ICHIKAWA DANZď VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Kuz˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Momotar˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Ginz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1836 ~ 11 September 1911

Connection:

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI

Sons: Ichikawa San'en, Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII

Great-grandson: Ichikawa Danz˘ IX

Great-great-grandsons: Ichikawa Ginnosuke II, Ichikawa Momotar˘ V

Disciples: Ichikawa Hakuz˘ III, Ichikawa K˘jaku IV, Ichikawa Dannosuke VI, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ VII, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IX, Ichikawa Dannosuke

Career:

1836: born in Edo. His father Maruya Isabur˘ manages a restaurant in the district of Ashi-ch˘.

1839: he is adopted by Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Ginz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1840: Ichikawa Ginz˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Momotar˘ II.

1843: Momotar˘ achieves a great success at Kawarazakiza, sharing the stage with the young star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

1844: Momotar˘ becomes disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and follows him to perform in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1847: Ichikawa Momotar˘ II takes the name of Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II.

10th lunar month of 1852: Hakuz˘ follows his adoptive father in ďsaka for his shűmei at the Kado no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1854: Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II takes the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ III at the Naka no Shibai (ďsaka) by playing in the drama "Jiraiya".

5th lunar month of 1859: Kuz˘ plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Z˘ho Natsu Matsuri Otoko Kagami", which is staged at the Moritaza. His stage partners in the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ, Tsuribune Sabu and Otatsu are Nakamura Fukusuke I, Ichikawa Danz˘ VI and Arashi Hinasuke VII.

1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") is adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it is integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Kuz˘ plays the role of Iihara Hayatonosuke [casting].

8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Kuz˘ plays the roles of Orikoshi Masatomo and Ogata Nagatonosuke [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe"; Kuz˘ plays the role of Saeda Inukiyo [casting].

4th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi", commonly called "Kirare Otomi" ("Scarface Otomi"); Kuz˘ plays the role of K˘mori Yasu [casting].

August 1879: Kuz˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Hisamatsuza [more details].

March 1884: premiere at the Harukiza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi"; Kuz˘ plays the role of the evil lady Teruhi-no-Mae [casting].

March 1886: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi" in which Kuz˘ plays the roles of Matsuz˘ and Kaisuke [casting].

November 1887: Kuz˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Azumaza [more details].

January 1888: Kuz˘ plays at the Azumaza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

1888: quarrel with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

1895: reconciliation with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

June 1897: Ichikawa Kuz˘ III takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ VII at the Meijiza, playing several roles in the Kabuki program "Yumiharizuki Genke no Kaburaya", including the eponymous role of the short bombastic play "Kagekiyo", the villain Matsunaga Daizen in "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" and Ichisuke in "Kaidan Tsuki no Kasamori".

August 1897: tour in Kanazawa. Danz˘ plays the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged at the Inariza. His stage partners are Nakamura Kangor˘ and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III.

May 1898: Danz˘ plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1899: Danz˘ is the head of a Kabuki troupe touring in Kanazawa.

January 1900: Danz˘ plays at the Harukiza the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and Arajishi Otokonosuke are played by Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Ichimura Kakitsu VI.

February 1900: Danz˘ plays the role of T˘ma Sabur˘emon in the revenge drama "Tengajaya-mura", which is staged at the Engiza (T˘ky˘); his stage partners are Nakamura Shikaku (Iori), Sawamura Tosshi VII (Motoemon, K˘emon) and Seki Hanasuke II (Genjir˘).

January 1901: Danz˘ plays at the Kumoiza (Yokohama) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Suke-no-Tsubone is played by Iwai Matsunosuke IV.

October 1901: Danz˘ plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the roles of the villain K˘ no Moron˘ and the hero ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV.

December 1901: Danz˘ plays at the Kabukiza (Ky˘to) the roles of the villain K˘ no Moron˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

February 1902: Danz˘ plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of Hosokawa Katsumoto is played by Ichikawa Udanji I.

September 1902: Danz˘ plays at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of Hosokawa Katsumoto is played by Arashi Gansh˘.

April 1903: Danz˘ plays at the Kabukiza (Ky˘to) the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi". The roles of Otomi and K˘mori Yasu are played by Nakamura Kaoru and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I.

November 1903: Danz˘ plays at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

December 1903: Danz˘ plays at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

November 1904: Danz˘ plays at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Yoshitsune are played by Arashi Gansh˘ and Nakamura Shibajaku IV.

November 1906: Danz˘ plays at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

September 1907: Danz˘ plays at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of Hosokawa Katsumoto is played by Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV.

November 1907: Danz˘ plays at the Nakaza (ďsaka) the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi". The roles of Yosabur˘ and Otomi are played by Arashi Tokusabur˘ V and Nakamura Naritar˘ I.

March 1908: Danz˘ achieves a great success at the Kabukiza by playing the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and Arajishi Otokonosuke are played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Matsumoto Komaz˘ VIII.

May 1908: Danz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Yoshitsune are played by Nakamura Shikan V and Matsumoto Komaz˘ VIII.

June 1908: Danz˘ plays at the Kirakuza (Yokohama) the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1908: Danz˘ plays at the Kirakuza (Yokohama) the roles of Sadakur˘ and Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of Okaru, Kanpei's wife is played by Danz˘'s son Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV.

May 1909: Danz˘ plays at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi". The roles of Yosabur˘ and Otomi are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Nakamura Shikan V.

July 1909: Danz˘ plays at the T˘ky˘za the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

October 1909: Danz˘ plays at the T˘ky˘za the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

November 1909: Danz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

June 1911: Danz˘ plays at the Imperial Theater the great role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri". The role of Mashiba Hisayoshi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

September 1911: Danz˘ falls seriously ill and dies. His tombstone is located in the Yanaka cemetery in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII was an excellent jitsugotoshi and katakiyaku of the Meiji era. His ranking in term of fame was just one rank below the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Onoe Kikugor˘ V or Ichikawa Sadanji I.

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII playing the role of Ichisuke in the play "Kaidan Tsuki no Kasamori" staged in June 1897 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1884

The Ichikawa Momotar˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Hakuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors

 
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