ICHIKAWA EBIZď II

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Kuz˘ I In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Sansh˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Sansh˘ (1), Saigyű, Hakuen

Existence: 11th day of the 10th lunar month of 1688 ~ 24th day of the 9th lunar month of 1758

Connections:

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III

Illegitimate son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Danjűr˘ IV)

Grandson: Ichikawa Hakuen I (Danjűr˘ V)

Great-grandson: Ichikawa Momotar˘

Great-great-grandson: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Danjűr˘ VII)

Great-great-great-grandson: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VI, Ichikawa Saruz˘ I, Ichikawa K˘z˘

Disciples: Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I, Ichikawa Raiz˘ I, Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ichikawa Kuz˘ 1.2, Ichikawa Ryűz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa Danshir˘ II, Ichikawa Gennosuke, Ichikawa Shinz˘ I, Ichikawa Shinjűr˘, Ichikawa Kaoru II, Ichikawa Dangor˘ I, Ichikawa Dangor˘ III, Ichikawa Wajűr˘, Ichikawa Kinzabur˘, Ichikawa Dantar˘, Ichikawa Montar˘, Ichikawa Kanjűr˘, Ichikawa Gentar˘

Career:

10th lunar month of 1688: born in Edo. It is said that his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I prayed at the Narita Fud˘son temple in order to have a son and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ granted his wish.

5th lunar month of 1697: he makes his first appearance on stage and receives the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ I, at the Nakamuraza, in the drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Soga". The play was written by his father and the young Kuz˘ plays the roles of a yamabushi priest and the deity Fud˘ (Kabuki Jűhachiban).

11th lunar month of 1700: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Kuz˘ move to the Nakamuraza, where they play the roles of Kimpira and Kaid˘maru in the kaomise drama "Kimpira Rokuj˘ Gayoi". He delivers his first lines during this performance.

11th lunar month of 1701: Kuz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tanba Suketar˘ in the kaomise drama "Keisei Ikazuchi Mond˘".

7th lunar month of 1702: Kuz˘ and his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I achieve a great success by playing in the same theater the roles of the 2 Benkei ("Ninin Benkei") in the drama "Shinpan Takadachi Benkeij˘".

10th lunar month of 1702: Kuz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shintoku in the drama "Yűgao no Kannon H˘ben".

11th lunar month of 1702: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Kuz˘ move to the Moritaza and perform together in the kaomise drama "Tenchijin Tsutsumamori". Kuz˘ plays for the first time the superhero role (Izumi Kojir˘ in this performance) in a "Shibaraku" scene.

4th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kűkai and the deity Fud˘ in the drama "Naritasan Bunshin Fud˘".

7th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ike no Sh˘ji in the drama "Oguri Jűnidan".

11th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ and his father move to the Ichimuraza. He plays the role of Ara˘maru in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘".

19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1704: his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I is killed in the backstage of the Ichimuraza by his rival (in love ?) Ikushima Hanroku.

7th lunar month of 1704: Ichikawa Kuz˘ I, who is only in his sixteenth year, takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II at the Yamamuraza, playing the aragoto role of ďe Yat˘maru in the drama "Heianj˘ Miyako Sadame". The costum is identical to the one used by his late father when he performed the bombastic role of Konpira and there is a big tachimawari scene to please the audience.

1704 ~ 1709: Danjűr˘'s career stagnates because of the influence on theater management of some enemies of his late father. Getting mainly minor roles, he uses his free time to study with enthusiasm, following some strong principles: always put literature at the top of the list, respect others people, live discreetly, no selfishness, no laziness. He also makes regular pilgrimages to the Narita Fud˘son temple, praying the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ to go beyond his father's artistic accomplishments.

