ICHIKAWA SUKEJURď

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sukejur˘ In Japanese
Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ IV In Japanese
Fujimatsu Sot˘ In Japanese
Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ II In Japanese
Mimasu Daitar˘ In Japanese
Mimasu Yonegor˘ In Japanese
Mimasu Yonez˘ In Japanese

Guilds: Yamatoya, Harimaya, S˘shiya

Poetry names: Shinsh˘, Shinsha, Shinshi, Sot˘

Existence: 1783 ~ 13th day of the 9th lunar month of 1860

Connection:

Masters: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Mimasu Daigor˘ III

Disciples: Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ V (?), Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ I (?)

Career:

1783 ~ 1804: born in Kamigata. He starts his career as a disciple of Mimasu Daigor˘ III and his first stage name is Mimasu Yonez˘. He does his training in hama shibai.

1804: he receives the name of Mimasu Yonegor˘.

11th lunar month of 1813: he receives the name of Mimasu Daitar˘.

11th lunar month of 1815: he is allowed to use one of the stage names used by late Mihogi Gizaemon II and takes the name of Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ II. He also uses as a stage name the name of Fujimatsu Sot˘ (Sot˘ was the haimy˘ of late Mihogi Gizaemon II).

11th lunar month of 1822: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I and receives the name of Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ IV.

17th day of the 10th lunar month of 1824: his first master Mimasu Daigor˘ III dies.

16th day of the 7th lunar month of 1827: his second master Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I dies.

1st lunar month of 1838: Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ IV takes the name of Ichikawa Sukejur˘ in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of En'ya Hangan and Kakogawa Honz˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1839: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Munekiyo and the yakko Chienai in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki". He also plays the roles of Shigetada and Hansai in "Akoya" and "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"; the role of Akoya is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ V.

1st lunar month of 1840: Sukejur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1840: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Kakogawa Honz˘ and Uekiya Mokuemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

8th lunar month of 1841: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of End˘ S˘emon in the drama "Katakiuchi S˘zenji Baba".

9th lunar month of 1841: Sukejur˘ moves to the ďnishi no Shibai and plays the role of Hosokawa Masamoto in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; his main stage partners in the roles of Tenjiku Tokubŕ and the zat˘ Kikuichi is the star Onoe Kikugor˘ III. Sukejur˘ also plays the role of Tamiya Iemon in the drama "Yotsuya Kaidan", which commemorates the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) of late Onoe Sh˘roku I.

1st lunar month of 1842: Sukejur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1842: Sukejur˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and Ukiyo Tohei in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

11th lunar month of 1842: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Okabe Rokuyata and Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

9th lunar month of 1843: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Miki Jűzaemon, T˘bŕ and S˘suke in the drama "Katakiuchi Kameyama Banashi".

3rd lunar month of 1845: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Mansuke in the drama "Tengajaya".

5th lunar month of 1847: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ are played by Nakamura Shikan III and Kataoka Gad˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1848: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the sum˘ wrestler Akizuka, Gonbŕ and Sakae Gozen in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He also plays the role of Hansai in "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami".

11th lunar month of 1848: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Komatsuya S˘emon in the drama "Koi Momiji Ogura no Shikishi".

1st lunar month of 1849: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Sonobe Hy˘e and Gorobei Masamune in the drama "Hana Fubuki Uta no Nagokoro" (similar to "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari").

4th lunar month of 1849: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, K˘ no Moron˘ and Yajibei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

8th lunar month of 1849: Sukejur˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Oda Harunaga in Chikamatsu Yanagi's drama "Ehon Taik˘ki".

11th lunar month of 1850: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Takebe Genz˘, Fujiwara no Shihei, Kakuju and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1851: Sukejur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Wadasaku, Kujaku Sabur˘ and Genz˘ in the drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű". He also plays the roles of Takemura Sadanoshin and Yahei in "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna" and "Urami no Samezaya"; the roles of Hachirobŕ and Otsuma in the latter drama are played by Arashi Rikaku II and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1851: Sukejur˘ plays in Sakai the roles of Shigemori and Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi"; the roles of Chidori and Oyasu are played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1851: Sukejur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei, Kakuju and Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1851: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kiso Senj˘ Yoshikata and Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneyasu in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

10th lunar month of 1852: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Watanabe Gekizaemon in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He also plays the roles of S˘roku and Shichirobei in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi".

3rd lunar month of 1853: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, the sh˘ya Jin'emon, Kakogawa Honz˘, Hanagasa Buemon and Yajibei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

10th lunar month of 1853: Sukejur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Heisaku in the drama "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" ("Numazu"); the roles of Jűbŕ and Oyone are played by Mimasu Daigor˘ IV and Nakamura Daikichi III.

11th lunar month of 1853: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Kakogawa Honz˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He goes back to ďsaka to play at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen and Kansuke in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" and "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

1st lunar month of 1855: Sukejur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shin-j˘-j˘-kichi (truly - superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1856: Sukejur˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu in the drama "Domo Mata"; the role of Matahei is played by Arashi Rikaku II.

3rd lunar month of 1856: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the role of the curio dealer Jinza in the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; the role of H˘kaib˘ is played by Arashi Rikaku II.

11th lunar month of 1857: Sukejur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".

1st lunar month of 1858: Sukejur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the sum˘ wrestler Anado and Matsukawa Shinjűr˘ in the new year drama "Keisei Hanabusa Z˘shi". He also plays the role of J˘ no Kur˘ Sukekuni in the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru"; the role of Hangaku is played by Arashi Rikan III.

1st lunar month of 1859: Sukejur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, "a threesome of veterans" section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent). The two others actors in this trio are Kataoka Ichiz˘ I and Arashi Sank˘ II. He plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Katajima K˘jűr˘ in the drama "Keisei Okuni Kabuki". He also plays the role of R˘ikkan in "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the role of Wat˘nai is played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I. Sukejur˘ does his isse ichidai peformance, playing in the same theater the role of Matsunami Yukie in the drama "Sangoku Ichi Sato no Nishikie".

3rd lunar month of 1859: Sukejur˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing the role of Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Then, he retires from the Kabuki world.

13th day of the 9th lunar month of 1860: Sukejur˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Ichikawa Sukejur˘ was prominent 19th century Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in ďsaka in the 1840s and the 1850s. He was the zagashira of the ďnishi no Shibai for quite a long time. He was said to be wealthy and was the owner of a successful bathhouse located near the Ebisu bridge in ďsaka.

Ichikawa Sukejur˘ playing the role of Wakihama K˘nai in the drama "Ranjatai Nitta Keizu", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1850 at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka)
(print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1853

The Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Sukejűr˘ line of actors

 
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