OSAGAWA J█EMON

Existence: ??? ~ 1731

Connections:

Disciples: Osagawa Seizabur˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sasao Otojűr˘ I, Osagawa Hachiroemon, Osagawa Tatsuya, Osagawa Heiz˘ (Osagawa Tsuneyo I's master)

Career:

1st lunar month of 1688: Jűemon goes from his native Ky˘to to Edo and plays at the Yamamuraza in the new year drama "Heishinn˘".

Fall 1693: Jűemon goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1693: Jűemon becomes zamoto and produces for the nadai Miyako Mandayű Tominaga Heibei's drama "Bud˘ no Tassha", in which he plays the role of Ishid˘ Satayű. His stage partners are Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Sakurayama Rinnosuke I, Kirinami Senju I, Sodesaki Karyű, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I, Adachi Saburozaemon and Sendai Yagoshichi.

3rd lunar month of 1701: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1701: Jűemon plays in ďsaka the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the kaomise drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shichinenki". His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon I (Danshichi Kurobŕ) and Takioka Hikoemon (Issun Tokubŕ).

3rd lunar month of 1707: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1709: Jűemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1709: Jűemon goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1709: Jűemon plays the role of Iwakura Tamiemon in the kaomise drama "Kokonotsu Kogura Hitotsubu Manbai", which is produced by Miyako Mandayű for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1713: Jűemon goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1713: Jűemon plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Kaikeizan". His main stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘, Mizuki Kikusabur˘ and Jűemon's disciple Ogawa Zengor˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1714: Jűemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1714: Jűemon goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1714: Jűemon plays the role of Mochizuki Kurozaemon in the kaomise drama "Yonedawara Mangoku no Minato", which is produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu II for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon.

11th lunar month of 1715: Jűemon moves to Ky˘to and plays in the kaomise drama "Chiyogasane Kiku no Shinpai", which is produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

11th lunar month of 1716: Jűemon plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Eboshidakara Mangoku no Kaname", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

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

11th lunar month of 1718: Jűemon plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which is produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

Fall 1719: Jűemon goes to ďsaka, after 4 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1719: Jűemon plays in the kaomise drama "Odaki Medaki Kogane no Hajimari", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III at the Higashi no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1720: Jűemon moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Chibikizuru", which is produced by Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Jűemon moves back to the Higashi no Shibai and plays the role of Kurayama Daigaku in the kaomise drama "Tenryű Chiryű Kogane no Suzunari", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1722: Jűemon moves to the ďnishi no Shibai and achieves a great success by playing the role of Ishid˘ Sukeemon (in reality Ikoma Gengo) in the kaomise drama "Genji Moy˘ Ichimai Gushi", which is produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II (who celebrates his shűmei).

Fall 1723: Jűemon goes to Ky˘to, after 4 seasons spent in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Jűemon plays the role of Tagamatsu Sanzaemon in the kaomise drama "Manch˘ Chitose-gura", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

11th lunar month of 1724: Jűemon plays the role of Koizumi Kambei in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which is produced by Ogino Umenosuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

11th lunar month of 1729: Jűemon plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Fukuju Yakata Wag˘ no Futabashira", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1730: Jűemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, oyajigata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He most likely retires in 1730 and dies in Ky˘to the following year.

Comments:

Osagawa Jűemon was an outstanding Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who was active on major stages from 1688 to 1729. "He had been a samurai in daimy˘ service, and became an actor from choice. As revealing the sentiment of the time, it is recorded that one of his relatives came to the theatre to kill him because the ex-samurai had the insolence to act under his own name. This the relative considered a piece of great effrontery, and but for the pacification of the theatre people would have carried out his intention. Osagawa Jűemon was good, as might have been expected, in samurai r˘les. He lived to a ripe old age, and when he became too infirm to appear as a fighting man, contented himself with old men's r˘les. Before his death he lost his sight, but still his usefulness upon the stage did not cease, for he was accommodating enough to act blind characters."

His first name was wrote in 2 slightly different ways:

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Osagawa Jűemon playing the role of Asaina no Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Soga Kuhon no Matsu", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1703 in ďsaka

 
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