11th lunar month of 1706: Danjűr˘ plays the role of Kimpira at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Buyű Kagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Takeshima K˘zaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1706: premiere in the same theater of the drama "Taihei Shusse Kagekiyo", which is considered as an earlier version of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Sasaki Takatsuna [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1707: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

11th lunar month of 1708: Danjűr˘ plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Hayato in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Shiki Samba".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

7th lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘ achieves a triumphant success at the Yamamuraza, playing the role of the uir˘ peddler Kumehachir˘, in the "Mogusa Uri" scene of the drama "Keisei Hibari Yama", whose main character is the famous Princess Chűj˘. This role, with fast-spoken lines, will become in 1718 the core of the "Uir˘ Uri" scene. His stage partners are Yamanaka Heikur˘ I, Ikushima Shingor˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Nakamura Gentar˘, who plays the role of Princess Chűj˘. There is also a "Z˘hiki" scene integrated within this summer drama.

11th lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the aragoto role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the kaomise drama "Taihei Okuni Kabuki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Asao Jűjir˘, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Fujikawa Buzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sanada Yoichi in the new year program "Keisei Izu Nikki".

9th lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of T˘gor˘ in the drama "ďmi Genji". His stage partner in the role of Sasaki Moritsuna is Murayama Heiemon III.

11th lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďe Saemon, challenging on stage the villain ďtani Hiroemon I in the role of Danj˘ Saemon, in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1711: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Yunzei Yomeiri Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover), the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina are Ikushima Shingor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Sakata Oginoj˘, Nakamura Gentar˘ and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1711: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ukishima Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko".

1st lunar month of 1712: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of Hayata in the new year program "Fukuwara Yunzei Yorimasa".

1st lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ishiyama Genta in the kaomise drama "Ishiyama Genta Kimon Yaburi" ("Ishiyama Genta tearing down the demons gate").

3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the play "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which is the first "Sukeroku" drama (Kabuki Jűhachiban) in Kabuki history. Danjűr˘ plays the leading role of Sukeroku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Zenk˘ in the drama "Zenk˘ Naniwa Ike". His stage partner in the role of the villain T˘hei is Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kazusanosuke in the kaomise drama "Sasare Ishi Nasu no Futabashira".

2nd lunar month of 1714: Ejima, a court lady who serves the shogun, is in love with the star Ikushima Shingor˘. Their affair is discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, which Breaks the boundaries between samurai and commoner, is a serious crime for the shogunal authorities which decides to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ are exiled to different places, those in the Sh˘gun's household who are held responsible are executed, the Yamamuraza is definitively closed and its management is heavily fined. It goes without saying that Danjűr˘ has to move to another theater.

5th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Dait˘ji Tabatanosuke in the drama "Aigo no Waka".

7th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kanemichi in the drama "Kinkazan ďtomo no Matori".

11th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Banmin Daifukuch˘". The villain of the play is the Kurozuka ogress, performed by Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Band˘ Ichi Kotobuki Soga". The roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina are played by Katsuyama Matagor˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami J˘nin". The role of Princess Taema is played by Nakamura Takesabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Mimasu Nagoya". The performance is a successful long run (from the 15th of June to the 8th of September).

9th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Yume no Yoshisada and Shinozuka Gor˘ in the drama "Wag˘ Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of End˘ Musha in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Kaburi Konrei Yorimasa".

11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1716: a fire breaks out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata and spreads to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Danjűr˘ has to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Shikirei Yawaragi Soga". The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina are played by Hayakawa Dengor˘, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroji I. The play includes a "Sukeroku" section in which the roles of Sukeroku, Agemaki and Ikyű are played by Danjűr˘, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroemon I.

7th lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Zenji Soga".

11th lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Imai Shir˘ Kanehira in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1717: a fire breaks out the 22nd in the district of Koishikawa and spreads to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Danjűr˘ has to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, in reality the otokodate Karigane Bunshichi, in the new year drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Muneage Soga". The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina are played by Ichikawa Sukejűr˘, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Nakamura Gentar˘ and ďtani Hiroemon I.

5th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Takarabune" [casting].

