ONOGAWA UGENJI

Stage names:

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Ogawa Ugenji [1] In Japanese

Other name:

Yamada T˘shir˘ In Japanese

Existence: 1665 ~ ???

Connection:

Son: Haruyama Genshichi II

Disciples: Onogawa Ugenta, Onogawa Ben'ya, Onogawa Kamegiku

Career:

1683: first record; he performed under the name of Ogawa Ugenji [1] in Edo at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1691: he was recorded as performing under the name of Onogawa Ugenji in Ky˘to.

1694: Ugenji performed in Edo at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1695: Ugenji went back to Ky˘to and played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Ashiwara ďenoj˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ima Genji Rokujűj˘"; his stage partners were Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, Yamatoya Jinbŕ II, Sodesaki Iroha I, Matsumoto Rokuemon and Arai Hanzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1695: Ugenji played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Hamamatsu Chikaranosuke in the drama "Hime Kura Daikoku Bashira".

11th lunar month of 1696: Ugenji performed in the same theater in the drama "Fukujumaru", which was produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I; his others stage partners were Yoshizawa Ayame I, Kokan Tar˘ji I and Takeshima K˘zaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1698: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1700: Ugenji played in Ky˘to the role of Yamada Sanjűr˘ in the drama "Keisei Zen no Tsuna", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ II; his stage partners were Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Onoyama Ujiemon, Takenaka Kiyonosuke, Matsunaga Rokuroemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.

7th lunar month of 1707: Ugenji performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s bon ky˘gen "Nyonin Ketsuen no Kanch˘".

Fall 1707: Ugenji went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1707: Ugenji became tachiyaku and performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Irekozan".

1st lunar month of 1708: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sugiyama Heihachi, Mikasa J˘emon, Yamamura Kazaemon, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

Fall 1710: Ugenji went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Ugenji played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Mitsunoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Tagasode Ume Sakura Matsu"; his stage partners were Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Takeshima Takisabur˘, Ikushima Jűshir˘ and Nakamura Sen'ya I.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1712: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1712: Ugenji went to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1712: Ugenji performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Enmei Kobukuro", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1713: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Takeshima K˘jűr˘, Sugiyama Heihachi, Kaneko Kichizaemon and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1713: Ugenji played in ďsaka at Shioya Kuroemon's theater the role of Terujir˘ in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago".

1st lunar month of 1717: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, ďtori Michiemon, Arashi Kanshir˘ I and Haruyama Genshichi I.

Fall 1719: Ugenji went back to Ky˘to.

12th lunar month of 1719: Ugenji performed in Ky˘to in Adachi Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Yamato ďji Meoto Izumi", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1720: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Yamamura Kazaemon and Karyű Sawaemon.

1st lunar month of 1721: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Katayama Kozaemon and Yamamoto Hikogor˘.

Fall 1722: Ugenji went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1722: Ugenji played in ďsaka the role of Toyohara Genz˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which was produced by Arashi Kanshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Arashi Kanshir˘ I. He played in the same theater the role of Tezuka no Tar˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Tomoe Daiko".

Fall 1723: Ugenji went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1723: Ugenji became jitsuaku and played in Ky˘to the role of Kameyama Okinoj˘ in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. This was most likely his last kaomise in a major theater.

1st lunar month of 1724: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Ugenji played in the same theater the role of Tomiyama Wadanoj˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Futakamiyama".

1724 ~ 1727: Ugenji's name did not appear in any major theater playbill.

2nd lunar month of 1728: Ugenji appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Nawate no Shibai, playing the role of the young master Tsurujir˘ in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Onogawa Ugenji was the most talented wakashugata of the Genroku era in Kamigata. He reached the heights of fame as a wakashugata from the end of the 1690s to the middle of the 1700s. He became tachiyaku but failed in reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking.

[1] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", only in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

Onogawa Ugenji as depicted in an illustration from the book "Amayo no Sanbai Kigen" (1693)

 
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