ONOE TAGANOJď III

Stage names:

Onoe Taganoj˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Kigan V In Japanese
Ichikawa Kisabur˘ In Japanese

Real name: Higuchi Kisabur˘

Guilds: Otowaya, Takashimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Baika, Baika, Rosui

Existence: 1889 ~ 20 June 1978

Connection:

Uncle: Asao Kuzaemon IV

Masters: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Ichikawa Udanji I

Son: Onoe Kikuz˘ VI

Disciple: Onoe Tagaz˘ III

Career:

1889: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Hama-ch˘.

1891: he started his career as a koyaku actor, performing under the name of Ichikawa Kisabur˘.

26 June 1899: the actor Onoe Taganoj˘ II died.

September 1911: Asao Kuzaemon IV and Ichikawa Kisabur˘ respectively took the names of Ichikawa Kigan IV and Ichikawa Kigan V at the Meijiza.

1921: Kigan joined the troupe led by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

February 1922: Kigan played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru) and Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Chiyo).

February 1923: premiere with a Kabuki casting at the Ichimuraza of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s ninj˘mono drama "Jirokichi Zange"; Kigan played the role of Naokichi's wife Okoma [more details].

July 1924: Kigan played for the first time the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi", which was staged at the Ichimuraza; the role of D˘gen was played by his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

December 1924: Kigan played for the first time the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi", which was staged at the H˘rakuza; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

June 1925: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s drama "Ikite-iru Koheiji"; Kigan played the role of Takur˘'s wife Ochika [more details].

March 1927: Kigan played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the roles of Yosabur˘, Tazaemon and K˘mori Yasu were played by Morita Kan'ya XIII, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

June 1927: Ichikawa Kigan V took the name of Onoe Taganoj˘ III at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, playing the role of Oroku in the drama "Yakudoshi".

April 1928: Taganoj˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo).

January 1931: Taganoj˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Nakamura Fukusuke V (Chiyo).

March 1931: premiere at the Meijiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Mabuta no Haha", starring Morita Kan'ya XIII and Taganoj˘ in the roles of Chűtar˘ and Ohama.

April 1932: Taganoj˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo).

May 1933: Ikeda Daigo's bakumatsumono drama "Saig˘ to Buta-hime" was staged for the first time in ˘shibai, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza; Taganoj˘ played the role of the geigi Kishino [more details].

September 1933: premiere atthe T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kawamura Kary˘'s drama "J˘shű Miyage Hyakury˘ Kubi"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Hayabusa no Kanji's ny˘b˘ Seki [more details].

June 1934: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu"; Taganoj˘ played the roles of Okuma and Oima [casting].

September 1935: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Tajű's ny˘b˘ Oichi [more details].

October 1944: Taganoj˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. This was the 6th and last time they performed together in this drama.

June 1946: his son Onoe Kikumaru II took the name of Onoe Kikuz˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, performing with his father in the drama "Kagatobi".

March 1947: Taganoj˘ played at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Kamezasa [casting].

April 1949: Taganoj˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. This was the 9th and last time they performed together in this drama.

10 July 1949: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI died.

March 1952: Taganoj˘ played at the Meijiza the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Okin [casting].

March 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 1st part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Taganoj˘ played the role of the r˘jo Tamatsubaki [more details].

October 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 2nd part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Taganoj˘ played the role of the r˘jo Tamatsubaki [more details].

December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Osan Mohei"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Osan's mother Oshige [casting].

March 1955: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 3rd (and last) part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Taganoj˘ played the roles of Ii Kamon-no-Kami and the r˘jo Tamatsubaki [more details].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Ohan's mother Omoto [casting].

November 1960: Taganoj˘ played at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

December 1962: Taganoj˘ played at the T˘yoko Hall the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Ichikawa Sadanji III. This was the 6th and last time they performed together in this drama.

January 1964: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Taganoj˘ played the role of the k˘shitsu Nyogetsuni [casting].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Taganoj˘ played the role of the lady-in-waiting Takino [casting].

May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Sakae Gozen [casting].

1968: received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

November 1970: Taganoj˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Orai [casting].

March 1974: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Gapp˘'s spouse Otoku in the drama "Gapp˘"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Tamate Gozen were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

May 1975: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi", which was staged at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza; the role of D˘gen was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. This was the 9th and last time they performed together in this drama.

February 1976: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi", which was staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. This was the 5th and last time they performed together in this drama.

February 1977: premiere at the Kabukiza of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Ichimatsu Koz˘ no Onna"; Taganoj˘ played the role of Gonbŕ's wife Okane [more details].

May 1977: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Soga no Mank˘ in the drama "Sukeroku", which was staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Sukeroku was played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X.

February 1978: Taganoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the dance "Kappore", which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan.

20 June 1978: Taganoj˘ died.

Comments:

Onoe Taganoj˘ III was an outstanding supporting onnagata actor, who underwent his apprenticeship in koshibai with his uncle Asao Kuzaemon IV and became from the 1920s to the end of the 1970s the stage partners of three generations of leaders of the Onoe clan: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VII/Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Kikugor˘ VII. He was particularly appreciated for his roles as the wife of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in many sewamono dramas. His most notable roles were D˘gen's mistress Okane ("Kagatobi"), Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane ("Bunshichi Mottoi"), Okuma ("Kurayami no Ushimatsu"), Soga no Mank˘ ("Sukeroku"), Otoku ("Gapp˘"), Otsune ("Kamiyui Shinza"), Okaya ("Kanpei Harakiri") and Tonami ("Terakoya"). He was not only an accomplished actor, but was also a painter, a seal carver and a poet.

Onoe Taganoj˘ III playing the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"

The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors

The Onoe Taganoj˘ line of actors

 
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