ICHIKAWA DANZď
   
NINE GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Danz˘ I
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ I held this name from the 3rd lunar month of 1698 to the 4th lunar month of 1740.

Ichikawa Danz˘ I playing the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the bombastic drama "Shibaraku" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Danz˘ II
 

Born in Edo in 1710. He was the son of Ichikawa Danz˘ I, starting to play under the name of Ichikawa Ichisabur˘. He left Edo after a quarrel with his father and became a travelling actor. Ichisabur˘ was performing in the city of Utsunomiya when he heard of the death of his father in the 4th lunar month of 1740. He went back to Edo and took the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ II in the 7th lunar month of 1740. He died a few months later, the 20th of the 10th lunar month of 1740.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shik˘ Mikawaya
Ichikawa Danz˘ II playing the role of Hako˘maru dans une print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
Ichikawa Danz˘ III
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ III held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1740 to the 6th lunar month of 1772.

Ichikawa Danz˘ III playing the role of Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Danz˘ IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IV held this name from 11th lunar month of 1773 to the 10th lunar month of 1808.

Ichikawa Danz˘ IV playing the role of Rokusuke in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Ichikawa Danz˘ V
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ V held this name from the 4th lunar month of 1819 to the 6th lunar month of 1845.

Ichikawa Danz˘ V playing the role of Sat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1833 in Edo at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Ichikawa Danz˘ VI
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VI held this name from the 10th lunar month of 1852 to the 10th lunar month of 1871.

Ichikawa Danz˘ VI playing the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama "Akoya", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1857 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VII held this name from June 1897 to September 1911.

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII playing the role of Takechi Mitsuhide in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was staged in June 1909 at the Kabukiza

Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII held this name from October 1943 to June 1966.

Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII playing the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku

Ichikawa Danz˘ IX
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ IX is the current holder of the name since May 1987.

Ichikawa Danz˘ IX playing the role of Takechi Mitsuhide in the drama "Badarai no Mitsuhide" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

 
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