OGINO YAEGIRI I

Stage name:

Ogino Yaegiri I In Japanese

Other name:

Hagino Yaegiri In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1736 (?)

Connections:

Master: Ogino Ch˘dayű I

Disciples: Ogino Izabur˘ I, Ogino Yaegiri II, Ogino Toyoriki, Ogino Umenosuke (?)

Career:

??? ~ 1692: he started his career in Ky˘to at an unknown date, as a disciple of the actor Ogino Ch˘dayű I, who gave him the name of Ogino Yaegiri.

11th lunar month of 1692: Yaegiri achieved a great success in Edo at the Nakamuraza by performing in the drama "H˘ben Shinoda-zuma".

Fall 1701: Yaegiri went back to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1703: Yaegiri played the role of the courtesan Miyoshino in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Mitsu no Kuruma", which was produced in Ky˘to by Yamatoya T˘kichi for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1705: Yaegiri played the role of Junrei in the new year drama "Keisei Hachisu no Ito", which was staged in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

Fall 1705: the actors Miogi Naniwa and Ogino Yaegiri went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1705: Yaegiri performed at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kawachi Gayoi".

3rd lunar month of 1707: Yaegiri played at the Yamamuraza the role of Princess Chűj˘ in the drama "Keisei Mikaeri Honzon".

Fall 1707: Yaegiri went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1707: Yaegiri played in ďsaka the role of Princess Komatsu in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Irekozan".

11th lunar month of 1709: Yaegiri became zamoto and produced in ďsaka the drama "Mai˘gi Masaki no Kazura".

11th lunar month of 1710: Yaegiri performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Shusse Yakushi Jűnishin", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1711: Yaegiri's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Yaegiri coproduced with Miyazaki Denkichi in ďsaka the drama "Futabashira Aioi Ch˘ja".

11th lunar month of 1712: Yaegiri played the role of Waka-no-Mae in the drama "Onna Imagawa Seishi no J˘j˘", which was produced by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1713: Yaegiri coproduced with Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka the kaomise drama "Onna Fude Y˘bunsh˘"; he played the role of Osome.

1st lunar month of 1715: Yaegiri produced in ďsaka the kaomise drama "(Jing˘ K˘g˘ Sankan Taiji) Ashiwakebune"; he played the role of a t˘fu maker's daughter. He fell ill and had to rest for a few months.

1st lunar month of 1716: Yaegiri was back on stage and played the role of Komachi in the drama "ďkazari Monomi Guruma", which was produced in ďsaka by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1716: Yaegiri coproduced with Arashi Daizabur˘ I in ďsaka the kaomise drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Sangoku no Mukoiri"; he played the role of Omaki.

Fall 1718: Yaegiri went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1718: Yaegiri performed in Ky˘to in Adachi Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ.

1st lunar month of 1719: Yaegiri's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Yaegiri performed in the same theater in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

12th lunar month of 1719: Yaegiri played the role of Oshige in the drama "Yamato ďji Meoto Izumi", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

Spring 1721: Yaegiri became zamoto and produced in Ky˘to the drama "Bankoku Kin no Fukujus˘"; he played the role of the courtesan Takahashi.

11th lunar month of 1721: Yaegiri produced at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako".

11th lunar month of 1722: Yaegiri produced at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1723: Yaegiri's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

7th lunar month of 1723: first Kabuki adaptation in Ky˘to of the puppet theater drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi"; Yaegiri played the roles of Murakami Hikoshir˘ and Nagai's wife Hanazono [more details].

11th lunar month of 1723: Yaegiri produced in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Tatsu Goyomi Daish˘ Wag˘ no Tsurugi"; he played the role of the courtesan Kokonoe.

Spring 1727: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1727: Yaegiri performed in ďsaka in the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Otoemon I.

1st lunar month of 1728: Yaegiri's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

1728: tour in Ise, in the province of Owari and in the city of Nara.

1730: second short stay in Edo; Yaegiri performed for a few months at the Moritaza.

Fall 1730: Yaegiri went back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1730: Yaegiri played in Ky˘to the role of Kasane in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp˘ no Kura", which was produced by Arashi Koroku I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.

1732: tour in Ise and in the province of Owari; Yaegiri performed in Nagoya at the Tachibana no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1733: Yaegiri went back to Ky˘to and produced the drama "Shimoyo no Hotaru".

12th lunar month of 1735: Yaegiri played 2 roles in the drama "Onna Tokimasa Gunp˘ Hinagata", which was produced in Ky˘to by Yamamoto Ky˘z˘. This was the last-recorded performance of Yaegiri in a major theater.

1736: tour in Nagoya. Yaegiri most likely died the same year.

Comments:

Ogino Yaegiri I was one of the best wakaonnagata actors of the first third of the eighteenth century. He was popular in both Edo and Kamigata major theaters, excelling in courtesan roles in sewamono dramas. The playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon had a great esteem for him and gave his name to one of the most famous roles he created: the courtesan Oginoya Yaegiri in his puppet theater drama "Komochi Yamanba".

"Ogino Yaegiri, whose favourite r˘les were those of heroines who have died with their lovers-double suicide, or shinjű, a popular theme of the Doll theatre plays. Just as Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ was the representative actor of this later period of Genroku, so Ogino Yaegiri was the leading tateonnagata."
(ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

"Thus, "when being entertained by a Kabuki boy actor, one must be careful never to ask his age". The actors Ihara wrote about in the second (Kabuki) half of "Nanshoku ďkagami" (Great Mirror of Male Love) were almost all historical people whose existence and characteristics can be verified from independent sources, including Tamamura Kichiya in the story (Bamboo Clappers Strike the Hateful Number) he introduced with the warning about asking wakashű their ages (in it an unnamed wakashű is unwillingly revealed to be thirty-eight). "The most extreme example was that of a kaegema called Hagino Yaegiri. By reason of his profound love for a man, he never wished to know a woman, and even after the age of sixty he never changed his wakashű dress. Nor did his partner forget this kaegema, and he always slept with him until they were very old". This rather excessive example is to be found in a book entitled "Fumoto no Iro" (Colour at the Foot of a Mountain), which appeared in 1769."
(Stephen O. Murray in "Homosexualities", University of Chicago Press 2000)

Ogino Yaegiri I in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II at the beginning of the 1730s

Prints & Illustrations

The Ogino Yaegiri line of actors

 
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