ÔTANI HIROJI II

Stage names:

Ôtani Hiroji II In Japanese
Bandô Matatarô III In Japanese
Ôtani Oniji I In Japanese
Ôtani Bunzô I In Japanese
Ôtani Heizô In Japanese

Other name: Tatsumatsu Bunshichi

Nicknames:

Surugaya Jicchô
Naka no Jicchô
Hiroji Jicchô

Guild: Surugaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Tôshû, Jicchô

Existence: 1717 ~ 2nd day of the 6th lunar month of 1757 [1]

Connections:

Masters: Ôtani Hiroji I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII

Disciples: Ôtani Hiroji III, Ôtani Hiroemon III

Career:

1717 ~ 1735: born in Edo. He was the son of the puppeteer Tatsumatsu Buzaemon. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Ôtani Hiroji I, who gave him the name of Ôtani Heizô. After a quarrel with his master, he was back in the puppets worlds and learnt the art with his master Tatsumatsu Kôsuke, who gave him the name of Tatsumatsu Bunshichi. After a few years, he reconciliated with Ôtani Hiroji I and went back to the Kabuki world, receiving the name of Ôtani Bunzô I.

1736: he became disciple of the actor Ichimura Takenojô IV.

11th lunar month of 1736: he took the name of Bandô Matatarô III at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1740: Matatarô played at the Ichimuraza the role of Watanabe Hayatomo in the kaomise program "Kichirei Imagawajô", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji.

11th lunar month of 1743: reconciliation with Ôtani Hiroji I; he joined back the Ôtani clan and took the name of Ôtani Oniji I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1746: Oniji's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, tachiyaku section, was jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Oniji played the role of Matsuômaru [casting].

25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 [2]: his master Ôtani Hiroji I passed away.

11th lunar month of 1748: Ôtani Oniji I took the name of Ôtani Hiroji II at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Aoto Saemon in Tsuuchi Jihê II's kaomise drama "Hôkasô Yunzei Hachinoki".

2nd lunar month of 1757: Hiroji appeared on stage for the last time, playing the roles of Oniô Shinzaemon and Shigenoi Saemon in the kaomise drama "Some Tazuna Hatsuuma Soga", which was staged at the Ichimuraza.

2nd day of the 6th lunar month of 1757 [1]: Hiroji passed away in Edo.

Comments:

Ôtani Hiroji II was a talented tachiyaku, who reached fame between 1746 and 1757. It was said that his acting skills were similar to his master's ones but that his looks and personal apperance surpassed his master's ones.

[1] The 2nd day of the 6th lunar month of the 7th year of the Hôreki era was the 17th of July 1757 in the western calendar.

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

Ôtani Hiroji II playing the role of Kawazu Saburô Sukeyasu in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1747

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1749

The Ôtani Bunzô line of actors

The Bandô Matatarô line of actors

The Ôtani Oniji line of actors

The Ôtani Hiroji line of actors

 
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