|ASAO YOROKU II|
Asao Yoroku II
Nickname: ďmi Yoroku
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Ippo, Baik˘
Existence: 1821 ~ 8th day of the 10th lunar month of 1862
Master: Asao Yoroku I
Disciple: Asao Yoroku III
1847: Asao Hangor˘ takes the name of Yamamura Takumi II.
1854: Yamamura Takumi II takes the name of Asao Yoroku II.
3rd lunar month of 1855: Yoroku settles in Edo.
1st lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata" (commonly called "Nezumi Koz˘"); Yoroku plays the roles of Miura Hy˘bunosuke, the ashigaru Gonpei and the tsujiban Yosobŕ [casting].
7th lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri" (commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke"); Yoroku plays the roles of Kuraganoya Gohŕ and Shibukawa Gunjűr˘ [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1858: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; the nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku"); Yoroku plays the roles of the r˘nin Sagohei and Monbei [more details].
1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") is adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it is integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Yoroku plays the role of Yomosaku [casting].
8th lunar month of 1862: Yoroku appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, where he plays the role of Katanaya Kizaemon in the drama "Toki-ha Ima Yakko no Ukej˘".
8th day of the 10th lunar month of 1862: Yoroku dies in Edo (according to some sources, he dies the 13th instead of the 8th). His tombstone is located in the precincts of the Honryűji temple in the district of Imado.
Asao Yoroku II was a 19th century jitsuaku/katakiyaku actor, who was trained in Kamigata but who spent the best years of his career in Edo, where he was appreciated in supporting villain roles. If we look at "Kanadehon Chűshingura", his master Asao Yoroku I performed the prestigious role of K˘ no Moron˘, whereas Asao Yoroku II performed roles like Ono no Kudayű.
Asao Yoroku II playing the role of Soreiichi (?) in the play "Hanagatami Gojűsan Tsugi",
The Asao Yoroku line of actors
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