ONOGAWA UGENJI

Other name: Yamada T˘shir˘

Existence: 1665 ~ ???

Connection:

Disciples: Onogawa Ben'ya, Onogawa Kamegiku

Son: Haruyama Genshichi II

Career:

11th lunar month of 1691: Ugenji performs in Ky˘to.

1694: Ugenji performs in Edo at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1695: Ugenji goes back to Ky˘to and plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Ashiwara ďenoj˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ima Genji Rokujűj˘". His stage partners are Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, Yamatoya Jinbŕ II, Sodesaki Iroha I, Matsumoto Rokuemon and Arai Hanzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1695: Ugenji plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Hamamatsu Chikaranosuke in the drama "Hime Kura Daikoku Bashira".

11th lunar month of 1696: Ugenji plays in the same theater in the drama "Fukujumaru", which is produced by Yamashita Hanzaemon I. His others stage partners are Yoshizawa Ayame I, Kokan Tar˘ji I and Takeshima K˘zaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1698: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakashugata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1700: Ugenji plays in Ky˘to the role of Yamada Sanjűr˘ in the drama "Keisei Zen no Tsuna", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ II. The line-up includes the actors Yoshizawa Ayame I, Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Onoyama Ujiemon, Takenaka Kiyonosuke, Matsunaga Rokuroemon, Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Fujimoto Heijűr˘.

7th lunar month of 1707: Ugenji plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s bon ky˘gen "Nyonin Ketsuen no Kanch˘".

Fall 1707: Ugenji goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1707: Ugenji becomes tachiyaku and plays in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Irekozan", which is produced in ďsaka by Iwai Hanshir˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1708: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Sugiyama Heihachi, Mikasa J˘emon, Yamamura Kazaemon, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

Fall 1710: Ugenji goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Ugenji plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Mitsunoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Tagasode Ume Sakura Matsu"; his stage partners are Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Takeshima Takisabur˘, Ikushima Jűshir˘ and Nakamura Sen'ya I.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior).

3rd lunar month of 1712: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1712: Ugenji goes to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1712: Ugenji plays in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Enmei Kobukuro", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1713: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Takeshima K˘jűr˘, Sugiyama Heihachi, Kaneko Kichizaemon and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1713: Ugenji plays in ďsaka at Shioya Kuroemon's theater the role of Terujir˘ in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago".

1st lunar month of 1717: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, ďtori Michiemon, Arashi Kanshir˘ I and Haruyama Genshichi I.

Fall 1719: Ugenji goes back to Ky˘to.

12th lunar month of 1719: Ugenji plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Yamato ďji Meoto Izumi", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1720: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Yamamura Kazaemon and Karyű Sawaemon.

1st lunar month of 1721: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Katayama Kozaemon and Yamamoto Hikogor˘.

Fall 1722: Ugenji goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1722: Ugenji plays in ďsaka the role of Toyohara Genz˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which is produced by Arashi Kanshir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1723: Ugenji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Kanshir˘ I. He plays in the same theater the role of Tezuka no Tar˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Tomoe Daiko".

Fall 1723: Ugenji goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1723: Ugenji becomes jitsuaku and plays in Ky˘to the role of Kameyama Okinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which is produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. This is most likely his last kaomise in a major theater.

1st lunar month of 1724: Ugenji's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). Ugenji plays in the same theater the role of Tomiyama Wadanoj˘ in the new year drama "Keisei Futakamiyama".

1724 ~ 1727: Ugenji's name does not appear in any major theater playbill.

2nd lunar month of 1728: Ugenji appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Nawate no Shibai, playing the role of the young master Tsurujir˘ in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono".

Comments:

Onogawa Ugenji was the most talented wakashugata of the Genroku era in Kamigata. He reached the heights of fame as a wakashugata from the end of the 1690s to the middle of the 1700s. He became tachiyaku but failed in reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking.

Onogawa Ugenji as depicted in an illustration from the book "Amayo no Sanbai Kigen" (1693)

 
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