OGINO YAEGIRI I

Stage names:

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

Career:

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

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

Fall 1701: Yaegiri goes back to Kamigata.

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 1707: Yaegiri goes back to ďsaka.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring 1719: Yaegiri plays in Ky˘to in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

11th lunar month of 1719: Yaegiri plays the role of Oshige in the drama "Yamato ďji On'y˘ o Izumi", which is produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

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

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

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

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

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

Spring 1727: tour in Ise.

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

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

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

Fall 1730: Yaegiri goes back to Kamigata.

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

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

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

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

1736: tour in Nagoya. Most likely he dies 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 playing the role of Miyako no Niki in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Asahi no Ichikura Eig˘ Seki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1731 in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1730

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu (1730s)

The Ogino Yaegiri line of actors

 
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