ďTANI HIROJI I

Stage name:

ďtani Hiroji I In Japanese

Nickname: Daijicch˘ (the grand Jicch˘)

Guild: Maruya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Jicch˘

Existence: 1699 ~ 25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 [1]

Connections:

Father: ďtani Hiroemon I

Son: ďtani Saiz˘

Son-in-laws: Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I

Disciples: ďtani Hiroji II, ďtani Hirohachi I, ďtani Rokuz˘, ďtani Masugor˘, ďtani Hikosabur˘ (?)

Career:

Winter 1702: he made his first appearance on stage at the Moritaza, where he received the name of ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1710: Hiroji became katakiyaku and played at the Yamamuraza the role of Yokogumo ďji in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi".

11th lunar month of 1711: Hiroji played at the Yamamuraza the role of Ukijima Kanz˘ in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko".

11th lunar month of 1713: Hiroji became jitsuaku, like his father ďtani Hiroemon I, and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Tsukamakiya Goroshichi in the kaomise drama "Onna Kusunoki Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1714: Hiroji played at the Moritaza the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the kaomise drama "Onna Ryűko Futatsu Gashira".

11th lunar month of 1715: Hiroji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Motoi no Hayata in the drama "Kogane no Kaburi Konrei Yorimasa".

11th lunar month of 1716: Hiroji moved to the Ichimuraza and achieved a great success by playing the role of Toriumi Yasabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane".

11th lunar month of 1719: Hiroji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Katagiri Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki".

2nd lunar month of 1720: Hiroji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1721 [2]: his father ďtani Hiroemon I died.

9th lunar month of 1723: the Nakamuraza produced a special program to celebrate the departure of Hiroji to Kamigata; he played the role of Osaragi Saburobei in the drama "Wakaura Osana Komachi".

Fall 1723: Hiroji went to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1723: great kaomise program at the Kado no Shibai in ďsaka to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji in this city; the zamoto Arashi San'emon III produced the drama "Kogane no Hanagata", in which Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Hiroji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Hiroji played the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Osaragi Sabu (Kurofune Chűemon) [casting].

Fall 1724: Hiroji settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1724: Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma", which was produced by the zamoto Segawa Kikunoj˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

11th lunar month of 1725: Hiroji performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Senzai Gura Sangai Matsu", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Jűjir˘ for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (Hakozaki Namiemon) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Komatsu).

1st lunar month of 1726: Hiroji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1726: Hiroji played the role of Kumagai in the kaomise drama "Shinz˘ Kishi no Himematsu", which was produced by Sanogawa Mangiku for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

Fall 1727: Sanogawa Mangiku produced in the same theater the drama "Onna Tosa Nikki", which celebrated the coming departure of Hiroji.

Fall 1727: Hiroji went back to Edo along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe.

11th lunar month of 1727: Hiroji played at the Nakamuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza. The 4 tachiyaku Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya"; Hiroji achieved a great success by playing the role of Fuwa Banzaemon, confronting Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in the role of Nagoya Sanza.

Fall 1730: The actors Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the play "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" ("Five men under the August moon"), which was staged in the same theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1730: Hiroji performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1731: Hiroji played the role of Nagoya Saburozaemon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" ("The courtesan, the tombola drawing and Nagoya Sanza"), which was performed in the same theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Hiroji played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Miura Daisuke and Matano Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima".

11th lunar month of 1735: Hiroji played the role of ďtomo Onohachi in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi".

11th lunar month of 1736: Hiroji and the Segawa brothers, Kikunoj˘ and Kikujir˘, moved to the Nakamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sessh˘seki".

9th lunar month of 1737: the Nakamuraza produced a special program to celebrate the coming departure of Hiroji, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I to Kamigata; The three actors played the leading roles of the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1737: great kaomise produced by Miyako Mandayű in Ky˘to to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji; he played the role of Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sakae no Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1738: Hiroji played in Ky˘to the role of Ikoma Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi H˘rai Yakata", which was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played in the same theater the roles of Imagawa Ry˘shun, Hatakeyama Masanaga and Edohei in the new year drama "Keisei Arashiyama".

11th lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played the role of Ise no Sabur˘ in the drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which was produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (Nikki Danj˘), Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju) and Sawamura Otoemon I (ďuchi Kamon).

Fall 1740: Hiroji settled in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1740: Hiroji played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Takasaka Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Shinra Genji Shimada Gump˘", which was produced by Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

Fall 1741: Hiroji went back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1741: Hiroji played at the Ichimuraza the role of ďe no Iwato Saemon in the kaomise drama "Sugatae Onna Narihira".

7th lunar month of 1742: the play "Keisei Hangonk˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza. Hiroji played the role of Matahei [casting].

11th lunar month of 1743: Hiroji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ashikaga Takauji in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1744: Hiroji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1744: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji". The leading female role was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Hiroji.

11th lunar month of 1744: Hiroji was expected to perform at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kach˘ Taiheiki" but he suddenly fell ill and had to retire.

25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 [1]: Hiroji died; his tombstone was located in the precinct of the Taisenji Temple [3].

Comments:

ďtani Hiroji I was an outstanding tachiyaku, who made a very successful career during the first half of the eighteenth century. He was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn˘ ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II).

His fame was not limited to Edo and he made 2 successful tours in the Kamigata cities of ďsaka and Edo.

[1] The 25th day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Enky˘ era was the 2nd of July 1747 in the western calendar.

[2] The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 16th of March 1721 in the western calendar.

[3] This temple was located in the district of Asakusa.

ďtani Hiroji I playing the role of Matsu˘maru in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1719

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1723

The ďtani Hiroji line of actors

 
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