ICHIKAWA SOMEGORď
   
SEVEN GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Somegor˘ I
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ I from the 11th lunar month of 1762 to the 10th lunar month of 1763.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ I playing the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in Kanai Sansh˘'s new year drama "Momo Chidori ďiso Gayoi", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 2nd lunar month of 1763

Ichikawa Somegor˘ 1.2
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in 1761 as a disciple of Ichikawa Komaz˘ II, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Matsubei. He took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ (but he was not acknowledged as an official member of the line) in the 11th lunar month of 1766 at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Tsuno Moji Izu no Irifune". He went to ďsaka in fall 1771 and took the name of Ichikawa Otojűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1771 at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai". He settled in Ky˘to in Fall 1772, where he took the name of Ichikawa Ikuz˘ in November. He went back to Edo in Fall 1780 after 9 seasons spent in Kamigata. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 5th lunar month of 1795, at the Kiriza. He died in Edo the 15th of the 6th lunar month of 1798. Ichikawa Ikuz˘ was a talented supporting actor, who was able to perform a wide range of roles as a katakiyaku, d˘kegata or tachiyaku. He was the father of Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Ichikawa Ikuz˘ in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Gik˘ K˘raiya
Ichikawa Somegor˘ II
 

He started his career in 1769 as a disciple of Ichikawa Komaz˘ II. His first stage name was Ichikawa Somez˘. He took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1773 and held it up to the 3rd lunar month of 1783 when he became t˘dori at the Moritaza and took the name of Band˘ Tarosuke. He died in 1828.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ III
 

The minor supporting actor Matsumoto Takejűr˘, a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, was the son of Band˘ Tarosuke. He held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ III from the 11th lunar month of 1795 to the 10th lunar month of 1805. Almost no data available.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV from March 1890 to April 1903.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV playing the role of Kumagai Dennoj˘ in the drama "Katakiuchi Gojiingahara", which staged at the Kabukiza in January 1899

Ichikawa Somegor˘ V
 

The actor Matsumoto Haku˘ held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ V from April 1931 to August 1949.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ V playing the role of Ume˘maru in the drama Kurumabiki", which was staged in April 1931 at the Meijiza

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI from September 1949 to September 1981.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI playing the role of ďishi Kuranosuke in the drama "Genroku Chűshingura"
in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1981
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII
 

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII is the current holder of the name since October 1981.

 
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