ICHIKAWA EBIZď V

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuen II In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V In Japanese
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuen II In Japanese
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinnosuke I In Japanese

Others names:

Ichikawa Jukai I In Japanese
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ In Japanese
Hatagaya Jűz˘ In Japanese
Naritaya Shichizaemon (II) In Japanese
Ichikawa Sansh˘ IV In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry names: Sansh˘ (4), Jukai (1), Hakuen

Existence: 1791 ~ 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1859 [1]

Connections:

Great-great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Danjűr˘ II)

Great-grandfather: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Danjűr˘ IV)

Grandfather: Ichikawa Hakuen I (Danjűr˘ V)

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI

Sons: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VI, Ichikawa Saruz˘ I, Ichikawa K˘z˘

Disciples: Ichikawa Kodanji III, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV, Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III, Ichikawa Shinsha 0.1, Ichikawa Monnosuke V, Ichikawa Omez˘ II, Ichikawa Dankur˘ I, Ichikawa Suminoj˘, Ichikawa Sadanji II, Ichikawa Sadanji III, Ichikawa Raiz˘ V, Ichikawa Danshir˘ III

Career:

1791: born in Edo. His father was the owner of a shibai jaya but it was said that he was a musician and a low-ranking samurai. His mother was the daughter of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V.

8th lunar month of 1794: he appeared on stage for the first time, receiving the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke I.

1797: Ichikawa Shinnosuke I took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

6th lunar month of 1798: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza 2 famous koyaku, Rokukimi and Antoku Tenn˘, in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1799: his adoptive father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI died.

11th lunar month of 1800: he was officially designated as the next holder of the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘.

10th lunar month of 1806: his grandfather Ichikawa Hakuen I died.

1807: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

5th lunar month of 1808: Danjűr˘ played the roles of Senzaki Yagor˘ and ďdate Samanosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the Nakamuraza.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Yasuda Sakubŕ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Kambara Sagor˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta"); Danjűr˘ played the role of Tsugawa Katsujir˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Kojima Rimpei and the yamabushi priest Masuh˘in [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1811: Danjűr˘ played for the first time the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged at the Ichimuraza; his stage partners in the roles of the courtesan Agemaki and Ikyű are Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Wada Gor˘ [more details]. It was followed by the premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of the d˘guya Seishichi, later Tsuribune Sankichi [more details].

9th lunar month of 1812: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Ume˘maru and Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Segawa Rok˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's play "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri" (commonly called "Osome no Nanayaku", in English "The seven roles of Osome"). The seven roles were played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Kyűsaku and the sarumawashi Sajibei [casting].

4th lunar month of 1813: Danjűr˘ played the role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which was staged at the Moritaza.

6th lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Moritaza of the 8-role hengemono "Mata Koko-ni Sugata Hakkei"; the 8 roles were performed by Danjűr˘. One of them, the one for the view "wild goose swooping down upon Katata in Autumn" ("Katata no Rakugan" in Japanese), has survived and became an independent popular dance item in the Kabuki repertoire, known under the titles of "ďmi no Okane", "Danjűr˘ Musume" (the Danjűr˘ Girl) or "Sarashima" (the Cloth-bleaching Girl).

1st lunar month of 1814: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Moritaza of the Nagauta-based dance "Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Yoshida Matsuwakamaru, the Iruma's tsubone Iwafuji, the yakko Gunsuke, the carver Hidari Jingor˘ and Awazu Rokur˘ [more details].

5th lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 12-role hengemono "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", which was performed by Danjűr˘. One of the roles, "Tonbi Yakko", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

7th lunar month of 1814: Danjűr˘ played for the first time at the Ichimuraza the role of the smuggler Genkai Nadaemon in the drama "Imaori Hakata no Irifune", which was very similar to "Kezori". His stage partners were Seki Sanjűr˘ II (Komachiya S˘shichi) and Ichikawa Dannosuke III (the courtesan Hakata Kojor˘).

3rd lunar month of 1815: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kumagai Tar˘ and Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1815: the actors Danjűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Seki Sanjűr˘ II moved to the Kawarazakiza, which was about to reopen.

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu" or "Dote no Oroku"); Danjűr˘ played the roles of Omamori Denbŕ and Sano Jir˘zaemon [casting].

7th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the ten roles of Date), whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; the ten roles were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII [casting].

8th lunar month of 1815: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Tadanobu and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; his stage partner in the role of Shizuka Gozen in the michiyuki "Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi" was the onnagata Segawa Tamon I.

