ICHIKAWA DANSHIRď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS (2 LINES)
The Old Line
Ichikawa Danshir˘ I
 

The actor Ichikawa Danshir˘ I held the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ I from the 1670s (?) to the 10th lunar month of 1687.

Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Ichikawa Danshir˘ II  In Japanese | Yamanaka Heishir˘ I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ I and brother of Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, he started his career in ďsaka as a disciple of Yamanaka Heikur˘ I. His first stage name was Yamanaka Heishir˘ I and he made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1711, performing in the kaomise drama "Futabashira Aioi Ch˘ja", which was coproduced by Ogino Yaegiri I and Miyazaki Denkichi. He went back to his native city of Edo in the 2nd lunar month of 1713 and became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in 1721, receiving the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1721 at the Nakamuraza, performing as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori". He became jitsuaku in the 11th lunar month of 1723 and katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1729. He definitively switched to jitsuaku in the 11th lunar month of 1731, playing at the Moritaza the role of Akaboshi Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Honry˘ Sakae Hachinoki". He settled in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1738 and his last-recorded performance occurred in the 2nd lunar month of 1739 in ďsaka. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Ichikawa Danshir˘ II playing the role of the priest Mongaku in the kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Kawarazakiza

Ichikawa Danshir˘ III
Ichikawa Danshir˘ III  In Japanese | Sawamura T˘z˘ II  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Most likely a disciple of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II (to be confirmed). His first stage name was Sawamura T˘z˘ II. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and took the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ III in 1825. He was active in Edo up to 1838.

The Hakodate Line
Ichikawa Danshir˘ I
Ichikawa Danshir˘ I  In Japanese
 

Born in Gifu the 12th of December 1906. He started his career in T˘ky˘ in 1935 as a disciple of Iwai Kumesabur˘ V. His stage name was not Iwai but Ichikawa Danshir˘ I. He quickly left T˘ky˘ and became a travelling actor. He settled in Hakodate (on the Hokkaid˘ Island) at the end of the 1930s, where he founded his own troupe, the Ichikawa Danshir˘ Gekidan, which toured a lot in the Japanese Empire (China, Taiwan, Korea). After WW2, his troupe became the Tomoeza and it was active in Hakodate or on tours up to the beginning of the 1960s. He retired the 30th of August 1987, performing the role of Matsu˘maru in "Terakoya" and giving his name to his son-in-law (and adopted son). He died the 6th of December 1988.

Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Ichikawa Danshir˘ II  In Japanese | Nakamura Shikan  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tsurunosuke  In Japanese
 

Born in Okazaki in February 1940. Son of Ichikawa Ichiz˘ IV (?), his first stage names were Ichikawa Tsurunosuke and Nakamura Shikan. He received the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ II the 30th of August 1987, when his father-in-law (and adoptive father) retired. He became a renowned Buy˘ master and choreographer in Hakodate, and founded in 1989 the Hakodate Kodomo Kabuki troupe, which is still active nowadays.

 
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