ICHIKAWA EBIJ█Rď IV

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Gangyoku I In Japanese
Band˘ Jutar˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinsh˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ I In Japanese
Matsushima Minosuke In Japanese

Guild: Kobeniya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Gangyoku

Existence: 1809 ~ 19th day of the 10th lunar month of 1858

Connection:

Masters: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Matsushima Seiz˘

Disciples: Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ II, Ichikawa Benisuke I

Career:

Before 1814: he starts his career at an early age as a disciple of the actor Matsushima Seiz˘, who gives him the name of Matsushima Minosuke.

1814: Minosuke becomes zamoto in ďsaka at the Wakadayű no Shibai, a hama shibai venue.

1814 ~ 1829: he joins a troupe of kodomo shibai in ďsaka, performing with Nakamura Tamanosuke I and Nakamura Komanosuke I. He spends many years performing with some success in hama shibai (ďsaka) or miyaji shibai (Ky˘to). He is finally spotted by the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, who takes him on as a disciple and gives him the name of Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ I in 1830.

2nd lunar month of 1830: he goes to Edo and plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Kokingo and Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1830 ~ 1840: he takes the name of Ichikawa Shinsh˘ I at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1843: Ichikawa Shinsh˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV in ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1847: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV takes the name of Band˘ Jutar˘ II at the Kado no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1848: Jutar˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Spring 1848: tour in Ise.

Summer 1848: tour in Nagoya.

Spring 1849: Jutar˘ goes to Edo.

5th lunar month of 1849: he takes the name of Ichikawa Gangyoku I and plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Sadakur˘ and Takubei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1850: Ichikawa Gangyoku I takes the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV and plays at the Kawarazakiza in the new year drama "Yamawarai Haru no Kiyomizu". His rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1851: Ebijűr˘ goes to Ky˘to and plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of D˘shin and Onnanosuke in the drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto". He also plays the role of Tokijir˘ in the drama "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu".

11th lunar month of 1852: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and S˘roku in the dramas "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi".

1st lunar month of 1853: Ebijűr˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is hakushi-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost unique - superior - superior - excellent).

4th lunar month of 1853: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Sadakur˘, Teraoka Heiemon, Takubei, Amakawaya Gihei and ďhashi Gengo in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1854: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Shund˘ Jir˘emon in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". He also plays the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

2nd lunar month of 1855: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is produced by Arashi Kitsunosuke; his stage partners are Arashi San'emon IX (Shizuka Gozen) and Arashi Rikaku II (Sat˘ Tadanobu, Genkur˘, Kokingo, Kajiwara Kagetoki).

5th lunar month of 1858: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of D˘shin and Mitsugi in the dramas "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

8th lunar month of 1858: Ebijűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai.

Comments:

Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV was a talented 19th century tachiyaku actor, who was trained in Kamigata but also learnt a lot in the company of his master, the Edo star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. He perfectly delivered his lines and his field of excellence was bud˘goto in jidaimono.

Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV playing the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1854 at the Kitagawa no Shibai

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1852

The Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Jutar˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Gangyoku line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ line of actors

 
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