|ARASHI OTOHACHI II|
Arashi Otohachi II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Sanpu, Wak˘
Father: Arashi Otohachi I
Elder brother: Band˘ Matatar˘ IV
Son: Arashi Otohachi III
Beginning of the 1760s: he starts his career in Edo, performing under the name of Arashi Hikokichi.
26th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1769: his father Arashi Otohachi I dies.
11th lunar month of 1770: Arashi Hikokichi takes the name of Arashi Otohachi II.
6th lunar month of 1776: tour in K˘fu; Otohachi plays in the precinct of the Ky˘anji Temple the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobei, Issun Tokubei and Otatsu are played by Yamashina Shirojűr˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I and Yamashita Kinsaku II.
Fall 1777: Otohachi goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1777: Otohachi becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Shund˘ Gemba in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV.
Fall 1778: Otohachi goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1779: Otohachi plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Miyako Han'ei Nanshi no Hiraki Hajime", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi I at the theater of Kameya Kumenoj˘ and Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.
1st lunar month of 1780: Otohachi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Kiriyama Monji I.
Fall 1783: Otohachi goes back to Edo. He is expected to perform at the Nakamuraza but this theater is destroyed by fire the 28th of the 10th lunar month.
Fall 1797: Otohachi goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1797: Otohachi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Namboku Yuki no Miyako", which is produced by Arashi Kumanosuke and celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Raishi I and Arashi Sangor˘ III.
13th day of the 9th lunar month of 1801: his brother Band˘ Matatar˘ IV dies.
Fall 1800 (?): Otohachi goes back to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1800: Otohachi plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the bonze Chikunenb˘ in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo Kogane no Kumadori", which celebrates the return in Edo of Ichikawa Omez˘ I.
5th lunar month of 1808: Otohachi plays at the Nakamuraza a minor priest role in the classic "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura". This is the last recorded performance of Otohachi; We don't know what happens to him afterwards.
Arashi Otohachi II was a supporting katakiyaku actor, who made a 40-year long career from the beginning of the 1700s to the end of the 1800s, in Edo and in Kamigata, where he made several long stays. As an actor, he did not follow in the footsteps of his father Arashi Otohachi I, who was the best d˘kegata in Edo whereas his son performed as a d˘kegata only for two seasons (1776 and 1777), but as a shop owner, he took over from his late father the management of the successful Ebisuya, a kanoko mochi shop in the district of Ningy˘-ch˘.
The actors Arashi Otohachi II (left) and Ichikawa Danz˘ IV (right)
playing the roles of ďta Ry˘chiku and Amakawaya Gihei
in the 10th act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura",
which was staged in the 2nd lunar month of 1801 at the Nakamuraza
The Arashi Otohachi line of actors
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