ICHIKAWA KUDANJI
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Kudanji I
Ichikawa Kudanji I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Yonekur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Kodanji IV, his first stage name was Ichikawa Yonekur˘. This Nagoya actor took the name of Ichikawa Kudanji I around 1877. He was active in Nagoya up to 1892. No record afterwards.

Ichikawa Kudanji II
Ichikawa Kudanji II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Enz˘ I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1863. Disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji I, his first stage name was Ichikawa Enz˘ I. He took the name of Ichikawa Kudanji II in March 1900 at the Meijiza. He was the adoptive father of Ichikawa Kudanji III. The day of his passing away was not recorded but he most likely died in the second half of the 1910s.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Saji Tokitar˘ K˘sh˘ Takashimaya

Ichikawa Kudanji II in October 1900 at the Meijiza in a print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai

Ichikawa Kudanji III
Ichikawa Kudanji III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Enz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kutar˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Ky˘to the 4th of September 1893. He settled in T˘kyo at the end of his adolescence and started his career on stage as a disciple of Ichikawa Kudanji II in October 1901, in T˘ky˘ at the H˘raiza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Kutar˘. He was adopted by his master and took the name of Ichikawa Enz˘ II in August 1914 at the Miyatoza. Later, he became a disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji II. He went back to Kansai in 1918 or 1919. He performed in the troupe led by Nakamura Senjaku I and had the chance to perform prestigious roles like Takebe Genz˘ in "Terakoya" or Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in "Hikimado". He took the name of Ichikawa Kudanji III in February 1928 in ďsaka at the Nakaza. He appeared on stage for the last time in June 1955, in Nagoya at the Misonoza, where he performed in the dramas "Yoritomo no Shi", "T˘jűr˘ no Koi" and "Sonezaki Shinjű". He died in Ky˘to the 26th of October 1955. This important supporting actor in Kamigata Kabuki was the father of Ichikawa Enz˘ III, the future movie star Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Takeuchi Kaz˘/Kamesaki Kaz˘ K˘sh˘, Kash˘ Takashimaya
Ichikawa Kudanji IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Kudanji IV is the current holder of the name since January 2015.

The mon of Ichikawa Kudanji IV

 
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