ICHIKAWA KUZď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Kuz˘ I
  The actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II held the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ I from the 5th lunar month of 1697 to the 6th lunar month of 1704.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ I playing the role of the Deity Fud˘ in the drama "Naritasan Bunshin Fud˘", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1703 at the Moritaza

Ichikawa Kuz˘ 1.2
Ichikawa Kuz˘ 1.2  In Japanese | Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘  In Japanese
 

He was the son of the kashagata actor Yamamura S˘zaemon, born at an unknown date. He started his career as a disciple of Sodeoka Masanosuke II and received the name of Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1709 at the Yamamuraza. This wakashugata actor became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in Fall 1718, taking the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ in November at the Moritaza, playing the role of Miura no Arajir˘ in the drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe". He achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1720 by playing the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga". He suddenly fell ill a few weeks later and died the 27th of the 7th lunar month of 1720.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ 1.2 performing in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1719 at the Nakamuraza

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VI held the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ II from the 11th lunar month of 1835 to the 9th lunar month of 1852.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II playing the role of Shigetada in the drama "Tsuizen Kabuto Gunki", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1850 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Ichikawa Kuz˘ III
  The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VII held the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ III from the 8th lunar month of 1854 to May 1897.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ III playing the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which was staged in March 1882 at the Hisamatsuza (print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu)

Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII held the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV from March 1908 to September 1943.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"

Ichikawa Kuz˘ V
Ichikawa Kuz˘ V  In Japanese | Ichikawa San'en  In Japanese | Ichikawa Momotar˘ IV  In Japanese
 

Born in Nagoya the 1st of January 1910. Nephew of Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV, he made his first stage appearance in May 1914, receiving the name of Ichikawa Momotar˘ IV. He left the Kabuki world in 1934, becoming a dance teacher named Hanayagi Momotar˘ (Buy˘). He was back in the Kabuki world after WW2. He was adopted by Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII and took the name of Ichikawa San'en at an unknown date. He finally took the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ V in September 1951 and held it up to his death the 2nd of October 1978. He was a supporting tachiyaku and a minor member of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe. He was the father of Nakamura Moshio V.

Ichikawa Kuz˘ V playing the role of Kakogawa Honz˘ in the "Shinmotsu" scene of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"

 
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