ONOYAMA UJIEMON

Stage names:

Onoyama Ujiemon In Japanese
Onoyama Shume In Japanese
Onoyama Shizuma In Japanese

Poetry name: Renshű

Existence: ??? ~ 1701

Connection:

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Career:

1680: he started his career in ďsaka, where he performed as a wakashugata. His first stage name was Onoyama Shizuma. He took the names of Onoyama Shume and Onoyama Ujiemon at unknown times.

1682 ~ 1683: Ujiemon performed in ďsaka as a tachiyaku.

1686: Ujiemon became katakiyaku.

1691: Ujiemon played in Ky˘to the role of Matsunami Daizen in the drama "Matsunami Sh˘sh˘ Kayoi-guruma".

1692: Ujiemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

1693: Ujiemon played in Ky˘to the role of Kamei no Kiku˘maru in the drama "Shinjű Yashima".

7th lunar month of 1694: Ujiemon performed in ďsaka in Tsuuchi Jihŕ I's drama "Nihon Ajase Taishi", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I and stars the Edo actor Band˘ Matatar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1695: Ujiemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Ujiemon performed in ďsaka in the new year drama "Shissei Nyoirin Kannon Kaich˘".

11th lunar month of 1697: Ujiemon played in ďsaka the role of Yuranoj˘ Kunitsura in the kaomise drama "Yamato no Kuni Chigo no Monju", which was produced by Araki Yojibŕ I and welcomed in ďsaka the Edo actor Saruwaka Sanzaemon I; others main stage partners were Kanazawa Goheiji, Takioka Hikoemon, Kamogawa Noshio I, Hattori Jiroemon, Dekishima Kosabur˘ and Kawakami Saburozaemon.

3rd lunar month of 1698: Ujiemon played in ďsaka the role of the servant Toraz˘ in the drama "Taema Chűj˘hime Mandara no Yurai", which was produced by Araki Yojibŕ I.

Fall 1698: Ujiemon went to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1699: Ujiemon's 's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1700: Ujiemon played in Ky˘to the role of Komeya Yaichir˘ in the drama "Keisei Zen no Tsuna", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ II. The line-up included the actors Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Onogawa Ugenji, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Takenaka Kiyonosuke, Matsunaga Rokuroemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.

Fall 1700: Ujiemon went to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1701: Ujiemon played in the same theater the role of Kitsuemon in the new year drama "Wakoku Onna Hankai".

1701: Ujiemon died of paralysis and convulsions after eating fugu.

Comments:

Onoyama Ujiemon was a popular and talented Kamigata actor, who was one of the first katakiyaku in Kabuki history. He was considered as the katakiyaku no ganzo, literally the pioneer of katakiyaku. Unfortunately, some poisonous mouthfuls of fugu abruptly put an end to a promising career!

Onoyama Ujiemon

 
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