LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - ONOE
   
Onoe Iwagor˘  
Onoe Iwagor˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Ichiz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa T˘en  In Japanese | Onoe Umez˘  In Japanese | Onoe Kiku  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ in March 1879. Son of Morita Kan'ya XII's younger brother Suzuki Ch˘z˘, he started his career as a disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ V in August 1884 at the Shintomiza, where he received the name of Onoe Kiku and performed in the drama "Tenkaichi Chűshin Kagami". After the passing away of his father, he became a disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ V's disciple Onoe Onoz˘. He took the name of 1897 and performed in tabi shibai. He also took the name of Ichikawa T˘en at an unknown date. He went back to T˘ky˘ in 1908 and took the name of Band˘ Ichiz˘. He performed in koshibai venues like the Fukagawaza or the Tokiwaza. He became disciple of Onoe Baik˘ VI in July 1909 and received the name of Onoe Iwagor˘ at the T˘ky˘za. He performed up to his death in koshibai venues like the Miyatoza, the Kotobukiza or the Fukagawaza. He was a legendary taishuka and died of heart attack the 4th of August 1911.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Suzuki Toyosabur˘
Onoe Juk˘  
Onoe Juk˘  In Japanese | Onoe Matsushir˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 19th of October 1939 in T˘ky˘. He became a disciple of Onoe Sh˘roku II in March 1956 and made his debut on stage in June 1956, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza, where he played the role of a farmer in the drama "Domo Mata". He passed the nadai exam and celebrated it in February 1974 at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Onoe Juk˘ and performed in "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga", "Dattan" and "T˘daiki". He appeared on stage for the last time in November 2015, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Sengoku Yashiki". He died of heart failure the 9th of March 2017.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Kida Yasuo
Onoe Karoku  
Onoe Karoku  In Japanese | Onoe Rokujir˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 23rd of November 1923 in T˘ky˘. He was the son of the Buy˘ master Tachibana H˘shű. He started his career with the Zenshinza and the Katabamiza troupes. He became a disciple of Onoe Sh˘roku II in 1953 and received the name of Onoe Rokujir˘ in October 1953, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Daitokuji". He passed the nadai exam and celebrated it in October 1959 at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Onoe Karoku and performed in "Kurotegumi Sukeroku", "Sessh˘ Kanpaku" and "Kanpei no Shi". He appeared on stage for the last time in January 2007, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he performed in the drama "Ume no Haru Gojűsan Tsugi". He died of lung cancer the 3rd of May 2007. He was an important supporting tachiyaku actor for the Otowaya guild. He was also the father of Onoe Sh˘tatsu who stopped acting in Kabuki at the beginning of the 2000s.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Yamaguchi Shinji
Onoe Samon
Onoe Samon  In Japanese | Onoe Kojir˘  In Japanese
 

==> Dedicated page: Onoe Samon

Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I (left) and Onoe Samon (right) playing the roles of Wadabara Yasozaemon and the eye doctor Makino in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hiyoku no Tsurukame", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1719

Onoe Senroku  
Onoe Senroku  In Japanese | Onoe Matsuo  In Japanese
 

Born the 12th of December 1930 in Yamaguchi prefecture. He started his career in April 1959 as a disciple of Onoe Sh˘roku II, who gave him the name of Onoe Matsuo, when he made his debut on stage at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and performed in "Sukeroku". He passed the nadai exam and celebrated it in October 1959 at the Kabukiza, taking the name of Onoe Senroku and performing in the dramas "Kurotegumi Sukeroku" and "Kanpei no Shi". This onnagata supporting actor is still active and at the service of Onoe Sh˘roku IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Tatsumi Tsuneo
Onoe Sh˘ju
Onoe Sh˘ju  In Japanese | Nakayama Kiraku II  In Japanese | Nakayama Sh˘raku  In Japanese | Onoe Toryű  In Japanese | Onoe Fujaku IV  In Japanese | Nakayama Toryű I  In Japanese | Nakayama Rakunosuke  In Japanese | Nakayama Isaku  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career as a disciple of Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, who gave him the name of Nakayama Isaku. He served his apprenticeship as a wakaonnagata, performing in Ky˘to in miyaji shibai. He took the names of Nakayama Rakunosuke and Nakayama Toryű I at unknown date. He joined Onoe Kikugor˘ III in 1839 and received the name of Onoe Fujaku IV. Around that time, he also got married with the sister of Onoe Tamiz˘ II, creating as a consequence a stronger bound to the Onoe clan. He went through several name changes: Onoe Toryű, Nakayama Sh˘raku and Nakayama Kiraku II in the 1st lunar month of 1844. He finally took the name of Onoe Sh˘ju in the 8th lunar month of 1848 when he traveled to Nagoya with his master ďkawa Hashiz˘ I. He settled in this city where he became a local zagashira. He died in Nagoya in 1864. He was able to play a wide range of roles, not only as a tachiyaku, but also as a katakiyaku or an onnagata. He was said to be a very good fukeoyama during his latter years.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kiraku, Toryű Awajiya

