ICHIKAWA RAIZď I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Raiz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Masuz˘ I In Japanese
Arashi Tamagashiwa In Japanese

Guild: Kashiwaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Hakusha (?)

Existence: 1724 ~ 12th day of the 4th lunar month of 1767

Connection:

Uncle: Arashi Kanshir˘ I

Master: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II

Son: Ichikawa Raiz˘ II

Disciple: Ichikawa Tsunaz˘

Career:

1724: born in Ky˘to. His father is a man named ďgiya Seijűr˘ and his mother is the sister of the actor Arashi Kanshir˘ I. He starts his career in kodomo shibai, performing as a wakaonnagata under the name of Arashi Tamagashiwa.

Fall 1742: Tamagashiwa goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1742: Tamagashiwa plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I; his stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Sanogawa Senz˘, Tamazawa Saijir˘ I, Sawamura Utagiku and Ichimura Manz˘.

Fall 1753: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and tachiyaku actor.

11th lunar month of 1753: Arashi Tamagashiwa takes the name of Ichikawa Masuz˘ I at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Uemura Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki".

24th day of the 9th lunar month of 1758: his master Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II dies.

11th lunar month of 1761: Ichikawa Masuz˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ I at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the superhero of the "Shibaraku" scene and Kumai Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Nihongahana H˘gan Biiki".

1st lunar month of 1764: Raiz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘ and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Hitokidori Harutsuge Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1764: Raiz˘ achieves a great success in the same theater by playing the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the nibanme part of the new year drama; the roles of Sukeroku's lover Agemaki and Sukeroku's enemy Ikyű are played by Nakamura Matsue I and ďtani Hiroemon III.

5th lunar month of 1764: Raiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ume˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1765: Raiz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1766: Raiz˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1767: Raiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Yamada Sabur˘ and Honmachi no Tsunagor˘ in the new year drama "Hatsu Akinai ďmise Soga". He suddenly falls ill and has to be replaced by Ichikawa Komaz˘ II.

Comments:

Ichikawa Raiz˘ I was a popular actor, who was trained in Kamigata as a wakaonnagata and made a great career in Edo in the 1750s and 1760s as a tachiyaku. He was able to perform either wagoto or aragoto roles and excelled in bud˘goto roles. His most notable performances were in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Sukeroku and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune. He unfortunately died too young, before reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi rank (his last rank was slightly below).

The actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ I playing the role of Tokaiya Ginpei in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1766 at the Moritaza (print made by Kitao Shigemasa)

Print made by Kitao Shigemasa in 1766

The Ichikawa Masuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Raiz˘ line of actors

 
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