OTOWA JIROSABURď I

Stage names:

Otowa Jirosabur˘ I
Otowa Minenosuke

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ Summer 1732

Connection:

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Career:

End of the 1670s ~ 1690: he performs in Ky˘to as a wakashugata; his first stage name is Otowa Minenosuke.

1691: he becomes tachiyaku in Ky˘to and takes the name of Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

Spring 1700: Jirosabur˘ produces in ďsaka Ki-no-Kaion's play "Keisei Mugen no Kane", which stars Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1701: Jirosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to and plays at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Sadanoj˘ in the new year drama "Miyako no Waka Ebisu", which is produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon. His others stage partners are Ogino Samanoj˘ I, Kanazawa Goheiji, Yamashita Sagoemon, Okada Samanosuke and Yamamoto Kamon.

3rd lunar month of 1702: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1704: Jirosabur˘ goes to ďsaka and plays the role of Okazaki Akushir˘ in the new year drama "Koi no Minamoto Yumi Hajime", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II. Jirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Osagawa Jűemon, Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I, Yamashita Matashir˘ I, Murayama Heijűr˘ I and Takioka Hikoemon.

Fall 1707: Jirosabur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1707: Jirosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki ďkagami"; his stage partners are Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Ichikawa Danshir˘ I and Kanazawa Goheiji.

2nd lunar month of 1708: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Ikushima Shingor˘ and Murayama Heiemon III.

11th lunar month of 1708: Jirosabur˘ plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Takiguchi in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Shiki Samba"; his stage partners are Ikushima Shingor˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Nakamura Gentar˘ and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

Fall 1709: Jirosabur˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1709: Jirosabur˘ plays in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Mai˘gi Masaki no Kazura", which is produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. He achieves a great success in a nuregoto scene in duo with Ogino Yaegiri I.

11th lunar month of 1710: Jirosabur˘ plays the role of Okinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Sasaki Uji ďshimadai", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon. Jirosabur˘'s stage partners are Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Miyazaki Denkichi, Band˘ Matajűr˘ I and Sodeshima Genji.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1711: Jirosabur˘ plays the role of Sasano Gonjűr˘, in reality the young master Tokuwaka, in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Hitachi Obi", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Miyazaki Denkichi and Shinozuka Jirozaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1712: Jirosabur˘ plays the role of the r˘nin Miyoshi Sangoemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which is produced in ďsaka by Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘.

Fall 1713: Jirosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

2nd lunar month of 1714: Jirosabur˘ plays the role of Isuke in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which is produced in Ky˘to by Nakamura Shingor˘ I. The playwright for this kaomise program is Jirosabur˘. His rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is only one little black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1715: Jirosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1715: Jirosabur˘ plays the role of Sayama Asaemon in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Genji Kaichű Fude", which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Miyazaki Denkichi and Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

Fall 1716: Jirosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1717: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Shinozuka Jirozaemon I, Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Osagawa Jűemon and Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1717: Jirosabur˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Kamadoyama Taminoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Iwao no Matsu Manbai no Midori", which is produced by Miyako Mandayű in his theater.

11th lunar month of 1718: Jirosabur˘ plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Sakuma Gorojir˘ in the kaomise drama "Meoto Matsu Jufuku no Kodane". His stage partners are Mihogi Gizaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kaneko Kichizaemon, Hyakuninshu Genzabur˘, Miyazaki Giheiji, Yamamoto Kamon, Tamagawa Genzabur˘ and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1722: Jirosabur˘ becomes zamoto and produces at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater a kaomise program (unknown title), which stars Yoshizawa Ayame I, Matsumoto Shigemaki, Nakamura S˘jűr˘, Miyazaki Giheita, Kanazawa Hikogor˘ II, Yamatogawa Gorojir˘, Iwai Izaemon, Fujioka Daikichi, Kirinami Senju II, Ichikawa Toyama III, Ichikawa Takegor˘, Mizuki Masano and Band˘ Matasabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Jirosabur˘ produces in the same theater the new year drama "Keisei Hitomaruzuka", in which he plays the role of Sagara Wasuke.

Fall 1723: Jirosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Jirosabur˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Moriguchi Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Jirosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi San'emon III, Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and ďtani Hiroji I.

Spring 1724 ~ Winter 1728: Jirosabur˘ does not perform in Ky˘to or ďsaka major theaters.

2nd lunar month of 1728: Jirosabur˘ appears for the last time on the stage of a major licensed theater, playing the role of Kurihara Sanzaemon in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono", which is produced by Kanazawa Hikogor˘ in Ky˘to. Nobody knows what happens to Jirosabur˘ afterwards up to his death in Summer 1732.

Comments:

Otowa Jirosabur˘ I was an popular Ky˘to tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in Kamigata from the beginning of the 1710s to the middle of the 1720s. This short-sized actor was outstanding in jitsugoto roles. He was also a skilled playwright and became famous by adapting to Kabuki Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppets drama, although he always refused to keep Gidayű chanting in his dramas.

Otowa Jirosabur˘ I playing the role of Moriguchi Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1723 at the ďnishi no Shibai

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