BANDď DAIKICHI
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Band˘ Daikichi I
Band˘ Daikichi I  In Japanese | Iwai Daikichi  In Japanese
 

Born in 1767. He started his career as a koyaku in the middle of the 1770s and his first stage name was most likely Iwai Daikichi. He became a disciple of Morita Kanjir˘ II and received the name of Band˘ Daikichi I in the 11th lunar month of 1791. He became hand˘gataki in 1793. His last ranking, in the 1842 Edo hy˘banki (hand˘gataki section), was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He was said to be one of the finest hand˘gataki in Edo Kabuki history and was nicknamed Bandai (Ban from Band˘ and Dai from Daikichi). He died in Edo the 15th day of the 4th lunar month of 1843.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Band˘ Daikichi I in kabuki21.com.

Yag˘ Haimy˘
ďmiya Daiki

Band˘ Daikichi I portraying Ichimonjiya Saibŕ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura") in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Band˘ Daikichi II
Band˘ Daikichi II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichimatsu  In Japanese
 

Born the 27th of April 1894. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ III, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Ichimatsu. He made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in 1900. Later, he joined Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII, became nadai and took the name of Band˘ Daikichi II in April 1921 at the Ichimuraza. He was mainly an onnagata actor and most likely died at the beginning of the 1930s.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yamatoya Maeda Tsunez˘

Band˘ Daikichi II playing the role of the keisei Sumizome, in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree, in the dance-drama "Seki no To"

Band˘ Daikichi III
Band˘ Daikichi III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tsutanosuke II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Nakajir˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Daimaru  In Japanese
 

Born the 22nd of February 1896 in T˘ky˘ in the district of Kanda. He started his career as a disciple of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII, who gave him the name of Band˘ Daimaru and trained him. He made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in September 1908 at the Ichimuraza. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Chűsha VII in 1913 and changed his name to Ichikawa Nakajir˘. Then, he joined Ichikawa Sadanji II in 1935 and took the name of Ichikawa Tsutanosuke II. He became nadai in 1943 and joined back the Band˘ clan and his first master in 1948. He took the name of Band˘ Daikichi III in 1951 and was active up to 1963. The day of his death was not recorded.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yamatoya Sugiura Takamasa
 
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