|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 becomes d˘kegata, performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayagawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sodesaki Iseno I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Nakamura Kichibei I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.
12th day of the 7th lunar month of 1739: his master Arashi Sangor˘ I dies.
Janvier 1742: Otohachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Shigehira in the new year drama "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".
11th lunar month of 1766: Otohachi plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Asaka Numatar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I.
1st lunar month of 1767: Otohachi plays in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year drama "Hatsu Akinai ďmise Soga".
8th lunar month of 1767: Otohachi plays in the same theater the role of Hakuunb˘ (white cloud bonze) in the drama "Sono Namo Tsuki no Irobito" (similar to "Narukami"); the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, Princess Taema and Kokuunb˘ (dark cloud bonze) are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Matsue I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1768: Otohachi appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of the thief Ippon Saemon in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ II. He falls ill and has to retire.
26th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1769: Otohachi dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the precincts of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa.
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˘.
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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