BANDď HIKOSABURď V

Stage names:

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V
Band˘ Takesabur˘ I
Band˘ Tsurunosuke I

Other name: Band˘ Shinsui V

Nickname: Meijin Hikosabur˘ (Hikosabur˘ the expert)

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry names: Shinsui (5), Shinshi

Existence: 1832 ~ 13 October 1877

Connection:

Adoptive father: Band˘ Kamez˘ I

Father-in-law: Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Takenoj˘ V)

Brother-in-laws: Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Band˘ Kakitsu I

Career:

1832: born in Edo in the district of Asakusa. His father, a carpenter called Tamez˘, gives him the name of Tetsuz˘.

Spring 1840: Tetsuz˘ is adopted by the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1842: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakamuraza, receiving the name of Band˘ Tsurunosuke I and playing in the drama "Kinryűzan Chikai no Ishizue".

1st lunar month of 1846: Band˘ Tsurunosuke I takes the name of Band˘ Takesabur˘ I at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Sato Moy˘ Hiyoku no Inazuma".

1846 ~ 1847: Takesabur˘ becomes zamoto at the Yűkiza, leading a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai).

4th lunar month of 1849: Takesabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Senzaki Yagor˘ and ďboshi Rikiya in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Tokiwazu-based dance "Kioi Jishi Kabuki no Hanakago", commonly called "Kioi Jishi", starring Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Onoe Kikujir˘ II, Iwai Kumesabur˘ III and Takesabur˘.

8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Takesabur˘ plays the roles of Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Ishid˘ Unemenosuke and Ogata Nagatonosuke [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1852: Takesabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Hayano Kanpei and Yazama Jűtar˘ in the drama "Yayoi no Hana Iroha no Honsetsu" (similar to the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"); the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Okaru are played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Onoe Baik˘ IV.

4th lunar month of 1854: Takesabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Tadanobu are played by Band˘ Shűka I and Arashi Rikaku II.

6th lunar month of 1854: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Shinoda Sasuke's drama "Kumo no Uwasa Onna Narukami"; Takesabur˘ plays the role of Kumo no Taemanosuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1854: Takesabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Yuranosuke and Okaru are played by Arashi Rikan III and Band˘ Shűka I.

3rd lunar month of 1856: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Band˘ branch of the Otowaya guild; Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I respectively take the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V. The two actors play together in the dramas "Tsuruhachi to Suehiro Soga", "Hikinuide Kasumi no Midomise" and "Yume Musubu Ch˘ ni Torioi".

7th lunar month of 1856: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Shizuka Gozen is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sh˘chikubai Yuki no Akebono"; Hikosabur˘ plays the role of Kichisabur˘ [casting]. Premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Joro no Makoto Osada no Chűk˘"; Hikosabur˘ plays the role of Kisanta [casting].

7th lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri" (commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke"); Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of the sakaya tedai Yoshir˘, the send˘ Misao no Take and Inagi Shinnoj˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1858: tour in Ise with Band˘ Kamez˘ I; Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Shiroby˘e Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Osato in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged at the Furuichi Shibai.

6th lunar month of 1858: tour in Miyajima with Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Nakamura Jakuemon I; Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Shiroby˘e Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1858: Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Shiroby˘e Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Osato in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1859: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Sakuramaru and Sukune Tar˘ in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1860: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of En'ya Hangan, ďboshi Rikiya, Hayano Kanpei, Odaka, Oran no Kata, Ishid˘ Nuinosuke and ďwashi Bungo in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Yuranosuke and Okaru are played by Arashi Kichisabur˘ III and Onoe Kikujir˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1860: tour in Shikoku with Band˘ Kamez˘ I; Hikosabur˘ plays several roles, including Masaoka, in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

June ~ 7th lunar month of 1860: tour in Miyajima with Band˘ Kamez˘ I, Fujikawa Tomokichi III, Nakamura Jakuemon I and ďtani Tomomatsu; Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also plays the role of Ashikaga Yorikane in "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

11th lunar month of 1860: Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Kokingo, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1861: Hikosabur˘ is back in Edo; he plays at Nakamuraza in the drama "Okuni no Matsu Soga Nakamura".

1861: he gets married with the daughter of Ichimura Uzaemon XII.

4th lunar month of 1861: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Ashikaga Yorikane, Masaoka and Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

3rd lunar month of 1862: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Ashikaga Tadayoshi, Hayano Kanpei, Ono Sadakur˘, Teraoka Heiemon and Tonase in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘ and Okaru are played by Sawamura Tossh˘ II, Kataoka Gad˘ II, Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Sawamura Tanosuke III.

11th lunar month of 1863: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Yasuke and Taira no Koremori ("Sushiya") in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Osato is played by Sawamura Tanosuke III. Hikosabur˘ also played the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ and Amagawaya Gihei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan, Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heiemon are played by Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1865: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, the yakko Otohei, Sagisaka Bannai and Teraoka Heiemon in the dance-drama "Chűshingura Sugata no Eawase" (a 7-role hengemono based on the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura").

