ICHINOKAWA HIKOSHIRď
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ I
Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1679. He was a traveling actor performing in tabi shibai up to 1720, when he settled in Ky˘to and performed in ˘shibai. He played in Spring 1721 the role of Maebara Tsunaemon in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Mirume no Seki", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. He moved to ďsaka in Fall 1722 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1722 the role of Kanawa Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which was produced by Arashi Kanshir˘ I. He became katakiyaku in 1723, performing in the 11th lunar month of 1723 at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I. He became jitsuaku in the same theater in Spring 1724, when he played the role of Sakata Kintoki in the new year drama "K˘kiden Uwanari Guruma". He switched back to katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1725, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Funazu Tomiemon in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II. He reverted to jitsuaku in the 11th lunar month of 1726, playing at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Honma Toraemon in the kaomise drama "Gosha no Yonegura Fukki no Yama", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I. He died the 23rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1727. His last ranking, in the jitsuaku section of the ďsaka hy˘banki, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He was said to look like Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, from an artistic perspective. He was the father of Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kakei Kameya

Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ I (left) playing the role of Sakata Kintoki in the new year drama "K˘kiden Uwanari Guruma", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1724 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II
 

The actor Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II held this name from the 12th lunar month of 1740 to the 7th lunar month of 1783.

The actors Nakamura Utaemon I (bottom/left) and Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (top right) playing the roles of ďta Ry˘chiku and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama in the drama "Suki Utsushi Iroha Butai" (plot and characters similar to "Kanadehon Chűshingura"), which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1775 at the Higashi no Shibai

 
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