Poetry name: Renshű (or Renjű ?)
Existence: ??? ~ 1701
1680: he starts his career in ďsaka, where he performs as a wakashugata. His first stage name is Onoyama Shizuma. He takes the names of Onoyama Shume and Onoyama Ujiemon at unknown times.
1682 ~ 1683: Ujiemon performs in ďsaka as a tachiyaku.
1686: Ujiemon becomes katakiyaku.
1691: Ujiemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Matsunami Daizen in the drama "Matsunami Sh˘sh˘ Kayoi-guruma".
1693: Ujiemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Kamei no Kiku˘maru in the drama "Shinjű Yashima".
1st lunar month of 1695: Ujiemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Ujiemon performs in ďsaka in the drama "Shissei Nyoirin Kannon Kaich˘".
11th lunar month of 1697: Ujiemon plays in ďsaka the role of Yuranoj˘ Kunitsura in the kaomise drama "Yamato no Kuni Chigo no Monju", which is produced by Araki Yojibŕ I and welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actor Saruwaka Sanzaemon I; others main stage partners are Kanazawa Goheiji, Takioka Hikoemon, Kamogawa Noshio I, Hattori Jiroemon, Dekishima Kosabur˘ and Kawakami Saburozaemon.
Fall 1698: Ujiemon goes to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1700: Ujiemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Komeya Yaichir˘ in the drama "Keisei Zen no Tsuna", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ II. The line-up includes the actors Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Onogawa Ugenji, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Takenaka Kiyonosuke, Matsunaga Rokuroemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.
Fall 1700: Ujiemon goes to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1701: Ujiemon plays in the same theater the role of Kitsuemon in the new year drama "Wakoku Onna Hankai".
1701: Ujiemon dies of paralysis and convulsions after eating fugu.
Onoyama Ujiemon was a popular and talented Kamigata actor, who was one of the first katakiyaku in Kabuki history. He was considered as the katakiyaku no ganzo, literally the pioneer of katakiyaku. Unfortunately, some poisonous mouthfuls of fugu abruptly put an end to a promising career!
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