|ASAO YOROKU I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Ippo
Existence: 1797 ~ 9th day of the 12th lunar month of 1851 
Master: Asao Tamejűr˘ I
Disciples: Asao Yoroku II, Asao Takumi II, Asao Takumi III
1797 ~ 1804: he started his career as a disciple of the star Asao Tamejűr˘ I, who gave him the name of Asao Tanpei. He performed in ďsaka kodomo shibai.
7th day of the 4th lunar month of 1804 : his master Asao Tamejűr˘ I died.
1st lunar month of 1814: he became katakiyaku and took the name of Asao Tomoz˘ II.
Winter 1817/1818: Tomoz˘ went to Edo with the stage giant Nakamura Utaemon III.
2nd lunar month of 1818: Tomoz˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki", which was staged for the first time in Edo [more details].
7th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Kumoi no Hareginu", which mixed the sekai of Gion no Ny˘go, the Two Shinbŕ ("Ninin Shinbŕ") and Tamamo-no-Mae; Tomoz˘ played the role of Taguma H˘gen Toshitsugu [more details].
Fall 1826: Tomoz˘ went back to ďsaka.
12th lunar month of 1826: Tomoz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kurosuke in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".
1828: Asao Tomoz˘ II took the name of Asao Takumi I to perform in hama shibai as a jitsuaku.
11th lunar month of 1830: Asao Takumi I took the name of Asao Yoroku I at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Miura Arajir˘ in the drama "Z˘ho H˘j˘ Jiraiki"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Ogawa Kichitar˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Band˘ Jutar˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ III, Arashi Kan˘ and Asao Okuyama III.
1st lunar month of 1840: Yoroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Kataoka Ichiz˘ I.
1847: he went on tour in Nagoya, where he temporarily performed under the name of Yamamura Takumi I.
5th lunar month of 1848: Yoroku played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Ky˘goku no Takumi and Kinugawa Yasozaemon in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Rokusuke was played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.
8th lunar month of 1848: Yoroku played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Tetsuzan in the drama "Sarayashiki"; the role of Okiku was played by Arashi Rikaku II.
1st lunar month of 1849: Yoroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).
8th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of T˘kichi and Princess Yuki were played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Sawamura Kit˘ II.
9th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku played at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Rokusuke in the "Keya-mura" scene of the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Osono was played by Yamashita Kinsaku IV.
3rd lunar month of 1851: Yoroku played the role of Sh˘gen in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which was performed in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai. His stage partners were Kataoka Gad˘ II (Matahei) and Nakamura Karoku I (Otoku).
Summer ~ Fall 1851: Yoroku went on a long tour.
9th day of the 12th lunar month of 1851 : Yoroku died in the city of Yoshida in the province of Mikawa.
Asao Yoroku I was a talented and popular 19th century Kamigata actor, which was specialized in jitsuaku/katakiyaku roles. On the positive side, he was an expert in turning a somersault on stage (tonbo). On the negative side, he was a heavy drinker and was quite a troublemaker once he was drunk.
 The 9th day of the 12th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era was the 31st of December 1851 in the western calendar.
 The 7th day of the 4th lunar month of the 1st year of the Bunka era was the 17th of May 1804 in the western calendar.
Asao Yoroku I playing the role of Ogata Rikimaru
Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1819
Print made by Shumbaisai Hokuei in 1835
Print made by Hasegawa Sadanobu in 1849
The Asao Tomoz˘ line of actors
The Yamamura Takumi line of actors
The Asao Yoroku line of actors
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