ÔTANI ONIJI
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Ôtani Oniji I
 

The actor Ôtani Hiroji II held the name of Ôtani Oniji I from the 11th lunar month of 1743 to the 10th lunar month of 1748.

Ôtani Oniji I playing the role of Matsuômaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1747 Nakamuraza (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Ôtani Oniji II
 

The actor Ôtani Hiroji III held the name of Ôtani Oniji II from the 11th lunar month of 1758 to the 10th lunar month of 1762.

Bandô Matatarô IV (left) and Ôtani Oniji II (right) playing the roles of Ômi no Kotôta and Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year sogamono drama "Nokon no Yuki Katsuiro Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1762 at the Ichimuraza

Ôtani Oniji III
  The actor Nakamura Nakazô II held the name of Ôtani Oniji III from the 11th lunar month of 1787 to the 10th lunar month of 1794.

Ôtani Oniji III in a print made by Tôshûsai Sharaku

Ôtani Oniji IV
Ôtani Onij IV  In Japanese | Ôtani Hirogorô I  In Japanese
 

Adopted son of Ôtani Hiroji III, he made his first stage appearance in Winter 1790 at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Ôtani Hirogorô I. He took the name of Ôtani Oniji IV in the 11th lunar month of 1800 at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Genji Gumo Kogane no Kumadori". He spent almost all his career in Edo, performing tachiyaku roles. His name appeared in a playbill in Edo for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1808, at the Moritaza, where he played in the drama "Hana to Mitsuyuki no Kusunoki". What happened afterwards is not clear. In some books, it is written that he went on tour, took the name of Ôtani Hiroji IV but he died before going back to Edo. In others books, we can read that he retired without taking the name of Ôtani Hiroji IV and became the owner of an inn in the Sagami province. He used to be called Ôtani Jicchô IV, a name which he did not formally take on stage.

Haimyô Yagô
Jicchô Maruya

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I

Ôtani Oniji IV and Yamashita Mansaku playing the roles of Washinoo no Saburô and Ise no Saburô's nyôbô Tamura in the kaomise drama "Date Dôgutsui no Ôtori", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1801 at the Nakamuraza

 
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