9th lunar month of 1815: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Hayano Kanpei, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners were Segawa Tamon I (Okaru), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Oishi, Osono) and Seki Sanjűr˘ II (En'ya Hangan, Teraoka Heiemon).

7th lunar month of 1816: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, ďboshi Yuranosuke and Ichimonjiya Saibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of En'ya Hangan was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of the priest Seigen, Tsurigane Gonsuke (in reality Shinobu no S˘ta) and Inanoya Hanbei [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1818: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Danjűr˘ played the role of Miuranosuke [casting].

4th lunar month of 1819: Danjűr˘ played at the Tamagawaza the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, En'ya Hangan, Hayano Kanpei, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Ono no Sadakur˘, Tonase and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his main stage partners were Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (K˘ no Moron˘, Teraoka Heiemon, Kakogawa Honz˘), Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (Okaru, Oishi) and Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Osono).

11th lunar month of 1819: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the Nagauta-based dance "Shikakubashira Saru no Kusemai"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Konoshita T˘kichi [more details].

4th lunar month of 1820: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue and Hatakeyama Shigetada in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; the role of Chidori was played by Ichikawa Monnosuke III.

5th lunar month of 1821: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Hayano Kanpei and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Fuwa Banzaemon, Banzui Ch˘bŕ and Teranishi Kanshin [casting].

5th lunar month of 1823: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Matsu˘maru and Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Chiyo, Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V, Seki Sanjűr˘ II and Onoe Kikugor˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1825: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Senzaki Yagor˘, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Tamiya Iemon [casting].

9th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Sasanoya Sangor˘ (in reality Tokuemon's son Sentar˘) and It˘ Genshin (in reality Senzaki Yagor˘) [casting].

1st lunar month of 1826: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1826: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Matsuemon and Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; the roles of Chidori and Ofude were played by Iwai Shijaku I and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1827: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka in the "Senjin Mond˘" scene of the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue, Chidori and Enju were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Nakano T˘suke (in reality Yui Minbunosuke), Botan Jishi no Hachi, Edobei (in reality Fujikawa Mizuemon), Mamushi no Jirokichi and Banzui Ch˘bŕ [casting].

7th lunar month of 1827: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Teraoka Heiemon, Ono no Sadakur˘, ďwashi Bungo, Kakusuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1827: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘". His stage partners were Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Otoku), Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (Utanosuke), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Shurinosuke) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Sh˘gen).

12th lunar month of 1827: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Matsuemon and Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

5th lunar month of 1828: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kan Sh˘j˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1828: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Naniwa Rokur˘, Princess Tatsu's yakko Mizuhei, Shibuya Konn˘maru, the kagokaki Jinbŕ, the sum˘tori Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Taira no Kiyomori in Tsuuchi Jihŕ IV's kaomise drama "Sakigake Genji no Kibamusha", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sawamura Gennosuke II, Arashi Danpachi and Yoshizawa Enjir˘; his yearly salary is 700 ry˘.

3rd lunar month of 1829: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kinugawa Taniz˘, Hanyűmura Yoemon, Yashio, Nikki Danj˘ and Arajishi Otokonosuke in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

21st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1829: a fire broke out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It destroyed the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza and the Kawarazakiza.

15th day of the 4th lunar month of 1829: Danjűr˘ was at the K˘yasan where a commemorative stone was erected.

5th lunar month of 1829: he took the name of Ichikawa Hakuen II to play in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka and the send˘ Matsuemon, in reality Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu, in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki". He also played the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Tsuribune Sabu and Issun Tokubŕ were played by Band˘ Jutar˘ I and Ichikawa Danz˘ V.

10th lunar month of 1829: Hakuen played the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Hayano Kanpei and Ono no Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the Shukuin no Shibai in Sakai; his stage partner in the role of Okaru was Fujikawa Tomokichi II.

11th lunar month of 1829: Hakuen played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Oda Harunaga and Kat˘ Toranosuke in the kaomise drama "Matsushita Kaheiji Renga Hy˘ban"; his stage partners were Nakamura Utaemon III, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Arashi Rikan II, Nakamura Matsue III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Sawamura Kunitar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1830: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent). At that time, he was still in ďsaka, not in Edo!

3rd lunar month of 1830: Hakuen played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Momoi Wakasanosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also played the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, the shirozake seller Shinbŕ and Ikyű were played by Nakamura Matsue III, Nakamura Utaemon III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

Spring ~ Summer 1830: tour in Ise, Nagoya and Tateyama with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V. Then, the two actors went back to Edo through the Nakasend˘.

8th lunar month of 1830: he took back the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Ishikawa Goemon, the kamiyui Misuji no Tsunagor˘ and Konomura ďinosuke (in reality S˘ Sokei) in the drama "Ichikawaya Masago no Gohiiki".

