ICHIKAWA SARUZď
   
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Ichikawa Saruz˘ 0.1
Ichikawa Saruz˘  In Japanese
 

A koyaku actor named Ichikawa Saruz˘ was recorded in the 1832 Kamigata hy˘banki. He was not considered as an official holder of the name. No record afterwards.

Ichikawa Saruz˘ 0.2
Ichikawa Saruz˘  In Japanese
 

A katakiyaku actor named Ichikawa Saruz˘ was recorded in the 1837 Edo hy˘banki. He was not considered as an official holder of the name. No record afterwards.

Ichikawa Saruz˘ I
Ichikawa Saruz˘ I [1]  In Japanese
 

Born in 1835. Fourth son of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. He received the name of Ichikawa Saruz˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1838 when he made his debut as a koyaku. His father Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V was arrested and accused of violating the sumptuary laws in 1842. He was banished from Edo and settled in ďsaka with his son. Saruz˘ had the opportunity to perform important roles during his stay in Kamigata. For example, he played the role of Oginoya Yaegiri in the drama "Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi" in the 5th lunar month of 1848 at the Kado no Shibai. He went back to Edo with his father in the 2nd lunar month of 1850. He played in the 9th lunar month of 1852 at the Kawarazakiza the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", sharing the stage with his father Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and his elder brother Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII in the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei and Togashi Saemon. He died in Edo the 29th day of the 9th lunar month of 1855 [2].

Ichikawa Saruz˘ I playing the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1852 at the Kawarazakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Ichikawa Saruz˘ II
 

The actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII held the name of Ichikawa Saruz˘ II from the 1st lunar month of 1870 to May 1882.

Ichikawa Saruz˘ II in 1874

Ichikawa Saruz˘ III
Ichikawa Saruz˘ III [3]  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kunimatsu I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Juz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kunimatsu I  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka in 1867. His mother was the daughter of the Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V's tokoyama in ďsaka. He started his career in 1872 in ďsaka as a disciple of Ichikawa Saruz˘ II and his first stage name was Ichikawa Kunimatsu I. He performed under the name of Ichikawa Juz˘ II from February 1884 to April 1885, then he took back the name of Ichikawa Kunimatsu I in May 1885. He settled in T˘ky˘ in 1886. He finally took the name of Ichikawa Saruz˘ III in November 1886. He performed in koshibai in his latter years, at the Kotobukiza and the Ryűseiza. He died the 15th of April 1906. He was the father of Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV and the master of Ichikawa Ennoj˘ III.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Naritaya Horikoshi Sukeshichi [4]

Ichikawa Saruz˘ III performing in the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru", which was staged in April 1897 at the Kabukiza (print made by Utagawa Kunimasa V)

Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV
Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV [5]  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kunimatsu II  In Japanese
 

Born in 1900. Son of Ichikawa Saruz˘ III, his first stage name was Ichikawa Kunimatsu II and he made his debut on stage in March 1903 at the Kabukiza. He took the name of Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV in June 1920 at the Imperial Theater. He died the 4th of April 1942.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Naritaya Horikoshi Kanekichi

Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV playing the role of Agemaki in the drama "Kurotegumi Sukeroku", which was staged in April 1927 at the Miyatoza

[1] Ichikawa Enz˘, not Saruz˘, in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[2] The 29th day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ansei era was the 8th of November 1855 in the western calendar.

[3] Recorded as Ichikawa Enz˘ II, not Ichikawa Saruz˘ III, in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[4] Was Ichikawa Saruz˘ III the adopted son of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII? Ichikawa Saruz˘ III's honmy˘ was Horikoshi, which was the family name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII.

[5] Ichikawa Saruz˘ IV was not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

 
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