|ICHIKAWA SHINZď V|
Ichikawa Shinz˘ V
Real name: Okamoto Rokutar˘
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Shinsh˘
Existence: 12th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1861 ~ 9 July 1897
1861 ~ 1874: born in Edo. His father Okumura Kanjir˘ is an official working for the Tayasu clan. His mother dies a few days after his birth and he is quicly adopted by a man named Moriuchi Yatar˘. Some years later, his adoptive father takes the name of Moriuchi T˘bei when he becomes the main clerk of the actor Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII. He starts his career at an unknown date, as a disciple of Nakamura Shikan IV, who gives him the name of Nakamura Shibanosuke II. Later on, with the help of Moriuchi T˘bei, he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.
1874: Nakamura Shibanosuke II takes the name of Ichikawa Shinz˘ V.
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubei", a revision of Tsuruya Namboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi"; Shinz˘ plays the role of the yakko Isohei [casting].
1885: Moriuchi T˘bei dies; Shinz˘ is adopted by the owner of a steamboat inn named Okamoto Mitsu and based in Yokohama.
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Shinz˘ plays the role of Mionoya Shir˘ [casting].
May 1893: Shinz˘ achieves a great success at the Kabukiza by playing the roles of Ninomiya Tar˘, Soga Danzabur˘ and Kamei Rokur˘ in the drama "Jűnitoki Kaikei Soga".
May 1896: Shinz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Fűkigusa Heike Monogatari". He suddenly falls ill after 2 days on stage, can't recover and dies the following year.
Ichikawa Shinz˘ V was a talented disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, who took an active part in the katsureki experience led by his master. He was good at dance, traditional music, painting and literature (he wrote a novel). He suffered many physical hardships in his life but always did his best to be on stage. It was said that Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX saw him as a potential heir but he died too young.
Ichikawa Shinz˘ V playing the role of Kimura Shigenari in the drama "ďsakajin Sh˘ke no Kakizome", which was staged in November 1895 at the Kabukiza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)
The Ichikawa Shinz˘ line of actors
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