BANDď HIKOZAEMON I

Stage names:

Band˘ Hikozaemon I In Japanese
Band˘ Zenji I In Japanese

Guild: Tsuriyoshiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Zenk˘, T˘gi

Existence: Tsuriyoshiya

Connection:

Masters: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II

Sons: Band˘ Hikozaemon II, Band˘ Momotar˘ II

Career:

Before 1768: he starts his career as a disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, who gives him the name of Band˘ Zenji I.

4th day of the 5th lunar month of 1768: his master Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II dies.

11th lunar month of 1768: he becomes katakiyaku; he plays two roles at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.

Beginning of the 1790s: he becomes disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1801: he becomes hand˘gataki and takes the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori"; his son Band˘ Momotar˘ I takes the name of Band˘ Zenji II at the Ichimuraza.

7th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Hikozaemon plays the roles of the send˘ Sakudayű and the ashigaru Saruta Hikozaemon [casting].

6th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "Okuni Gozen Kesh˘ no Sugatami"; Hikozaemon plays the roles of Yotsugi Sehei and T˘roku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1811: Hikozaemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, where he plays the roles of Yamana Jirozaemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura";

1811 ~ end of the 1810s: Hikozaemon retires from the stages and settles in the district of Tsukiji, calling himself Tsukiji no Zenk˘ (Tsukiji's Zenk˘). He spends his latter years in Yotsuya, where he dies at the end of the Bunka era.

Comments:

Band˘ Hikozaemon I was a popular Edo hand˘gataki and d˘kegata actor.

Band˘ Hikozaemon I portraying Yat˘ji in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

The Band˘ Zenji line of actors

The Band˘ Hikozaemon line of actors

 
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