ICHIMURA UZAEMON VIII

Stage names:

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII
Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV

Guild: Kikuya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Poetry name: Kak˘

Existence: 1698 ~ 7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762

Connections:

Uncle: Ichimura Uzaemon V

Brothers: Ichimura Uzaemon VII, Ichimura Zensabur˘, Ichimura Wakadayű II

Sons: Ichimura Uzaemon IX, Ichimura Zenz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III

Adopted son: Ichimura Taketar˘

Grandson: Ichimura Uzaemon X

Disciples: Band˘ Sanpachi I, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Band˘ Matatar˘ IV, Band˘ Kissaku (Azuma T˘z˘ II), Band˘ Aiz˘

Career:

1698: born in Edo. His father Zenbŕ is the owner of the Tea House Kikuya at the Ichimuraza and his mother is the elder sister of the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon V.

1703: he receives the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and becomes the official zamoto of the Ichimuraza but the business is really managed by the wife of Ichimura Uzaemon V.

1st lunar month of 1705: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, performing in the new year drama "Banzei Tamuramaru".

11th lunar month of 1707: Takenoj˘ pleases the Ichimuraza audience with his performance in the roles of Tsuneyo and Tsunewakamaru in the play "Hachi no Ki ďkagami".

11th lunar month of 1708: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

Summer 1709: Takenoj˘ falls ill and goes to a temple to pray the God Fud˘ My˘˘. According to some documents, Takenoj˘ recovers quickly and decides to thank Fud˘ My˘˘ by including a scene in which the image of the God is revealed on stage in the play "Aigo no Waka", which is performed at Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1710: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of ďt˘-no-Miya in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘.

18th day of the 12th lunar month of 1710: a fire breaks out in the somptuous palace of the daimy˘ Sanada, located in the district of Koyanagi-ch˘. It spreads and destroy both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

23rd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1712: a fire breaks out in the district of Horie-Ch˘, spreading and destroying both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Takenoj˘ cofinances with Matsumoto Koshir˘ I the erection of a commemorative stone dedicated to the Soga brothers in the precinct of the Komagome Fuji Shrine.

11th lunar month of 1711: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kusunoki Masatsura and Katakiri Yashichi in the drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" is produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This is the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It is staged at the Ichimuraza under the original title "Kokusen'ya Gassen" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1722: Takenoj˘ plays the role of Kud˘ Saemon at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

11th lunar month of 1727: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Takeda Kiyonobu in the drama "Goshozome Momiji Gunki".

5th lunar month of 1730: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Sonezaki Shinjű". His stage partner in the role of the courtesan Ohatsu is Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1733: Takenoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Zenjib˘ in the new year sogamono "Hanabusa Funjin Soga". He plays also the role of Sukeroku in "Sukeroku", which is staged as nibanme in this program. His stage partners in the roles of the shirozake seller Shinbŕ and Agemaki are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Takenoj˘ plays the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Sh˘hon Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year sogamono "Nanakusa Nigiwai Soga". His stage partners in the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and the Kamigata star Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘, ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sakata Hangor˘ I perform in the same theater in the otokodate drama "Gonin Otoko" but the performance is not a success.

5th lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Minamoto no Yorimasa in the drama "Yatsumune Ayame Genji". His stage partners in the roles of Inoshishi no Hayata and Taira no Kiyomori are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Yunzei Genji". He achieves a great success in duo with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I in a wankyűmono.

1st lunar month of 1735: Takenoj˘ plays in the same theater in the new year drama "Furiwakegami Hatsugai Soga".

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II gives his name to his adopted son and takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, playing in the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi". The actors Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I respectively take the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II. Takenoj˘ plays the role of Narihira in this drama.

1st lunar month of 1736: the trio made up of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Takenoj˘ and Ichimura Manz˘ perform together at the Ichimuraza in "Sayo no Nakayama Asama-ga-Dake", the first Tokiwazu-based dance in Kabuki history.

4th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ takes part in the special program "Hobashira Taiheiki", which is staged at the Ichimuraza and commemorates the 32nd and 6th anniversaries of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I.