The name of Onoe Sh˘ju in the 1852 Nagoya hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Onoe Sodenosuke
Onoe Sodenosuke  In Japanese | Onoe Saijir˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Onoe Taganoj˘ I, he received the name of Onoe Saijir˘. He took the name of Onoe Sodenosuke in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1701, performing in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sagano no Hara". He became wakashugata in 1702. Last-recorded performance in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in Ky˘to, where he played the role of Rintar˘ in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi". His rank in the 1718 Ky˘to hy˘banki (1st lunar month of 1718), wakashugata section, was (superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Onoe Sodenosuke (left) and Yamamura Kazaemon (right) playing the roles of Rintar˘ and Shinohara Gekinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in Ky˘to

Onoe Taijir˘
Onoe Taijir˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Youngest son of Onoe Baik˘ VI, he made his debut on stage in January 1914, performing koyaku roles under the name of Onoe Taijir˘. He was a frail actor and he died the 2nd of September 1927 [1], 16 months after the death of his eldest brother Onoe Eizabur˘ VII.

Onoe Taijir˘ playing the role of Kosabur˘ in the drama "Moritsuna Jin'ya", which was staged in February 1917 at the Ichimuraza

Onoe Tatsuroku  
Onoe Tatsuroku  In Japanese | Onoe Kotatsu  In Japanese
 

Born the 4th of June 1951 in Akita prefecture. He started his career in April 1967 as a disciple of Onoe Tatsunosuke I, who gave him the name of Onoe Kotatsu in January 1968, when he made his debut on stage at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ and performed in "Kirare Yosa" and "Ishikiri Kajiwara". He took the name of Onoe Tatsuroku in May 1991 [2] at the Kabukiza, performing in "Shihon Taiheiki" and "Shibaraku". He passed the nadai exam and celebrated it in January 2000 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, performing in the drama "Soga no Taimen", "Torii Mae" and "Sukeroku". This tachiyaku supporting actor is still active and at the service of Onoe Sh˘roku IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Horibe Kaneo
Onoe Yoshigor˘  
Onoe Yoshigor˘  In Japanese | Onoe Sasajir˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Dainosuke  In Japanese
 

Born the 13th of August 1911 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in December 1927 in Asakusa at the Sh˘waza and his first stage name was Band˘ Dainosuke. He became a disciple of Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV in 1929 and received the name of Onoe Sasajir˘. He settled in Kansai after WWII along with his master and became a respected leader in the ˘beya. He took the name of Onoe Yoshigor˘ in October 1967. He appeared on stage for the last time in December 1984, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he performed in the drama "Yoshidaya". He died the 6th of January 1985. This minor tachiyaku actor was said to be outstanding in his prime in horse legs roles and in tachimawari. He was also the father of Kataoka Matsunosuke IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Otowaya Sakurai Takuya

 

Notes

[1] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Onoe Taijir˘ was reported as being the son of Onoe Eizabur˘ VII and the brother of Onoe Eizabur˘ VIII, with dates of birth and death similar to the ones of Onoe Eizabur˘ VIII. This was a huge mistake which should be corrected in the next edition of this important book.

[2] It was also the shűmei of Onoe Tatsunosuke II.

 
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