei) and celebrated the shûmei of Nakamura Shirogorô IV.
9th lunar month of 1770: Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Hiroemon played the role of a storyteller [casting].
Summer 1777: the book "Yakusha Sensakuron" ('About actors prying') was published in Edo. It gave some private information on actors. Edo readers could learn that Hiroemon lived with his spouse Osumi and his son Kanematsu in the district of Hasegawa-chô and his annual salary was 650 ryô.
3rd lunar month of 1779: Hiroemon played at the Nakamuraza the role of the villain Ikyû in the drama "Sukeroku Sato no Yozakura"; the roles of Sukeroku, Agemaki and the shirozake seller Shinbê were played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Iwai Hanshirô IV and Matsumoto Kôshirô IV.
Summer 1790: Hiroemon went to Ôsaka, where he fell seriously ill.
14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1790 : Hiroemon died.
Ôtani Hiroemon III was a good katakiyaku actor, specialized in jitsuaku roles. He did not reach the jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) level in the Edo hyôbanki but his best rank was not very far from it. Touring in Kamigata was not a good thing for this actor, who tried twice and fell seriously ill each time just after his arrival. The second trip was fatal.
 The 14th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kansei era was the 21st of October 1790 in the western calendar.
 The 2nd day of the 6th lunar month of the 7th year of the Hôreki era was the 17th of July 1757 in the western calendar.
Ôtani Hiroemon III in a print made by Katsukawa Shunshô
The Ôtani Hiroemon line of actors
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