Stage names:

Osagawa Tsuneyo I In Japanese
Somematsu Tsuneyo In Japanese
Yamatogawa Tsuneyo In Japanese

Guild: Wataya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Kyosen, Kyosen

Existence: 1724 ~ 12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766 [1]


Masters: Osagawa Heiz˘ (Osagawa Jűemon's disciple), Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Yamatogawa Akashi

Disciple: Osagawa Tsuneyo II


Before 1748: born in Kamigata. He started his career at an early age, as a disciple of Yamatogawa Akashi, who gave him the name of Yamatogawa Tsuneyo. He joined Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I in 1746 and changed his name to Somematsu Tsuneyo. His third master was Osagawa Heiz˘, who welcomed him as a disciple and gave him the name of Osagawa Tsuneyo I.

1st lunar month of 1748: he became wakaonnagata and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the keisei Suminoe in the new year drama "Keisei Momoyo no Chibumi".

Fall 1750: Tsuneyo went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1750: Tsuneyo played at the Ichimuraza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Sanpachi I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Tsuneyo's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi.

8th lunar month of 1756: Tsuneyo played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakuramaru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1762: Tsuneyo played at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "T˘zai T˘zai Wagakuni no Ume Yashiki".

2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which was staged at the Moritaza; Tsuneyo played the roles of Sodehagi and Bunji's wife [casting|illustrations].

11th lunar month of 1763: Tsuneyo played at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ume ya Suisen Izu no Irifune", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Sukegor˘ II and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Kiriyama Monji I and Arashi Hinaji.

11th lunar month of 1764: Tsuneyo played at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gyosei Kanatami no Megumi", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1765: Tsuneyo moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Ayase in the kaomise drama "Kagura Uta Amagoi Komachi", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1766: Tsuneyo appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, playing in the new year drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Izu no Harugoma".

12th day of the 5th lunar month of 1766 [1]: Tsuneyo died in Edo.


Osagawa Tsuneyo I served his apprenticeship as an actor in Kamigata but spent the 1750s and the 1760s in Edo, where he made a successful career as an onnagata. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, and excelled in ny˘b˘ roles. He unfortunately died too young, at the beginning of his 40s, very close to the j˘-j˘-kichi level!

[1] The 12th day of the 5th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Meiwa era was the 18th of June 1766 in the western calendar.

Osagawa Tsuneyo I portraying Sakuramaru of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in the 1750s

The Osagawa Tsuneyo line of actors

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