OTO USUKE
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Oto Usuke I
Oto Usuke I  In Japanese | In Japanese
[Other name: Anma Usuke In Japanese]
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ III, he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1826, in Edo at the Miyakoza, where he worked, along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Shinoda Kinji I and Matsui K˘z˘ II, on the kaomise drama "Muro no Ume H˘gan Biiki" [1], which celebrated the shűmei of the minor actors Arashi Sanpachi II, Matsumoto Kingo I and Onoe K˘z˘ I. He worked in Kamigata in 1818 and went back to Edo in the summer of 1819. He became nimaime sakusha in the 11th lunar month of 1820, when he worked at the Kawarasakiza, under the command of the tatesakusha Tsuruya Nanboku IV, on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Ume no Mitegura", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Tamiz˘ II, ďtani Monz˘ II and Iwai Kiyotar˘ IV. He most likely died in 1824.

The name of Oto Usuke I in a 1823 Edo hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

Oto Usuke II
Oto Wasuke  In Japanese | Oto Usuke II  In Japanese
[Other name: Sawadaya Wasuke In Japanese]
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ III, his first pen name was Oto Usuke II and he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1826, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he worked along with Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Katsui Genpachi, Matsui K˘z˘ II and Matsuchi Sh˘kichi, on the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Genji no Kachidoki". He went to Kamigata with his master in Fall 1829 and worked at the Minamigawa no Shibai on the kaomise drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He went back to Edo with his master in Fall 1831. During the 1840s, he worked as ch˘moto under the name of Sawadaya Wasuke. He went to Kamigata in Fall 1851 and worked in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, along with Nagawa Masasuke, Nagawa Kakiz˘ and Narita Torasuke, on the kaomise drama "Ishikawa-zome" He took the name of Oto Wasuke in 1861. No record afterwards.

The name of Oto Usuke I in a 1830 Ky˘to hy˘banki (the name within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] Another possible reading of this title could be "Muro no Ume Hangan Biiki".

 
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