ICHIKAWA HAKUEN I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Hakuen I In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ In Japanese
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V In Japanese
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III In Japanese
Matsumoto K˘z˘ In Japanese
Matsumoto Umimaru In Japanese

Others names:

Naritaya Shichizaemon (I) In Japanese
Ichikawa Sansh˘ III In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya, K˘raiya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry names: Baid˘, Omegawa, Sansh˘ (3), Hakuen

Existence: 8th lunar month of 1741 ~ 30th day of the 10th lunar month of 1806 [1]

Connection:

Great-grandfather: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Grandfather: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Danjűr˘ II)

Father: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Danjűr˘ IV)

Son: Ichikawa Momotar˘ I

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI

Grandson: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Danjűr˘ VII)

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

Disciples: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Ichikawa Omez˘ I, Ichikawa Tatsuz˘ 0.1, Ichikawa Tatsuz˘ 0.2 (Hanai Saizabur˘ IV), Ichikawa Mitsuz˘, Ichikawa Takiz˘, Ichikawa Hamaz˘, Ichikawa Tomiemon, Ichikawa Kosanza, Ichikawa Raiz˘ III

Career:

1741 ~ 1754: born in Edo. He appears on stage for the first time in 1745, receiving the name of Matsumoto Umimaru. He takes a few years later the name of Matsumoto K˘z˘.

11th lunar month of 1754: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘z˘ take the respective names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III; the new K˘shir˘ performs in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates also the shűmei of Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: K˘shir˘ performs in the same theater in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

1st lunar month of 1758: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Odawara T˘kichi in the new year program "Toki Tsukaze Irifune Soga".

11th lunar month of 1758: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of K˘ga Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kigoto no Hana Aioi Hachinoki", which welcomes the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon I who left the Ichimuraza and celebrates the shűmei of Mizuki Tatsunosuke III.

1st lunar month of 1759: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Inub˘maru in the new year drama "Hatsugai Wada no Sakamori".

11th lunar month of 1759: K˘shir˘ follows his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV to the Ichimuraza and plays the role of Fuwa Bansaku in the kaomise drama "Okunizome Shusse Butai".

1st lunar month of 1760: K˘shir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tsuno katsura section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He performs in the same theater in the new year program "Furiwakegami Suehiro Genji".

2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire breaks out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Sűzaki in Fukagawa. It destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. It is called "Akashiya no Kaji" (The Akashiya fire), based on the name of the shop where it started. K˘shir˘ has to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

3rd lunar month of 1760: K˘shir˘ plays in the rebuilded Ichimuraza the role of Iha no Jűz˘ in the drama "Soga Mannen Bashira", which includes the bombastic play "Kaneiri Gedatsu no Koromo" (commonly called "Gedatsu").

11th lunar month of 1760: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Mitachi no Kiyoyuki in the kaomise drama "Ume Momiji Date no ďkido".

1st lunar month of 1761: K˘shir˘ performs in the same theater in the new year drama "Edo Murasaki Kongen Soga".

11th lunar month of 1761: K˘shir˘ follows his father to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Washio no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Nihongahana H˘gan Biiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Raiz˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1762: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Matsuwakamaru in the drama "Soga Biiki Nihon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1762: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kiyohara Ayako and Taira no Munemori in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Ha Izu no Sugatami". This performance celebrates the shűmei of his new disciple Ichikawa Takejűr˘, who takes the name Ichikawa Somegor˘ I. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV plays the role of the Deity Meguro no Fud˘ (the black eyes Fud˘ My˘˘) in the "Fud˘" scene, which is staged at the end of the program. The roles of Seitaka D˘ji and Konkara D˘ji, sitting close to Fud˘ My˘˘, are played by K˘shir˘ and Ichikawa Somegor˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1763: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater 4 roles in Kanai Sansh˘'s new year drama "Momo Chidori ďiso Gayoi".

11th lunar month of 1763: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Nishikido Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Daij˘bu Takadachi Jikki". This performance celebrates the shűmei of his disciple Ichikawa Somegor˘ I, who takes the name of Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1764: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Noriyori in the new year drama "Hitokidori Harutsuge Soga".