7th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Daiky˘ji no Mohei and Zenjib˘ in the drama "Hoshiai Narukami Soga".

9th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Oguri Kanz˘ in the drama "Ch˘y˘ Oguri no Sekku".

11th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise program "H˘n˘ Taiheiki". His stage partners are Hayakawa Dengor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Wakamidori Ikioi Soga". The role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune is played by Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘. Danjűr˘ plays also the leading role of the "Uir˘ Uri" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban), which is performed in the second part (nibanme) of this program. The performance is a successful long run (from January to the 7th lunar month of 1718).

9th lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Seijűr˘ in the drama "Shikirei Imagawaj˘". The role of Onatsu is played by Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Kawazu Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Hirakana Yomeiri Izu Nikki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata onnagata Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1719: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Sonezaki Shinjű" is performed for the first time at the Nakamuraza, starring Danjűr˘ and Sanogawa Mangiku in the roles of Hiranoya Tokubŕ and the courtesan Ohatsu (Tokubŕ's lover). Danjűr˘ plays also the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the sogamono "Kaibyaku Sakayaki Soga", commonly called "Ninin Kud˘" ("The two Kud˘"), sharing the stage with the 2 jitsuaku Hayakawa Dengor˘ and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I in the Kud˘ roles.

9th lunar month of 1719: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Chűshichi in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu Shinjű" ("The double suicide of Osome and Hisamatsu"). The roles of Osome and Hisamatsu are played by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Sanogawa Mangiku. The performance is a great success.

11th lunar month of 1719: Danjűr˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Banmin Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene, included in the new year drama "Yuzuriha Kongen Soga", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I. Danjűr˘'s incredible performance is a huge success. His stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I. He also performs in duo with Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II in the shinjűmono "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the suicide of the couple Tokubŕ (played by Danjűr˘) and Ofusa (played by Kantar˘) [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Watanabe no Taketsuna (created by Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I) and Sakata Kintoki (created by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I) in the kaomise drama "Kaig˘ Sakiwake Shitenn˘". Danjűr˘'s performance is well received by the audience and the critics praise him for mastering to perfection two different acting styles.

1st lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga". His stage partners in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina are Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sodesaki Miwano I and Narumi Goroshir˘ I. The performance is a tremendous success.

5th lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kamiya Jihŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima". The role of Koharu is played by Sodesaki Miwano I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Kant˘ Koroku (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori".

1st lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Yodoya Tatsugor˘ in the new year sogamono "ďkamado Akinai Soga". He achieves a great success in duo with Sakata Hangor˘ I, who plays the role of Kobayashi no Asahina wearing a maegami wig, in a kusazuribiki scene.

8th lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kijűr˘ in the drama "Hana M˘sen Futatsu Haraobi". His stage partners in the roles of Ochiyo and her lover Hanbei are Arashi Wakano&nsbp;I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘&nsbp;II. Danjűr˘'s performance, which reminds the connoisseurs of his father's ones, is well received.

11th lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Soga Koyomi Biraki". The roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune are played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and Ogawa Zengor˘ I. Danjűr˘ and ďtani Hiroji I perform together in a spectacular aragoto roof-demolishing scene (yane kuzusu) at the end of the program.

5th lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Minamoto Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Kunk˘ki".

11th lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo [print] in the kaomise program "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrates the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yamagami Gennai, in reality Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo, in the new year program "Matsu Kazari Kamakura Biraki".

2nd lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hanaoka Gontar˘ in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hidari Jingor˘ in the drama "Irifune Sumidagawa".

7th lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Minori Kuru Hoshiai Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kobayashi no Asahina are played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Narumi Goroshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ plays the role of a Komus˘ priest in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki", which is produced at the Nakamuraza. His stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sanada Yoichi and Doi Yatar˘ in the new year program "Funadama Izu Nikki". His hayagawari performance is very well received by the audience.

5th lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tadanobu in the play "Goban Tadanobu".

