ICHIMURA UZAEMON XV

Stage names:

Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Ichimura Kakitsu VI
Band˘ Takematsu

Other name: Band˘ Kakitsu II

Real name: Ichimura Rokutar˘

Guild: Tachibanaya

Line number: J█GODAIME (XV)

Existence: 1874 ~ 6 May 1945

Connections:

Adoptive father: Ichimura Uzaemon XIV (Band˘ Kakitsu I)

Son: Ichimura Uzaemon XVI

Adopted sons: Ichimura Kamez˘ III, Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II

Disciples: Band˘ Muraemon II, Azuma Ichinoj˘ II, Band˘ Kitsunosuke

Career:

1874: born in Hong˘ in the district of Tenjin-ch˘. His father was most likely a blue-blooded Frenchman. He is adopted by Ichimura Uzaemon XIV, who gives him the name of Ichimura Rokutar˘.

January 1881: he makes his first appearance on stage sous le nom of Band˘ Takematsu at the Shintomiza.

November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Takematsu plays the role of Kakuz˘'s son Minomatsu [casting].

January 1885: two dances are staged at the Chitoseza, about to reopen in February 1885 with a new name. From the 4th to the 7th of January, two auspicious dances and a k˘j˘ with the troupe led by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX are staged. The sanbas˘ is staged with Ichikawa Sadanji I (Okina), Band˘ Kakitsu I (Senzai) and Onoe Kikugor˘ V (Sanbas˘). This is also the premiere of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuru Kame"; Kakitsu plays the role of the Crane [more details].

July 1893: Band˘ Takematsu takes the name of Ichimura Kakitsu VI at the Kabukiza.

November 1897: Kakitsu plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Nakamura Umesabur˘.

May 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi"; Kakitsu plays the role of Mi no Sankichi [casting].

September 1898: Kakitsu plays at the Miyatoza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

July 1899: Kakitsu plays at the Miyatoza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata" (first performance in this role).

June 1900: Kakitsu plays at the T˘ky˘za the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

July 1900: Kakitsu plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Eizabur˘ V.

September 1900: Kakitsu plays at the Miyatoza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

March 1901: Kakitsu plays at the Miyatoza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri is played by Iwai Matsunosuke IV.

July 1902: Kakitsu plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

October 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of Enokido Kenji's drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; Kakitsu plays the role of the Izumiya tedai Bunshichi [casting].

August 1903: Kakitsu plays at the Kadoza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Nakamura Shikan V.

October 1903: Ichimura Kakitsu VI takes the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XV at the Kabukiza.

November 1903: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

June 1904: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Meiboku Kasane Monogatari"; Uzaemon plays the role of Princess Utakata [casting].

May 1905: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

September 1905: Uzaemon plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

May 1906: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

July 1906: Uzaemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Uzaemon plays the role of Nitan no Shir˘ Tadatsune [casting].

May 1909: Uzaemon plays at the Kadoza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

January 1910: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

April 1910: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", a few scenes taken from "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" focusing on Kataoka Naojir˘ and his lover Michitose and staged independently from the rest of the play; Uzaemon plays the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ [casting].

May 1911: premiere at the Meijiza of the Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Shuzenji Monogatari"; Uzaemon plays the role of Minamoto no Yoriie [casting].

November 1911: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

February 1913: Uzaemon plays at the Ky˘toza (Ky˘to) the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

June 1914: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

April 1915: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Nakamura Utaemon V, Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

September 1916: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". He also plays the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

May 1917: Uzaemon plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". He also plays the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

September 1917: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of ďboshi Rikiya in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

February 1919: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

December 1920: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

April 1921: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

June 1921: Uzaemon plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

May 1922: Uzaemon plays at the Shintomiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

June 1922: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

December 1922: Uzaemon plays at the Yokohamaza (Yokohama) the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

February 1923: Uzaemon plays at the Shintomiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

June 1923: Uzaemon plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

February 1924: Uzaemon plays at the Nakaza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

March 1924: Uzaemon plays at the Nakaza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

September 1924: Uzaemon plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

February 1925: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

April 1925: Uzaemon plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

October 1925: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

May 1926: Uzaemon and Onoe Baik˘ VI finance the building of a mound and the erection of a stone dedicated to kasane, the heroine of many kasanemono, in the precinct of the Yűtenji temple in the district of Meguro (T˘ky˘). This stone is called Kasanezuka and it is a custom for actors about to perform the role of kasane to go there and pray in order to avoid any malicious trick of the ghost of Kasane during their performance.

July 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Gonza to Sukejű"; Uzaemon plays the role of Gonza [casting].

January 1927: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon is played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII.

June 1927: Uzaemon plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

July 1927: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", an adaptation to Kabuki by the playwright Kimura Kinka of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel; Uzaemon plays the role of Karakotoya Tanjir˘ [casting].

December 1927: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

March 1928: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

November 1928: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II.

January 1929: Uzaemon plays at the Imperial Theater the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Daizen and Princess Yuki are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

March 1929: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

November 1929: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Uzaemon plays the role of Hatakeyama no Shigetada, later the Chinese general Ch˘ Hi [casting].

January 1930: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

February 1930: Uzaemon plays at the Meijiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ume˘maru), Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (Sakuramaru) and Onoe K˘z˘ II (Shihei).

July 1930: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

January 1931: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

March 1931: Uzaemon plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1931: Uzaemon plays at the Nakaza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

November 1931: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

January 1932: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

February 1932: Uzaemon plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Oj˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Osh˘ Kichisa) and Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa).

