KATAOKA ICHIZď I

Stage names:

Takekawa Ichiz˘
Kataoka Ichiz˘ I
Fujikawa Kanez˘
Fujikawa Kanesabur˘

Nickname: Katachi

Guilds: Matsushimaya, Tenmaya, Takedaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Gaj˘, Gash˘

Existence: 1792 ~ 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1862

Connection:

Father: Fujikawa Kanekur˘

Master: Kataoka Nizaemon VII

Brothers: Fujikawa Ryűz˘, Fujikawa Yoshio

Disciples: Kataoka Ichiz˘ II, Kataoka Ich˘maru

Career:

1792: born in Kamigata. He is the third son of the low-ranking katakiyaku actor Fujikawa Kanekur˘. He starts to learn the art with his father, who gaves him the name of Fujikawa Kanesabur˘. Later on, he takes the name of Fujikawa Kanez˘.

1810: he becomes disciple of the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII and receives the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ I.

Fall 1829: Ichiz˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1829: Ichiz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza 4 roles in the drama "Chijinyű Koko-ni Yorimitsu".

Spring 1834: Ichiz˘ goes back to his native Kamigata.

5th lunar month of 1834: Ichiz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

1st lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa" Ichiz˘ plays the roles of Yamashita Sakuzaemon Sadakane, Nukasuke and Aboshi Samojir˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1840: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1845: Ichiz˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of T˘ma Sabur˘emon in the drama "Ehon Tengajaya-mura". His stage partners are Nakamura Shibaz˘ I (Motoemon), Arashi Rikaku II (Yasuke), Sawamura Kit˘ II (Somenoi) and Nakamura Shikan III (Iori).

3rd lunar month of 1847: Ichiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon". His stage partners are Arashi Rikan III (Sodehagi), Mimasu Daigor˘ IV (Abe no Sadat˘), Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I (Minamoto no Yoshiie) and Arashi Wasabur˘ II (Okimi).

1st lunar month of 1848: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).

7th lunar month of 1848: Ichiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Igami no Gonta in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1848: Ichiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of T˘yata in the drama "T˘yata Monogatari".

8th lunar month of 1849: Ichiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kujaku Sabur˘ in the drama "Ise Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1850: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1851: Ichiz˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon". His stage partners are Arashi Rikaku II (Abe no Munet˘), Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II (Sodehagi) and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I (Hachiman Tar˘).

10th lunar month of 1858: Kataoka Ichiz˘ I takes the name of Takekawa Ichiz˘ in ďsaka at the Unagidani no Shibai, playing the role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi".

1st lunar month of 1859: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, "a threesome of veterans" section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent). The two others actors in this trio are Arashi Sank˘ II and Ichikawa Sukejur˘.

10th lunar month of 1859: he takes back the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ I at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

1860 ~ Spring 1862: Ichiz˘ is on sick leave.

5th lunar month of 1862: Ichiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". He retires and dies a few months later, the 22nd of the 7th lunar month of 1862

Comments:

Kataoka Ichiz˘ I was an outstanding katakiyaku, jitsuaku and fukeyaku actor, who started his career in hama shibai, did a successful stay in Edo from 1829 to 1834 and achieved fame for himself in ďsaka from the forties to the sixties of the eighteenth century.

Kataoka Ichiz˘ I playing the role of Satsushima Denz˘ in the drama "Shida Yakata Mitsugi no Funauta", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1832 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1830

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1851

The Kataoka Ichiz˘ line of actors

 
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