Stage names:

Ogino Izabur˘ II
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II
Onoe Monzabur˘ I
Onoe T˘z˘

Other name: Gunk˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Shoch˘, Riyű, Zek˘

Existence: 1750 ~ 3rd day of the 10th lunar month of 1829


Masters: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Onoe Montar˘

Son: Ogino Izabur˘ III

Son-in-laws: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III


1750 ~ 1774: born in Ky˘to. He starts his career in a troupe of children-actors led by Onoe Montar˘, performing under the stage name of Onoe T˘z˘. He spends the first years of his career playing in the precincts of temples and shrines in Kamigata (miyaji shibai). T˘z˘ becomes tachiyaku in 1770. He takes later on the names of Onoe Monzabur˘ and Onoe Monzabur˘ I at unknown dates:

ONOE MONZABURď Onoe Monzabur˘ I
尾上門三郎 尾上紋三郎
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Fall 1774: Monzabur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1774: Monzabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Ama no Iwato".

1st lunar month of 1775: Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1775: Monzabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Yawata Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Hana Zum˘ Genji Biiki".

1781: Monzabur˘ becomes disciple of the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1782: his master Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1785: Onoe Monzabur˘ I takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II at the Kiriza, playing seven roles in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Furisode Genji".

7th lunar month of 1788: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kiriza the roles of Sakuramaru [illustration] and the hangandai Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1790: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kawarasakiza two roles in the drama "Daidan Kanjinch˘".

7th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Miyakoza of the drama "Keisei Sanbon Karakasa"; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Higashiyama Yoshiteruk˘ and the farmer Fukagusa Jirosaku [more details].

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

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Shinraku Kanjűr˘ [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; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the yakko Sagohei in the former theater [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Ubuge no Kintar˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1799: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II takes the name of Ogino Izabur˘ II at the Ichimuraza, reviving a name not held since 2nd lunar month of 1748. The new Izabur˘ celebrates his shűmei by playing the roles of Harada Rokur˘, Yatsubashi Jirozaemon and Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Utsukushiki Yuki no Sekai". At the same time, Band˘ Minosuke I takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III at the Nakamuraza.

2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Izabur˘ plays the roles of Segawa Uneme and Hanegawa Takakage [casting].

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita"; Izabur˘ plays the role of Shirai Kanzaemon [casting].

10th lunar month of 1806: Izabur˘ achieves a great success at Nakamuraza by playing the prestigious roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". This is his farewell performance before going to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1806: Izabur˘ and his son Onoe Monzabur˘ II go to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1806: Izabur˘ plays the role of Onchi Sakon at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "ďsakazuki Asahi no H˘rai", which is produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Nakamura Utaemon III and Nakamura Noshio III.

1st lunar month of 1808: Izabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1808: "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Izabur˘ plays the roles of Konomura Hayato, Hori Sanzaemon and ďuchi Kanja Yoshihiro [casting].

6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Izabur˘, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".

Fall 1808: Izabur˘ goes back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1808: Izabur˘ plays 3 roles at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Kusunoki".

1st lunar month of 1809: Izabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He is the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors.

3rd lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome"; Izabur˘ plays the role of Nitta Shir˘ Tadatsune [casting].

9th lunar month of 1812: Izabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Hayato in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Izabur˘ plays the roles of Yamada Gunjibŕ and Awazu Rokurosaemon Toshikane [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; Izabur˘ plays the roles of Watanabe Gekizaemon [casting].

1820: Izabur˘ shaves his head, takes the name of Gunk˘ and retires from the world.


Ogino Izabur˘ II was a talented tachiyaku actor, whose forte were wagotoshi, sabakiyaku and oyajigata roles. He played an important role in the transmission of art and techniques from Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I to his son Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

Estampe of Toyokuni III, 1825

Ogino Izabur˘ II (bottom right) and Segawa Kikusabur˘ II (top left) playing the roles of Harada Rokur˘ and Princess Tamatoyo in the drama "Utsukushiki Yuki no Sekai", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1799 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1810

The Onoe Monzabur˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

The Ogino Izabur˘ line of actors

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