8th lunar month of 1764: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yoshioka Kemp˘ in the "Kenuki" scene, which is included in the "Heike Nyogo no Shima" drama, staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1764: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shuten D˘ji in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Hana S˘ma no Dairi".

1st lunar month of 1765: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ippongi no Gohei and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Amatsukaze Nenriki Soga". His stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ is Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1765: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the villain K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1765: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Shibito Kozaemon and ďe Otondo in the kaomise drama "Kagura Uta Amagoi Komachi", which celebrates the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1766: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Kanaishimaru Suketsune and the zat˘ Keimasa in the new year drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Izu no Harugoma".

5th lunar month of 1766: premiere of the play "Yaoya Oshichi Koi no Edozome", which is staged at the Nakamuraza. K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and Beniya Ch˘bŕ. His stage partners in the roles of Yaoya Oshichi and Kichisabur˘ are Nakamura Matsue I and Ichikawa Benz˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1766: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ippei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1766: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the rebel Abe no Munet˘ in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I. His stage partners in the roles of Abe no Sadat˘ and Hachiman Tar˘ Yoshiie are Kirishima Gizaemon I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1767: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Hokuromaru, disguised as the priest Seigen, and Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Hatsu Akinai ďmise Soga".

7th lunar month of 1767: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Igami no Gonta in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1767: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sagami Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Shizu no Furisode".

1st lunar month of 1768: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue and Dozaemon Denkichi in the new year drama "Fude Hajime Soga no Tamazusa". His stage partners in the roles of Yaoya Oshichi and Kichisabur˘ are Segawa Kikunoj˘ II and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1768: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Gokuin Sen'emon in the drama "Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane" [casting]. He also plays the role of Matsu˘maru in "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1768: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the thief Nisuke in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Koky˘ no Torikaji".

11th lunar month of 1768: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Hokky˘'s daughter Asagao in the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji" [print], which celebrates the arrival in Edo of Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.

1st lunar month of 1769: K˘shir˘ plays for the first time the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the same theater the role of Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Soga Moy˘ Aigo no Wakamatsu"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (Soga brothers' enemy) are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II and Nakamura Utaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1769: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Akita J˘nosuke and the dragon-king (Ryű˘) in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hanasakae Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1770: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘, disguised a the uir˘ peddler Toraya Seibŕ, in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene performed with the new year drama "Kagamigaike Omokage Soga" [print].

6th lunar month of 1770: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kikuchi Hy˘go in Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Chűk˘ Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1770: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III receives the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV takes back his previous name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II. The new Danjűr˘ plays the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene, included in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which also celebrates the arrival of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Yamashita Kinsaku II at the Nakamuraza and the shűmei of the actors Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa Benz˘ I and Nakamura Shichinosuke I,who respectively take the names of Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

1st lunar month of 1771: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Sakaich˘ Soga no Nendaiki"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (Soga brothers' enemy) are played by Ichikawa Komaz˘ II and Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1771: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the play "Sukeroku", staged under the title "Kongen Edo Murasaki". His partners in the roles of the courtesan Agemaki and the villain Ikyű are Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1771: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1771: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tomonari in the drama "Tamura Maro Nanae Gasane".

11th lunar month of 1771: Danjűr˘, who decided to move to the Moritaza in the company of Yamashita Kinsaku II and let his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II at the Nakamuraza, becomes zagashira and plays several roles, including the aragoto role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the "Shibaraku" scene and Umezu Kamon [Print], in the kaomise drama "Fukikaete Tsuki no Yoshiwara". His new stage partners are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Sukegor˘ II, ďtani Hiroemon III, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I and Nakamura Jűz˘ II (who came from Kamigata).

1st lunar month of 1772: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the dead Tosaemon, Kagekiyo and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Hatsu Akebono Niwatori Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune are played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and Nakamura Jűz˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1772: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sanai and Keimasa in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

7th lunar month of 1772: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater 2 roles in the drama "Keisei Momiji no Uchikake".

8th lunar month of 1772: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the ghost of Seigen in the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Sono Utsushie Matsu ni Kaide". His stage partners in the roles of the courtesan Takao (and the ghost of Takao) and Lord Ashikaga Yorikane are Nakamura Noshio I and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1772: Danjűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Minamoto no Tametomo, Kud˘ Kanaishimaru Suketsune and the Zen priest Bukan in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1773: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Iro Makie Soga no Sakazuki"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Nakamura Noshio I and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I. Danjűr˘ performs also the leading role of the play "Uir˘ Uri" ("The uir˘ peddler").

