OGAWA KICHITARď III

Stage names:

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III
Nakamura Motosabur˘

Guild: Kagaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Eishi, Baizan

Existence: 1785 ~ 18th day of the 9th lunar month of 1851

Connection:

Master: Nakamura Utaemon III

Career:

3rd lunar month of 1805: Nakamura Motosabur˘ takes the name of Ogawa Kichitar˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1807: Kichitar˘ becomes zamoto in ďsaka and produces at the Naka no Shibai the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which stars Arashi Sangor˘ III and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

3rd lunar month of 1808: "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kichitar˘ plays the role of Kat˘ Kazuenosuke [casting].

Fall 1808: Kichitar˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1808: Kichitar˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Yoritomo in the drama "Nure Yatsushi Kana no Inzen".

Fall 1809: Kichitar˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1812: Kichitar˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai 3 roles in the drama "Hirugaesu Nishiki no Tamoto", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo star Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III. Kichitar˘ also plays the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Yasubŕ and Igo in "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1814: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Tsugi Awase Ekiji no Ume".

Summer 1815: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1815: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yagor˘ in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

1st lunar month of 1816: Kichitar˘ plays in the same theater the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

5th lunar month of 1816: Kichitar˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu and Shinsaku in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

1st lunar month of 1818: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

10th ~ 11th lunar months of 1818: Kichitar˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku".

8th lunar month of 1824: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

11th lunar month of 1825: Kichitar˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

6th lunar month of 1833: Kichitar˘ plays the roles of Iwakuni Yajűr˘ and Tamata Jűsabur˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which is staged in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi Temple in Ky˘to. He also plays the role of Hanshichi in the drama "Mai ďgi"; the role of Sankatsu is played by Nakamura Karoku I.

13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838: his master Nakamura Tamasuke dies.

Fall 1839: Kichitar˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1839: Kichitar˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Taiheiki Irifune Shinozuka", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Shűka I.

1st lunar month of 1840: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki (even though he is in Edo, his name is recorded in this book), tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

4th lunar month of 1840: Kichitar˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Enju and Kamata Hayato in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Seki Sanjűr˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1841: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is one little stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1848: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same ranking with Nakayama Bunshichi III.

18th day of the 9th lunar month of 1851: Kichitar˘ dies in ďsaka; his tombstone is said to be in the precinct of the Sh˘b˘ji Temple in the district of Teramachi in ďsaka.

Comments:

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III achieved a very good reputation in his native Kamigata and also in Edo as a wagotoshi, who was expert in yatsushigoto. One of his most notable roles was Watanabe Shizuma in the "Igagoe" dramas. In his latter years, he performed also as a kashagata or an oyajigata. As he had no heir, his death resulted in end of the Ogawa clan.

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III playing the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1825 at the Kitagawa no Shibai
(print made by Shunshosai Hokuch˘)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1809

Illustrated playbill 1828

The Ogawa Kichitar˘ line of actors

 
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