ONOE TAGANOJď III

Stage names:

Onoe Taganoj˘ III
Ichikawa Kigan V
Ichikawa Kisabur˘

Real name: Higuchi Kisabur˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Baika

Existence: 1889 ~ 20 June 1978

Connection:

Uncle: Asao Kuzaemon IV

Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI

Son: Onoe Kikuz˘ VI

Disciple: Onoe Tagaz˘ III

Career:

1889: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Hama-ch˘.

1891: he starts his career as a koyaku actor, performing under the name of Ichikawa Kisabur˘.

26 June 1899: the actor Onoe Taganoj˘ II dies.

September 1911: Ichikawa Kisabur˘ and his uncle Ichikawa Kigan IV respectively take the names of Ichikawa Kigan V and Asao Kuzaemon IV at the Meijiza.

1921: Kigan joins the troupe led by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

February 1922: Kigan plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru) and Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Chiyo).

July 1924: Kigan plays for the first time the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi", which is staged at the Ichimuraza; the role of D˘gen is played by his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

December 1924: Kigan plays for the first time the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi", which is staged at the H˘rakuza; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

March 1927: Kigan plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the roles of Yosabur˘, Tazaemon and K˘mori Yasu are played by Morita Kan'ya XIII, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

June 1927: Ichikawa Kigan V takes the name of Onoe Taganoj˘ III at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, playing the role of Oroku in the drama "Yakudoshi".

April 1928: Taganoj˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo).

January 1931: Taganoj˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Nakamura Fukusuke V (Chiyo).

March 1931: premiere at the Meijiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Mabuta no Haha", starring Morita Kan'ya XIII and Taganoj˘ in the roles of Chűtar˘ and Ohama.

April 1932: Taganoj˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo).

June 1934: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu"; Taganoj˘ plays the roles of Okuma and Oima [more details].

October 1944: Taganoj˘ plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. This is the 6th and last time they perform together in this drama.

June 1946: his son Onoe Kikumaru II takes the name of Onoe Kikuz˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, performing with his father in the drama "Kagatobi".

March 1947: Taganoj˘ plays at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Kamezasa [casting].

April 1949: Taganoj˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. This is the 9th and last time they perform together in this drama.

10 July 1949: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI dies.

March 1952: Taganoj˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen is played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Okin [casting].

December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which is entitled "Osan Mohei"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Osan's mother Oshige [casting].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Ohan's mother Omoto [casting].

November 1960: Taganoj˘ plays at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

December 1962: Taganoj˘ plays at the T˘yoko Hall the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Ichikawa Sadanji III. This is the 6th and last time they perform together in this drama.

January 1964: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of the k˘shitsu Nyogetsuni [casting].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of the lady-in-waiting Takino [casting].

May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Sakae Gozen [casting].

1968: receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

November 1970: Taganoj˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi"; the role of D˘gen is played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Taganoj˘ plays the role of Orai [casting].

March 1974: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Gapp˘'s spouse Otoku in the drama "Gapp˘"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Tamate Gozen are played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

May 1975: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of D˘gen's mistress Okane in the drama "Kagatobi", which is staged at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza; the role of D˘gen is played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. This is the 9th and last time they perform together in this drama.

February 1976: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Okane in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Okane's husband Ch˘bŕ is played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. This is the 5th and last time they perform together in this drama.

May 1977: Taganoj˘ plays for the last time the role of Soga no Mank˘ in the drama "Sukeroku", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Sukeroku is played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X.

February 1978: Taganoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performs in the dance "Kappore", which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan.

20 June 1978: Taganoj˘ dies.

Comments:

Onoe Taganoj˘ III was an outstanding supporting onnagata actor, who underwent his apprenticeship in koshibai with his uncle Asao Kuzaemon IV and became from the 1920s to the end of the 1970s the stage partners of three generations of leaders of the Onoe clan: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VII/Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Kikugor˘ VII. He was particularly appreciated for his roles as the wife of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in many sewamono dramas. His most notable roles were D˘gen's mistress Okane ("Kagatobi"), Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane ("Bunshichi Mottoi"), Okuma ("Kurayami no Ushimatsu"), Soga no Mank˘ ("Sukeroku"), Otoku ("Gapp˘"), Otsune ("Kamiyui Shinza"), Okaya ("Kanpei Harakiri") and Tonami ("Terakoya"). He was not only an accomplished actor, but was also a painter, a seal carver and a poet.

Onoe Taganoj˘ III playing the role of Tonami in the drama "Terakoya"

The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors

The Onoe Taganoj˘ line of actors

 
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