ICHIMURA TAKENOJď
   
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Ichimura Takenoj˘ 0.1
  Ichimura Uzaemon III held the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ for a while.
Ichimura Takenoj˘ I
  The founder of the line Ichimura Takenoj˘ I held this name from 1663 to the 4th lunar month of 1679.

Ichimura Takenoj˘ I (bottom/right) in an illustration from the 1674 hy˘banki "Shin Yar˘ Hanagaki"

Ichimura Takenoj˘ II
Ichimura Takenoj˘ II  In Japanese | Ichimura Takematsu II  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in 1680. He was the son of Ichimura Uzaemon V and received the name of Ichimura Takematsu II. He later took the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ II (according to the latest researches done at the National Theatre in T˘ky˘). He became the official zamoto of the Ichimuraza in the 12th lunar month of 1684 when His father retired. It goes without saying that his father was still the real manager of the theater, organizing everything from behind the scenes because Takenoj˘ was too young. He died the 24th day of the 11th lunar month of 1686 [1]. He never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VI but was considered as the sixth member of this line of zamoto.

In front of the Ichimuraza with the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ II written on the wooden board below the theater's yagura at the center; on the left and on the right were the names of Ichimura Ch˘tar˘ and It˘ Kodayű II (illustration from the 1684 hy˘banki "Yar˘ Sanza no Wabi")

Ichimura Takenoj˘ III
Ichimura Takenoj˘ III  In Japanese | Ichimura Ch˘tar˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in 1681. His father Zenbŕ was the owner of the Tea House Kikuya at the Ichimuraza and his mother was the elder sister of the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon V. He received the name of Ichimura Ch˘tar˘. He was adopted by Ichimura Uzaemon V in 1686, after the death of Ichimura Takenoj˘ II, most likely took the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ III (according to the latest researches done at the National Theatre in T˘ky˘) and became the puppet manager of the Ichimuraza. His adoptive father died in 1691 and he had to start to really manage the theater. He worked as a zamoto for a few years and died the 21st day of 4th lunar month of 1698 [2]. He never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VII but was considered as the seventh member of this line of zamoto.

Ichimura Takenoj˘ III in an ilustration from the book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu" (1st lunar month of 1693)

Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV
 

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon VIII held the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV from 1703 to the 10th lunar month of 1737.

The actors Sakata Hangor˘ I (top) and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV (print made by Okumura Toshinobu)

Ichimura Takenoj˘ V
 

The actor Ichimura Takenoj˘ V held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1851 to the 8th lunar month of 1851.

A shinie for Ichimura Takenoj˘ V (1851)

Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI
 

The actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V held the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI from May 1964 to September 1972.

The cover of a pamphlet for the shűmei performances of the actors Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI, Sawamura Tanosuke VI, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Nakamura Jakuemon IV in June 1965 at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza

[1] The 24th day of the 11th lunar month of the 3rd year of the J˘ky˘ era was the 7th of January 1787 in the western calendar.

[2] The 21st day of 4th lunar month of the 11th year of the Genroku era was the 30th of May 1698 in the western calendar.

 
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