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Onoe Samon
Onoe Samon  In Japanese | Onoe Kojir˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Onoe Ukon I, he received the name of Onoe Kojir˘ and performed in Ky˘to as a wakashugata. He became wakaonnagata in the 1st lunar month of 1710, playing a keisei role in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Shijűhachi Taka". He took the name of Onoe Samon in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1716, playing the role of Princess Ono in the kaomise drama "Tatsu no Miyako Ikuyo no Yonedawara" which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I. He went to Edo in Fall 1718 and played at the Ichimuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1718 the role of K˘bai in the kaomise drama "Gozen N˘ Mitsu Uroko", sharing the stage with Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sodeoka Masanosuke II, ďkuma Utaemon, Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Nakajima Mihoemon I and Onogawa Orie. Samon's rank in the 1st lunar month of 1719 in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) rank [visual]. He played at the Ichimuraza the role of Manju (disguised as Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari) in the drama "Fukujukai ďmi Genji". His stage partner in the role of Kanju (disguised as Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) was Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II. Thanks to his performance in this new year drama, Samon's rank in the 3rd lunar month of 1719 in the Edo hy˘banki, reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi level. He was also called ďmiya Yaemon (In Japanese). He was the master of both Onoe Kikusabur˘ I and Onoe Kikugor˘ I. He went back to Kamigata the following year. He played in Ky˘to in the 11thn lunar month of 1719 the role of the eye doctor Makino in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Hiyoku no Tsurukame", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ. His rank in one 1720 Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi. In another 1720 Ky˘to hy˘banki, he was ranked one black stroke below j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - excellent) rank [visual]. No record afterwards.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Onoe Samon in kabuki21.com.

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 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
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

[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.

 
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