7th lunar month of 1773: Danjűr˘ performs in the same theater in the drama "Miya Bashira Iwao no Butai".

9th lunar month of 1773: last performance at the Moritaza for Danjűr˘. He plays the roles of Kumedera Danj˘ and Narukami in the drama "Momiji no Nishiki Narukami Zakura" ("Narukami"). His stage partner in the role of Princess Taema is Yamashita Kinsaku II. The "Narukami" performance is not well received by the audience.

11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", performed as a kaomise drama. Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Kumai Tar˘, Kashima no Kotofure, Kisanta, the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ and Togashi Saemon [casting]. This 46-days long performance, which is also the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, is a tremendous success.

1st lunar month of 1774: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He also plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Ky˘ no Jir˘ and Danjűr˘ Shichinosuke (?) in the new year sogamono "Oatsuraezome Soga Hinagata". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Kud˘'s enemies) are Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

5th lunar month of 1774: big crisis at the Nakamuraza; several high-ranking actors, including Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV leave the theater.

11th lunar month of 1774: Danjűr˘ joins the Moritaza and plays the roles of Kataoka Hachir˘ (in the "Shibaraku" scene), the hag Danguri no Osan, Suzuki Sabur˘ and the bonze S˘j˘b˘ in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1775: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Danzabur˘ (Gor˘'s retainer) and Tanba Suketar˘ in the new year drama "Shida Yuzuriha H˘rai Soga". The roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Band˘ Matatar˘ IV and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1775: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei, Terukuni and Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The role of Shihei's retainer Matsu˘maru is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

8th lunar month of 1775: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Otokonosuke, Fuwa Banzaemon and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Keisei Tsuki no Miyako".

11th lunar month of 1775: the departure of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Iwai Hanshir˘ IV to the Ichimuraza is a hard blow for the Moritaza. Danjűr˘ stays and plays the roles of Ashigarayama no Yamanba, K˘jumaru and Koremitsu in the kaomise drama "Kikujid˘ Shuen no Iwaya". He also plays the wicked court noble role in "Shibaraku" (the superhero is played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II).

1st lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Sono Ky˘dai Fuji no Sugatami".

2nd lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Dozaemon Denkichi in the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Sono Ky˘dai Fuji no Sugatami". His stage partners in the roles of Yaoya Oshichi and Kichisabur˘ are Yoshizawa Iroha I and Ichikawa Monnosuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka and Shigetada in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki"; the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue, Chidori and Enju are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV.

5th lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of An no Heibei and Iba Jűz˘ in the drama "Maki Kaesu Mikari Soga" [casting]. He also plays a lawn-mower role in the Tokiwazu-based dance "Ayame Fukuhana no Itazura", sharing the stage with Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji III and Ichikawa Monnosuke II.

7th lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ashiya D˘man in the drama "Kiky˘zome Onna Urakata", whose plot and characters are similar to "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

10th lunar month of 1776: his son Momotar˘ dies at the age of 8.

11th lunar month of 1776: Danjűr˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the roles of Iwawaka Gor˘ (in the "Shibaraku" scene), the hag Higaki and Godai no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sugata no Hana Yuki no Kuronushi". This is also the premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Momo Yogiku Iro no Yo no Naka"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of the old woman Higaki (in reality the ghost of Higaki) [casting].

1st lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Taira no Kagekiyo (in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene) in the new year program "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Akoya are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II, Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III. For the first time in Kabuki history, chiwata threads are used in the bloody murder of the priest Dainichib˘ by Akoya. This new technique is very well received by the audience.

4th lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kumedera Danj˘ in the drama "Homare no Shisha Kenuki Dansh˘", commonly called "Kenuki".

5th lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the rebel Abe no Sadat˘ and the Kurozuka ogress in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara"; the roles of Sodehagi and Hachiman Tar˘ Yoshiie are played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II.

