ICHIKAWA KODANJI
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Kodanji I
Ichikawa Kodanji I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Nedanji  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kodanji I  In Japanese | Takinaka Kach˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1676. His first stage name was Takinaka Kach˘. He became disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, received the name of Ichikawa Kodanji I and was trained as a wakashugata. He took the name of Ichikawa Nedanji in the 1st lunar month of 1724 at the Moritaza. He took back the name of Ichikawa Kodanji I in the 1st lunar month of 1726, playing at the Ichimuraza the role of Washinoo no Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Niwatori ďshű Genji". This was his last stage performance. His rank in the 1726 Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual]. He died in Edo the 12th day of the 11th lunar month of 1726.

Ichikawa Kodanji I playing the role of Washinoo no Sabur˘ in the new year drama "Niwatori ďshű Genji", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1726 at the Ichimuraza

Ichikawa Kodanji 1.2
Ichikawa Kodanji  In Japanese
 

An unknown tachiyaku actor held the name of Ichikawa Kodanji in Nagoya in 1733 but he was never acknowledged as an official name-holder.

Ichikawa Kodanji II
Ichikawa Kodanji II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Sanji  In Japanese | Ichikawa Yonez˘ I  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career at the beginning of the 1750s as a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and his first stage name was Ichikawa Yonez˘ I. He received the name of Ichikawa Sanji in 1762. He became wakaonnagata and took the name of Ichikawa Kodanji II in the 11th lunar month of 1768, performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II. He was active in Edo up to 1776. We don't know what happened to him afterwards for he disappeared from the stage records. He died the 17th day of the 10th lunar month of 1805.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Sanju, Sank˘ Naritaya

Ichikawa Kodanji II performing in the kaomise drama "ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Nakamuraza

Ichikawa Kodanji III
 

The actor Ichikawa Masuz˘ III held the name of Ichikawa Kodanji III from the 11th month of 1816 to the 12th lunar month of 1820, then a second time from 1st lunar month of 1822 to the 4th lunar month of 1824.

Ichikawa Kodanji III in the backstage of the Ichimuraza in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I in 1824

Ichikawa Kodanji IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV held this name from Spring 1844 to the 5th lunar month of 1866.

Ichikawa Kodanji IV playing the role of Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1849 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Ichikawa Kodanji 4.5
Ichikawa K˘danji  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kodanji  In Japanese | Ichikawa Beish˘  In Japanese
 

The actor Ichikawa K˘danji held the name of Ichikawa Kodanji in January and 2nd lunar month of 1869 but he was never acknowledged as an official name-holder.

Ichikawa Kodanji V
 

The actor Ichikawa Kodanji V held this name from June 1878 to May 1922.

Ichikawa Kodanji V playing the role of the lady-in-waiting Omura in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which was staged in December 1889 at the Kiriza
(print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

 
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