OGAWA KICHITARď III

Stage names:

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III In Japanese
Ogawa Motosabur˘ [1] In Japanese
Nakamura Motosabur˘ In Japanese

Guilds: Ogawaya [2], Kagaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Eishi, Baizan [7]

Existence: 1785 ~ 18th day of the 9th lunar month of 1851 [3]

Connection:

Master: Nakamura Utaemon III

Career:

1st lunar month of 1805: disciple of Nakamura Utaemon III, he received the name of Nakamura Motosabur˘ in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1805: he took the name of Ogawa Motosabur˘ [1].

5th (?) [4] lunar month of 1805: he took the name of Ogawa Kichitar˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1807: Kichitar˘ became zamoto in ďsaka and produced at the Naka no Shibai the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which starred Arashi Sangor˘ III and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

3rd lunar month of 1808: "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kichitar˘ played the role of Kat˘ Kazuenosuke [casting].

Fall 1808: Kichitar˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1808: Kichitar˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the drama "Nure Yatsushi Kana no Inzen".

Fall 1809: Kichitar˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1812: Kichitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai 3 roles in the drama "Hirugaesu Nishiki no Tamoto", which welcomed in ďsaka the Edo star Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III. Kichitar˘ also played the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Yasubŕ and Igo in "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1814: Kichitar˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Tsugi Awase Ekiji no Ume".

Summer 1815: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1815: Kichitar˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yagor˘ in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

1st lunar month of 1816: Kichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

5th lunar month of 1816: Kichitar˘ played in the same theater the role of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu and Shinsaku in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

1st lunar month of 1818: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

10th ~ 11th lunar months of 1818: Kichitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku".

8th lunar month of 1824: Kichitar˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

11th lunar month of 1825: Kichitar˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Watanabe Shizuma in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

6th lunar month of 1833: Kichitar˘ played the roles of Iwakuni Yajűr˘ and Tamata Jűsabur˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which was staged in the precincts of the Inaba Yakushi Temple in Ky˘to. He also played the role of Hanshichi in the drama "Mai ďgi"; the role of Sankatsu was played by Nakamura Karoku I.

13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838 [6]: his master Nakamura Tamasuke died.

Fall 1839: Kichitar˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1839: Kichitar˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Taiheiki Irifune Shinozuka", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Shűka I.

1st lunar month of 1840: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki (even though he was in Edo, his name was recorded in this book), tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1840: Kichitar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Enju and Kamata Hayato in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Seki Sanjűr˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1841: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one little stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1848: Kichitar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He shared the same ranking with Nakayama Bunshichi III. No stage record afterwards.

18th day of the 9th lunar month of 1851 [3]: Kichitar˘ died in ďsaka [5].

Comments:

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III achieved a very good reputation in his native Kamigata and also in Edo as a wagotoshi, who was expert in yatsushigoto. One of his most notable roles was Watanabe Shizuma in the "Igagoe" dramas. In his latter years, he performed also as a kashagata or an oyajigata. As he had no heir, his death resulted in end of the Ogawa clan. He was also called Hamokichi.

[1] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". Recorded in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database. In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was recorded that he took the name of Ogawa Kichitar˘ III in the 3rd lunar month of 1805 in Nagoya.

[2] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". Recorded in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

[3] The 18th day of the 9th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era was the 12th of October 1851 in the western calendar.

[4] Recorded as performing under the name of Ogawa Kichitar˘ III in the 5th lunar month of 1805 in Ise at the Furuichi Shibai.

[5] Ogawa Kichitar˘ III's tombstone was in the cemetery of the Sh˘b˘ji Temple in the district of Teramachi in ďsaka.

[6] The 25th day of the 7th lunar month of the 9th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 13th of September 1838 in the western calendar.

[7] Not recorded in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". Recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

Ogawa Kichitar˘ III (unknown ukiyoeshi)

Prints & Illustrations

The Ogawa Kichitar˘ line of actors

 
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