|ICHIKAWA SHďCHď II|
Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
Real name: Suzuki Tetsuya
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 23 September 1886 ~ 19 August 1940
Master (and father-in-law): Ichikawa Sadanji I
Brother-in-law: Ichikawa Sadanji II
Wife: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I
Adopted son: Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
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.
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.
February 1925: Tsuruya Nanboku IV'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.
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].
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 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.
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
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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