BANDď SH█CHď III

Stage names:

Band˘ Shűch˘ III In Japanese
Band˘ Katsutar˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Masujir˘ In Japanese

Real name: Kaneko Katsutar˘

Poetry name: Sench˘ ("one thousand butterflies")

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 7 November 1880 ~ 22 September 1935

Connection:

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX

Adoptive father and father-in-law: Band˘ Shűch˘ II

Sons: Band˘ Matatar˘ VII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ X, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX

Adopted son: Band˘ Shűch˘ IV

Grandsons: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X, Band˘ Shűch˘ V

Great-grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II

Disciple: Band˘ Ch˘emon

Career:

1880 ~ 1896: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Muk˘jima. He starts his career as a disciple of the Nagauta singer Sumiyoshi Gor˘, then of his master's widow after his death. His voice power declines and he decides to give up singing to become an actor.

1896: he becomes disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Masujir˘.

April 1896: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, playing a wakaonnagata role in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

January 1899: he is adopted by Band˘ Shűch˘ II, who gives him the name of Katsutar˘ I.

September 1901: his adoptive father Band˘ Shűch˘ II dies.

September 1904: Band˘ Katsutar˘ I becomes nadai and takes the name of Band˘ Shűch˘ III at the T˘ky˘za.

March 1906: Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu" is produced for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the T˘ky˘za; Shűch˘ plays the role of Koguruma no Tsubone [casting]. He also plays at the Meijiza the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Matsu˘maru is played by Ichikawa Ensh˘ II.

April 1907: Shűch˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Takebe Genz˘'s wife Tonami in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The role of Takebe Genz˘ is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

March 1910: Shűch˘ plays at the Miyatoza the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke are played by Arashi Yoshisabur˘ IV and Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV.

February ~ April 1911: Shűch˘ is on the road, playing the prestigious role of the menoto Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which is performed in Hakodate (Ikedaza), Sapporo (Sapporoza), Otaru (Hanazonoza) and Nagoya (Kabukiza).

December 1911: Shűch˘ plays at the Miyatoza the roles of Osato and Shizuka Gozen in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

March 1912: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Fuji-no-Kata in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and his wife Sagami are played by Ichikawa Sadanji II and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I.

December 1912: Shűch˘ plays at the Miyatoza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Tonase in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Teraoka Heiemon and ďboshi Yuranosuke are played by Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II and Asao Kuzaemon IV.

February 1914: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Gonta's wife Kosen in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Gonta is played by Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I.

April 1914: Shűch˘ plays at the Shintomiza the role of Okaru in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partner in the roles of Yuranosuke, Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heiemon is Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I.

January 1915: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

February 1915: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Ohaya in the "Hikimado" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". The roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Jűjibŕ are played by Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV and Nakamura Matagor˘ I.

May 1915: Shűch˘ plays at the Shintomiza the roles of Kaoyo and Ichimonjiya Osai in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

January 1916: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza in Ky˘to the role of Matahei's wife Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata". The role of Matahei is played by Onoe Taminosuke.

January 1917: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ume˘maru's wife Haru in the "Ga no Iwai" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The role of Ume˘maru is played by Ichikawa Danshir˘ II.

July 1917: Shűch˘ plays at the Yokohamaza in Yokohama the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Matsu˘maru, Takebe Genz˘ and Tonami are played by Ichikawa Sadanji II, Jitsukawa Enjaku II and Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II.

November 1917: Shűch˘ plays at the Yokohamaza in Yokohama the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami". The role of Abe no Yasuna is played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV.

January 1918: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Ofude in the "ďtsu no Shuku", "Sasahiki" and "Sakaro" scenes of the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

June 1918: Shűch˘ plays at the Nihon Gekij˘ in K˘be the role of Kumagai's wife Sagami in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

January 1919: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the roles of Oryű and Suke-no-Tsubone in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII.

February 1919: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza in Ky˘to the role of Shizuka Gozen in the "Yoshinoyama" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Tadanobu is played by Arashi Gansh˘.

April 1920: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Matahei's wife Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata". The role of Matahei is played by Ichikawa Danshir˘ II.

December 1920: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fuji-no-Kata in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and his wife Sagami are played by Nakamura Utaemon V and Onoe Baik˘ VI.

April 1921: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ichimonjiya Osai in the act VI of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

June 1921: Shűch˘ plays at the Yokohama Gekij˘ (Yokohama) the roles of Oryű and Suke-no-Tsubone in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII.

October 1921: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi in the "Yamashina Kankyo" scene of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Yuranosuke, Honz˘ and Tonase are played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV, Kataoka Nizaemon XI and Nakamura Utaemon V.

November 1921: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza in Nagasaki the role of the menoto Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of the evil Yashio is played by Nakamura Tsuruz˘ III. Shűch˘ also plays the role of Shigetada in the "Sakaro" scene of the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

February 1922: Shűch˘ plays at the Yokohamaza in Yokohama the role of Matahei's wife Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata". The role of Matahei is played by Ichikawa Danshir˘ II.

