|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.
1st lunar month of 1860: debut on stage (hatsubutai) in miyaji shibai; he received the name of Asao Ushinosuke at the Inariza in Shimonoseki.
1872: he took the name of Asao Kigan.
January 1876: he became disciple of Ichikawa Udanji I and received the name of Ichikawa Kish˘  in Ky˘to.
November 1876: he took the name of Ichikawa Kigan IV  in ďsaka at the Kadoza. Kigan was one of the haimy˘ used by the Asao Kuzaemon line of actors and Ichikawa Kigan IV was the first actor to use it as a stage name.
End of the 1870s or during the 1880s: Kigan settled in T˘ky˘.
Mai 1905: Kigan played at the Miyatoza the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Kinkakuji"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Princess Yuki were played by Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V and Sawamura S˘nosuke I.
March 1909: Kigan played at the Miyatoza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; the roles of Oj˘ Kichisa and Ob˘ Kichisa were played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Arashi Yoshisabur˘ IV.
September 1911: Ichikawa Kigan IV and his nephew Ichikawa Kisabur˘ respectively took the names of Asao Kuzaemon IV and Ichikawa Kigan V at the Meijiza.
March 1913: Kuzaemon played at the Miyatoza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; the roles of Oj˘ Kichisa and Ob˘ Kichisa were played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ IV.
October 1914: Kuzaemon played 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) were played by Ichikawa Kigan V, Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III and Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II.
October 1921: Kuzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kawagoe Shigeyori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
14 April 1924: Kuzaemon died 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 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Kaei era was the 27th of April 1853 in the western calendar.
 In 1881 according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű".
 in 1879 according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database; much later according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű".
Asao Kuzaemon IV playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Terakoya" (end of the Meiji era)
The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors
The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors
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