ASAO J█JIRď

Stage name:

Asao Jűjir˘ I In Japanese | In Japanese

Nickname: Jinkichi

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1685 ~ 1734 (?)

Connections:

Brother: Asao Hisamatsu

Son: Asao Saijir˘ (Asao Jűjir˘ II)

Disciples: Asao Motogor˘ I, Asao Motoz˘, Asao Shichijir˘

Career:

1st lunar month of 1695: he made his first appearance on stage in ďsaka, performing as a wakaonnagata in the drama "Jingű K˘g˘", which was produced by Arashi San'emon II.

7th lunar month of 1696: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ in the drama "Kamakura Ominaeshi"; his stage partners were Shibazaki Rinzaemon I (Soga Gor˘), Arashi San'emon II (Soga Jűr˘) and Nishikawa Okanosuke (ďiso no Tora).

6th lunar month of 1698: Jűjir˘ played the role of Kita-no-Kata in the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse", which was produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ I; his stage partners were Fujikawa Buzaeon I (Mareyo), Iwai Hanshir˘ I (Kiyotsura) Yamashita Matashir˘ I (Senju Tar˘), Shinozuka Jirozaemon (Sakagami no ďji), Uemura Takenoj˘ (Semimaru), Mihara Jűdayű I, Ogura Bun'emon and Uemura Kichisabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1699: Jűjir˘ played the role of Imagawa in the drama "Keisei Hasugawa", which was produced at the Kado no Shibai by Arashi San'emon II.

3rd lunar month of 1699: Jűjir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1699: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Okaya in the drama "Shinoda Zuma Gonichi".

1st lunar month of 1700: Jűjir˘ played the role of Princess Tamayo in the drama "Onna Ch˘teki Sangoku Denraiki", which was produced in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) by Araki Yojibŕ I.

1st lunar month of 1701: Jűjir˘ settled in Ky˘to; he played the roles of Princessses Anju and Toku in the dramas "Onzoshi Hatsutora Mairi" and "Keisei Fuji Miru Sato", which were produced by Kokon Shinzaemon for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

3rd lunar month of 1701: Jűjir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

7th lunar month of 1701: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Ky˘ in the drama "Shinji Soga".

11th lunar month of 1701: Jűjir˘ played the role of Okura in the drama "Shin Komachi Eiga no Kuruma", which was produced by Arashi San'emon II for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.

1st lunar month of 1702: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Princess Yomekatsu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mibu Dainenbutsu", which was produced by Kokon Shinzaemon.

3rd lunar month of 1702: Jűjir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1703: Jűjir˘ played the role of the courtesan Nokaze in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mitsu no Kuruma", which was produced by Yamatoya T˘kichi for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1704: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Isago in the drama "Musume Ch˘ja Hagoita no Eawase".

3rd lunar month of 1704: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of the keisei Tamagawa in the drama "Kaga no Kuni Bijo no Iwaya".

2nd lunar month of 1705: Jűjir˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1705: Jűjir˘ played the role of Kyűshű no Osan in the drama "Keisei Inaba no Matsu", which was produced by Sakata Heishichir˘ at the Nawate no Shibai for the nadai Hoteiya Umenoj˘; his main stage partner was the star Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1705: Jűjir˘ became zamoto and coproduced dramas with Sakata Heishichir˘ for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1706: Jűjir˘ coproduced, along with Sakata Heishichir˘, the drama "Keisei Nezamegaseki", which was staged with the actors Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Yamamura Kazaemon, Ichimura Tamagashiwa and Sawai Sonoemon.

Fall 1706: Jűjir˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1706: Jűjir˘ played the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Ky˘ Sukeroku Shinjű", which was produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon; his stage partners were Sugiyama Heihachi (Sukeroku), Arashi Sanjűr˘ I (Nenbutsudera no Osh˘), Yoshizawa Ayame I (Yaoya Otsuji) and Kataoka Nizaemon I (Yaoya Kozaemon).