11th lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ike no Sh˘ji in the kaomise program "Oguri Ch˘seiden", whose plot and characters belong to the "Oguri Hangan" world.

1st lunar month of 1726: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the wicked priest Narukami and Shuten D˘ji in the new year program "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I. His stage partner in the role of Princess Taema is Yamamoto Hanazato. Danjűr˘ performs also the "Uir˘ Uri" scene. This new year program is a triumphant success.

Summer 1726: Danjűr˘ performs in the same theater in the play "Suehiro Nagoya". He portrays Fuwa Banzaemon, confronting Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I in the role of Nagoya Sanza in a great "Sayaate" scene.

11th lunar month of 1726: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the bombastic role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the kaomise program "Kaomise Jűnidan", which includes the great "Shibaraku" scene.

1st lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ in the new year sogamono "Yuzuriha Gongen Soga" [print]. His stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ is Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ achieves a great success in the same theater by playing the role of Takenuki Gor˘ in the bombastic "Oshimodoshi" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban) of the play "Kokusen'ya". Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I play also the roles of Utsumi Shintar˘ and Seigen in the drama "Konrei Otowa no Taki", which includes a koroshiba well received by the audience.

4th lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I play in the same theater the roles of the rival warlords Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin in the drama "K˘y˘ Gun'u no Hanagasane".

11th lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďt˘ no Miya in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [casting]. For the first time in Kabuki history, a trap door is used on a Kabuki stage for actors stage entrances (seri dashi). This program celebrates the return of ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) in Edo after 5 years spent in Ky˘to. This is also the first stage appearance for Ichikawa Masugor˘, the adopted son of Danjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I play in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘ in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan". Their stage partners in the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Kobayashi no Asahina, ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) are Ogawa Zengor˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Kirinami Onoe and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1728: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the warrior Tadanobu in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu". His stage partners in the roles of Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Tadanobu's wife Kowata, Shizuka Gozen and Ky˘-no-Kimi are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Tsugawa Kamon, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Sodesaki Iseno I.

1st lunar month of 1729: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban), which is performed within the new year program "Suehiro Eh˘ Soga". Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I play the leading roles of the brothers Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘. The performance is a huge success and is extended up to the 5th lunar month.

11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza. The 4 tachiyaku Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Danjűr˘ perform together in the play "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya". Danjűr˘ portrays Nagoya Sanza, confronting ďtani Hiroji I in the role of Fuwa Banzaemon.

1st lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Komus˘ no Gor˘ (Soga Gor˘ disguised as Komus˘) in the new year drama "Kura Kiraki Takara Soga". The performance is a commercial failure.

4th lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Wat˘nai in the drama "Karanishiki Kokusen'ya Gassen".

Fall 1730: The actors Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Danjűr˘ perform together in the play "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" ("Five men under the August moon"), which is staged in the same theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kawazu Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1731: Danjűr˘ plays the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" ("The courtesan, the tombola drawing and Nagoya Sanza"), which is performed in the same theater [casting].

Spring 1731: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Got˘ Saemon in the drama "Muko Denju Nishiki no Tazuna", whose plot and characters belong to the "Oguri Hangan" world. His stage partners are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (Oguri Hangan), Ogino Izabur˘ I (Princess Terute), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Tsumagi) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I (Onitsugu).

11th lunar month of 1731: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1732: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono "Hatsugoyomi Ainai Soga".

6th lunar month of 1732: bills start to announce in town the move of Danjűr˘ from the Nakamuraza to the Ichimuraza.

9th lunar month of 1732: final performance at the Nakamuraza for Danjűr˘, who plays the great role of the warrior Kagekiyo in the drama "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo", commonly called "Kagekiyo" (Kabuki Jűhachiban) [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Danjűr˘ moves to the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Sanada Yoichi in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima". His stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘ in the new year sogamono "Hanabusa Funjin Soga". His stage partner in the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the ennemy of the Soga brothers, is Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I. Danjűr˘ plays also the role of the shirozake seller Shinbŕ in "Sukeroku", which is staged as nibanme in this program. His stage partners in the roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki are Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "ďsakayama Narukami Fud˘".