Summer 1777: the book "Yakusha Sensakuron" ("About actors prying") is published in Edo. It gives some private information on actors. Edo readers learn that Danjűr˘ lives in the district of Sumiyoshi Sakai-ch˘ and his annual salary is 800 ry˘.

7th lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tamashima Kazue in the drama "Naniwagata Imose no Irifune", whose characters belong to the "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" world.

8th lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and En'ya Hangan in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and K˘ no Moron˘ are played by Sakata Hangor˘ II. The role of Okaru is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III. The scene, in which Heiemon and Okaru mourn the death of Kanpei, is very well received by the audience.

11th lunar month of 1777: Danjűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the roles of Taira no Masakado and Kamo Hy˘e Shigemitsu (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Masakado Kanmuri no Hatsuyuki". His stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1778: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kagekiyo, disguised as Kannon Shichiby˘e, in the new year program "Kaid˘ Iro Yawaragi Soga. His father Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III dies.

5th lunar month of 1778: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and Noriyori in the drama "Yaoya Oshichi Koi no Edozome".

7th lunar month of 1778: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki"; Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Arajishi Otokonosuke, Hosokawa Katsumoto, the Sh˘zuka hag, Saichi and Fuwa Banzaemon [casting].

8th lunar month of 1778: the "K˘shir˘ Impeachment affair" shakes the Kabuki world. The growing influence of Danjűr˘ in the patrons organizations or the shibai jaya circles created some enmities and a group of people plotted in the shadows to get him accused of misappropriation of funds. Danjűr˘ is ordered to leave the stage for a while, give his name to Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and take the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘. The widow of late Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II, who is also the lover of Danjűr˘, leads him to think that both Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV are responsible for this dirty and complicated plot. Danjűr˘ lets his anger explode twice on stage in front of the audience: the 27th of the 8th lunar month he accuses Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and the 28th it is the turn of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. As a consequence, Danjűr˘ decides to leave the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1778: Danjűr˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the roles of Arakawa Tar˘ (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene), Hachiman Tar˘, ďkami no Tani no Kantetsu and Miura Heitayű in the kaomise program "Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori". This kaomise, with the 3 high-ranking tachiyaku Nakamura Nakaz˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Danjűr˘ at the top of the bill, is a huge success.

1st lunar month of 1779: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kant˘ section ("global leader"), is j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono "Edo Meisho Midori Soga.

2nd lunar month of 1779: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Akoya and Shigetada are played by Onoe Matsusuke I and Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1779: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Tsuribune Sabu are played by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

8th lunar month of 1779: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kakogawa Honz˘, Hayano Kanpei and ďwashi Bungo in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of Okaru is played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II. Danjűr˘'s performance is well received by the audience.

Autumn 1779: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV decides to leave the Nakamuraza to join the Ichimuraza. Danjűr˘ seizes this opportunity to become zagashira at the Nakamuraza for the new season.

11th lunar month of 1779: Danjűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the roles of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene), Ashikaga Takauji and Yakushiji Jirozaemon in the kaomise program "Kaeribana Eiyű Taiheiki". The performance is a tremendous success.

1st lunar month of 1780: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year program "Hatsumonbi Kuruwa Soga". His stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1780: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Gokuin Sen'emon in "Gonin Otoko", the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Hatsumonbi Kuruwa Soga". His stage partners are Ichikawa Monnosuke II (Karigane Bunshichi), Sakata Hangor˘ II (Hotei Ichiemon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I (An no Heibei) and Nakamura Sukegor˘ II (Kaminari Sh˘kur˘).

3rd lunar month of 1780: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kikuoka K˘zaemon and Kumagai Nyűd˘ Renny˘ in the final act (˘zume) of the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Hatsumonbi Kuruwa Soga".

9th lunar month of 1780: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and En'ya Hangan in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and K˘ no Moron˘ are played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I (who also plays the role of Honz˘'s wife Tonase) and Onoe Matsusuke I. The Nakamuraza welcomed Onoe Kikugor˘ I, who left the Ichimuraza because of a terrible quarrel with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV

10th lunar month of 1780: pilgrimage at the Naritasan shrine to pray the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘.

