ICHIKAWA SďZABURď I

Stage names:

Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I
Ichikawa Katsugor˘

Guild: K˘chiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Waj˘ (?), Wai (?), Wachű (?)

Existence: 1687 ~ 11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1752

Connection:

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Disciple: Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II

Career:

1687~1713: born in ďsaka. He settles in Edo at an unknown time and becomes disciple of the Edo star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Katsugor˘. He performs in the precincts of the Ichigaya Hachiman shrine.

Fall 1713: Katsugor˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1713: Katsugor˘ performs as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Musume Takara no Yome Banzei Muko", which is produced at ďsaka Tazaemon's theater by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Ichikawa Katsugor˘ takes the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1717: S˘zabur˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of ďhara Bannai in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira"; he also changes the writing of his first name:

Previous writing New writing
惣三郎 宗三郎

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11th lunar month of 1723: great kaomise in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai to celebrate the arrival of the Edo star ďtani Hiroji I. The zamoto Arashi San'emon III produces the drama "Kogane no Hanagata" in which S˘zabur˘ plays the role of the kar˘ Katsuragawa Minbu.

1st lunar month of 1724: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama welcoming in ďsaka the Edo actor ďtani Hiroji I; S˘zabur˘ plays the roles of Ky˘ no Kojir˘ and Kuheiji [more details].

Fall 1724: S˘zabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1724: S˘zabur˘ performs as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma", which is produced at Miyako Mandayű's theater by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1725: S˘zabur˘ becomes jitsuaku.

1st lunar month of 1725: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1726: S˘zabur˘ plays at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of Takashina Nan'emon in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Imose no Shitone".

1st lunar month of 1727: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1728: S˘zabur˘ plays in the kaomise program "Daimy˘ Kogane no Uroko", which is produced by Sanogawa Mangiku at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in Ky˘to. His stage partners are Arashi San'emon III, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Arashi Sangor˘ I and Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1731: S˘zabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the roles of Manzai Tokudayű and Hakusan Daichű in the new year ni-no-kawari "Keisei Mikasayama".

Summer 1731: S˘zabur˘ goes to Edo and performs at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1731: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise program "Higashiyama Dono Eiga Butai"; his stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Yamamoto Hikogor˘, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II, Sodesaki Iseno I, Hayakawa Shinkatsu and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1732: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1732: S˘zabur˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays in the kaomise drama "Yamato Kotoba Imagawaj˘", which welcomes in Edo the 2 Kamigata stars Anegawa Shinshir˘ I and Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji".

1st lunar month of 1734: S˘zabur˘ plays at the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Jűhakk˘ Imay˘ Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ogino Izabur˘ I and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1738: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise program "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

3rd lunar month of 1739: S˘zabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku J˘mon no Hanabusa"; the roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki are played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Tomizawa Montar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1740: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1741: S˘zabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono "Na no Hana Akebono no Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; S˘zabur˘ plays the role of Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" [casting].

1st lunar month of 1748: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kud˘ Suketsune Saemon and Kawazu Reikon in the drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; S˘zabur˘ plays the role of Kawatsura H˘gen [casting].

11th lunar month of 1748: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1749: S˘zabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ikyű in the drama Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura; the roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki are played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Segawa Kikujir˘ I. The Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Edo started in early Spring 1749 to display cherry trees in pots in the heart of the precinct (Naka no Ch˘) in order to draw the crowds for cherry-blossom-viewing and more. It is reproduced on stage with fake cherry trees all along the stage.

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; S˘zabur˘ plays the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Hara Goemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1752: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; S˘zabur˘ plays the roles of Midaroku, Taira no Tsunemori and Hayashi [casting]; this is his last stage appearance for he dies the 11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1752.

Comments:

Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I was a talented and popular jitsuaku actor, who was trained in Kamigata and achieved success for himself in Edo from the beginning of the 1730s to the beginning of the 1750s. He was called "Edo zuiichi no jitsuaku", which means the greatest jitsuaku of Edo, and excelled in the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in new year sogamono.

Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I playing the roles of Noge no Sh˘hei in the drama "Kurofune Deiri Minato", which was performed in January 1733 in Edo at the Nakamuraza (print made by Nishimura Shigenobu)

Print made by Nishimura Shigenobu in 1733

The Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ line of actors

 
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