ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Masugor˘ In Japanese
Mimasuya Suketar˘ In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Tokuben, Sansh˘

Existence: 1721 ~ 27th of the 2nd lunar month of 1742 [1]

Connection:

Father: Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II

Career:

1721: born in Edo. He was the son of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II's disciple Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and he was called Mimasuya Suketar˘.

26th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1725 [2]: his father Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I died. Afterwards, he was adopted by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1727: he received the name of Ichikawa Masugor˘ at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki", which celebrated the return of ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) in Edo after 5 years spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1734: Masugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Mitachi Gontar˘ in the kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Yunzei Genji".

1st lunar month of 1735: Masugor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, koyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei for the Naritaya at the Ichimuraza; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I took the respective names of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II. The new Danjűr˘ played the role of Seiryűmaru Aratora in the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi".

1st lunar month of 1736: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Summer 1736: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Ike no Sh˘ji in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yukumi Guruma", whose plot and characters belong to the "Oguri Hangan" world. His stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I (the thief Mokuzu no Sanpei), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Sanpei's wife), Segawa Kikujir˘ I (the courtesan Onikage), Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV (Oguri Hangan) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Got˘ Saemon).

9th lunar month of 1736: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Mejiro no Fud˘ (white-eyed Fud˘) in the drama "Yonin Fud˘" ("The Four Deities Fud˘"); his stage partners in the roles of Meguro no Fud˘ (black-eyed Fud˘), Meaka no Fud˘ (red-eyed Fud˘) and Meao no Fud˘ (blue-eyed Fud˘) were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, ďtani Hiroji I and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1736: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Jumpű Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarazakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Honda no Jir˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1738: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

3rd lunar month of 1739: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku J˘mon no Hanabusa"; the roles of Ikyű and Agemaki were played by Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I and Tomizawa Montar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1739: Danjűr˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in Fujimoto Tobun's kaomise drama "Tokiwagi Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1740: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.

3rd lunar month of 1741: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1741: last performance in Edo before going to ďsaka; Danjűr˘ performed in the drama "Uruoi Seiwa Genji" but it was not well received by the audience.

10th lunar month of 1741: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Danjűr˘ went together to ďsaka to perform for the enormous amount of 2000 ry˘ at the ďnishi no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1741: Danjűr˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which included the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and was produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1741: Danjűr˘ suddenly fell ill and decided to go back to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1742: Danjűr˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

27th of the 2nd lunar month of 1742 [1]: Danjűr˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III was a promising Naritaya actor, trained in the aragoto style, who unfortunately died too young.

[1] The 27th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kanp˘ era was the 2nd of April 1742 in the western calendar.

[2] The 26th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 10th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 8th of May 1725 in the western calendar.

Nakamura Kichiz˘ I (left), Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (center) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (right) playing the roles of Princess Hitomaru, Chichibu no Korokur˘ and Honda no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Kawarazakiza

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu around 1731

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu (1735 ~ 1741)

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

 
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