11th lunar month of 1707: Jűjir˘ played the role of Hamamatsu in the drama "Hyakuma Yamanba", which was produced in ďsaka by Shinozuka Jirozaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1708: Jűjir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1709: the actors Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Fujikawa Buzaemon I and Jűjir˘ went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1709: Jűjir˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Okuni in the kaomise drama "Taihei Okuni Kabuki"; his main stage partners were Ikushima Shingor˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1710: Jűjir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: second kaomise at the Yamamuraza; Jűjir˘ played in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi"; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ikushima Shingor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I.

Spring 1711: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater in the new year sogamono drama "Yunzei Yomeiri Soga".

11th lunar month of 1711: third kaomise at the Yamamuraza; Jűjir˘ played the role of Asakusa Onami (in reality the dragon Ryűjo) in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko".

Spring 1712: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Aogi in the drama "Fukuwara Yunzei Yorimasa".

1st lunar month of 1713: Jűjir˘ moved to the Ichimuraza and played in the new year drama "Taihei Onna Imagawa"; his main stage partners were Matsumoto Koshir˘, Mizuki Takejűr˘, Sengoku Hikosuke, Takii Hanshir˘, ďkuma Utaemon and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1713: first kaomise at the Ichimuraza; Jűjir˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Kaikeizan"; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Osagawa Jűemon (who arrives from Ky˘to), Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Mizuki Kikusabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1714: second kaomise at the Ichimuraza; Jűjir˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Enman Taiheiki", which welcomed in Edo the actor Wakabayashi Shirogor˘; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Matsumoto Koshir˘, Hayakawa Dengor˘, Yamashita Karumo and Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: third kaomise at the Ichimuraza; Jűjir˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Banzei Onna Hachinoki"; his stage partners were Murayama Heiemon III, Matsumoto Koshir˘, Ichimura Tamagashiwa (who arrives from ďsaka), Azuma T˘z˘ I, Miyazaki Kodenji, Iwai Sagenta I and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Jűjir˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played in the drama "Shikirei Yawaragi Soga" ("Yawaragi Sukeroku"); his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (Sukeroku), Nakamura Takesabur˘ I (Agemaki) and ďtani Hiroemon I (Ikyű).

Spring 1716 ~ Fall 1717: Jűjir˘ was either on sick leave or on tour somewhere in the countryside. His name did not appear on any Edo theater playbill.

11th lunar month of 1717: Jűjir˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Kikusui in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Hayakawa Dengor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1718: Jűjir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1718: second kaomise at the Moritaza; Jűjir˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners were Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejűr˘, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘, Tamazawa Rin'ya and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1719: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Sanemori's daughter Oroku in the drama "Keisei Murasaki Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1719: Jűjir˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1720: second kaomise at the Nakamuraza; Jűjir˘ played the roles of Shiraume and Katsuda Jir˘'s wife in the kaomise drama "Michinoku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1721: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Katsuyama Matagor˘.

Fall 1721: Jűjir˘ went back to ďsaka, after 12 seasons spent in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1721: Jűjir˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Omatsu in the kaomise drama "Onna Genji Musha Sugoroku", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1722: Jűjir˘ played the role of Rokur˘'s spouse Karaaya in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi Kanshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Jűjir˘ played in the same theater the role of Meshitaki Tama in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Tomoe Daiko".

11th lunar month of 1727: Jűjir˘ performed at Miyako Mandayű's theater (Ky˘to) in the kaomise drama "Masu Kagami Eitai Gura".

11th lunar month of 1728: Jűjir˘ performed at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagura Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Tamiya Hannosuke.

1729 ~ 1732: Jűjir˘ was on tour all over Japan.

3rd lunar month of 1732: Jűjir˘ appeared on stage for the last time in Nagoya.

Comments:

Asao Jűjir˘ was a talented onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in three major cities (Edo, Ky˘to and ďsaka) from the Genroku era to the Ky˘h˘ era. He was considered as the artistic heir of the star Yoshizawa Ayame I and excelled in bud˘goto female roles, especially in roles equivalent to sabakiyaku. He was the founder of the Asao clan.

His first name was written in 2 slightly different ways:

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十次郎 重次郎

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Mizuki Kikusabur˘ (left), Asao Jűjir˘ (center) and Imamura Motojűr˘ (right) playing the roles of K˘t˘-no-Naishi, Kikusui and Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 at the Moritaza

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