ICHIKAWA EBIZď VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuen IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinsh˘ In Japanese
Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinnosuke III In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 1833 ~ 13 July 1874

Connections:

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

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

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

Great-Grandfather: Ichikawa Hakuen I (Danjűr˘ V)

Father: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Adoptive father and father-in-law: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI

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

Career:

1833 ~ 1844: born in Edo. He was the third son of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. His mother was Osato[1], one concubine of his father. He started his career at an unknown date, performing under the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke III.

1844: he was adopted by Ichikawa Komaz˘ V.

3rd lunar month of 1844: Ichikawa Komaz˘ V and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III respectively took the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII[2] at the Nakamuraza, playing together in the drama "Sugata no Hana Yayoi no Kagamiyama".

11th lunar month of 1849: his father-in-law Matsumoto Kinsh˘ died.

1856: separation with his wife and the Matsumoto clan.

3rd lunar month of 1856: Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII took the name of Ichikawa Shinsh˘.

1st lunar month of 1859: Ichikawa Shinsh˘ took the name of Ichikawa Hakuen IV at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Hatsud˘chű Sugoroku Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1859: his father Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V died.

1874: Ichikawa Hakuen IV formally took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII. He unfortunately fell ill and died before performing under his new name.

Comments:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII was a promising tachiyaku actor but he died before becoming popular and achieving any fame.

[1] Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V fathered only one child with Osato. Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII's 6 brothers were therefore all half-brothers.

[2] Ichikawa Komaz˘ V gives his name to Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII ... what about Ichikawa Komaz˘ VI ? One elder half-brother of Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII, who spent almost no time on stage, was said to hold the name of Ichikawa Komaz˘ for a short period of time but there was absolutely no document to back this fact. Kabuki historians decided to reference him as the sixth holder of the name Ichikawa Komaz˘, because he was older than Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII.

The mon of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1847

Prints & Illustrations

The Ichikawa Komaz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Hakuen line of actors

 
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