ICHIKAWA MONZABURď
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Monzabur˘ I
Ichikawa Monzabur˘ I [1]  In Japanese | Ichikawa Beniz˘ [1]  In Japanese | Sodesaki Iseno III  In Japanese | Sodesaki Hy˘kichi  In Japanese
 

Born in 1765. Son of Sodesaki Iseno II and grandson of Sodesaki Iseno I, his first stage name was Sodesaki Hy˘kichi. First recorded performance in the 11th lunar month of 1775, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he performed as an iroko. He became wakaonnagata and took the name of Sodesaki Iseno III in the 11th lunar month of 1778. He went to ďsaka [1] and became a disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV in 1785. He switched to tachiyaku roles and received the name of Ichikawa Beniz˘ in 1785. He took the name of Ichikawa Monzabur˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1785 and was active up to his death in 1791. His last ranking, in the 1791 Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). He died the 25th day of the 7th lunar month of 1791 [2].

Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II
Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II  In Japanese | Nakayama Ihachi II  In Japanese | Mizuki Seiz˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in ďsaka hama shibai, performing under the name of Mizuki Seiz˘. He joined the Nakayama clan, becoming a disciple of Nakayama Raisuke II. He received the name of Nakayama Ihachi II in the 11th lunar month of 1784, in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai, working as a zamoto on Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", in which he played the role of the fox Sankur˘. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and settled in Edo within his new master during the Summer of 1798. He took the name of Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II in the 10th lunar month of 1798, in Edo at the Moritaza. He was active in Edo as a supporting tachiyaku actor up to 1831. Monzabur˘'s rank in the Edo 1831 hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). He most likely died in 1831.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shisei Mikawaya, Harimaya

The name of Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II in the 1831 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Ichikawa Monzabur˘ III
 

The actor Ichikawa Hakuz˘ III held the name of Ichikawa Monzabur˘ III from May 1935 to March 1966.

[1] It was reported in the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" that Sodesaki Iseno III became a disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and changed his stage name to Ichikawa Beniz˘ and Ichikawa Monzabur˘ I. This was not the case in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" in which it was written that Sodesaki Iseno III died in Edo in 1785. Below, an image taken from the 1786 Ky˘to/ďsaka hy˘banki with the name of Ichikawa Monzabur˘ (name written in the red box) and a text saying that his actor used to be named Sodesaki Iseno (name written in the blue box):

[2] the 25th day of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Kansei era was the 24th of August 1791 in the western calendar.

 
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