OGAWA KICHITARď I

Guild: Sakaiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Eishi

Existence: 1737 ~ 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1781

Connection:

Father: Ogawa Goroshir˘ (a disciple of Ogawa Zengor˘ I)

Disciples: Ogawa Kichitar˘ II, Ogawa Fusamatsu, Ogawa Otojir˘, Ogawa Sengiku, Ogawa Shoz˘

Career:

1737 ~ 1748: born in Kamigata as the son of Ogawa Goroshir˘, a disciple of Ogawa Zengor˘ I.

1748: Kichitar˘ performs at the Takeda no Shibai, a hama shibai venue.

11th lunar month of 1754: Kichitar˘ becomes wakashugata at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

11th lunar month of 1760: Kichitar˘ becomes tachiyaku.

Fall 1761: Kichitar˘ goes to Ky˘to to perform at the Kitano no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1763: Kichitar˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Ariwara no Narihira in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1764: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same ranking with Nakamura Jűz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1764: Kichitar˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tsűrikimaru", which celebrates the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘.

1st lunar month of 1765: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same ranking with Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I and Onoe Montar˘.

11th lunar month of 1765: Kichitar˘ becomes zamoto and produces in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1766: Kichitar˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Komurasaki T˘ji, in reality Ibukiyama T˘jir˘, in the kaomise drama "Yuki no Asa Daimonjitsu Miyako no Fuku", which is produced by Yamashita Ky˘nosuke and Ichiyama Sukegor˘.

1st lunar month of 1767: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same ranking with Edosaka Ky˘emon.

11th lunar month of 1767: Kichitar˘ plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Hanayama Iorinosuke in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Fukki no Kanatoko", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ II and celebrates the shűmei of Sakakiyama Koshir˘ IV and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kichitar˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Misao Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio I, Nakamura Tsutaemon and Arashi Kasen. The main stage partners are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II, Onoe Shinshichi I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Kirishima Gizaemon I and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

Fall 1769: Kichitar˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1769: Kichitar˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tora no Itten Sanryaku no Maki", which is produced by Nakayama Yosabur˘ II. Kichitar˘'s stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Band˘ Iwagor˘, Yoshizawa Ayame III, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Hanagiri Toyomatsu III.

1st lunar month of 1770: Kichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same ranking with Arashi Kichisabur˘ I and Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1770: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's Gidayű Ky˘gen "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". The play is staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Kichitar˘ plays the roles of Minamoto no Yoriie, Miuranosuke and Bonta [casting].

9th lunar month of 1770: Kichitar˘ plays in the same theater the role of Abe no Yasuna in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami"; the role of Kuzu-no-Ha is played by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1770: Kichitar˘ becomes zamoto and produces in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Ma'ichimonjiya Sakigake Hy˘ban".

1st lunar month of 1771: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Kichitar˘ produces it and plays the role of Takamaru Kamejir˘ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1771: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", in which he plays the roles of Makura no Kiyoku and Fujiwara no Tankai.

11th lunar month of 1771: Kichitar˘ produces in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Ganjitsu Eiga no Toshikoshi".

12th lunar month of 1771: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari", in which he plays the roles of Nuinosuke and Yokur˘.

3rd lunar month of 1772: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", in which he plays the role of Date no Yosaku.

7th lunar month of 1772: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", in which he plays the roles of Yoshitsune and Yasuke.

9th lunar month of 1772: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Monogusa Tar˘", which celebrates the isse ichidai performance of Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1772: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai", in which he plays the roles of Wakiya Gisuke and Saheiji. From the 25th of November, he produces the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", in which he plays the role of Sakuramaru; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru's spouse Yae are played by Nakayama Raisuke I and Arashi Hinasuke I.

9th lunar month of 1773: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", in which he plays the role of Shirojir˘.

11th lunar month of 1773: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Medetai Uchimash˘".

12th lunar month of 1773: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", in which he plays the roles of Yoshitsune and the fortune teller (Tsuji H˘in).

9th lunar month of 1774: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Kume no Sennin Yoshino Zakura", in which he plays the role of Hata no Kanjir˘ and Atsumib˘; this is also the last stage performances of the star Yoshizawa Ayame III.

11th lunar month of 1774: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Isagiyoshi Kusunoki Banashi".

12th lunar month of 1774: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", in which he plays the roles of Nuinosuke and Okumi.

8th lunar month of 1775: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, produced at the Kado no Shibai by Kichitar˘; he plays the role of Tsuruya Reizabur˘ [more details].

11th lunar month of 1775: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Hachitanashi Hyaku Monogatari", which welcomes in ďsaka the onnagata Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III (coming back from Edo).

12th lunar month of 1775: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", in which he plays the role of Yogor˘.

3rd lunar month of 1776: Kichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same ranking with Arashi Hinasuke I.

4th lunar month of 1776: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", in which he plays the role of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu.

7th lunar month of 1776: premiere of Iso Isosuke's drama "Yamato Kotoba Suikoden", which is produced at the Kado no Shibai by Kichitar˘; he plays the role of S˘shichi [casting].

10th lunar month of 1776: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the play "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which is the onagori ky˘gen of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III, who is about to go to Edo; Kichitar˘ plays the role of Abe no Yasuna.

11th lunar month of 1776: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Eh˘gura Sankai Meisho", which welcomes in ďsaka the star Onoe Kikugor˘ I (coming from Ky˘to).

12th lunar month of 1776: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", in which he plays the roles of Saemon and Rai Tar˘ Kunitoshi.

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku and produced by Kichitar˘, which is staged at the Kado no Shibai; Kichitar˘ plays the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and the toneri Takuramaru [casting].

9th lunar month of 1777: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", in which he plays the roles of Kokingo and Yasuke.

11th lunar month of 1777: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", in which he plays the role of the Smallpox Deity H˘s˘shin, in reality Watari Shinroku.

4th lunar month of 1778: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", which is produced by Kichitar˘; he plays the role of Segawa Uneme [casting].

9th lunar month of 1778: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which is the onagori ky˘gen of the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I, who is about to go to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1778: Kichitar˘ produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which welcomes in ďsaka the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (coming back from Edo); Kichitar˘ plays the role of Mann˘ Kyűhei.

1st lunar month of 1779: Kichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is hakushi-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost unique - superior - superior - excellent).

7th lunar month of 1779: Kichitar˘ produces in the same theater the play "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", in which he plays the role of Izuminosuke.

11th lunar month of 1779: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Urashima Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which is produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II.

End of the 11th lunar month of 1779 ~ 1st lunar month of 1780: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of En'ya Hangan in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and ďboshi Yuranosuke are played by Yamamoto Giemon and Mihogi Gizaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1780: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Wakushichi, in reality T˘kur˘ Morinaga, in the kaomise drama "Ujigami Sairai Sukedono no Kachidoki".

1st lunar month of 1781: Kichitar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).

19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1781: Kichitar˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Ogawa Kichitar˘ I was an outstanding 18th century tachiyaku, who achieved in Ky˘to and ďsaka a reputation as an expert on wagoto. This amazing yatsushigata was compared by connoisseurs to the great actor Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I and was considered as his equal.

Ogawa Kichitar˘ I

The Ogawa Kichitar˘ line of actors

 
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