ICHIKAWA SUKEJŪRŌ
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Sukejūrō I
 

The actor Mimasuya Sukejūrō I held the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō I from the 11th lunar month of 1702 to the 10th lunar month of 1709.

Sakurayama Shirosaburō I (left) and Ichikawa Sukejūrō I (right) in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu I (1708~1711)

Ichikawa Sukejūrō II
Ichikawa Sukejūrō II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Saijūrō  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first stage name was Ichikawa Saijūrō. He took the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō II in 1718. He made a quite obscure career in Kamigata.

Ichikawa Sukejūrō III
Ichikawa Sukejūrō III  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. A minor katakiyaku held the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō III in Kamigata around 1788. Almost no record for this actor.

Ichikawa Sukejūrō IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Sukejurō held the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō IV from 1823 to the 12th lunar month of 1837.

Ichikawa Sukejūrō IV playing the role of Yasukata in the drama "Sōma Tarō Mibae Bundan", which was staged in the 11th month of 1832 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Ryūsai Shigeharu)

Ichikawa Sukejūrō V
Ichikawa Sukejūrō V  In Japanese | Ichikawa Morinosuke III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Suketarō  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Most likely a disciple of Ichikawa Sukejurō. His first stage name was Ichikawa Suketarō (first record at the end of 1840). He took the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke III [*] in the 1st lunar month of 1855 and the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō V in the 1st lunar month of 1869. His made all his career in Kamigata. His yagō was Yamatoya.

Ichikawa Sukejūrō VI
Ichikawa Sukejūrō VI  In Japanese | Ichikawa Morinosuke IV  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Most likely a disciple or (adopted) son of Ichikawa Sukejūrō V. He received the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke IV [*] in the 1st lunar month of 1872 and he took the name of Ichikawa Sukejūrō VI in January 1884. This minor actor was active in Kamigata up to 1913.

[*] In the latest edition (2012) of the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran", the actors Ichikawa Sukejūrō V and Ichikawa Sukejūrō VI were recorded as being Ichikawa Morinosuke II and Ichikawa Morinosuke III, not Ichikawa Morinosuke III and Ichikawa Morinosuke IV. The origin of the issue lies with the actor Ichikawa Danzō V: for the "Kabuki Haiyū Meiseki Benran", he never held the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke I. We've decided to stay in line with the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database or Nojima Jusaburō's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and acknowledge that the first holder of the line was indeed Ichikawa Danzō V and the second was Ichikawa Tōshō. As a consequence, we had to change the line numbers of the third and fourth holders of the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke. The issue is an open field for discussion!

 
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