|ÔTANI TOMOEMON III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Bundô, Kimbi (or Kinpi ?)
Existence: 1793 ~ 5th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839
1793 ~ 1812: born in Kyôto. He starts his career in miyaji shibai as a disciple of the actor Nakayama Sharyû, who gives him the name of Nakayama Monzaburô.
1812: Monzaburô goes to Edo, where he becomes a jitsuaku actor.
3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Monzaburô plays the role of the yakko Todahei [more details].
11th lunar month of 1820: Arashi Sanpachi II takes the name of Arashi Shagan IV (most likely in Edo). Shagan was the haimyô of the actors Arashi Shichigorô I, Arashi Shichigorô II and Arashi Shichigorô III.
1821 ~ 1823: Shagan goes back to Kamigata.
24th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1830: his master Ôtani Tomoemon II dies.
9th lunar month of 1831: Arashi Shagan IV takes the name of Ôtani Tomoemon III at the Naka no Shibai. It is interesting to note that two months later, in the 11th lunar month of 1831, the actor Ôtani Rakuen, another disciple of late Ôtani Tomoemon II, will take the name of Ôtani Tomoemon IV in Edo at the Kawarazakiza. The 2 actors play under the same name in 2 different cities (an unique case in Kabuki history). Ôtani Tomoemon III and Ôtani Tomoemon IV are nicknamed respectively "Kamigata Tomoemon" and "Edo Tomoemon".
2nd lunar month of 1832: the "Gojôbashi" scene of "Ôgiya Kumagai", which was not in the original puppet drama, is added to this drama for the first time and staged in Ôsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Tomoemon plays the role of Kazusa [more details].
5th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839: Tomoemon dies.
Ôtani Tomoemon III was a good 19th century jitsuaku and katakiyaku actor, who was quite popular in Kamigata but who did not reach the same level of fame as his Edo namesake Ôtani Tomoemon IV, who was of another calibre altogether.
Ôtani Tomoemon III
The Arashi Sanpachi line of actors
The Arashi Shagan line of actors
The Ôtani Tomoemon line of actors
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