11th lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kusunoki Masashige in the kaomise drama "Sh˘hon Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ in the new year sogamono "Nanakusa Nigiwai Soga". His partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ is the Kamigata star Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘, ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Sakata Hangor˘ I perform in the same theater in the otokodate drama "Gonin Otoko" but the performance is not a success.

5th lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Inoshishi no Hayata in the drama "Yatsumune Ayame Genji". His stage partners in the roles of Minamoto no Yorimasa and Taira no Kiyomori are Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and ďtani Hiroji I.

Fall 1734: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Kongen Imagawaj˘".

11th lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ plays the role of Heidayű Kunitae in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Yunzei Genji".

1st lunar month of 1735: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year drama "Furiwakegami Hatsugai Soga".

4th lunar month of 1735: Danjűr˘ falls ill.

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza. Danjűr˘ gives his name to his adopted son and takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, playing the role of Hata no Daizen in the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi". The actors Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I respectively take the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1736: special program at the Ichimuraza commemorating the 32nd and 6th anniversaries of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I. Danjűr˘ plays the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the drama "Hobashira Taiheiki".

Summer 1736: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Got˘ Saemon 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 Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

9th lunar month of 1736: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Meguro no Fud˘ ("black eyes Fud˘") in the drama "Yonin Fud˘" ("The Four Deities Fud˘"). His stage partners in the roles of Mejiro no Fud˘ ("white eyes Fud˘"), Meaka no Fud˘ ("red eyes Fud˘") and Meao no Fud˘ ("blue eyes Fud˘") are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, ďtani Hiroji I and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1736: Ebiz˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza, playing the role of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami in the kaomise drama "Jumpű Taiheiki", which includes a "Shibaraku" look-alike scene. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1737: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Gozen Sum˘ Osana Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II and Ichikawa Danz˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1737: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďsaka no Got˘ Saemon in the drama "Keisei Terute Takara Kuruma", whose plot and characters belong to the "Oguri Hangan" world. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Fukagusa no Got˘ Saemon), Sodesaki Kikutar˘ (Princess Terute), Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (Oguri Hangan) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarazakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Ebiz˘ plays the role of Shigetada [casting]. The final act of this play is a confrontation scene between Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danz˘ I in the roles of the statue of Kan U and the statue of Ch˘ Hi (Kan U and Ch˘ Hi are two legendary Chinese generals), which is commonly called "Kan U" (Kabuki Jűhachiban).

1st lunar month of 1738: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the new year program "Hatsu Midori H˘nen no Shirabe". His stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Kagekiyo are Sodesaki Kikutar˘ and Ichikawa Danz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III move to the Ichimuraza and perform in the kaomise program "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year program "Hatsu Motoyui Kayoi Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku J˘mon no Hanabusa". The roles of Agemaki (Sukeroku's lover) and Ikyű (Sukeroku's enemy) are played by Tomizawa Montar˘ I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the drama "Kasane Gedatsu no Hachisuba".

11th lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of the Buddhist priest Kenk˘ in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1740: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of the professional storyteller Bairyűken in the new year program "H˘nen Eitai Gura" but the performance is a failure.

2nd lunar month of 1740: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the play "Sugatami Sumidagawa", in which Ebiz˘ plays the role of Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon. The second part of this play contains a scene, which will be called "Nanatsu Men" ("Seven Masks") and belongs to the (Kabuki Jűhachiban. Ebiz˘ uses 5 masks in this first version. This performance is a triumphant success.

11th lunar month of 1740: Ebiz˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the roles of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki". He performs successfully the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene. His stage partner in the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ is Ichikawa Danz˘ III, who celebrates his shűmei.

