LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - ICHIKAWA
   
Ichikawa Enjo
Ichikawa Enjo  In Japanese | Sawamura Shozan II  In Japanese | Sawamura Kotano  In Japanese | Kataoka Gakumatsu  In Japanese
 

Born in 1868. Disciple of Kataoka Gad˘ III from 1872, his first stage name was Kataoka Gakumatsu. He made his debut on stage as a koyaku in Nagoya. Later he settled in T˘ky˘, where he met the actor Sawamura Tanosuke III and became his disciple. He received the name of Sawamura Kotano in 1875. He took the name of Sawamura Shozan II in October 1890 at the Kabukiza. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji I and received the name of Ichikawa Enjo in November 1893 at the Meijiza. He was active up to his death the 17th of September 1944. In his latter years, he was outstanding as a supporting fukeoyama. He performed a lot in Kamigata in the troupe of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I. He was the father of Ichikawa Sh˘haku.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kond˘ Yoshimatsu Enjo, Ch˘sh˘ Takashimaya, Kinokuniya
Ichikawa Gennosuke
Ichikawa Gennosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, he received the name of Ichikawa Gennosuke and appeared on stage for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1717, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played the role of Kurandao Yoshitaka (wakashugata) in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1731 at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitta Yoshioki in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki". His rank in the 1732 Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). No record afterwards.

Ichikawa Gennosuke playing the role of Gont˘ta Kagehisa in the kaomise drama "Kankatsu Michinoku no Miyako", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1730 at the Moritaza

Ichikawa Gentazaemon
Ichikawa Gentazaemon  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Muraemon  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Sanpei  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, his first stage name was Ichikawa Sanpei. He received the name of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II during the Kansei era. He held the name of Ichikawa Muraemon for a few years, from the 9th lunar month of 1809 to the 10th lunar month of 1812. He took back the name of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1812. His last stage name was Ichikawa Gentazaemon but we don't know precisely when he took it.

Ichikawa Hamaz˘
Ichikawa Hamaz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Hamaz˘  In Japanese | Segawa Kichiji III  In Japanese | Segawa Kichimatsu  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was the son of Hamaseya Kin'emon, the owner of an important chaya in Edo in the theater quarter of Sakai-ch˘. He started his career at an early age, as a disciple of the star Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, who gave him the name of Segawa Kichimatsu. He made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1764, performing at the Nakamuraza as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Hana S˘ma no Dairi". He became wakaonnagata in 1769 and took the name of Segawa Kichiji III in the 11th lunar month of 1770 at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Meoto Giku Izu no Kisewata", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata star Arashi Sangor˘ II and also celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in 1785, became tachiyaku and took the name of Ichikawa Hamaz˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1785, playing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise program "Yuki Motsu Take Furisode Genji". Later on, he changed the writing for Hamaz˘ at an unknown time (old writing --> new writing). He went on tour in Miyajima in 1822. He suddenly fell ill on his way back to ďsaka, where he died in the 6th lunar month of 1822.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Hamase, Rogiku, Jűto Hamaseya
Ichikawa K˘jaku IV
Ichikawa K˘jaku IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Gennosuke  In Japanese | Nakamura Yonetar˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Chiyomatsu  In Japanese
 

Born in 1870 in Mikage (currently a district in the city of K˘be). He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura S˘jűr˘ in 1884. His first stage name was Nakamura Chiyomatsu. He switched to Nakamura Yonetar˘ in 1888. He settled in T˘ky˘ in 1892 and performed under the name of Nakamura Gennosuke. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ VII and received the name of Ichikawa K˘jaku IV in May 1893. He became nadai in 1895. After the passing away of Ichikawa Danz˘ VII in 1911, he performed as a supporting actor in the troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I. He died the 28th of February 1938. He was the father of the actor Band˘ San'emon.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Enomoto Yonetar˘ K˘jaku Mikawaya
Ichikawa K˘sha
Ichikawa K˘sha  In Japanese | Sawamura S˘ya  In Japanese | Sawamura Chidori  In Japanese | Sawamura S˘ya  In Japanese
 

Born the 24th of June 1904 in T˘ky˘. Disciple of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII, his first stage name was Sawamura S˘ya and he started his career in July 1913 at the Imperial Theater, where he performed in the drama "Takatoki". He became a disciple of Sawamura Tanosuke V and took the name of Sawamura Chidori in April 1923 at the Imperial Theater, where he performed in the drama "Saki Kis˘ Yuki no Umegaka". He took back the name of Sawamura S˘ya in January 1945 and became an important supporting actor at the Shinjuku Sh˘chikuza or the T˘yoko Hall. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III and took the name of Ichikawa K˘sha in February 1962 while his new master celebrated his shűmei as Ichikawa Monnosuke VII. He appeared on stage for the last time in June 1963, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he played the role of the kanjo Sakura-no-Tsubone in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". He suddenly collapsed in the restaurant of the backstage of the Minamiza and died the 23rd of June 1963.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Takinoya, Kinokuniya Shibuya Inao
Ichikawa Masuju
Ichikawa Masuju  In Japanese | Ichikawa Masukichi I  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ the 23rd of December 1934. Disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX, he started his career in May 1949 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he received the name of Ichikawa Masukichi I and performed in the drama "Kirare Yosa". He passed the nadai exam and took the name of Ichikawa Masuju in November 1969 at the Kabukiza alongside his second master Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X and the Kataoka brothers, Kataoka Jűz˘ VI and Kataoka Kamez˘ IV, who celebrated their shűmei. Masuju played the role of the shinz˘ Umegiku and the koshimoto Nadeshiko in "Sono Kouta Yume mo Yoshiwara" and "Kikubatake". He appeared on stage for the last time in November 2008, in T˘ky˘ at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he played the role of ďba D˘eki's spouse Komaki in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He died the 23rd of April 2009, victim of a lung cancer. This important supporting actor was at the service of both Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII for almost 60 years. As he was very knowledgable regarding Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI's art and kata, he played an important role to transmit it to his master's son Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII. He was onnagata, a rare feature at the Naritaya guild. He had the opportunity to perfom important roles like Koyoshi in "Sanemori Monogatari" or Yazaemon's ny˘b˘ Koyone in "Sushiya".

