|ďTANI TOMOEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shiyű
Existence: 1744 ~ 16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1781 
Master: ďtani Hirohachi I
Disciple: ďtani Kuniji II, ďtani Daihachi
1744: born in ďsaka.
1763: he became disciple of the actor ďtani Hirohachi I and received the name of ďtani Tomosabur˘.
11th lunar month of 1765: ďtani Tomosabur˘ took the name of ďtani Tomoemon I in Ky˘to, performing in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Asahi no ďgi", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II and Yamashita Ky˘nosuke at the Minamigawa no Shibai and welcomed in Ky˘to the Edo actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III.
Fall 1769: Tomoemon went to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1772: Tomoemon moved to the Nakamuraza, became jitsuaku and performed in the kaomise drama "ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘"; Tomoemon played the roles of the money broker Ch˘bŕ and Minamoto no Yukiie [casting]. This 46-days long performance, which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, was a tremendous success.
7th lunar month of 1774: Tomoemon played in the same theater the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He also played the roles of ďta Ry˘chiku and Ono no Sadakur˘ in "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
3rd lunar month of 1776: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsu Kanshi's puppet theater drama "Koi Musume Mukashi Hachij˘", which was staged at the Nakamuraza; Tomoemon played the role of the tedai J˘hachi [casting].
Summer 1777: the book "Yakusha Sensakuron" ('About actors prying') was published in Edo. It gave some private information on actors. Edo readers learnt that Tomoemon's yearly salary was 450 ry˘ and that his wife Omine was the daughter of Taiko no Jűemon (most likely a taiko player).
11th lunar month of 1778: Tomoemon performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Motomishi Yuki Sakae Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Ayame IV and the first stage appearance of Band˘ Mitahachi I.
7th lunar month of 1781: Tomoemon appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Uzura Gonbŕ in the drama "Muromachi-dono Eiga Butai". He suddenly fell ill and stopped acting.
16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1781 : Tomoemon died in Edo.
 The 16th day of the 8th lunar month of the 1st year of the Tenmei era was the 3rd of October 1781 in the western calendar.
The Actor ďtani Tomoemon I as Kawatabiya Mombei in the Play ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Eleventh Month, 1772
The ďtani Tomoemon line of actors
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