Stage name:

Ôtani Tokuji I In Japanese

Others names:

Ôtani Bajû I In Japanese

Guilds: Sugataya, Maruya, Tamuraya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Bajû, Tochô

Existence: 1756 ~ 17th day of the 7th lunar month of 1808


Father: Takemoto Shigetayû

Master: Ôtani Hiroji III

Disciple: Ôtani Bajû II


Spring 1770: he starts his career as a disciple of Ôtani Hiroji III, who gives him the name of Ôtani Tokuji I.

9th lunar month of 1777: Tokuji becomes dôkegata at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Yurugi Umanosuke in the drama "Koi Nyôbô Somewake Tazuna".

3rd lunar month of 1782: Tokuji goes to Kamigata.

5th lunar month of 1783: Tokuji goes to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1792: Tokuji's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, dôkegata section, is jô-jô-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1795: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fûjime" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza; Tokuji plays the role of the landlord Rokuemon [casting].

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Tokuji plays the role of the yakko Sagohei in the latter theater [casting].

11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1802: his master Ôtani Hiroji III dies.

6th lunar month of 1802: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced for the first time at the Kawarasakiza; Tokuji plays the role of Tsuribune Sabu [casting].

1st lunar month of 1803: Tokuji goes to Ôsaka. He plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of the house-owner Tasuke and the priest Tsuji Hôin in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Anegawa Kumajirô.

11th lunar month of 1803: Tokuji plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of kannushi Tokudayû in the kaomise drama "Hatsu Yagura Kogane no Manmaku", which is produced by Nakamura Noshio III. The troupe moves to the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

1st lunar month of 1804: Tokuji's rank in the Kamigata hyôbanki, dôkegata section, falls to jô-jô-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1806: Tokuji plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai two roles in the drama "Futatsu Mon Sato no Nishikie".

17th day of the 7th lunar month of 1808: Tokuji dies. His tombstone is located in Ôsaka in the Saishôji Temple.


Ôtani Tokuji I was a talented Edo dôkegata, who was as popular as Arashi Otohachi II. He ended his career in Kamigata, where he was not as successful as he used to be in Edo. He opened and manage a shop in the district of Setomono-chô, which sold rice crackers in the shape of actors faces.

Ôtani Tokuji I playing the role of the yakko Sodesuke in the drama "Hana Ayame Bunroku Soga", whose plot and characters belong to the "Kameyama no Adauchi" world and which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1794 in Edo at the Miyakoza (print made by Tôshûsai Sharaku)

Print made by Tôshûsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1795

The Ôtani Bajû line of actors

The Ôtani Tokuji line of actors

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