|ďTANI HIROJI I|
Nickname: Daijicch˘ (the grand Jicch˘)
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Jicch˘
Existence: 1699 ~ 25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 
Father: ďtani Hiroemon I
Son: ďtani Saiz˘
Winter 1702: he made his first appearance on stage at the Moritaza, where he received the name of ďtani Hiroji I.
Fall 1723: Hiroji went to Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1723: great kaomise program at the Kado no Shibai in ďsaka to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji in this city; the zamoto Arashi San'emon III produced the drama "Kogane no Hanagata", in which Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘.
1st lunar month of 1724: Hiroji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Hiroji played the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Osaragi Sabu (Kurofune Chűemon) [casting].
Fall 1724: Hiroji settled in Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1724: Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma", which was produced by the zamoto Segawa Kikunoj˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.
11th lunar month of 1725: Hiroji performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Senzai Gura Sangai Matsu", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Jűjir˘ for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (Hakozaki Namiemon) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Komatsu).
Fall 1727: Hiroji went back to Edo along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe.
11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza. The 4 tachiyaku Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya"; Hiroji achieved a great success by playing the role of Fuwa Banzaemon, confronting Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in the role of Nagoya Sanza.
Fall 1730: The actors Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the play "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" ("Five men under the August moon"), which was staged in the same theater [casting].
1st lunar month of 1731: Hiroji played the role of Nagoya Saburozaemon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" ("The courtesan, the tombola drawing and Nagoya Sanza"), which was performed in the same theater [casting].
9th lunar month of 1737: the Nakamuraza produced a special program to celebrate the coming departure of Hiroji, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I to Kamigata; The three actors played the leading roles of the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
11th lunar month of 1737: great kaomise produced by Miyako Mandayű in Ky˘to to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji; he played the role of Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sakae no Hachinoki".
1st lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played in the same theater the roles of Imagawa Ry˘shun, Hatakeyama Masanaga and Edohei in the new year drama "Keisei Arashiyama".
11th lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played the role of Ise no Sabur˘ in the drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which was produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (Nikki Danj˘), Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju) and Sawamura Otoemon I (ďuchi Kamon).
Fall 1740: Hiroji settled in ďsaka.
Fall 1741: Hiroji went back to Edo.
2nd lunar month of 1744: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji". The leading female role was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Hiroji.
ďtani Hiroji I was an outstanding tachiyaku, who made a very successful career during the first half of the eighteenth century. He was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn˘ ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II).
His fame was not limited to Edo and he made 2 successful tours in the Kamigata cities of ďsaka and Edo.
 The 25th day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Enky˘ era was the 2nd of July 1747 in the western calendar.
 The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 16th of March 1721 in the western calendar.
 This temple was located in the district of Asakusa.
ďtani Hiroji I playing the role of Matsu˘maru in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The ďtani Hiroji line of actors
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