11th lunar month of 1780: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kazusa Gorobei, Ise no Heita, Tezuka Tar˘ Mitsumori and Taira no Munekiyo in the kaomise program "Kite Kaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka"; the role of Minamoto no Tametomo is played by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

1st ~ 3rd lunar months of 1781: the Nakamuraza has to delay his new year program because of several financial issues.

5th lunar month of 1781: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yamagaya Sashir˘ in the drama "Sh˘bu Zake Muko no Otogi". He also plays the role of Soga Gor˘ in the bombastic scene "Bunjin Ya no Ne Gor˘" and the roles of Yuruki Saemon, the yakko Ippei and Sagisaka Sanai in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

7th lunar month of 1781: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tsukimoto Mushanosuke in the drama "Tsuki no Yuki Ganryűjima". The role of Sasaki Ganryű is played by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

8th lunar month of 1781: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kinez˘, Koyama Hangan and Sakanaya Hinode Goroz˘ in the drama "Shida Ch˘ja Bashira".

9th lunar month of 1781: Danjűr˘ performs in the same theater in the company of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Nakamura Nakaz˘ I in "Iromi Kusa Yotsu no Somewake", a memorial performance for the 22nd anniversary of the passing away of Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1781: premiere of the dance-drama "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi" (commonly called "Kumo no Hy˘shimai") at the Nakamuraza, which is performed within the kaomise program "Shitenn˘ Tonoi no Kisewata"; the roles of the spirit of the spider, Minamoto no Raik˘, Sadamitsu and Sakata Kintoki are played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I and Danjűr˘ [print].

1st lunar month of 1782: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki is t˘ji-muri-hiiki (the favorite unequaled in those days). He plays in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year program "Nanakusa Yosooi Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1782: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo, disguised as the mugwort seller Mimasuya Jűbŕ, in the second part (nibanme) of the new year program. The role of Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) is played by Segawa Otome.

5th lunar month of 1782: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Natori Gusa"; the roles of Agemaki, Ikyű and Shinbŕ are played by Nakamura Rik˘ I, Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1782: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Akamatsu Hikogor˘, the t˘fu maker Sajibei and Dote no D˘tetsu in the drama "Datezome Shikata K˘shaku", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world. Danjűr˘ performs in duo with Segawa Kikunoj˘ III in the roles of Dote no D˘tetsu and the ghost of the courtesan Takao in the Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Shinkyoku Takao Zange".

11th lunar month of 1782: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Miura Kunitae (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) [print] and Abe no Sadat˘ in the kaomise program "Godai Genji Mitsugi no Furisode". His stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Onoe Matsusuke I. His adopted son Ichikawa Tokuz˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Edo no Hana Mimasu Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

2nd lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the ghost of the priest Seigen in the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Sono Omokage Matsu ni Sakura". The ghost of the courtesan Yatsuhashi is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and Kurizu Rokur˘ in the drama "Hanakawado Migawari no Dan".

5th lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II.

8th lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hashimoto Jibuemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

9th lunar month of 1783: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shibata Sazen in the drama "Buke no Hana Musume no Adauchi".

11th lunar month of 1783: the Nakamuraza is damaged in a fire. No kaomise program.

1st lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kumagai Tar˘ (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene), Genpachibei and Ise no Sabur˘ in the new year drama kaomise "Fude Hajime Kanjinch˘". The performance of a "Shibaraku" scene in a new year program is quite an unusual event.

2nd lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the drama "Kagekiyo R˘ Yaburi", staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Soga Musume Ch˘ja"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III. From the 22nd of this month, he plays the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon and Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Natori Gusa", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III (Sukeroku) and Nakamura Rik˘ I (Agemaki).

7th lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the monk warrior Benkei, Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan and Igami no Gonta in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

8th lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Muraoka Hayato in Chikamatsu Monzaemon masterpiece's "Shinjű Ten no Amijima". From the 17th of this month, he plays the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ashiya D˘man in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which celebrates the departure of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1784: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Matano Gor˘, Soga Tar˘ and the bonze Hakone Jigokudani no Seiemon in the kaomise program "ďakinai Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1785: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hachiman Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Hatsuhana Mimasu Soga". He also plays the role of Rokubei in the Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Shinobu Koi Yanagi ni Katsurao".

