|ASAO YOROKU I|
Asao Yoroku I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Ippo
Existence: 1797 ~ 9th day of the 12th lunar month of 1851
Master: Asao Tamejűr˘ I
Disciples: Asao Yoroku II, Asao Takumi II, Asao Takumi III
7th day of the 4th lunar month of 1804: his master Asao Tamejűr˘ I dies.
1st lunar month of 1814: he becomes katakiyaku and takes the name of Asao Tomoz˘ II.
Winter 1817/1818: Tomoz˘ goes to Edo with the stage giant Nakamura Utaemon III.
Fall 1826: Tomoz˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1830: Asao Takumi I takes the name of Asao Yoroku I at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Miura Arajir˘ in the drama "Z˘ho H˘j˘ Jiraiki"; his stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Ogawa Kichitar˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Band˘ Jutar˘ I, Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ III, Arashi Kan˘ and Asao Okuyama III.
1847: he goes on tour in Nagoya, where he temporarily performs under the name of Yamamura Takumi I.
5th lunar month of 1848: Yoroku plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Ky˘goku no Takumi and Kinugawa Yasaemon in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Rokusuke is played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.
8th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of T˘kichi and Princess Yuki are played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Sawamura Kit˘ II.
9th lunar month of 1849: Yoroku plays at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Rokusuke in the "Keya-mura" scene of the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Osono is played by Yamashita Kinsaku IV.
3rd lunar month of 1851: Yoroku plays the role of Sh˘gen in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is performed in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai. His stage partners are Kataoka Gad˘ II (Matahei) and Nakamura Karoku I (Otoku).
Summer ~ Fall 1851: Yoroku goes on a long tour; he dies in the city of Yoshida in the province of Mikawa the 9th of the 12th lunar month of 1851.
Asao Yoroku I was a talented and popular 19th century Kamigata actor, which was specialized in jitsuaku/katakiyaku roles. On the positive side, he was an expert in turning a somersault on stage (tombo). On the negative side, he was a heavy drinker and was quite a troublemaker once he was drunk.
Asao Yoroku I playing the role of Ogata Rikimaru
The Asao Tomoz˘ line of actors
The Asao Yoroku line of actors
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