|ASAO YOROKU I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Ippo
Master: Asao Tamejűr˘ I
Disciples: Asao Yoroku II, Asao Takumi II, Asao Takumi III
1st lunar month of 1814: he became katakiyaku and took the name of Asao Tomoz˘ II.
Winter 1817/1818: Tomoz˘ went to Edo with the stage giant Nakamura Utaemon III.
7th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Kumoi no Hareginu", which mixed the sekai of Gion no Ny˘go, the Two Shinbŕ ("Ninin Shinbŕ") and Tamamo-no-Mae; Tomoz˘ played the role of Taguma H˘gen Toshitsugu [more details].
Fall 1826: Tomoz˘ went back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1830: Asao Takumi I took the name of Asao Yoroku I at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Miura Arajir˘ in the drama "Z˘ho H˘j˘ Jiraiki"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Ogawa Kichitar˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Band˘ Jutar˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ III, Arashi Kan˘ and Asao Okuyama III.
1847: he went on tour in Nagoya, where he temporarily performed under the name of Yamamura Takumi I.
5th lunar month of 1848: Yoroku played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Ky˘goku no Takumi and Kinugawa Yasozaemon in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Rokusuke was played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.
8th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of T˘kichi and Princess Yuki were played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Sawamura Kit˘ II.
9th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku played at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Rokusuke in the "Keya-mura" scene of the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Osono was played by Yamashita Kinsaku IV.
3rd lunar month of 1851: Yoroku played the role of Sh˘gen in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was performed in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai. His stage partners were Kataoka Gad˘ II (Matahei) and Nakamura Karoku I (Otoku).
Summer ~ Fall 1851: Yoroku went on a long tour.
Asao Yoroku I was a talented and popular 19th century Kamigata actor, which was specialized in jitsuaku/katakiyaku roles. On the positive side, he was an expert in turning a somersault on stage (tonbo). On the negative side, he was a heavy drinker and was quite a troublemaker once he was drunk.
 The 7th day of the 4th lunar month of the 1st year of the Bunka era was the 17th of May 1804 in the western calendar.
Asao Yoroku I playing the role of Ogata Rikimaru
The Asao Tomoz˘ line of actors
The Yamamura Takumi line of actors
The Asao Yoroku line of actors
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