ICHIKAWA SHďCHď II

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
Ichikawa Enjaku
Ichikawa Sakimatsu II

Real name: Suzuki Tetsuya

Guild: Wakamatsuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 23 September 1886 ~ 19 August 1940

Connections:

Master (and father-in-law): Ichikawa Sadanji I

Brother-in-law: Ichikawa Sadanji II

Wife: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I

Adopted son: Ichikawa Monnosuke VII

Career:

23 September 1886: born in T˘ky˘. His father is the owner of a brothel located in the district of Shinjuku.

September 1896: he becomes a disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji I and makes his first stage appearance, at the Meijiza, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Sakimatsu II and plays as a koyaku in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".

7 August 1904: his master Ichikawa Sadanji I dies.

September 1906: Ichikawa Sakimatsu II takes the name of Ichikawa Enjaku.

September 1909: revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Kenuki", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Enjaku plays the role of Hata no Hidetar˘ [casting].

May 1911: premiere at the Meijiza of the Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Shuzenji Monogatari"; Enjaku plays the role of Kaede [casting].

January 1912: Ichikawa Enjaku takes the name of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II. Sh˘ch˘ is a haimy˘ used by Ichikawa Sadanji I. It is worth noting that Yukiko, the daughter of Ichikawa Sadanji I, made a short career in a Kabuki women troupe, playing under the name of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ but she was not considered as the first holder of this name. It was Ichikawa Sadanji I who was acknowledged as Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I, although he never held this name during his career. Revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Kumedera Danj˘'s sister Matsugae [more details].

Fall 1913: Sh˘ch˘ gets married with Ichikawa Sadanji I's daughter Yukiko.

January 1914: revival at the Hong˘za of the drama "Gedatsu", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Akoya [more details].

September 1914: premiere at the Hong˘za of the drama "Waki Noboru Mizu-ni Koi Taki"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Princess Kozakura [casting].

October 1914: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Soga Monogatari"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of ďiso no Tora [casting].

September 1915: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Toribeyama Shinjű"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of the Wakamatsuya courtesan Osome [casting].

February 1916: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Banch˘ Sarayashiki"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Okiku [casting].

September 1918: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Onoe Idahachi"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the roles of the courtesan Onoe and Osayo [casting].

November 1920: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Kosuzu [casting].

February 1925: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of the courtesan Oshun [casting].

January 1926: Sh˘ch˘ plays for the first time the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of the wicked priest Narukami is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

July 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Gonza to Sukejű"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Okan [casting].

Summer 1928: Sh˘ch˘ joins the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II, who organizes the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan. The destination is the USSR and the troupe performs in Moscow and Leningrad [more details].

September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the roles of Princess Sakura and Fűrin Ohime [casting].

April 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's "Yoritomo no Shi"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Kosu˘ [casting].

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Shizuma, in reality Omino [casting].

January 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Uno Nobuo's drama "Fubuki T˘ge"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Oen [casting].

January 1937: Sh˘ch˘ plays for the last time the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami", which is staged at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; the role of the wicked priest Narukami is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

November 1938: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Nambuzaka no Yuki Wakare", the sixth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of the koshimoto Oume [casting].

23 February 1940: his best stage partner Ichikawa Sadanji II dies. Sh˘ch˘ follows him in the afterlife a few months later, dying the 19th of August 1940

Comments:

Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II was a talented and popular onnagata and a great stage partner of the star Ichikawa Sadanji II. He symbolized the T˘ky˘ onnagata of the Taish˘ era.

Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II playing the role of Oman in a print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1920

The Ichikawa Sakimatsu line of actors

The Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ line of actors

 
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