|OSAGAWA TSUNEYO IV|
Osagawa Tsuneyo IV
Guilds: Nishikiya, Taiya
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Kyosen
Father: Yamashina Shingor˘
Before 1816: born in Kamigata. His father is the actor Yamashina Shingor˘. His first stage names are Yamashina Takegor˘ and Yamashina Jinkichi III, which are both taken at unknown date.
Spring 1816: Jinkichi goes to Edo.
4th lunar month of 1816: Jinkichi performs at the Kiriza.
11th lunar month of 1818: Jinkichi plays at the Tamagawaza in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Ubuyu no Tamagawa", which stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Segawa Kikunoj˘ V, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, S˘ry˘ Jinroku II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV, ďtani Bajű II and Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ II. The tatesakusha is Tsuruya Nanboku IV.
11th lunar month of 1823: Yamashina Jinkichi III and Yamashina Tsuchigor˘ take respectively the names of Osagawa Tsuneyo IV and Yamashina Jinkichi IV at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Yama Mata Yama Hana no Yamagatsu" which also celebrates the shűmei of Nakayama Tomisabur˘ II.
7th lunar month of 1837: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Sansh˘-dayű Kogane no Toridoshi", a revised and expanded version of the gidayű ky˘gen "Yura no Minato Sengen Ch˘ja"; Tsuneyo plays the roles of the menoto Uwatake and Sansh˘'s ny˘b˘ Kiyo [casting].
10th lunar month of 1842: Tsuneyo takes part in the opening ceremony of the newly-built Nakamuraza in the district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘, playing in the drama "Kinryűzan Chikai no Ishizue", which is produced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII; his stage partners are Iwai Tojaku, Sawamura Tossh˘ II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Onoe Eizabur˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Arashi Izabur˘ II and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V.
1st lunar month of 1848: Tsuneyo's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent). he shares this rank with Onoe Baik˘ IV and Band˘ Shűka I. Tsuneyo is the kanjiku for onnagata actors.
Osagawa Tsuneyo IV was a talented and popular onnagata actor, who was born and trained in Kamigata in miyaji shibai, and achieved fame for himself in Edo from the end of the 1810s to the end of the 1840s. His field of excellence was ny˘b˘ roles. He became an outstanding toshima in his latter years. He most likely died at the beginning of 1850. He revived the famous Osagawa Tsuneyo line of actors for only one generation, for he had no heir when he left this world.
Osagawa Tsuneyo IV in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I
The Osagawa Tsuneyo line of actors
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