|ďTANI HIROJI I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Jicch˘
Existence: 1699 ~ 25th day of the 5th lunar month of 1747 
Father: ďtani Hiroemon I
Son: ďtani Saiz˘
Winter 1702: he made his first appearance on stage, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he received the name of ďtani Hiroji I.
11th lunar month of 1719: Hiroji played at the Nakamuraza the role of Katagiri Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.
Fall 1723: Hiroji went to Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1723: great kaomise program at the Kado no Shibai in ďsaka to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji in this city; the zamoto Arashi San'emon III produced the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hanagata", in which Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘.
1st lunar month of 1724: Hiroji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Hiroji played the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Osaragi Sabu (Kurofune Chűemon) [casting].
Fall 1724: Hiroji settled in Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1724: Hiroji played the role of Fujikata Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma", which was produced by the zamoto Segawa Kikunoj˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű.
11th lunar month of 1725: Hiroji performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Senzai Gura Sangai Matsu", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Jűjir˘ for the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (Hakozaki Namiemon) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Komatsu).
Fall 1727: Hiroji went back to Edo along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe.
11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza; the 4 tachiyaku Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya"; Hiroji achieved a great success by playing the role of Fuwa Banzaemon, confronting Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in the role of Nagoya Sanza.
Fall 1730: The actors Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Hiroji performed together in the play "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" ('Five men under the August moon'), which was staged in the same theater [casting].
1st lunar month of 1731: Hiroji played in the same theater the role of Nagoya Saburozaemon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" ("The courtesan, the Tombola Drawing and Nagoya Sanza") [casting].
9th lunar month of 1737: the Nakamuraza produced a special program to celebrate the coming departure of Hiroji, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and Segawa Kikujir˘ I to Kamigata; The three actors performed together in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
11th lunar month of 1737: great kaomise program produced by Miyako Mandayű in Ky˘to to celebrate the arrival of Hiroji; he played the role of Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sakae no Hachinoki".
1st lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played in the same theater the roles of Imagawa Ry˘shun, Hatakeyama Masanaga and Edohei in the new year drama "Keisei Arashiyama".
11th lunar month of 1739: Hiroji played the role of Ise no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Muromachi-dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which was produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (Nikki Danj˘), Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju) and Sawamura Otoemon I (ďuchi Kamon).
Fall 1740: Hiroji settled in ďsaka.
Fall 1741: Hiroji went back to Edo.
2nd lunar month of 1744: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji". The leading female role was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Hiroji.
ďtani Hiroji I was an outstanding tachiyaku, who made a very successful career during the first half of the eighteenth century. He was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn˘ ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II).
His fame was not limited to Edo and he made 2 successful tours in the Kamigata cities of ďsaka and Edo.
 The 25th day of the 5th lunar month of the 4th year of the Enky˘ era was the 2nd of July 1747 in the western calendar.
 The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 16th of March 1721 in the western calendar.
 ďtani Hiroji I's tombstone was located in the cemetery of the Taisenji Temple in the district of Asakusa.
ďtani Hiroji I playing the role of Matsu˘maru in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The ďtani Hiroji line of actors
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