5th lunar month of 1831: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of the ferryman Tonbŕ in the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi"; he creates the definitive kata for this role; the role of Tonbŕ's daughter Ofuna was played by Sawamura Gennosuke II.

7th lunar month of 1831: Danjűr˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Rokuyata in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

9th lunar month of 1831: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1832: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII took back the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VI, who was only 9 years old, took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII. Ebiz˘ played the roles of Sarushima S˘ta, Iwafuji and Yoshida Matsuwakamaru in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome". He also played the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; his stage partners in the roles of the courtesan Agemaki and Ikyű were Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V. "At the same performance, he published a document that established the "Kabuki Eighteen" (Kabuki Jűhachiban), a collection of plays that were closely associated with him and his predecessors in the Danjűr˘ line [2]".

4th lunar month of 1832: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of the boatman Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki". He also played the role of Soga Gor˘ in the short and bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne". The role of Soga Jűr˘ is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XII.

11th lunar month of 1832: Ebiz˘ moved to the Kawarazakiza and played several roles, including Narita Gor˘ and Ashigarayama no Yamanba, in the kaomise program. His son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII played for the first time the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene.

3rd lunar month of 1833: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Hayano Kanpei, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Teraoka Heiemon and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

2nd lunar month of 1836: Ebiz˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Genz˘, Yuranosuke, Oni˘ Shinzaemon, Tanuki no Kakubei, Izu no Jir˘, Hisaage Zenji, Matsu˘maru, Kakogawa Honz˘, ďmi no T˘ta, Kakuju, Oishi, Soga Mank˘, Terukuni, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Tenpaizan no Kan Sh˘j˘, ďwashi Bungo, Taira no Kagekiyo, the wooden statue of Kan Sh˘j˘, the statue of Fud˘ My˘˘ and Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the drama "Sugawararyű Kanagaki Soga", which mixed the worlds of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and the Soga brothers (sogamono).

4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono"; Ebiz˘ played the roles of ďtsuka Shinjir˘, Fukami Katsugor˘, Inuta Kobungo, Inuyama D˘setsu, Inuzuka Shino, Inumura Kakutar˘, Aboshi Samojir˘, Tsuchida Dotar˘ and the wicked priest Narukami [casting].

11th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Kurama Jishi Oshie no Hinagata", which stars Ebiz˘, Sawamura Tossh˘ I and Onoe Kikujir˘ II [more details].

1st lunar month of 1838: Ebiz˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which was included in the new year program "Fude Hajime Mazebari Soga"; the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami was played by Ichikawa Danz˘ V.

3rd lunar month of 1839: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance program "Shiki no Nagame Maru-ni-I no Toshi", which was made up of four dances dedicated to the four seasons and starred the actor Sawamura Tossh˘ I, supported by Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII [more details].

9th lunar month of 1839: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Shimero Yare Iro no Kakegoe", which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Kanda Matsuri". It starred Ebiz˘, Sawamura Tossh˘ I and Onoe Eizabur˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1840: PremiŔre of the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" at the Kawarazakiza; Ebiz˘ played the role of Musashib˘ Benkei [more details].

8th lunar month of 1840: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi", a revised version of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Hakata Kojor˘ Nami Makura"; Ebiz˘ played the role of Kezori Kuemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1841: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Midaroku, the yakko Tagohei and Rakujinsai in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of Yoshitsune was played by his son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

11th lunar month of 1841: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kakuju, Ume˘maru and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by Nakamura Utaemon IV and Sawamura Tossh˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1842: Ebiz˘ plays the eponymous role of the play "Kagekiyo", which was staged at the Kawarazakiza. His stage partners were Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (Shigetada) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III (Akoya).

4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1842: Ebiz˘ was arrested and accused of violating the sumptuary laws. His sumptuous villa was destroyed and he was banished from Edo. "He was summoned before the city magistrates, bound in handcuffs and bound over into the care of his ward leader. On 22nd of the sixth month he was banished from the city. Changing his name to Naritaya Shichizaemon, on the 25th he left the city and took up temporary abode at the family temple of Shinsh˘ji in Narita, several miles to the east of Edo. The following year he stayed for a couple of months with an oculist called Date Honĺeki near the foot of Mt. Fuji, before leaving for ďsaka [2]".

