ICHIKAWA SďZABURď II

Stage names:

Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II
Ichikawa Sh˘gor˘

Guild: Kawachiya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Wai (?)

Existence: ??? ~ 1776

Connection:

Master: Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I

Son: Ichikawa Kichitar˘

Career:

Before 1751: he starts his career as a disciple of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Sh˘gor˘.

11th lunar month of 1751: Sh˘gor˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Aizuchi Jűnidan", which celebrates the shűmei of Morita Kan'ya VI and Tsuyama Yűz˘ I.

11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1752: his master Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1753: Ichikawa Sh˘gor˘ takes the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II at the Moritaza, playing the katakiyaku role of Kaid˘ no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke I; his others stage partners are Morita Kan'ya VI, Matsushima Moheiji, Sawamura Kijűr˘ I, Tsuruya Nanboku II, Ogino Yaegiri II and Sawamura Utagiku.

Fall 1754: S˘zabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

10th lunar month of 1754: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (Ësaka) the role of Yokanpei in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

Fall 1760: S˘zabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Yamana Gundayű and T˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

1st lunar month of 1761: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1772: S˘zabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1772: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Bizen-no-Kami, the kami of the province of Bizen, in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Onoe Kikugor˘ no Baranu Banashi".

1st lunar month of 1773: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1773: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Itari Yaitari Mukadeyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsujir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1774: S˘zabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; S˘zabur˘ plays the roles of Dainagon Muneoka, Takayasu Saemon and Agata Hirosane [more details].

10th lunar month of 1776: S˘zabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Naka no Shibai, where he plays the role of Jirokur˘ in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi". He falls ill and dies before the end of the year.

Comments:

Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II was a born and trained in Edo, but he spent his last 22 years in Kamigata, where he gained some fame as a katakiyaku. He had quite an ugly face, which was a plus for villain roles.

Onoe Montar˘ (left) and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II (right) performing in the new year drama "Keisei Kanekake no Matsu", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1762 in Ky˘to

The Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ line of actors

 
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