1st lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kagekiyo and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Na no Hana Akebono no Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Arashi Tominosuke I and Tamazawa Saijir˘ I.

8th lunar month of 1741: last performance in Edo before going to ďsaka. Ebiz˘ plays the roles of the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ and Minamoto Yorimitsu in the drama "Uruoi Seiwa Genji" but it is not well received by the audience.

10th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III leave Edo the 13th and settle in ďsaka the 24th. It is said that Ebiz˘ accepted to perform in ďsaka for the enormous amount of 2,000 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ performs in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and is produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Yamato Ikioi Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) are Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I and Shibazaki Taminosuke. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III falls suddenly ill the 14th, is replaced by Ichikawa Kinzabur˘ and leaves ďsaka the 21st to go back to Edo. The performance, which started the 11th, is not a success and stops the 22nd.

1st lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, the senior retainer Kumedera Danj˘ and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting]. The performance is a triumphant success and is extended up to the beginning of 7th lunar month of 1742.

2nd lunar month of 1742: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III dies in Edo.

7th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ performs in the same theater in the play "Nanatsu Men", which is staged under the title "Hoshiai Sakae Kagekiyo". Ebiz˘ uses 7 masks in this second version.

8th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ performs in the same theater in the play "Tosa Jir˘ Imose Kagami".

9th ~ 10th lunar months of 1742: Ebiz˘ performs in the same theater in the play "Kan U", which is staged under the title "Higashiyamadono Asahi no ďgi".

11th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ and Onoe Kikugor˘ I go to Edo together. The latter joins the Ichimuraza and the former plays the role of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Karajishi Iwaonosuke in the new year program "Kongen Cha no Yu Yakata".

4th lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in "Kagekiyo Utai Mond˘".

Fall 1743: Ebiz˘ performs in the same theater in the drama "Sansh˘ Dayű" but he falls ill and has to rest for a while.

11th lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1744: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of End˘ Musha Morit˘ in the new year program "Sazare Ishi Suehiro Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1744: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji". The leading female role is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners are Ebiz˘ and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1744: Ebiz˘ performs in the same theater in the kaomise drama "Kach˘ Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo, disguised as Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, in the new year drama "Hagoromo Kotobuki Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are Ogino Izabur˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďtomo no Kuronushi in the drama "Kuronushi Iroha Mond˘" but his performance is not well received.

9th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Watanabe Minbu in the drama "Higashiyama Dono Takara no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kumano Bett˘ and Soga Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Izu Nikki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Fujikawa Heikur˘ and the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon II and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kagekiyo and the statue of Daruma in the new year drama "Fuji no Yuki Mitsugi Soga".

11th lunar month of 1746: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon, Shinozuka Gor˘, Watari Shinzaemon and the picture mounter Tarobei in the kaomise drama "Ame Tsuchi Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Arashi Koroku I and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Kakizome Yawaragi Soga".His stage partner in the role of Akoya is Yoshizawa Ayame II.

5th lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ plays the roles of Genz˘ and Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed for the first time at the Nakamuraza [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Matano Gor˘ and Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Izu Gunzei Sum˘ no Nishiki", sharing the top of the bill with the 2 stars Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo in the play "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

5th lunar month of 1748: premiere in Edo at the Nakamuraza of the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" in which Ebiz˘ plays the roles of Yazaemon and Noritsune [casting].

6th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners in the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Matsu˘maru are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II and ďtani Oniji I.

7th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of the Buddhist priest Onikage in the drama "Senshű no Kashima Date Oguri Jikki" but the performance is not successful. He also plays the eponymous role of the play "Kagekiyo".

11th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hasebe Nobutsura and Watanabe Takiguchi in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1749: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is goku-dai-murui (extreme - grand - unequaled). He plays in the same theater the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘, Matano Gor˘, Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane, the priest Shunkan, Tomoe and the warrior Kagekiyo in the new year program "Otoko Moji Soga Monogatari".