March 1932: the duo Kikugor˘/Uzaemon plays for the first time the roles of Kasane and Yoemon in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

June 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Irezumi Ch˘han"; Uzaemon plays the role of Masagor˘ [casting].

September 1932: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

November 1932: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

December 1932: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

January 1933: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

March 1933: Uzaemon plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

April 1933: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

October 1933: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

January 1934: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Katsuyori in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Princess Yaegaki) and Onoe Baik˘ VI (Nureginu). Uzaemon also plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Sakuramaru) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru).

February 1934: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Daizen and Princess Yuki are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

March 1934: Uzaemon plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

8 November 1934: his best onnagata stage partner Onoe Baik˘ VI dies.

November 1934: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

December 1934: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Nakamura Fukusuke IV, Kataoka Gad˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Kataoka Gad˘ IV.

January 1935: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ob˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Oj˘ Kichisa) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Osh˘ Kichisa).

April 1935: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

November 1935: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Gad˘ IV.

January 1936: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Yashio and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the roles of Masaoka and Nikki Danj˘ are played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

December 1936: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

January 1937: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sakuramaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru) and Nakamura Utaemon V (Shihei). Uzaemon also plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

April 1937: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

June 1937: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Katsuyori in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Princess Yaegaki) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (Nureginu).

December 1937: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

March 1938: Uzaemon plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII, Nakamura Kaisha and ďtani Tomoemon VI. Uzaemon also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

April 1938: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

May 1938: Uzaemon plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

June 1938: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

September 1938: Uzaemon plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

November 1938: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichikawa Sadanji II.

December 1938: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari". He also plays the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichikawa Sadanji II.

March 1939: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII, Nakamura Baigyoku III and ďtani Tomoemon VI.

May 1939: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

December 1939: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

January 1940: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

February 1940: Uzaemon plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

March 1940: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

May 1940: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

March 1941: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Kataoka Nizaemon XII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

April 1941: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

May 1941: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII. He also plays the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Agemaki, Shinbŕ and Ikyű are played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and ďtani Tomoemon VI.

November 1941: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

December 1941: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII. He also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Kataoka Nizaemon XII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

January 1942: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

March 1942: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

April 1942: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays the role of Tadanobu (in reality the fox Genkur˘) in the dance-drama "Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi"; the role of Shizuka Gozen is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

June 1942: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

December 1942: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

April 1943: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

June 1943: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

October 1943: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata" (last performance in this role).

November 1943: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. Uzaemon also plays the role of the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 1943: the duo Kikugor˘/Uzaemon plays for the last time the roles of Kasane and Yoemon in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which is staged at the Kabukiza. Uzaemon also plays the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. Uzaemon also plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

February 1944: Uzaemon plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi and Yamazaki Yogor˘ in the "Sum˘ba" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Nuregami Ch˘gor˘) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (the courtesan Azuma).

March 1944: Uzaemon plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Miuranosuke in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki". His stage partners in the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Princess Toki are Jitsukawa Enjaku II and Nakamura Baigyoku III. He also plays the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

May 1944: Uzaemon plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

October 1944: Uzaemon plays at the Meijiza the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

December 1944: Uzaemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi is played by his son Ichimura Kakitsu VII. Uzaemon also plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri".

Comments:

Ichimura Uzaemon XV was one of the best tachiyaku of the first half of the twentieth century. He had a great physical appearance, a strong presence on stage and an amazing voice. He was the nimaime or the sabakiyaku par excellence. He kept on playing young lover roles even in his latter years and never performed any old man role. His duo with Onoe Baik˘ VI was one of the most famous goruden kombi in Kabuki history. When his best stage partner died in 1934, he successfully performed in duo with Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

Ichimura Uzaemon XV gathered his best roles in a special collection named Kak˘shű: Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki ("Ishikiri Kajiwara"), Yosabur˘ ("Kirare Yosa"), Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori ("Sanemori Monogatari"), Gosho no Goroz˘ ("Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome"), Igami no Gonta ("Sushiya"), Sasaki Moritsuna ("Moritsuna Jin'ya"), Omatsuri Sashichi ("Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi"), Sukeroku ("Sukeroku"), Hayano Kanpei ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Kataoka Naojir˘ ("Naozamurai"), Shirai Gonpachi ("Suzu-ga-Mori") and Togashi ("Kanjinch˘"). His others great roles, not included in the "Kak˘shű", were Mitsugi ("Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"), Katsuyori ("Jusshuk˘") and Sakuramaru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

Ichimura Uzaemon XV playing the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ in the drama "Naozamurai" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925)

Print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai in 1902

Print made by Utagawa Kunimasa in 1903

Photograph made in 1930

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

The Band˘ Kakitsu line of actors

Ichimura Kakitsu line of actors

Ichimura Uzaemon line of actors and theater managers

Ichimura Uzaemon XV by Trevor Skingle

My Thoughts about Ichimura-Uzaemon XV a Special Contribution by Akiyama Kayo (an English translation by Trevor Skingle)

Section 65 The story of Ichimura Uzaemon XV (an English translation by Trevor Skingle)

Section 66 The story of Ichimura Uzaemon XV (an English translation by Trevor Skingle)

Section 67 The story of Ichimura Uzaemon XV (an English translation by Trevor Skingle)

 
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