ICHIKAWA OMEZď
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Omez˘ I
 

The founder of the line Ichikawa Omez˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1789 to the 6th lunar month of 1824.

Ichikawa Omez˘ II
 

Born in Kamigata at an unknown date. He started his career as a disciple of Nakayama Hisakichi, who gave him the name of Nakayama Kinz˘. He performed in a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai) from 1795. Then, he joined the Sakakiyama clan and performed under the names of Sakakiyama Kinz˘ I and Sakakiyama Shirozabur˘ in miyaji shibai and hama shibai. He went to Edo in Fall 1819 and played under the name of Nakayama Tatez˘ in the kaomise drama "Nana Komachi Yagura no Amagoi", which was staged at the Tamagawaza. He became disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII the following year and took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1821 at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles ďfude Hachir˘, Arakawa Tar˘ and S˘an in the drama "Nani o Tanetote Ukiki no Kaobure". Then he took the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1824 at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Otokoyama Toritate Genji". He went back to his native Kamigata in 1826 and performed in major venues like the Chikugo no Shibai or the Naka no Shibai. He made a second stay in Edo from 1845 to 1853. This actor, who was mainly a tachiyaku, appeared on stage for the last time in the 2nd lunar month of 1853, playing at the Kawarazakiza in the drama "Shiranui Monogatari".

Ichikawa Omez˘ II playing the role of Yamamoto Kansuke's mother in the drama "Hana no Yuki Takeda no Kachidoki", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1850 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)
Ichikawa Omez˘ III
 

Born in Kamigata at an unknown date. He was the son of Ichikawa Omez˘ II. He received the name of Sakakiyama Kinz˘ II and went with his father to Edo in 1845. He took the name of Onoe Kikujűr˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1845 at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Hana no Sakazuki ďeyama". Then he took the name of Onoe Shinshichi III in the 11th lunar month of 1847 at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Yashima no Ura Ume no Kaomise". He went back to Kamigata in 1854, performing in venues like the Naka no Shibai. He went on tour to Nagoya in 1856 and settled in Edo, where he took the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ III in the 5th lunar month of 1856. He went back to ďsaka and spent a few years in hama shibai before becoming a travelling actor. We don't know what happened to him afterwards. His name reappeared in August 1890 for the erection of a memorial stone in the precincts of the Ch˘meiji Temple on Muk˘jima Island.

Ichikawa Omez˘ IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji III held the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ IV from April 1917 to April 1952.

Ichikawa Omez˘ V
 

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji IV held the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ V from February 1962 to January 1979.

Ichikawa Omez˘ VI
 

The actor Ichikawa Omez˘ VI is the current holder of the name since May 2003.

 
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