|ICHIKAWA RAIZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Hakusha (?)
Existence: 1724 ~ 12th day of the 4th lunar month of 1767
Uncle: Arashi Kanshir˘ I
Master: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II
Son: Ichikawa Raiz˘ II
Disciple: Ichikawa Tsunaz˘
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 program "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma". His stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ 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˘.
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.
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.
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 Ichikawa Raiz˘ line of actors
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