OGINO SENJO

Stage names:

Ogino Senjo In Japanese
Fujikawa Tomokichi III In Japanese
Fujikawa Kayű III In Japanese
Fujikawa Katsusabur˘ I In Japanese

Nickname: Kanayabashi no Tayű [5]

Guild: Edoya

Poetry names: Kayű, Senjo

Existence: ??? ~ 11th day of the 8th lunar month of 1871 [1]

Connections:

Father: Fujikawa Tomokichi II

Son: Fujikawa Tomokichi IV

Disciples: Fujikawa Tomogor˘, Fujikawa Happo VII (?) [2]

Career:

1822: first record; son of Fujikawa Tomokichi II, his first stage name was Fujikawa Katsusabur˘ I.

1834: his father Fujikawa Tomokichi II died.

11th lunar month of 1838: Fujikawa Katsusabur˘ I took the name of Fujikawa Kayű III.

6th lunar month of 1840: Kayű played at the Sakai Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka) role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ V (Shunkan), Nakamura Shikan III (Tanzaemon Motoyasu) and Arashi Rikaku II (Fujiwara Naritsune).

5th lunar month of 1844: Kayű played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon was played by Arashi Rikaku II. Kayű also played the role of Osato in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

Fall 1845: Kayű went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1845: Kayű performed at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Kaikei Shinoda Mitsuki no Funauta".

11th lunar month of 1848: Kayű performed at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroishi".

1st lunar month of 1853 [4]: Fujikawa Kayű III took the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi III at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Princess Maizuru in the drama "Kagekiyo Soga Nigiwai Fujin", which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kanjaku II.

4th lunar month of 1856: tour in Ise; Tomokichi played at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ no Shibai the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ VI (Shunkan) and Nakayama Ichiz˘ (Senoo Jűr˘).

6th lunar month of 1856: tour in Nagoya; Tomokichi played at the Wakamiya no Shibai the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ VI (Shunkan) and Nakayama Ichiz˘ (Senoo Jűr˘).

10th lunar month of 1857: Tomokichi played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of the courtesan Miyagino in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi".

2nd lunar month of 1859: tour in Nagoya; Tomokichi played the role of Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű", which was staged in the precincts of the Seijuin Temple; the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ was played by Onoe Sh˘roku.

8th lunar month of 1859: Tomokichi played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; his stage partners were Arashi Sank˘ II, Nakamura Tamashichi I, Nakamura Komanosuke V, Asao Daikichi and Ichikawa Minosuke.

8th lunar month of 1860: Tomokichi played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Osode in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

5th lunar month of 1861: Tomokichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the courtesan Ohatsu in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű"; the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ was played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1862 [3]: Tomokichi played at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Otowa and Koharu in the dramas "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" and "Shinjű Ten no Amijima".

1st lunar month of 1863: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

10th lunar month of 1863: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sagami in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

1st lunar month of 1864 [3]: Fujikawa Tomokichi III took the name of Ogino Senjo at the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of the koshimoto Kanazawa, the ny˘b˘ Chiyo, Umenoi, the ny˘b˘ Miyuki, the keisei Mangoku and the musume Okiku in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hyakumangoku"; his stage partners were Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I and Nakamura Jakuemon I. Senjo's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

3rd lunar month of 1864: Senjo played in the same theater the roles of Takao and Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He also played the roles of Okon and Ochika in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Manno were played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I and Nakamura Jakuemon I.

9th lunar month of 1864: Senjo played in the same theater the roles of Okaru, Oishi, Osono and Kaoyo in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners were Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I, Nakamura Jakuemon I and Arashi Hinasuke VI.

11th lunar month of 1864: Senjo played at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Tokiwa Gozen and Ochiyo in the dramas "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari" and "Yaoya no Kondate".

1st lunar month of 1865: Senjo's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

2nd lunar month of 1865: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Shigenoi and Tamagawa Onami in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Koi no Sekifuda", which celebrated the shűmei of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I and his son Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1865: Senjo played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Hanazono [illustration] in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi".

7th lunar month of 1865: tour in Miyajima; Senjo and his son Fujikawa Kayű IV played the roles of Tonase and her daughter Konami in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1865: Senjo played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also played the role of Miyagino in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi"; the roles of S˘roku and Shinobu were played by Nakamura Jakuemon I and Nakamura Komanosuke V.

1st lunar month of 1866: Senjo's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

3rd lunar month of 1866: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Hinaginu, Kashiku and Shinsuke's ny˘b˘ in the dramas "Hachijin", "Kashiku Benifude" and "Iroha Shinsuke".

8th lunar month of 1866: Senjo performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the dramas "Kamakurayama", "ďt˘-no-Miya" and "Iroha Shinsuke"; his stage partners were Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II, Nakamura Jakuemon I, Nakamura Komanosuke V, Sawamura Kunitar˘ III, Arashi Daizabur˘ V and his son Fujikawa Kayű IV.

9th lunar month of 1866: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Okiku [illustration] and the gejo Otama in the dramas "Keisei Yukimiruyama" and "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi".