7th lunar month of 1866: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Senzaki Yagor˘, Honz˘'s wife Tonase, Takehei, Sud˘ Rokurobŕ and ďboshi Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th lunar month of 1867: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Rokusuke in the drama "Hikosan Chikai no Sukedachi" (similar to "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"); the roles of Osono and Ky˘goku no Takumi are played by Onoe Kikujir˘ II and Ichikawa Kuz˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1867: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori, Suke-no-Tsubone and Igami no Gonta in the drama "Ichi no Mori Kujira no ďyose" (similar to the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura").

11th lunar month of 1868: Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ, Kakogawa Honz˘ and ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Azuma no Miyako Chűshin no Yurai" (similar to the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"), coproduced by both the Moritaza and the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1869: Hikosabur˘ goes to ďsaka and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Keisei Tsuii no Ume" (similar to "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"), which is produced by Jitsukawa Enjaku I; the roles of Ohatsu and Onoe are played by Arashi Rikan IV and Nakamura Komanosuke V.

8th lunar month of 1869: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of H˘kaib˘ in the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

10th lunar month of 1869: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Arashi Rikan IV and Jitsukawa Enjaku I.

11th lunar month of 1869: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai the roles of Sekibŕ (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) and Matsuemon (in reality Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu) in the dramas "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To" and "Hirakana Seisuiki".

1st lunar month of 1870: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Keisei Koi no Ishikawa"; he also performs in duo with Arashi Rikan IV in the dance "Iro Kurabe Ninin D˘j˘ji" (a version with 2 leading dancers of the famous "Musume D˘j˘ji").

3rd lunar month of 1870: Hikosabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Hiyokumon Ch˘ch˘ no Irozashi" (similar to "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"). His stage partner in the role of the sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Arashi Rikan IV.

5th lunar month of 1870: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Nakamura Kanjaku III and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II. Hikosabur˘ also plays the role of Rokusuke in "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; the roles of Osono and Ky˘goku no Takumi are played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II and Nakamura Jakuemon I.

10th lunar month of 1870: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1870: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". His stage partner in the role of the sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1871: Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Shiroby˘e Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Irie Tanz˘, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", coproduced by both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1872: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Murayamaza the roles of Nikki Danj˘ and Masaoka in the drama "Date Zensei Kuruwa Kagami", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

7th lunar month of 1872: premiere at the Murayamaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance "Renjishi", which stars Hikosabur˘ and Sawamura Tossh˘ II in the roles of the spirits of Lions (parent and cub).

September 1873: Hikosabur˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Osono in the drama "Katakiuchi Chikai no Hikosan" (similar to "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"); the roles of Rokusuke and Ky˘goku no Takumi are played by Nakamura Shikan IV and Ichikawa Sadanji I.

November 1873: his adoptive father Band˘ Kamez˘ I dies.

January 1875: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "ďgi By˘shi ďoka Seidan" (commonly called "Ten'ichib˘"); Hikosabur˘ played the roles of the farmer Hirano Jin'emon and ďoka Echizen-no-Kami Tadasuke [casting].

June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Hikosabur˘ plays the roles of Taishu Yoshimune, Serada Kai, the fish merchant Goheiji and Dairy˘ K˘mon [casting].

December 1876: tour in Nagoya with Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Band˘ Kakitsu I; Hikosabur˘ plays the role of Ashikaga Takauji, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Yuranosuke, Tonase and Amagawaya Gihei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged at the Shinmoriza.

March 1877: Hikosabur˘ goes to ďsaka and plays at the Ebisuza the role of ďoka Echizen in the drama "Oto-ni Kiku ďokak˘ Sabaki no Jitsuroku". He also performs in duo with Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III in the dance "Rokkasen".

May 1877: Hikosabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the drama "Sh˘gi Seikai Hana no Yozakura".

Comments:

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V was an outstanding actor, able to play tachiyaku, onnagata or katakiyaku roles, in both jidaimono and sewamono. His forte were the great Gidayű Ky˘gen roles.

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, star of the first half of the Meiji era, had a strong artistic influence on Onoe Kikugor˘ V, the future star of the second half of the Meiji era. He unfortunately died too early, at the age of 45.

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V's best roles: Yuranosuke/Tonase/K˘ no Moron˘/Hayano Kanpei Kanpei ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘/Yasuke ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ ("Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"), Nikki Danj˘/Masaoka ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi").

His rivalry with Nakamura Shikan IV was one of the hottest in Kabuki history: "So nearly matched in ability were Shikan and Hikosabur˘, with but two years' difference in their ages, that they were pitted against each other, and their patrons often indulged in fights over them. During a performance, when these actors were playing together, they came through the audience by way of the two hanamichi, the one to the right of the stage a mere footpath, that to the left a platform that was in reality a continuation of the stage proper. They quarrelled as to who should take the main hanamichi, and the dispute waxed so hot that they finally drew lots to settle the matter." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V playing the role of Takechi Mitsuhide (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1860

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Meirind˘ Kakushijo in 1862

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1865 (courtesy of V.)

Print made by Utagawa Kuniteru in 1867

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1871

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1874

The Band˘ Tsurunosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Takesabur˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Shinsui line of actors

The Band˘ Hikosabur˘ line of actors

 
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