|OGAWA ZENGORď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Unjű 
Existence: 1682 ~ 6th day of the 11th lunar month of 1737 
Master: Osagawa Jűemon
Disciples: Ogawa Zengor˘ II, Ogawa Goroshir˘ (the father of Ogawa Kichitar˘ I)
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.
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 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 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˘.
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.
 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.
Ogawa Zengor˘ I (top) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyotomo
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