2nd lunar month of 1867: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ume-no-Kata in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". He also played the role of the spirit of the doll in the dance-drama "Nisekakete Chikai no Horimono"; the roles of the carver Hidari Jingor˘ and Jingor˘'s wife were played by Nakamura Jakuemon I and Sawamura Kunitar˘ III.

5th lunar month of 1867: Senjo played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Sadaka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi, Koganosuke and Hinadori were played by Nakamura Jakuemon I, Nakamura Kanjaku III and Ichikawa Fudenosuke.

9th lunar month of 1867: Senjo played at the Tenma no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Osuma-no-Kata and Mishima Osen in the dramas "Katakiuchi Ura no Asagiri" and "Koi Denju Bunbu no Jindate".

11th lunar month of 1867: Senjo performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the dramas "Keisei Hime Hajime", "Hana Ikada Nasake no Misao" (similar to "Kirare Yosa"), "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Sarayashiki"; his stage partners were Jitsukawa Enjaku I, Arashi Rikan IV, Nakamura Jakuemon I, Nakamura Shichigasuke, Arashi Hinasuke VI, Nakamura Komanosuke V, Sawamura Kunitar˘ III and his son Fujikawa Kayű IV.

3rd lunar month of 1868: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Ishikawaya Masagoji and ďiso no Tora in the dramas "Keisei Masago no Shiranami" and "Ch˘ Chidori Omokage Soga".

5th lunar month of 1868: Senjo performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the drama "Chűshingura Gojűsan Tsugi".

10th lunar month of 1868: Senjo performed at the Kado no Shibai in the dramas "Hana no Ani no Chi no Hanabusa" and "Senry˘ Nobori".

1st lunar month of 1869: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Iwafuji's servant Chiyo in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Tsuii no Ume" (similar to "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"), which was staged to welcome the Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V; the roles of Iwafuji, Ohatsu and Onoe were played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Arashi Rikan IV and Nakamura Komanosuke V.

3rd lunar month of 1869: Senjo played in the same theater the role of Yamanaya Urazato [illustration] in the drama "Akegarasu Koromo Yozakura". This drama was part of a special program commemorating the the 2ndanniversary (3rd memorial service) of the passing away of late Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II; the role of Kasugaya Tokijir˘ was played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1869: Senjo played at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of Koman and Komutsu in the dramas "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Kokusen'ya Gassen".

9th lunar month of 1869: Senjo performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the dramas "Gotenjiku", "Azuma Miyage Shiranui Z˘shi" and "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1869: Senjo played in the same theater the role of Okatsu in the drama "Terutora Haizen"; the roles of Koshiji and Nagao Terutora were played by Ichikawa Udanji I.

3rd lunar month of 1870: Senjo played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Katsuragi and Oseki in the dramas "Hana no Kumo Inazuma Z˘shi" and "Hiyokumon Ch˘ch˘ no Irozashi" (similar to "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"); the roles of Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon in the former drama were played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V.

8th lunar month of 1870: Senjo played the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Kosen at the Naka no Shibai in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

10th lunar month of 1870: Senjo played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

4th lunar month of 1871: Senjo played at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of the ny˘b˘ Oyuki, Sagami and the katanaya Oriku in the dramas "Katakiuchi Mid˘ no Mae", "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Kane-ga-Naru Kesa no Uwasa".

5th lunar month of 1871: Senjo appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai, playing the roles of Misao-no-Mae and Kagaribi in the dramas "Yanagi no Ito Kokonoe Nishiki" and "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th day of the 8th lunar month of 1871 [1]: Senjo died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Ogino Senjo was a talented onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in Kamigata during the fifties and sixties of the nineteenth century.

[1] The 11th day of the 8th lunar month of the 4th year of the Meiji era was the 25th of September 1871 in the western calendar.

[2] This minor actor was recorded as performing in Ky˘to in 1852. We assume without proof that he was a disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi III.

[3] It was recorded in the 7th volume of "Kabuki Nenpy˘" that he took the name of Ogino Senjo in the 12th lunar month of 1862. In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was recorded that he took the name of Ogino Senjo in the 10th lunar month 1863 at the Naka no Shibai. It was recorded in both the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database that he took the name of Ogino Senjo in the 1st lunar month of 1864.

[4] He took the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi III in the 1st lunar month of 1852, not 1853, according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database and the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". We've decided to stay in line with the data from Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". No way to countercheck with the 6th volume of "Kabuki Nenpy˘" due to a lack of data. The only solution would be an intensive study of banzuke or hy˘banki but we won't do it. Moreover, according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, he held the name of Fujikawa Kankichi I between Fujikawa Kayű III and Fujikawa Tomokichi III. This was not the case in both Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", Fujikawa Kankichi I was a previous stage name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II, not Ogino Senjo.

[5] Literally the master of Kanayabashi, a district in ďsaka.

Ogino Senjo portraying Fujikawa no Osen in a in a mitate-e print made in 1865 by Nakai Yoshitaki

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1849

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1854

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1866

The Fujikawa Kayű line of actors

The Fujikawa Tomokichi line of actors

 
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