ICHIMURA TAMAGASHIWA I

Stage names:

Ichimura Tamagashiwa I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Blazon: the mandarin orange tree (tachibana) [visual]

Existence: 1687 ~ ???

Connection:

Master: Ichimura Takenoj˘ I (?) [1]

Disciple: Ichimura Miyonosuke (?) [2]

Career:

1st lunar month of 1701: he took the name of Ichimura Tamagashiwa I and performed as a wakaonnagata in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sagano no Hara".

11th lunar month of 1704: Tamagashiwa played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Yutaka in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kissh˘ Tennyo Anzan no Tama".

1st lunar month of 1705: Tamagashiwa's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior).

1st lunar month of 1706: Tamagashiwa played at Kameya's theater the role of Oran in the new year drama "Keisei Nezamegaseki".

1st lunar month of 1707: Tamagashiwa's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1709: Tamagashiwa moved to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1709: Tamagashiwa played the role of Princess Kichij˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Gosho Bunko", which was produced in ďsaka by Shinozuka Sh˘matsu I.

1st lunar month of 1710: Tamagashiwa's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1714: Tamagashiwa played in ďsaka the role of Oyono in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Shinmai Dawara", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

Fall 1715: Tamagashiwa went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1715: Tamagashiwa performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Banzei Onna Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1716: Tamagashiwa's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Tamagashiwa played at the Ichimuraza the role of Iwaki-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Kinkazan Yoroi Biraki".

Fall 1718: Tamagashiwa went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1718: Tamagashiwa played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okura in the kaomise drama "Sumiyoshi Tanj˘seki", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1719: Tamagashiwa's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1721: Tamagashiwa went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1721: Tamagashiwa played in Ky˘to the role of Oishi in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura".

1st lunar month of 1722: Tamagashiwa's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ogino Yaegiri I, Kirinami Takie and Yamamoto Kamon.

11th lunar month of 1722: Tamagashiwa played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Goze no Haruno in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

Fall 1723: Tamagashiwa went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: Tamagashiwa played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tsurunobu in the kaomise drama "Chűshin Futaba no Matsu", which was produced by Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Tamagashiwa's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sanogawa Mangiku and Kirinami Takie.

2nd lunar month of 1729: Tamagashiwa appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he performed in the drama "Kaga no Kuni Shinohara Gassen". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Ichimura Tamagashiwa I was a talented and popular onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in Ky˘to, ďsaka and Edo from the beginning of the 1700s to the end of the 1720s. He was j˘-j˘-kichi from 1716 to 1729. He was outstanding in onna bud˘ and nuregoto, especially in jidaimono dramas.

[1] Assumption found in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". It goes without saying that Ichimura Tamagashiwa I met Ichimura Takenoj˘ I during his stay in Edo from Fall 1715 to Fall 1718 but it was many years after the beginning of his career in Kamigata, where Ichimura Takenoj˘ I has never travelled. As he used the official mon of the Ichimura clan, he had a relationship with Ichimura Takenoj˘ I but it is difficult to report that he was his master.

[2] This is our assumption. These two actors were recorded as performing together. For example in the 11th lunar month of 1722 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

Ichimura Tamagashiwa I (left) and Murayama Heiemon III playing the roles of Iwaki-no-Mae and Abe no Sadat˘ in the kaomise drama "Kinkazan Yoroi Biraki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1717 at the Ichimuraza

The Ichimura Tamagashiwa line of actors

 
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