OGINO YAEGIRI II

Stage names:

Ogino Yaegiri II In Japanese
Ogino S˘kichi In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 1726 ~ 20th day of the 6th lunar month of 1763

Connections:

Master: Ogino Yaegiri I

Disciple: Ogino Kosaiza (?)

Career:

1726 ~ 1750: born in Kamigata. Disciple of the star Ogino Yaegiri I, his first stage name is Ogino S˘kichi.

1751: Ogino S˘kichi takes the name of Ogino Yaegiri II.

Fall 1751: Yaegiri goes to Edo, travelling with Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

11th lunar month of 1751: Yaegiri plays at the Moritaza the role of Ayame-no-Mae in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Aizuchi Jűnidan", which celebrates the shűmei of Morita Kan'ya VI and Tsuyama Yűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Yaegiri's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). He shares the same rank with Osagawa Tsuneyo I and Arashi Tamagashiwa.

4th lunar month of 1752: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Yaegiri plays the roles of Taira no Atsumori, Kojir˘ and Kiku-no-Mae (Kumagai's wife) and Sugawaradayű [casting].

11th lunar month of 1753: Yaegiri plays at the Moritaza the role of Waka-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1754: Yaegiri's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual/right].

1st lunar month of 1761: Yaegiri's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1762: Yaegiri plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Ukigusa in the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon IX and ďtani Hiroji III.

2nd lunar month of 1763: Yaegiri plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Akoya in the new year sogamono "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga".

20th day of the 6th lunar month of 1763: Segawa Kikunoj˘ II and Yaegiri go together on a boat party on the Sumida River. Yaegiri falls in the Sumida waters while trying to catch some clams with his hands and dies by drowning.

Comments:

Ogino Yaegiri II was a 18th century onnagata. His stage name was too heavy to hold, as his master was one of the best onnagata in Kabuki history. He tried to achieve some fame in Edo but his ranking stagnated for more than 10 years. The most notable event for this actor was unfortunately not related to his performances on stage, but to his death by drowning: when Ogino Yaegiri II's wife was told about the death of her husband, her "grief was so great that Kikunoj˘ achieved great success by using it to play Okaru in Act VII of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", when she faints on learning of the death of Kanpei." (Samuel Leiter in "New Kabuki Encyclopedia").

The actors Ogino Yaegiri II (left) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II (right) playing the roles of Tsukisayo and Rokudai Gozen in the new year drama "Kodakara Aigo Soga",
which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1755 at the Ichimuraza

The Ogino Yaegiri line of actors

 
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