ASAO MOTOGORď I

Other name: Izayoinosuke

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kisui

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Asao Jűjir˘

Brother: Asao Motoz˘

Disciples: Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Asao Yatar˘, Asao Motogor˘ II (?)

Career:

End of the 1710s: he starts his career as a disciple of Asao Jűjir˘, who gives him the name of Asao Motogor˘ I. He performs in Ky˘to as a wakashugata/iroko in Ky˘to theaters.

11th lunar month of 1727: he becomes wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1730: Motogor˘ becomes zamoto and produces in ďsaka the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai".

1st lunar month of 1734: Motogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.

11th lunar month of 1738: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Daihachi's spouse Yaseno in Tomimura Takichi's kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi H˘rai Yakata", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater; the role of Hirano Daihachi is played by Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1739: Motogor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1739: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which is produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners are Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Sawamura Otoemon I, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Haruyama Genshichi II, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I and Arashi Sanshir˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1740: Motogor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Motogor˘ plays the role of Danj˘'s spouse Matsushima [more details].

9th lunar month of 1746: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Namiki Senryű I and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Motogor˘ plays the roles of Kakuju and Tonami [casting].

11th lunar month of 1746: Motogor˘ becomes zamoto and produces in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Taihei Asahi no Shirahata", in which he plays the role of Okano; his stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, Mihogi Shichitar˘ and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

1st lunar month of 1747: Motogor˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1747: Motogor˘ plays in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrates the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II; Others stage partners are Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujioka Daikichi, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

11th lunar month of 1748: Motogor˘ plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Jidai Makie Chűshingura", which is produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I.

11th lunar month of 1749: Motogor˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanzaemon's spouse Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Arashi T˘jűr˘ (he plays the role of the senior retainer Nambu Hanzaemon), Anegawa Daikichi I, Arashi San'emon IV and ďtani Hirohachi I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Motogor˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanz˘'s wife Makino in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata"; the role of Todoroki Hanz˘ is played by Fujioka Daikichi.

1st lunar month of 1751: First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Motogor˘ plays the roles of Michiharu's wife Hagi-no-Kata and Oyachi [casting].

6th lunar month of 1751: Motogor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kambei's wife Chizato in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi"; the role of Muneta Kambei is played by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1751: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1752: Motogor˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the keisei Hanaura in the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato", which is produced by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1753: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which is produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I; Motogor˘ plays the roles of Kingo's spouse Kaoyo and Hy˘e's spouse Kishinami [casting].

11th lunar month of 1753: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Handayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which is produced by Yamashita Ugenta II and celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.

Fall 1755: Motogor˘ goes to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1755: Motogor˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1756: Motogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Koroku I and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.

11th lunar month of 1756: Motogor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďmatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘".

1st lunar month of 1758: Motogor˘ appears on stage most likely for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Hirano no Shibai, playing the role of Harukaze in the new year drama "Kume no Sennin Yoshino Zakura", which is produced by Kameya Jűjir˘. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappeared from the records.

Comments:

Asao Motogor˘ I was an important 18th century onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in Ky˘to and in ďsaka in the 1740s and the 1750s. He followed in the footsteps of his master Asao Jűjir˘, the founder of the Asao clan and an outstanding female roles specialist. He excelled in keisei and kar˘ ny˘b˘ roles. He was the last onnagata of the Asao clan for his best disciple became one of the most talented katakiyaku actors in Kabuki history.

Asao Motogor˘ I (right) and Nakamura Danz˘ (left) performing in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Manzairaku", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1745 at the Kitagawa no Shibai

 
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