|ASAO KUZAEMON IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Kigan (4), Kashű
Existence: 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853 ~ 14 April 1924
Father: Asao Kuzaemon III
Nephew: Onoe Taganoj˘ III
20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853: born in Hakata.
End of the 1870s ~ 1880s: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Udanji I and receives the name of Ichikawa Kish˘ in ďsaka (in 1881 according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű"). He settles in T˘ky˘ and takes the name of Ichikawa Kigan IV (in 1879 according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database; much later according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű"). Kigan is one of the haimy˘ used by the Asao Kuzaemon line of actors and Ichikawa Kigan IV is the first actor to use it as a stage name.
March 1913: Kuzaemon plays at the Miyatoza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; the roles of Oj˘ Kichisa and Ob˘ Kichisa are played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ IV.
October 1914: Kuzaemon plays at the Miyatoza the role of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen in the drama "Kikubatake"; the roles of Princess Minazuru, Toraz˘ (in reality Ushiwakamaru) and Chienai (in reality Yoshioka Kisanta) are played by Ichikawa Kigan V, Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III and Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II.
14 April 1924: Kuzaemon dies in T˘ky˘.
Asao Kuzaemon IV was a versatile koshibai actor. He was for example able to play most of the major male or female roles of the famous drama "Terakoya", not only Matsu˘maru, Takebe Genz˘, Chiyo or Tonami, but although the evil Shund˘ Genba! He was a mainstay at the Miyatoza, Sakaeza or the Misakiza in T˘ky˘.
The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors
The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors
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