|ARASHI OTOHACHI I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Wak˘
Existence: 1711 ~ 26th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1769 
Master: Arashi Sangor˘ I
Grandson: Arashi Otohachi III
Disciple: Arashi Otonosuke II
11th lunar month of 1733: Otohachi became d˘kegata, performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sodesaki Iseno I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Nakamura Kichibŕ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.
Janvier 1742: Otohachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shigehira in the new year drama "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".
11th lunar month of 1743: Otohachi played at the Ichimuraza the role of Akamatsu in the kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the actors Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I and Segawa Somematsu.
11th lunar month of 1766: Otohachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Asaka Numatar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I.
8th lunar month of 1767: Otohachi played in the same theater the role of Hakuunb˘  in the drama "Sono Namo Tsuki no Irobito" (similar to "Narukami"); the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, Princess Taema and Kokuunb˘  were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Matsue I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1768: Otohachi appeared on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza where he played the role of the thief Ippon Saemon in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ II. He fell ill and had to stop acting.
Arashi Otohachi I was popular and talented 18th century d˘kegata actor, who was born and trained in Kamigata and achieved fame for himself in the city of Edo, where he settled in 1732 and stayed up to his death in 1769. He was the first and only d˘kegata in Kabuki history to reach the prestigious dai-j˘-j˘-kichi rank. He was also the founder of the successful Ebisuya, a kanoko mochi shop, which was located in Edo in the district of Ningy˘-ch˘.
 The 26th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Meiwa era was the 2nd of May 1769 in the western calendar.
 The 12th day of the 7th lunar month of the 4th year of the Genbun era was the 16th of August 1739 in the western calendar.
 His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa
Arashi Otohachi I playing the role of Asaka Numatar˘
in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha",
which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1766 at the Nakamuraza
The Arashi Otohachi line of actors
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