ONOE MONTARď

Stage name:

Onoe Montar˘ In Japanese | In Japanese

Guild: Yamatoya

Poetry name: Rit˘

Existence: 1733 ~ 15th day of the 5th lunar month of 1772 [1]

Connection:

Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ I

Brother: Onoe Kumesuke

Disciples: Onoe Monzabur˘ I, Onoe Kumez˘, Onoe Kumaz˘

Career:

1733: born in Ky˘to.

1749: Montar˘ started his career in Ky˘to, where he performed as an iroko.

1750: Montar˘ became wakaonnagata.

1753: Montar˘ became tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1753: Montar˘ performed in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I; his stage partners were the actors Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Fujioka Daikichi, Imamura Shichisabur˘ II, Arashi Tominosuke I and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1754: Montar˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama was in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1756: Montar˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the wakat˘ Sodesuke, in reality Ecchű no Saburobŕ, in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I. He changed the first ideogram of his first name:

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門太郎 紋太郎

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11th lunar month of 1757: Montar˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of H˘j˘ Samanosuke in Sakurato Bunsaku's kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai".

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Montar˘ played in the latter theater the role of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu.

11th lunar month of 1758: Montar˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1759: Montar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

Fall 1759: Montar˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1759: Montar˘ was expected to perform in the Nakamuraza kaomise drama but he could not take part because of his arrival in Edo 11 days after the start of the season.

Spring 1760: Montar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Ky˘ Masakado Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

6th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1760 [2]: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Susaki in Fukagawa. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza; It was called "Akashiya no Kaji" ('the Akashiya fire'), based on the name of the shop where it started.

Fall 1760: Montar˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: Montar˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the yakko Teruhei in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

1st lunar month of 1760: Montar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1761: Montar˘ played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Minamoto no Raik˘ in Amano Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Mineiri Futaba Genji", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Montar˘ coproduced with Sawamura Kunitar˘ I at the Minamigawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi".

11th lunar month of 1763: Montar˘ played the role of Sankur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1764: Montar˘ performed in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Genpei Tsűrikimaru", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘.

11th lunar month of 1765: Montar˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Shund˘ Tatewaki in the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1767: Montar˘ and his brother Onoe Kumesuke produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Daikokuten", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II; Montar˘ played the roles of Kano no Utanosuke and the zat˘ Kazahaya Kengyo.

8th lunar month of 1768: Montar˘ and his brother Onoe Kumesuke produced in the same theater the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1768: Montar˘ played in Ky˘to the role of the yakko Tobahei in the kaomise drama "Enmusubi Asahi no Shimadai", which was produced by his younger brother Onoe Kumesuke.

11th lunar month of 1769: Montar˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Asahimaru Genji Kagami", which was produced by his younger brother Onoe Kumesuke, welcomed in the Imperial City the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II and his son Sawamura Tanosuke I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1770: Montar˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Sakigake Yashima no Kachidoki", which was produced by his younger brother Onoe Kumesuke.

1st lunar month of 1771: Montar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I. Montar˘ played in the same theater the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďe no Kishi". This was his last-recorded appearance on stage.

15th day of the 5th lunar month of 1772 [1]: Montar˘ died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Onoe Montar˘ was a talented Ky˘to tachiyaku actor, who was active in his native city from the end of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1770s. Well-endowed, he was said to have a great stage presence. With the exception of a short stay in Edo, he made all his career in Ky˘to. It was worthy to note that he had never performed, even once, in ďsaka.

[1] The 15th day of the 5th lunar month of the 9th year of the Meiwa era was the 15th of June 1772 in the western calendar.

[2] The 6th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 10th year of the H˘reki era was the 22nd of March 1760 in the western calendar.

Onoe Montar˘ in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II (1760?)

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