June 1922: Shűch˘ plays at the Shintomiza the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Matsu˘maru, Takebe Genz˘ and Tonami are played by Nakamura Kichiemon I, Morita Kan'ya XIII and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

September 1922: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; Shűch˘ plays the roles of Okaji and Otatsu [more details].

December 1922: Shűch˘ plays at the Imperial Theater (T˘ky˘) the role of Nureginu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners in the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori are Nakamura Jakuemon III and Sawamura S˘nosuke I.

February 1923: Shűch˘ plays at the Meijiza the roles of Oryű and Suke-no-Tsubone in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

March 1923: Shűch˘ plays at the Shintomiza the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Matsu˘maru, Takebe Genz˘ and Tonami are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII, Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

July 1923: Shűch˘ plays at the Yokohamaza in Yokohama the role of Otatsu in the sewamono "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

November 1923: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza in Azabu (T˘ky˘) the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The role of Matsu˘maru is played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII. This is the first kabuki performance to be staged in T˘ky˘ after the terrible earthquake that hit the city the 1st of September 1923.

March 1924: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza in Nagasaki the role of Osono in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi". The role of Rokusuke is played by Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI.

May 1924: Shűch˘ plays at the Sh˘chiku Gekij˘ in K˘be the role of Oiwa in the "Mikasayama Goten" scene of the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". The role of Fukashichi is played by Band˘ Jusabur˘ III.

September 1924: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Ofude in the "ďtsu no Shuku", "Sasahiki" and "Sakaro" scenes of the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

October 1924: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi in the "Yamashina Kankyo" scene of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Yuranosuke, Honz˘ and Tonase are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII, Kataoka Nizaemon XI and Nakamura Utaemon V.

November 1924: Shűch˘ plays at the H˘rakuza the role of Osato in the "Sushiya" scene of the clasic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Gonta and Yasuke are played by Jitsukawa Enjaku II and Ichimura Kamez˘ III.

January 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

March 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Shizuka Gozen in the "Yoshinoyama" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Tadanobu and Hayami no T˘ta are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Band˘ Jusabur˘ III.

June 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Shizuka Gozen in the "Yoshinoyama" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Tadanobu is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

September 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za in T˘ky˘ the role of Ohaya in the "Hikimado" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". The roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Jűjibŕ are played by Band˘ Jusabur˘ III and Jitsukawa Enjaku II.

October 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Bentenza in ďsaka the role of Osono in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi". He also plays the role of the menoto Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The roles of Rokusuke ("Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi") and the evil Yashio ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") are played by Ichikawa Udanji II.

November 1925: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi in the "Yamashina Kankyo" scene of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Yuranosuke and Tonase are played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

April 1926: Shűch˘ plays at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza the role of Matahei's wife Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata". The role of Matahei is played by Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI.

May 1926: Shűch˘ plays at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza the role of Sodehagi in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara". His stage partners are Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Abe no Sadat˘), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Abe no Munet˘) and Ichimura Kamez˘ III (Yoshiie).

October 1926: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tonase in the acts VIII and IX of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Tonase's husband Honz˘ and Tonase's daughter Konami are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Nakamura Shikaku II.

November 1928: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za (T˘ky˘) the roles of En'ya Hangan and Okaru in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI (Hayano Kanpei), Sawamura Tosshi VIII (Teraoka Heiemon) and ďtani Tomoemon VI (Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘).

April 1929: Shűch˘ plays at the Hong˘za in T˘ky˘ the role of the menoto Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of the evil Yashio is played by Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI. He also plays at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the "Ga no Iwai" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The role of Matsu˘maru is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

May 1929: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ofude in the "Sakaro" scene of the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

July 1929: Shűch˘ plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) and the Yachiyoza (K˘be) the role of Shizuka Gozen in the "Yoshinoyama" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The role of Tadanobu is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

December 1929: Shűch˘ plays at the Shinjuku Shinkabukiza (T˘ky˘) the roles of En'ya Hangan and Okaru in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI (Hayano Kanpei, Teraoka Heiemon) and ďtani Tomoemon VI (Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘).

May 1930: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza in T˘ky˘ the role of Tatsuta no Mae in the "D˘my˘ji" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Kakuju, Sukune Tar˘ and Kan Sh˘j˘ are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Nakamura Ganjir˘ I.

January 1931: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yuranosuke's wife Oishi in the "Yamashina Kankyo" scene of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of Yuranosuke is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

May 1934: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza in Nagoya the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami". The role of Abe no Yasuna is played by Kataoka Gad˘ IV.

October 1934: Shűch˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Ohaya in the "Hikimado" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". The roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Jűjibŕ are played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Jitsukawa Enjaku II. He also plays the roles of Kaoyo and Ichimonjiya in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Comments:

Band˘ Shűch˘ III, who was endowed with a great voice, was at ease with any kind of onnagata roles, in either jidaimono or sewamono, and he excelled in maiden roles (musume yaku). He was also a dynamic member of the Kabuki troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II. It is worth noting that he also performed in a Shinpa troupe between 1905 and 1909.

Band˘ Shűch˘ III playing the role of Shizuka Gozen in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" (print made by Natori Shunsen 1925)

The Band˘ Katsutar˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Shűch˘ line of actors

 
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