OGAWA ZENGORď I

Stage names:

Ogawa Zengor˘ I In Japanese | In Japanese
Ogawa Sajiemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Unjű [1]

Existence: 1682 ~ 6th day of the 11th lunar month of 1737 [2]

Connection:

Master: Osagawa Jűemon

Disciples: Ogawa Zengor˘ II, Ogawa Goroshir˘ (the father of Ogawa Kichitar˘ I)

Career:

Before 1695: born in Kamigata. He started his career at an early age as a disciple of Osagawa Jűemon, who gave him the name of Ogawa Sajiemon (The sa in Sajiemon was the same ideogram as the sa of Osagawa).

Fall 1695: he went to Edo with Okada Samanosuke.

11th lunar month of 1695: he took the name of Ogawa Zengor˘ I at the Yamamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1715: Zengor˘ replaced the star Yamanaka Heikur˘ I to play at the Nakamuraza the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Band˘ Ichi Kotobuki Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Katsuyama Matagor˘.

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This was the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It was produced at the Moritaza under the title "Kokusen'ya Gojitsu Gassen"; Zengor˘ played the role of Kanki [more details].

11th lunar month of 1717: Zengor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Hata Rokurozaemon in Murase Genzabur˘'s kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1718: Zengor˘ became tachiyaku and zagashira at the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Akaboshi Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Gozen N˘ Mitsu Uroko", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Onoe Samon; Zengor˘'s others stage partners were Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Sodeoka Masanosuke II, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, ďkuma Utaemon, Nakajima Mihoemon I and Onogawa Orie.

1st lunar month of 1719: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Zengor˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Moritaza the role of Senju Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Y˘r˘ no Taki".

1st lunar month of 1722: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1722: Zengor˘ became tachiyaku and played at the Nakamuraza the role of the nyűd˘ Sagami in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1723: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, a jitsuaku role, in the new year sogamono drama "Soga Koyomi Biraki"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Zengor˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Akaboshi Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Zengor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1727: Zengor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the nyűd˘ Takatoki in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [more details], which welcomed back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrated the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Zengor˘ played in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Soga H˘raisan"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1731: his master Osagawa Jűemon died; Zengor˘ retired from stage.

6th day of the 11th lunar month of 1737 [2]: Zengor˘ died in Edo [3].

Comments:

Ogawa Zengor˘ I, the founder of the Ogawa clan, was a talented actor, who was able to perform either as a tachiyaku or a jitsuaku. His most famous role was Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in new year sogamono.

[1] Literally Cloud Soup.

[2] The 6th day of the 11th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Genbun era was the 27th of November 1737 in the western calendar.

[3] Ogawa Zengor˘ I's was tombstone was located in the precincts of the Genjuin Temple, a subtemple of the Z˘j˘ji temple in the district of Shiba.

Ogawa Zengor˘ I (top) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyotomo

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