|ONOE KIKUJIRď III|
Onoe Kikujir˘ III
Real name: Okada K˘jir˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Baika
Existence: 10 October 1882 ~ 27 August 1919
Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Disciple: Onoe Hanamaru
1882: born in T˘ky˘, in the district of K˘jimachi, in the family of a publisher.
March 1915: Onoe Fujaku VIII takes the name of Onoe Kikujir˘ III, playing the prestigious role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku no Momoyogusa".
August 1919: Kikujir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Imperial Theater, playing the roles of Otsuyu's ghost and Omine in the summer ghost play "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘". He suddenly dies the 27th of August 1919. People in the Kabuki world believed that he was, along with Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ IV, his stage partner in the play in the role of Oyone's ghost who died the 13th of August 1919, victim of a curse casted by real ghosts: "there is a superstition concerning The Peony Lantern to the effect that actors who play the ghosts' r˘les soon pass away. This was brought home when the play was presented at the Imperial Theatre in August 1919. During the performances two of the most promising young actors of T˘ky˘, taking the r˘les of mistress and maid, took ill and died within a week of each other. Nightly they had been seen, pale-faced, the hair worn long and dishevelled, the maid with the ghostly lantern in hand, moving behind the willow tree. Soon they were to become like the shades they impersonated, no longer of the earth, earthy" (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan").
Onoe Kikujir˘ III playing the role of Okuma in the drama "Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘" (print made by Yamamura Toyonari)
The Onoe Fujaku line of actors
The Onoe Kikujir˘ line of actors
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