2nd lunar month of 1785: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Aburaya Kuheiji and Kagekiyo in the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Hatsuhana Mimasu Soga", which combines the world of "Sonezaki Shinjű" and "Kagekiyo". The roles of Tokubŕ and Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III and Mimasu Tokujir˘ I.

2nd ~ 4th lunar months of 1785: the great actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, performing in the program "Mitsu Ningy˘ Yayoi no Hinagata" in the company of Danjűr˘.

8th lunar month of 1785: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Onoe Monzabur˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1785: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Takasaka Danj˘ in the drama "Osana Najimi Kasane Kotoba".

11th lunar month of 1785: Danjűr˘ moves to the Kiriza and plays several roles, including the superhero of "Shibaraku" and Mita Gengo Hirotsuna, in the kaomise program "Otokoyama Furisode Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1786: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the leading role of "Uir˘ Uri" and the roles of Kagekiyo and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year program "ďkazari Kotobuki Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II. The role of Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III. The program opens the 17th and is extremely successful but a fire destroys the Kiriza the 21st.

3rd lunar month of 1786: the Kiriza reopens the 16th with the same new year program on the bill.

5th lunar month of 1786: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV joins the Kiriza and becomes reconciled with Danjűr˘, ending a nine years long quarrel.

8th lunar month of 1786: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Muromachi Onna Bunsh˘". His stage partners in the roles of Nagoya Sanza and the courtesan Katsuragi are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Segawa Kikunoj˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1786: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kiyose no Tsubone in "K˘rai Giku Ukina no Irozashi", the second part (nibanme) of "Muromachi Onna Bunsh˘".

11th lunar month of 1786: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kiriza several roles, including the superhero role of "Shibaraku" and Minamoto no Tametomo, in the kaomise program "Mutsu no Hana Izu no Hataage", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakayama Kojűr˘ VI who takes back the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Yuki Nazuna Saiwai Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Hanewana no Yaz˘ (in reality Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon), Hidari Jingor˘ and Miuranosuke Yoshizumi in the drama "Miyakodori Yayoi no Watashi". Danjűr˘, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and Ichikawa Monnosuke II perform together in the Tokiwazu-based dance "Hana ni Kitsu Negura no Irodori".

4th lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Jűsaku in the second part (nibanme) of the new program "Miyakodori Yayoi no Watashi".

5th lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the yakko Edohei and Takemura Sadanoshin in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

8th lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Ono Sadakur˘ and Ashikaga Naoyoshi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1787: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Tenjiku Tokubŕ (Tokubŕ from India), a blind masseur and Harunaga in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Koky˘ no Torikaji".

11th lunar month of 1787: second kaomise at the Kiriza for Danjűr˘ who plays the roles of Sano Genzaemon and Asama Saemon Norimasa [print] in the drama "Sanga no Sh˘ Mutsu no Hanayome".

1st lunar month of 1788: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Aramonoya Sashir˘ and Arakawa Genjibei in the new year drama "Keisei Natori Soga".

7th lunar month of 1788: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Matsu˘maru [illustration] in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th ~ 9th lunar months of 1788: last program for the Kiriza, which has to give back its license to the Ichimuraza and close its business. Danjűr˘ performs in the drama "Takao no Miya Honji Kaich˘".

11th lunar month of 1788: Danjűr˘ joins the Ichimuraza and plays the role of Fukusaku in the kaomise drama "Genji Saik˘ Kogane no Tachibana", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Koi no Yosuga Kanagaki Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Aragor˘ Mohei in the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Koi no Yosuga Kanagaki Soga".

4th lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the r˘nin Umegawa Chűbŕ in the drama "Koi no Hikyaku".

5th lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Shinoda Saemon and Yodo Sakonnosuke in the drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari".

6th lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yuranosuke in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

11th lunar month of 1789: Danjűr˘ performs in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Hana no Oedo Masakado Matsuri".

1st lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, ďmi no Hachimanosuke, Tomoe Gozen and Kakurega no Mohei in the new year drama "Ureshiku Zonji Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the great play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III. The role of Princess Taema is played by Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV and ďtani Hiroji III perform together in the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tao Yanagi Oboro no Kurokami".

4th lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Okada Kazuenosuke in the love drama "Ochiyo Hanbei".

5th lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘ falls suddenly ill and has to take some rest up to the end of the season.