3rd lunar month of 1749: Ebiz˘ plays the role of Sukeroku in the drama Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura. His stage partners in the roles of Agemaki (Sukeroku's lover) and Ikyű (Sukeroku's enemy) are Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I. The Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Edo started in early Spring 1749 to display cherry trees in pots in the heart of the precinct (Naka no Ch˘) in order to draw the crowds for cherry-blossom-viewing and more. Ebiz˘ reproduces it on stage with fake cherry trees all along the stage.

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Ebiz˘ plays the roles of Amakawaya Gihei and ďdachi Kumanosuke [casting].

Summer 1749: Ebiz˘ falls ill and has to rest up to the beginning of 1750.

1st lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ is back on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Taira Kagekiyo, disguised as the hunter Shichibei, in the drama "ďkazari Saiwai Soga". The role of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada is played by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III.

4th lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the drama "Shigetada Kariba Nikki". His stage partner in the role of Jir˘'s wife Karaito is Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the roles of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami, Watari Shinzaemon and Kuryű Danj˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Sanpachi I. The aragoto role of Kuryű Danj˘ Saemon, brandishing an ax and pursuing the villains who attacked Lady Kikusui (played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I), is similar to the role of Soga Gor˘ in the "Ya-no-Ne" scene.

1st lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ play in the same theater the roles of the medecine peddler and Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon in the new year drama "Hatsuhana Sumidagawa", which includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene.

3rd lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-shigoku-meijin-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - master - superior - superior - excellent). He plays the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami Sh˘nin Kitayama Zakura". His stage partner in the role of Princess Taema is Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ play in the same theater the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "Sasaki Moritsuna Fujito Nikki", "murdering" on stage his partner Onoe Kikugor˘ I. He performs also at the end of the play the role of the statue of the deity Fud˘son.

11th lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). He plays the roles of Kagekiyo and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year program "Suzuriha Sugatami Soga", which is staged at the Ichimuraza.

7th lunar month of 1752: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Hitokanade Taihei Nagoya" but he falls ill during the performance and has to be replaced. He's convalescent for 14 months.

1753: the Kabuki world commemorates the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I. Ebiz˘ and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II finance the erection of a memorial stone in the front approach of K˘yasan temple in the Wakayama province. No memorial performance in Edo theaters because of the bad health condition of Ebiz˘.

11th lunar month of 1753: Ebiz˘ is back on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami, Hata Rokur˘ Saemon, Bara Mitsujo (?) and the Chinese Shuikki in the drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki", which includes a "Shibaraku" scene.

1st lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (third time), Soga Gor˘, the Buddhist priest Rensh˘ and the deity Aizen My˘˘ in the new year program "Momo Chidori Kuruwa Soga", which includes the "Ya-no-Ne" scene (presented to the audience as a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Ebiz˘) and commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. This performance is a triumphant success and is extended up to the 6th lunar month.

7th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yamamoto Kansuke in the drama "Kongen Okuni Kabuki". His stage partners in the roles of ďmi no Okane, Umetada Tokubŕ and Matsunaga Danj˘ are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji II and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yamanaka Shikanosuke in the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi On'ai no Kata Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Miura no ďsuke and Wada Yoshimori in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, murui section (the "unequaled" section, created especially for Ebiz˘ and Suketakaya Takasuke I), is dai-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ukishima Danj˘ and Utsumbo in the drama "Shida Ch˘ja Bashira".

11th lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ and the deity Namikiri Fud˘ My˘˘ in the kaomise drama "Arigatashi Yunzei Genji".

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1756: the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza are destroyed in a fire.

