OGAWA ZENGORď I

Stage names:

Ogawa Zengor˘ I
Ogawa Sajiemon

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Unjű (cloud soup ?)

Existence: 1682 ~ 6th day of the 11th lunar month of 1737

Connection:

Master: Osagawa Jűemon

Disciples: Ogawa Zengor˘ II, Ogawa Goroshir˘ (the father of Ogawa Kichitar˘ I)

Career:

Before 1695: born in Kamigata. He starts his career at an early age as a disciple of Osagawa Jűemon, who gives him the name of Ogawa Sajiemon (The sa of Sajiemon is the same ideogram as the sa of Osagawa).

Fall 1695: he goes to Edo with Okada Samanosuke.

11th lunar month of 1695: Ogawa Sajiemon takes the name of Ogawa Zengor˘ I at the Yamamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1715: Zengor˘ replaces the star Yamanaka Heikur˘ I to play at the Nakamuraza the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Band˘ Ichi Kotobuki Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Katsuyama Matagor˘.

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" is produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This is the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It is produced at the Moritaza under the title "Kokusen'ya Gojitsu Gassen"; Zengor˘ plays the role of Kanki [more details].

11th lunar month of 1717: Zengor˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Hata Rokurozaemon in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1718: Zengor˘ becomes tachiyaku and zagashira at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Akaboshi Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Gozen N˘ Mitsu Uroko", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Onoe Samon; Zengor˘'s others stage partners are Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Sodeoka Masanosuke II, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, ďkuma Utaemon, Nakajima Mihoemon I and Onogawa Orie.

1st lunar month of 1719: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1721: Zengor˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Moritaza the role of Senju Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Y˘r˘ no Taki".

1st lunar month of 1722: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is slightly below j˘-j˘-kichi.

11th lunar month of 1722: Zengor˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sagami Nyűd˘ in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1723: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi. He plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, a jitsuaku role, in the new year sogamono "Soga Koyomi Biraki". The roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Zengor˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Akaboshi Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrates the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1727: Zengor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Takatoki Nyűd˘ in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [casting], which welcomes back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrates the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Zengor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1731: Zengor˘ retires from stage.

6th day of the 11th lunar month of 1737: Zengor˘ dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the Genjuin, a subtemple of the Z˘z˘ji temple in the district of Shiba.

Comments:

Ogawa Zengor˘ I, the founder of the Ogawa clan, was a talented actor, who was able to perform either as a tachiyaku or a jitsuaku. His most famous role was Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in new year sogamono.

Ogawa Zengor˘ I (top) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyotomo

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu 1723~1727

 
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