11th lunar month of 1790: Danjűr˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza and plays the roles of Kumai Tar˘ (the superhero a "Shibaraku" scene), Suzuki Sabur˘, a Komus˘ priest and Genjibei Hirotsuna in the kaomise program "Daidanna Kanjinch˘".

2nd lunar month of 1791: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon in the new year program "Hatsu Midori Saiwai Soga".

Spring 1791: successful tour in the provinces of K˘shű and Sunshű.

11th lunar month of 1791: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; The actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV respectively take the names of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI. Ebiz˘ plays several roles, including the leading role of a "Shibaraku" scene, in the kaomise program "Kin Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba". The ideogram for "ebi" is different from the 2 usual characters used by the actors of the Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors:

New Ebiz˘ Classic Ebiz˘
鰕蔵 海老蔵

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1st lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is goku-j˘-j˘-dai-kichi-murui (extreme - superior - superior - grand - excellent - unequaled). He plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, ďmi no Kot˘ta and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Wakamurasaki Edokko Soga". The roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Monnosuke II.

4th lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sasaki Ganryű in the drama "Hana Utsugi Shiraga Ganryű".

5th lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, ďboshi Yuranosuke and Uekiya Jűbŕ in the drama "Shijűshichi Somei no Hachiue", whose plot and characters belong to the "Chűshingura" world.

8th lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Araki Saemon and a loathsome hag in the drama "Mukashi Mukashi Tejiro no Saru".

9th lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1792: Ebiz˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza and plays the roles of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon, Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon, Watari Shinzaemon and Sagami Jir˘ in the kaomise program "ďfuna Moriebi no Kaomise". His main stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1793: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Iwafuji, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Banzui Ch˘bŕ in the new year drama "Gozen Gakari Sum˘ Soga". The roles of Onoe and Ohatsu, the enemies of the villain Lady Iwafuji, are played by Osagawa Tsuneyo II and Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. The role of Shirai Gonpachi, friend of Banzui Ch˘bŕ, is played by Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. The roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, enemies of Kud˘ Suketsune, are played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II. This performance, which features the first large scale tachimawari in Kabuki history, is a tremendous success.

4th lunar month of 1793: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ya no Ne Gor˘ and Uekiya Jűbŕ in the drama "Eimei Ya no Ne Gor˘", which includes the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene.

5th lunar month of 1793: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Dozaemon Denkichi in the drama "Junshokun Yaoya Oshichi". The actors Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, Ichikawa Omez˘ I, Iwai Kiyotar˘ II and Ebiz˘ perform together in the Tokiwazu-based dance "Hototogisu Yumeji no Koi". Ebiz˘ also plays the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ in the "Suzu-ga-Mori" scene. His stage partner in the role of Shirai Gonpachi is Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. The performance is a huge success.

8th lunar month of 1793: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Shunkan and Taira no Shigemori in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne no Bi no Asobi".

11th lunar month of 1793: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ibaraki Ch˘bŕ, Mononobe Heita, S˘ma Tar˘ and Sakat˘ji in the kaomise program "Nigiwai Genji Hana Saku Mon".

1st lunar month of 1794: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, Akazawa Jűnai and Hakone no Tojib˘ in the new year drama "Gohiiki no Hana Aiky˘ Soga"; the roles of Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) and Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada (Kagekiyo's enemy) are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

5th lunar month of 1794: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Takemura Sadanoshin in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna" [print]. He also plays the role of Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1794: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Nikki Danj˘, Hosokawa Katsumoto and the t˘fu maker Sabu in the drama "Nihon Matsu Michinoku Sodachi", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

9th lunar month of 1794: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of En'ya Hangan is played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors are drastically reduced. Ebiz˘'s yearly salary for the coming season is set to 700 ry˘ after a reduction of 400 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1794: Ebiz˘ moves to the Kiriza and plays the roles of the rebel Abe no Sadat˘, an ascetic pilgrim and Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise program "Otokoyama Oedo no Ishizue", which celebrates also the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Yamashita Kinsaku II. The performance is a huge success.

1st lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kajiwara Genta Kagesue in the new year drama "Nido no Kake Katsuiro Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Dozaemon Denkichi in the drama "Yaoya Oshichi Koi no Edozome.

