ASAO TAMEJ█Rď III

Stage names:

Asao Tamejűr˘ III In Japanese
Asao Okuyama III In Japanese
Asao Tomoz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Zeniya, Kawachiya

Poetry names: Okuyama (3), Kuchiyama, Sand˘

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 1780 ~ 1st lunar month of 1836

Connection:

Master: Asao Tamejűr˘ I

Sons: Asao Tamejűr˘ IV, Asao Okuyama IV

Disciple: Asao Kunigor˘ V

Career:

1780 ~ 1802: he starts his career as a disciple of Asao Tamejűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Asao Tomoz˘ I at an unknown date.

4th lunar month of 1804: his master Asao Tamejűr˘ I dies.

1807: Asao Tomoz˘ I takes the name of Asao Okuyama III in order to honour the memory of his late master. Okuyama was an haimy˘ used by his master and his master's son, who did not officially held the names of Asao Okuyama I and Asao Okuyama II but received them posthumously.

11th lunar month of 1809: Okuyama plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keishoku Yuki-miru Yama", which is produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘ and stars Nakayama Hyakka, Yoshizawa Ayame V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, Nakamura Daikichi I and Kan˘ Minshi I.

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Namiki Miyosuke ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta"; Okuyama plays the roles of ďdachi Kenmotsu, the boatman Gonta, Kawagoe D˘hachi and Kitsui Nariiwa (?) [casting].

1818: Asao Okuyama III takes the name of Asao Tamejűr˘ III.

5th lunar month of 1818: Tamejűr˘ goes to Edo and plays at the Miyakoza in the drama "Sh˘chikubai Azuma Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1819: first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura"; Tamejűr˘ plays the role of the sh˘ya Hikosaku [casting].

9th lunar month of 1820: Tamejűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Midaroku and the yakko Tagohei in the epic drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

Fall 1820: Tamejűr˘ goes back to Kamigata and takes back the name of Asao Okuyama III.

12th lunar month of 1820: Okuyama plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Nadaemon in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘".

3rd lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ K˘bai Tazuna", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I; Okuyama plays the role of ďba Sabur˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1822: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kidai no Ishikiri", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I; Okuyama plays the role of ďba Sabur˘ [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1826: Okuyama plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Ky˘goku no Takumi in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the roles of Osono and Rokusuke are played by Nakamura Utaemon III and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1828: Okuyama plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai 5 roles, including Sakae Gozen, in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

Spring 1829: short stay in Edo; Asao Okuyama III takes one more time the name of Asao Tamejűr˘ III and plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of the yakko Namihei and Onigadake D˘emon in the dramas "Sugata no Hana Yayoi no Nishikie" and "Sekitori Nidai no Sh˘buzuke".

Winter 1829 ~ 1830: he goes back to Kamigata and takes back the name of Asao Okuyama III.

3rd lunar month of 1830: Okuyama plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Gonshir˘ and Yokosuga Gunnai in the epic drama "Hirakana Seisuiki". He moves to ďsaka in the middle of the month and plays at the Naka no Shibai in the dramas "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Omokage" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", which are produced by Nakamura Tomisuke.

4th lunar month of 1830: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1830: Okuyama plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the dramas "Ehon Ut˘ Monogatari" and "Z˘ho H˘j˘ Jiraiki".

1st lunar month of 1831: Asao Okuyama III takes one more time the name of Asao Tamejűr˘ III, playing at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Keisei Sato no Odamaki". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Arashi Rikan II, Asao Gakujűr˘ and Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1832: Tamejűr˘ plays in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai the roles of Sagisaka Bannai and Ono no Kudayű in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

6th lunar month of 1833: tour in Okazaki with Iwai Shijaku I, Arashi Sangor˘ IV and Sawamura Sawaemon.

1st lunar month of 1834: Tamejűr˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1835: Tamejűr˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Haji no Hy˘e in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

7th lunar month of 1835: Tamejűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing the roles of Takemura Sadanoshin, Washizuka Yaheiji and Date no Yosaku in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which is staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He falls ill and dies in the 1st lunar month of 1836.

Comments:

Asao Tamejűr˘ III was a katakiyaku and a jitsuaku of the first half of the nineteenth century, who spent most of his career in Kamigata (only 2 seasons (1818~1820) and a few months in 1829 spent in Edo). Hand˘gataki roles were his forte.

Asao Tamejűr˘ III portraying the bant˘ Gihei in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by Juk˘d˘ Yoshikuni in 1826

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyasu in 1829

The Asao Tomoz˘ line of actors

The Asao Okuyama line of actors

The Asao Tamejűr˘ line of actors

 
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