|OSAGAWA TSUNEYO I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kyosen
Existence: 1724 ~ 12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766 
Disciple: Osagawa Tsuneyo II
Before 1748: born in Kamigata. He started his career at an early age, as a disciple of Yamatogawa Akashi, who gave him the name of Yamatogawa Tsuneyo. He joined Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I in 1746 and changed his name to Somematsu Tsuneyo. His third master was Osagawa Heiz˘, who welcomed him as a disciple and gave him the name of Osagawa Tsuneyo I.
Fall 1750: Tsuneyo went to Edo.
2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which was staged at the Moritaza; Tsuneyo played the roles of Sodehagi and Bunji's wife [casting|illustrations].
11th lunar month of 1763: Tsuneyo played at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ume ya Suisen Izu no Irifune", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Sukegor˘ II and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Kiriyama Monji I and Arashi Hinaji.
12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766 : Tsuneyo died in Edo.
Osagawa Tsuneyo I served his apprenticeship as an actor in Kamigata but spent the 1750s and the 1760s in Edo, where he made a successful career as an onnagata. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, and excelled in ny˘b˘ roles. He unfortunately died too young, at the beginning of his 40s, very close to the j˘-j˘-kichi level!
 The 12th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Meiwa era was the 18th of June 1766 in the western calendar.
Osagawa Tsuneyo I portraying Sakuramaru of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Osagawa Tsuneyo line of actors
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