Stage names:

Onoe Taganoj˘ II
Onoe Kikumatsu I

Real name: Onoe Kikumatsu

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Baishi

Existence: 1849 ~ 26 June 1899


Adoptive father: Onoe Kikujir˘ II


1849 ~ 1866: he starts his career at an unknown date as a disciple of the actor Onoe Kikujir˘ II, who gives him the name of Onoe Kikumatsu.

8th lunar month of 1866: he is adopted by Onoe Kikujir˘ II and takes the long-forgotten name of Onoe Taganoj˘ II at the Moritaza, playing in the drama "K˘tei Kidan Rokujű Yoshű".

3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Taganoj˘ plays the roles of Shinroku's sister Omoto, Takuzaemon's daughter Oume and the yuna Osen [more details].

14 June 1875: his adoptive father Onoe Kikujir˘ II dies.

August 1879: Taganoj˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Hisamatsuza [info].

March 1884: premiere at the Harukiza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of the evil lady Teruhi-no-Mae [casting].

May 1894: Taganoj˘ appears on stage in T˘ky˘ for the last time, at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Princess Takiyasha in the drama "Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono"; the role of Mitsukuni is played by Ichikawa Kuz˘ III. Then, he becomes a travelling actor.

1899: Taganoj˘ goes on tour with a troupe led by Ichikawa Danz˘ VII. He suddenly dies the 26th of June 1899 in the city of Kanazawa.


Onoe Taganoj˘ II was a good onnagata actor of the Meiji era. His forte were spouse roles in jidaimono drama.

Onoe Taganoj˘ II playing the role of Hinaginu in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘", which was staged in September 1882 at the Hisamatsuza (print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu)

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1882

The Onoe Taganoj˘ line of actors

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