ICHIMURA UZAEMON
   
SEVENTEEN GENERATIONS
Ichimura Uzaemon I
 

The zamoto Murayama Matasabur˘ I never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon I but he was considered as the first member of this line.

Ichimura Uzaemon II
Murata Kuroemon  In Japanese
 

Son-in-law of Murayama Matasabur˘ I, his name was Murata Kuroemon. He became the zamoto of the Murayamaza in the 10th lunar month of 1641 and managed it in collaboration with Ichimura Uzaemon III. The theater became the Ichimuraza in 1643. Murata Kuroemon died the 2nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1652 [1]. He never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon II but was considered as the second member of this line of zamoto.

Ichimura Uzaemon III
 

The zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon III held this name from an unknown date to 1664.

Ichimura Uzaemon IV
 

The zamoto Ichimura Takenoj˘ I never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon IV but he was considered as the fourth member of this line.

Ichimura Uzaemon V
 

The zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon V held this name from the 4th lunar month of 1679 to the 8th lunar month of 1691.

Ichimura Uzaemon VI
 

Ichimura Takenoj˘ II never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VI but he was considered as the sixth member of this line.

Ichimura Uzaemon VII
 

Ichimura Takenoj˘ III never held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VII but he was considered as the seventh member of this line.

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII
 

The actor and zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon VIII held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1737 to the 5th lunar month of 1762.

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII playing the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1753 at the Ichimuraza

Ichimura Uzaemon IX
 

The actor and zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon IX held this name from the 8th lunar month of 1762 to the 8th lunar month of 1785.

Ichimura Uzaemon IX in a d˘j˘jimono in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ (1768~1770)

Ichimura Uzaemon X
 

The zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon X held this name from the 9th lunar month of 1785 to the 2nd lunar month of 1799.

The name of Ichimura Uzaemon X in a 1792 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names are the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza

Ichimura Uzaemon XI
 

The zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon XI held this name from Spring 1800 to the 7th lunar month of 1820.

The name of Ichimura Uzaemon XI in a 1802 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names are the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza

Ichimura Uzaemon XII
 

The actor and zamoto Ichimura Takenoj˘ V held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XII from the 11th lunar month of 1821 to the 12th lunar month of 1850.

Ichimura Uzaemon XII in a print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1839

Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
 

The actor Onoe Kikugor˘ V held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XIII from the 1st lunar month of 1851 to Spring 1863.

Ichimura Uzaemon XIII playing the role of Benten Koz˘ in the drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie", which was staged at the Ichimuraza in the 3rd lunar month of 1862 (print made by Utagawa Yoshitsuya)

Ichimura Uzaemon XIV
 

The actor Band˘ Kakitsu I held the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XIV from Spring 1863 to the 8th lunar month of 1870, then from the 1st lunar month of 1871 to the 8th lunar month of 1871.

Ichimura Uzaemon XIV (left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ V (right) playing the roles of ďboshi Rikiya and K˘ no Moron˘ in the last act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1870 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada II)

Ichimura Uzaemon XV
 

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV held this name from October 1903 to May 1945.

Ichimura Uzaemon XV playing the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ in the drama "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi" in a print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

Ichimura Uzaemon XVI
 

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XVI held this name from February 1946 to October 1952.

Ichimura Uzaemon XVI playing the role of Kaoyo Gozen in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"

Ichimura Uzaemon XVII
 

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XVII held this name from October 1955 to July 2001.

Ichimura Uzaemon XVII playing the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the drama "Benkei J˘shi" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in November 1992
Print courtesy of Castle Fine Arts, Inc. (all rights reserved)

[1] The 2nd day of the 8th lunar month of the 5th year of the Keian era was the 4th of September 1652 in the western calendar.

 
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