3rd lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ishikawa Goemon and Kat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Toki ha Ima Kuruwa no Hanamichi.

4th lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Kakogawa Honz˘, Horibe Yajibŕ and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The performance is a great success.

5th lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Otsuma (the vegetable store widow) and Yamawaki Jűz˘ in the drama "Yomogi Fukunoki no Tamamizu".

11th lunar month of 1795: Ebiz˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza, where he meets up with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV again, and plays the roles of Taira no Masakado, Mita no Tsug˘, Watanabe Tsuna and the councilor Tadafumi in the kaomise program "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".

2nd lunar month of 1796: Ebiz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Yanagi Zakura Soga no Utsushie". He falls ill during the performance and has to take some rest.

11th lunar month of 1796: Ebiz˘ moves to the Miyakoza for his final performance (isse ichidai). He plays the roles of Usui Aratar˘ Sadamitsu [print], an ascetic pilgrim and S˘ma Tar˘ Yoshikado in the kaomise program "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji", which celebrates also the return of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV to Edo and the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. Ebiz˘'s stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Nakamura Nakaz˘ II (who falls ill and dies a few days after the beginning of the performance), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, Nakamura Noshio II, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Morita Kan'ya VIII.

12th lunar month of 1796: Ebiz˘ retires at the age of 55 years, taking the name of Naritaya Shichizaemon. He settles on a small island called Ushijima ("cow island"), close to the big island of Muk˘jima, living a hermit life in a small hut.

1st lunar month of 1797: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kant˘ section ("global leader"), is sanga no tsu murui-dai-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi-murui (unequaled in the three capitals - grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1798: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI becomes zagashira at the Nakamuraza. His adoptive father is back on stage, using the name of Ichikawa Hakuen, to take part in the k˘j˘ of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Hana to Mimasu Yoshino no Miyuki".

5th lunar month of 1799: his adopted son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI dies.

11th lunar month of 1800: Hakuen is back on stage, at the Ichimuraza, to perform in Nagawa Shimesuke I's kaomise drama "Oishigeru Nami no Une Une". It is the shűmei of his grandson Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, who is designated as the next holder of the Ichikawa Danjűr˘ name. This performance celebrates also the 100th anniversary of the haimy˘ Hakuen.

1st lunar month of 1801: Hakuen's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is dai-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1801: Hakuen is back on stage, at the Kawarazakiza, to perform in the kaomise program "Meika no Toku Mimasu no Tamagaki" [print].

1st lunar month of 1802: Hakuen's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanshu section ("global leader"), is murui-j˘-j˘-kichi (unequaled - superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1802: Hakuen plays in the same theater the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Hatsu Monbi Yosooi Soga". His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ I (Shigetada, Soga Gor˘), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Soga Jűr˘) and Osagawa Tsuneyo II (Akoya).

3rd lunar month of 1802: Hakuen appears on stage for the last time, at the Kawarazakiza, taking part in the memorial k˘j˘, which commemorates the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Iwai Hanshir˘ IV. Then he retires definitively.

30th day of the 10th lunar month of 1806: Ichikawa Hakuen dies in his small cottage on Muk˘jima island.

Comments:

Ichikawa Hakuen I was one of the dominant tachiyaku of the An'ei, Tenmei and Kansei eras, excelling as jitsugotoshi, katakiyaku, aragotoshi and even onnagata. He did not attend his father's famous acting classes, preferring to follow his own way. He proved to the Kabuki world that he was worthy to hold the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and contributed a great deal to the preservation of the best roles created by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II or Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.

Ichikawa Hakuen I's best roles: Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Taira no Kagekiyo, ďboshi Yuranosuke ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene.

[1] The 30th day of the 10th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunka era was the 9th of December 1806 in the western calendar.

Ichikawa Hakuen I drawn by Utagawa Toyokuni I for the book "Yakusha Gakuya Tsű" (1799)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1768

Print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770

Print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1771

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1781

Print made by Katsukawa Shunj˘ in 1781

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1782

Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei in 1787

Print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘ (1788 ~ 1791)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Kunimasa in 1796

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1801

The Ichikawa Sansh˘ line of actors

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Hakuen line of actors

 
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