|BANDď HIKOZAEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Zenk˘, T˘gi
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", which celebrated also the shűmei of Yamashita Mansaku; his son Band˘ Momotar˘ I takes the name of Band˘ Zenji II at the Ichimuraza.
7th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Hikozaemon plays the roles of the send˘ Sakudayű and the ashigaru Saruta Hikozaemon [casting].
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.
Band˘ Hikozaemon I portraying Yat˘ji in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Band˘ Zenji line of actors
The Band˘ Hikozaemon line of actors
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