Stage names:

Asao Yoroku I
Yamamura Takumi I
Asao Takumi I
Asao Tomoz˘ II
Asao Tanpei

Other name:

Nickname: Asatomo

Guild: Asadaya

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


1797 ~ 1804: he starts his career as a disciple of the star Asao Tamejűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Asao Tanpei. He performs in ďsaka kodomo shibai.

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.

2nd lunar month of 1818: Tomoz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki", which is staged for the first time in Edo [more details].

Fall 1826: Tomoz˘ goes back to ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1826: Tomoz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kurosuke in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

1828: Asao Tomoz˘ II takes the name of Asao Takumi I to perform in hama shibai as a jitsuaku.

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.

1st lunar month of 1840: Yoroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Kataoka Ichiz˘ I.

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 Yasozaemon in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the role of Rokusuke is played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

8th lunar month of 1848: Yoroku plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Tetsuzan in the drama "Sarayashiki"; the role of Okiku is played by Arashi Rikaku II.

1st lunar month of 1849: Yoroku's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).

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
in a print made in 1848 by Utagawa Hirosada

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1819

Print made by Shumbaisai Hokuei in 1835

Print made by Hasegawa Sadanobu in 1849

The Asao Tomoz˘ line of actors

The Yamamura Takumi line of actors

The Asao Yoroku line of actors

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