|KATAOKA ICHIZď III|
Kataoka Ichiz˘ III
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Gash˘
Existence: 27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1851 ~ 11 December 1906
Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VII
Father: Kataoka Shimamaru
Adopted son: Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV
Disciple: Kataoka Ichikatsu
27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1851: born in ďsaka in the district of S˘emon-ch˘. He is the fourth son of Kataoka Shimamaru, son of Kataoka Nizaemon VII, who gave up acting to become a painter called Nishikawa Kuniharu (he was also called Kameya Kichibei or Sumidagawa Hikoroku).
Spring 1855: he starts his career as a disciple of the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ IV, who gives him the name of Mimasu Kamez˘.
27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1858: his first brother Mimasu Inemaru I dies. Kamez˘ temporarily gives up acting and becomes decchi for the money changer Kokubun Yabei, who manages his shop in the district of Mitsudera-ch˘.
1863: Kamez˘ goes to Ky˘to to take care of his third brother, a Temple bonze, who suffers from a serious eye disease.
1866: after the recovery of his third brother, he goes back to the Kabuki world, becoming a disciple of the actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII, thanks to the help of his second brother Kataoka Gat˘ II; he receives the name of Kataoka Gakusabur˘ I.
1869: Kataoka Gakusabur˘ I takes the name of Kataoka Ch˘jűr˘ II.
22nd day of the 11th lunar month of 1871: his second brother Kataoka Gat˘ II dies.
1877: Kataoka Ch˘jűr˘ II takes the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ III.
Summer 1878: Ichiz˘ settles in T˘ky˘.
November 1906: Ichiz˘ suddenly falls ill while performing on tour at the Suehiroza in the Tochigi Prefecture. He goes back to T˘ky˘ and dies there the 11th of December 1906. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the Honmonji Temple.
Kataoka Ichiz˘ III was a katakiyaku actor of the Meiji era. He was better in sewamono than jidaimono. He became a great fukeyaku in his latter years. He also had the reputation to be extremely talented in literary arts.
The Kataoka Ichiz˘ line of actors
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