11th lunar month of 1843: Ebiz˘ played the roles of Kakuju and Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1844: Ebiz˘ played the roles of Kakuju and Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; the roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1845: Ebiz˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Ky˘to the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami was played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1847: Ebiz˘ played the role of Yoshitsune in le michiyuki and the "Shi-no-Kiri" act of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was performed at the Kado no Shibai (ďsaka); his stage partners were Arashi Kichisabur˘ III (Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan), Ichikawa Kodanji IV (Tadanobu) and Arashi Rikaku II (Shizuka Gozen).

5th lunar month of 1847: Ebiz˘ played the roles of Yoshitsune, Igami no Gonta and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in Ky˘to in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was produced at the Kitagawa no Shibai by the nadai Kameya Kumenoj˘ and Hayagumo Ch˘dayű; his stage partners were Ichikawa Kodanji IV(Tadanobu) and Arashi Rikaku II (Shizuka Gozen).

9th lunar month of 1848: Ebiz˘ played the role of Rokusuke in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which was staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; the role of Osono was played by Arashi Rikan III. Ebiz˘ also played the roles of Kakuju and Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1848: Ebiz˘ played the roles of Kakuju and Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1849: he received a pardon from the authorities. "In the first month of the following year he was summoned back to Edo, and after a hurried departure he arrived in the city on the 29th of the second month [2]".

3rd lunar month of 1850: Ebiz˘ played at the Kawarazakiza the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami was played by Onoe Kikujir˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1852: Ebiz˘ plays at Kawarazakiza the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by his son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

1st lunar month of 1853: Ebiz˘ was summoned one more time before the city magistrates (machi bugy˘).

1st lunar month of 1853: Ebiz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the eponymous role of the play "Kagekiyo"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ VI (Akoya) and Kataoka Gad˘ II (Shigetada).

5th lunar month of 1853: Ebiz˘ played one more time the eponymous role of the play "Kagekiyo" in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

4th lunar month of 1854: tour in Nagoya at the Wakamiya no Shibai. He performed under the name of Naritaya Shichizaemon the eponymous role of the drama "Kagekiyo".

8th lunar month of 1854: a few days after his triumphant arrival in ďsaka, his son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII committed suicide in his inn.

6th lunar month of 1855: tour in Nagoya, where he performed under the name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘.

11th lunar month of 1855: he played the roles of Dankur˘ and Saisaki Iga no Kami in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was staged in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

1856: he took one more time the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

1st lunar month of 1857: Ebiz˘ played for the last time the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; the roles of Togashi and Yoshitsune were played by Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV and Ichikawa K˘z˘.

10th lunar month of 1857: he performed under the name of Ichikawa Hakuen in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based sanbas˘mono "Kotobuki Shiki Sanba"; Ebiz˘ played the role of Okina [casting]. Ebiz˘ suddenly fell ill and had to rest a few weeks.

3rd lunar month of 1859: Ebiz˘ was supposed to play in the same theater the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Soga no Iruka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" but he had a relapse and died the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1859 [1].

Comments:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V was an outstanding tachiyaku and one of the most popular actors of the nineteenth century.

"From the latter part of Bunka and Bunsei to Kaei, or from 1804 to 1848, the great actor of Edo was the seventh Danjűr˘, grandson of the fifth, the sixth having died young. He went on the stage at the age of four, and when he started to cry, a convenient substitute was hurried up. At the age of 17 he succeeded to the ancestral name. At the age of 42, he was exiled by the Governor of Edo because of extravagance on the stage, since he had used real armour, and the stage setting for one of his plays had been an exact reproduction of the interior of a mansion of the aristocracy. Forbidden to come within a ten ri radius of the town, it meant that the Edo stage was not to know him for many a year. He was small, and had large eyes, and was very similar to his son, the ninth Danjűr˘ [..]. Like all the members of his family, he showed a special leaning towards aragoto, and added to the family plays by adapting the drama to Kabuki. He is said to have combined the strong points of the second, fourth, and fifth in this actor line." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

"Danjűr˘ VII had two wives and three concubines, who bore him seven sons and five daughters. But with such complicated domestic arrangements his household was never a peaceful one." (from http://www.naritaya.jp)

"The seventh Danjűr˘ was famous for his extravagance. His residence was more beautiful than that of a daimy˘, and no doubt the Edo authorities, ever alert to suppress luxury among the people, were ready to pounce upon him, using some pretext or other in order to hold him up as an example to be avoided." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] The 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ansei era was the 25th of April 1859 in the western calendar.

[2] Source: http://www.naritaya.jp

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V playing the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1840 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)

Prints & Illustrations

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Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1815

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1820~1830)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1822

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1824

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1827

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1828

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1833

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1850

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852 (courtesy of V.)

The Ichikawa Sansh˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Jukai line of actors

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Hakuen line of actors

 
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