2nd lunar month of 1756: the Nakamuraza is rebuilt and Ebiz˘ plays the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the drama "Kotobuki Mimasu Soga" - "Mimasu" is the crest (3 squares fitting into each other and representing 3 measures of rice) of the Naritaya guild. His stage partners in the roles of Nagoya Sanza, Fuwa Banzaemon, Katsuragi (Sanza's lover) and Banzaemon's wife are Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of ďe no Saemon and the spirit of a Monkey in the drama "Ch˘seiden Fudan Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kanki and Ogata Sabur˘ disguised as the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon in the drama "Z˘ho Kokusen'ya Gassen" (enlarged and revised version of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's "Kokusen'ya Gassen"). The performance is a commercial failure.

8th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ moves to the Ichimuraza, leaving Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III at the Nakamuraza, and plays the role of Shibuya Konn˘maru (the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Kon'˘ Zakura". He also plays the role of the Chinese warrior Kan U in the dance drama "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji", which celebrates the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1757: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year program "Some Tazuna Hatsuuma Soga", which includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene (performed for the seventh time by Ebiz˘). He falls ill at the end of the performance and is convalescent up to the 3rd lunar month of 1758.

3rd lunar month of 1758: Ebiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Soga Gor˘ in the bombastic scene "Ya-no-Ne", which is part of the drama "Koizome Sumidagawa". He falls ill and has to retire in his cottage in the village of Meguro, not so far from the Fud˘son temple. He dies there a few months later, in September, and his tombstone is located in the J˘sh˘in temple in the district of Shiba.

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Outstanding tachiyaku and praiseworthy successor of his father, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II was one of the leading Edo actors from the Ky˘h˘ era to the middle of the H˘reki era. He reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank in the 1st lunar month of 1712 and the goku-j˘-j˘-kichi rank in the 2nd lunar month of 1720.

He contributed a lot to the development of Kabuki, creating new roles, costum patterns or kumadori make-up patterns. His most famous creation is the role of Sukeroku, who combined both aragoto and wagoto styles and appeared on stage for the first time in the 3rd lunar month of 1713 and was refined through different version up to the masterpiece drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura" in the 3rd lunar month of 1749. Here is the list of all Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II's performance in the role of Sukeroku:

Date Theater Agemaki Ikyű
Mar 1713 Yamamuraza Tamazawa Rin'ya Yamanaka Heikur˘ I
Feb 1716 Nakamuraza Nakamura Takesabur˘ I ďtani Hiroemon I
Mar 1739 Kawarazakiza Tomizawa Montar˘ Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I
Mar 1749 Nakamuraza Segawa Kikujir˘ I Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II is also the creator of several bombastic plays belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection: "Uir˘ Uri" (1st lunar month of 1718), "Oshimodoshi" (3rd lunar month of 1727), "Ya-no-Ne" (1st lunar month of 1729), "Kagekiyo" (9th lunar month of 1732), "Kan U" (11th lunar month of 1737), "Nanatsu Men" (2nd lunar month of 1740) and "Kenuki" (1st lunar month of 1742). He also decided to include the "Shibaraku" scene, created by his father as part of a longer play, in almost all the Edo kaomise which he took part in.

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn˘ ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroji I).

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II's best roles: Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Sukeroku, Narukami, Taira no Kagekiyo. Here is the list of all his performance in the role of the wicked priest Narukami:

Date Theater Princess Taema
5th lunar month of 1715 Nakamuraza Nakamura Takesabur˘ I
Jan 1726 Nakamuraza Yamamoto Hanazato
Mar 1733 Ichimuraza Segawa Kikujir˘ I
Jan 1742 ďnishi no Shibai Onoe Kikugor˘ I
Mar 1751 Ichimuraza Onoe Kikugor˘ I
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II performing in duo with the onnagata actor Somekawa Kozarashi in a print made by Torii Kiyoshige (1725~1735) Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II playing the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in a print made by Okumura Masanobu in 1736

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1714

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1714

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1723

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1723

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu 1723~1727

Print made by Okumura Masanobu in 1727

Print made by Okumura Masanobu (1729 ~ 1740)

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu (1735 ~ 1741)

Print made by Torii Kiyotada

The Ichikawa Sansh˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

 
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