Real name: Band˘ Teruhiko
Birthday: 31 March 1943
Great-great-grandfather: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V
Great-grandfather: Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Grandfather: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI
Father: Ichimura Uzaemon XVII
Grandson: Band˘ Kamesabur˘ VI
June 1950: he made his first appearance on stage at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, receiving the name of Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV and performing in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"
May 1965: shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 young actors of the Otowaya guild; Onoe Ushinosuke V, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV and Onoe Sakon I respectively took the names of Onoe Kikunosuke IV, Band˘ Shinsui VIII, and Onoe Tatsunosuke I; the new Shinsui played the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Take-no-Kimi in "Soga no Taimen" and "Kimi-ga-Yo Sh˘chikubai".
May 1972: Band˘ Shinsui VIII and Ichimura Takematsu V took the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ II and Ichimura Manjir˘ II at the Kabukiza, where the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichimura Uzaemon XV was celebrated; the new Kamez˘ played the roles of Kiyohara no Takehira and Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the dramas "Shibaraku" and "Ishikiri Kajiwara".
January 2002: the National Theatre produced the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Hikosabur˘ played the roles of the warrior Araki Samonnosuke and the hunter Kibaz˘ [casting].
January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Hikosabur˘ played the role of Shioya T˘emon [more details].
May 2017: 3-generation shűmei for the Band˘ branch of the Otowaya guild at the Kabukiza; Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII, his two sons Band˘ Kamesabur˘ V and Band˘ Kametoshi respectively take the names of Band˘ Rakuzen , Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IX and Band˘ Kamez˘ III; Rakuzen plays the roles of ďba Sabur˘ Kagechika and Kobayashi no Asahina in "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Soga no Taimen" [more details]. There is also the hatsu butai of Rakuzen's grandson Band˘ Kamesabur˘ VI. Terajima Mahoro, the grandson of Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ and son of the actress Terajima Shinobu makes his first stage appearance (omemie). Moreover, the 22nd and 16th anniversaries (23rd and 17th memorial services) of the passing away of Onoe Baik˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XVII are commemorated.
Band˘ Rakuzen's best roles : Fujiwara Shihei/Shund˘ Genba ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Lord Matsue ("K˘chiyama"), Soga no Iruka ("Imoseyama Onna Teikin"), Benkei ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Tar˘kaja's master ("Su˘ Otoshi") and Yakushiji Jirozaemon ("Kanadehon Chűshingura").
The mon of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII
The Band˘ Kamesabur˘ line of actors
The Band˘ Shinsui line of actors
The Band˘ Kamez˘ line of actors
The Band˘ Hikosabur˘ line of actors
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