|ICHIKAWA JUKAI III|
Ichikawa Jukai III
Real name: ďta Sh˘z˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 12 July 1886 ~ 3 April 1971
Master: Ichikawa Kodanji V
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V
Brother: Ichikawa Yonezaemon
Adopted son: Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII
12 July 1886: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihombashi.
January 1903: Ichikawa Takamaru takes the name of Ichikawa Komanosuke.
1905: he is adopted by Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V.
May 1905: Ichikawa Komanosuke takes the name of Ichikawa T˘sh˘.
7 May 1906: his adoptive father Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V dies.
March 1907: Ichikawa T˘sh˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI.
6 May 1922: his master Ichikawa Kodanji V dies.
February 1925: Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű; Sumiz˘ plays the roles of Tsugawa Mondo and Tsugawa Katsujir˘ [casting].
1960: Jukai receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (ningen kokuh˘ in Japanese).
Ichikawa Jukai III was an outstanding tachiyaku actor, excelling in nimaime roles. From the end of the Meiji era to the first decade of the Sh˘wa era, he was an active member of the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II, which was involved in the creations of many Shinkabuki dramas, written by playwrights like Mayama Seika or Okamoto Kid˘. After the death of Ichikawa Sadanji II, he worked a lot with Ichikawa Ennosuke II for the creation of new plays. Then, he went to ďsaka in 1943 and made a very successful duo with his stage partner Band˘ Jusabur˘ III, which was nicknamed Futatsu Kotobuki, "The Two Kotobuki", because both actors had the ideogram Kotobuki (the meaning of this word is "congratulations" and another of its reading is Ju) in their first name. He was born in T˘ky˘ but spent enough time in the Kamigata Kabuki world to be labeled as a Kamigata actor. He became a great fukeyaku in his latter years.
Ichikawa Jukai III playing the role of Kimoto Shigenari in a print made by Natori Shunsen
The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors
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