OSAGAWA J█EMON

Stage name:

Osagawa Jűemon In Japanese | In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 1731

Connections:

Disciples: Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Osagawa Seizabur˘, Sasao Otojűr˘ I, Osagawa Hachiroemon, Osagawa Tatsuya, Osagawa Heiz˘ (Osagawa Tsuneyo I's master)

Career:

1st lunar month of 1688: Jűemon went from his native Ky˘to to Edo and performed at the Yamamuraza in the new year drama "Heishinn˘".

Fall 1693: Jűemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1693: Jűemon became zamoto and produced for the nadai Miyako Mandayű Tominaga Heibŕ's drama "Bud˘ no Tassha", in which he played the role of Ishid˘ Satayű; his stage partners were Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Sakurayama Rinnosuke I, Kirinami Senju I, Sodesaki Karyű, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I, Adachi Sabur˘zaemon and Sendai Yagoshichi.

3rd lunar month of 1701: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1701: Jűemon played in ďsaka the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the kaomise drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shichinenki"; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon I (Danshichi Kurobŕ) and Takioka Hikoemon (Issun Tokubŕ).

11th lunar month of 1706: Jűemon played in ďsaka the role of Wakakusa Gennai in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Ch˘h˘ki", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1707: Jűemon played in ďsaka the role of Nishikido Magosabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Irekozan".

11th lunar month of 1708: Jűemon played in ďsaka the role of Tagaya T˘suke in the kaomise drama "Onna Tachi Origami", which was produced by Shinozuka Jirozaemon I.

3rd lunar month of 1709: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1709: Jűemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1709: Jűemon played the role of Iwakura Tamiemon in the kaomise drama "Kokonotsu Kogura Hitotsubu Manbai", which was produced by Miyako Mandayű for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1713: Jűemon went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1713: Jűemon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Kaikeizan"; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ I, Mizuki Kikusabur˘ and Jűemon's disciple Ogawa Zengor˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1714: Jűemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1714: Jűemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1714: Jűemon played the role of Mochizuki Kurozaemon in the kaomise drama "Yonedawara Mangoku no Minato", which was produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu II for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon.

1st lunar month of 1715: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1715: Jűemon moved to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1715: Jűemon performed in the kaomise drama "Chiyogasane Kiku no Shinpai", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1716: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Jűemon performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Eboshidakara Mangoku no Kaname", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

11th lunar month of 1717: Jűemon played in Ky˘to the role of Amanohashi Yukienoj˘ in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which was produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

11th lunar month of 1718: Jűemon played in Ky˘to the role of Aomi G˘suke in Adachi Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

Fall 1719: Jűemon went to ďsaka, after 4 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: Jűemon performed in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hajimari", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III at the Higashi no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1720: Jűemon moved to the Kado no Shibai and played the role of Monokawa Yasoemon in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Chibikizuru", which was produced by Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Jűemon moved back to the Higashi no Shibai and played the role of Kurayama Daigaku in the kaomise drama "Tenryű Chiryű Kogane no Suzunari", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1722: Jűemon moved to the ďnishi no Shibai and achieved a great success by playing the role of Ishid˘ Sukeemon (in reality Ikoma Gengo) in the kaomise drama "Genji Moy˘ Ichimai Gushi", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II (who celebrated his shűmei).

Fall 1723: Jűemon went to Ky˘to, after 4 seasons spent in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Jűemon played the role of Tagamatsu Sanzaemon in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

11th lunar month of 1724: Jűemon played the role of Koizumi Kanbŕ in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which was produced by Ogino Umenosuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1725: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1725 ~ 11th lunar month of 1728: no record in any ˘shibai kaomise program in Ky˘to or ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1729: Jűemon was back on stage, performing in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Fukuju Yakata Wag˘ no Futabashira", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1730: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He most likely retired in 1730 and died in Ky˘to the following year.

Comments:

Osagawa Jűemon was an outstanding Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who was active on major stages from 1688 to 1729. "He had been a samurai in daimy˘ service, and became an actor from choice. As revealing the sentiment of the time, it is recorded that one of his relatives came to the theatre to kill him because the ex-samurai had the insolence to act under his own name. This the relative considered a piece of great effrontery, and but for the pacification of the theatre people would have carried out his intention. Osagawa Jűemon was good, as might have been expected, in samurai r˘les. He lived to a ripe old age, and when he became too infirm to appear as a fighting man, contented himself with old men's r˘les. Before his death he lost his sight, but still his usefulness upon the stage did not cease, for he was accommodating enough to act blind characters."

Osagawa Jűemon (left) and Kiyosaki Handayű (right) playing the roles of Amanohashi Yukienoj˘ and Ochiyo in Sadoshima Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in Ky˘to

 
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