|OSAGAWA TSUNEYO I|
Osagawa Tsuneyo I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kyosen
Existence: 1724 ~ 12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766
Masters: Osagawa Heiz˘ (Osagawa Jűemon's disciple), Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Yamatogawa Akashi
Disciple: Osagawa Tsuneyo II
Before 1748: born in Kamigata. He starts his career at an early age, as a disciple of Yamatogawa Akashi, who gives him the name of Yamatogawa Tsuneyo. He joins Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I in 1746 and changes his name to Somematsu Tsuneyo. His third master is Osagawa Heiz˘, who welcomes him as a disciple and lets him take the name of Osagawa Tsuneyo I.
Fall 1750: Tsuneyo goes to Edo.
12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766: Tsuneyo dies in Edo.
Osagawa Tsuneyo I served his apprenticeship as an actor in Kamigata but spent the 1750s and the 1760s in Edo, where he made a successful career as an onnagata. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, and excelled in ny˘b˘ roles. He unfortunately died too young, at the beginning of his 40s, very close to the j˘-j˘-kichi level!
Osagawa Tsuneyo I portraying Sakuramaru of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Osagawa Tsuneyo line of actors
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