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Naritaya Sat˘ Yutaka
Ichikawa Rik˘
Ichikawa Rik˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Shinjir˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Yokohama the 20th of February 1927. He started his career in 1931 in his native city at the Kirakuza. His first stage name was Ichikawa Shinjir˘. He spent 10 years in Kamigata after WWII, performing in troupes led by Ichikawa Jukai III or Nakamura Ganjir˘ II. He became disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX in 1956. He passed the nadai exam and took the name of Ichikawa Rik˘ in November 1969 at the Kabukiza alongside his second master Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X and the Kataoka brothers, Kataoka Jűz˘ VI and Kataoka Kamez˘ IV, who celebrated their shűmei. Rik˘ played the role of the shinz˘ Matsuno, the koshimoto Tatsuta and the shinz˘ Hinanosode in "Sono Kouta Yume mo Yoshiwara", "Kikubatake" and "Sukeroku". He appeared on stage for the last time in November 2003, in T˘ky˘ at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he performed in the drama "Miyamoto Musashi". He died the 27th of December 2011. He was onnagata, a rare feature at the Naritaya guild.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Naritaya Takeda Kazuo
Ichikawa Sh˘haku
Ichikawa Sh˘haku  In Japanese | Ichikawa Endomame  In Japanese
 

Born the 18th of January 1901 in T˘ky˘. Son of Ichikawa Enjo and disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji II, he started his career in January 1908. His first stage name was Ichikawa Endomame. He settled in Kamigata with his father in 1917, where he stayed up to 1973. He took the name of Ichikawa Sh˘haku in January 1925. After the passing away of his father the 17th of September 1944 and after WWII, he became a disciple of Ichikawa Jukai III. He appeared on stage for the last time in March 1984, in ďsaka at the Nakaza, where he performed in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű", which was produced within a program commemorating the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) and the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of the respective passing away of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I and Nakamura Ganjir˘ II, and celebrating the shűmei of Arashi Kichisabur˘ VIII. He died the 8th of March 1986.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Takashimaya Kond˘ Toranosuke
Ichikawa T˘sh˘
Ichikawa T˘sh˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Shik˘ III [1]  In Japanese | Ichikawa Danzabur˘ VI [2]  In Japanese | Ichikawa Morinosuke II [3]  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of an ďsaka carpenter named Kichibŕ. His first name was Shintar˘. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Danz˘ V during the Bunsei era and received the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke II [3]. He was adopted by Ichikawa Danz˘ V and received the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ VI [2] in the 1st lunar month of 1844 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. He took the name of Ichikawa Shik˘ III [1] in the 1st lunar month of 1846 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai. He finally took the name of Ichikawa T˘sh˘ in the 8th lunar month of 1850 in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai. His name was recorded for the last time in 1851.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Ichikawa T˘sh˘ in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shik˘, T˘sh˘ Mikawaya
Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II
Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Danjir˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 6th of January 1969. He graduated in March 1988 from the Actors Training Center of the National Theatre (ninth year). He made his first appearance on stage in May 1988 at the Kabukiza, where he played a supporting role in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He became in July 1988 disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV. He received the name of Ichikawa Danjir˘ in October 1988, playing in the classic "Moritsuna Jin'ya" which was staged at the Kabukiza. He became in July 1994 heyago of the star Ichikawa Ennosuke III. Danjir˘ became nadai and celebrated it in July 2000 at the Kabukiza, where he performled in the dramas "Kamahige" and "Uwajima S˘d˘". Ichikawa Danjir˘ took the name of Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II [4] the 19th of December 2011. He stopped acting in Kabuki and definitively switched to Shinpa during the 2010s. He took the name of Kitamura Rokur˘ II [5] in September 2016. Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II is a young and extremely talented tachiyaku actor, who used to perform for the Omodakaya guild. He had his moments of glory when he starred along with Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in "Sakura Hime" in July 2004 at the Kabukiza.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Omodakaya Kanda Kazuyuki

[1] In the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", he was recorded as being Ichikawa Shik˘ III, whereas he was Ichikawa Shik˘ II in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database or in the book "Kokon Yakusha Nigao Taizen". We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[2] In the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", this actor was recorded as a regular holder of the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘. This was not the case in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, where it was acknowledged that he held the name but was not considered as the 6th in this line. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[3] In the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", this actor was recorded as being Ichikawa Morinosuke I, not Ichikawa Morinosuke II. For the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", Ichikawa Danz˘ V never held the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke I. We've decided to stay in line with the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database. As a consequence, we had to change the line numbers of the third and fourth holders of the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke.

[4] Ichikawa Tsukinosuke I was a disciple of Ichikawa En'˘ I.

[5] Kitamura Rokur˘ I, who was born the 7th of September 1871 and passed away the 16th of May 1961, was a popular Shinpa onnagata actor.

 
Search this site powered by FreeFind
  Site map | Disclaimer
Contact | Main | Top | Updates | Actors | Plays | Playwrights | Programs | Links | FAQ | Glossary | Chronology | Illustrations | Prints | Characters | Derivatives | Theaters | Coming soon | News