Summer 1736: Takenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Oguri Hangan in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yukumi Guruma", whose plot and characters belong to the "Oguri Hangan" world. His stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I (the thief Mokuzu no Sanpei), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Sanpei's wife), Segawa Kikujir˘ I (the courtesan Onikage), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Got˘ Saemon) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

9th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Meao no Fud˘ ("blue eyes Fud˘") in the drama "Yonin Fud˘" ("The Four Deities Fud˘"). His stage partners in the roles of Mejiro no Fud˘ ("white eyes Fud˘"), Meaka no Fud˘ ("red eyes Fud˘") and Meguro no Fud˘ ("black eyes Fud˘") are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, ďtani Hiroji I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ plays the role of Eboshiya Daitar˘ in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Izu Genji H˘rai Yakata", which celebrates the arrival in Edo from Ky˘to of the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I and the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku II.

11th lunar month of 1737: the son of the Sh˘gun receives the name of Takechiyo and Takenoj˘ is forced to change his first name, taking the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII during the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba". The new Uzaemon plays the role of Taira no Shigemori and his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Tamazawa Saijir˘ I and Tsuruya Nanboku II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Ukematsuri Manbai Soga". This is a commercial failure.

11th lunar month of 1738: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III move to the Ichimuraza for the kaomise program "Mitsugibune Taiheiki", in which Uzaemon plays the role of Nitta Yoshisada.

1st lunar month of 1739: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year program "Hatsu Motoyui Kayoi Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1739: Uzaemon plays the role of Kusunoki Masanari in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Tokiwagi Taiheiki".

2nd lunar month of 1740: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the play "Sugatami Sumidagawa", commonly called "Nanatsu Men" (Kabuki Jűhachiban), in which Uzaemon plays the roles of Yoshida no Sh˘sh˘ and the priest Seigen (the role of Princess Sakura is played by Takinaka Utagawa). This performance is a triumphant success.

11th lunar month of 1740: Uzaemon plays the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kichirei Imagawaj˘", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji.

1st lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari [print] in the new year drama "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) are played by Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon, in duo with Segawa Kikujir˘ I, achieves a great success in the same theater in a "Musume D˘j˘ji" dance.

6th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon plays in the same theater in the drama "Katakiuchi Mitsugumi Sakazuki".

7th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon plays in the same theater in the drama "Yotsume Yui Katoku Sadame".

11th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Sugatae Onna Narihira".

1st lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono "Fuji Miru Sato Sakae Soga".

7th lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Katagiri Yashichi in the drama "Hitokanade Fűryű Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Uzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent). Uzaemon plays the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Haru no Akebono Kuruwa Soga". The role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) is played by Tamazawa Saijir˘ I. Uzaemon plays also in February the role of the warrior Taira no Kagekiyo in the second part (nibanme) of this program. The role of Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Uzaemon plays the role of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which celebrates the return in Edo of Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer) and Bench˘ in the new year drama "Nanakusa Wakayagi Soga". The role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Ichimura Manz˘.

7th lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Kasane in the drama "Kaibyaku Imagawaj˘". The role of Yoemon is played by Ichiyama Dengor˘.

11th lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon plays the role of Tadanobu in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Genji Jűnidan", which celebrates the return in Edo of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year drama "Hatsu Goyomi Kotobuki Soga". The roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichimura Manz˘ and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

2nd lunar month of 1745: the new son of the Sh˘gun receives a name phonetically very close to Uzaemon's son Manz˘, who is forced to change his first name, taking the name of Ichimura Kamez˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘, Kobayashi no Asahina and Saiky˘ in the drama "Sato Gayoi Fujimi Saiky˘".

11th lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of the ghost of Kusunoki in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Onna Kusunoki Yosooi Kagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata onnagata Yoshizawa Ayame II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year drama "Kikeba Mukashi Soga Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1746: Uzaemon plays the role of Soga no Tar˘ in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Aioi Izu Nikki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

4th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of the Tedai Tajimaya Seijűr˘ in the second part (nibanme) of the new year program "Tamakushige Yosooi Soga".

8th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Seiroku, Got˘ Saemon and Oguri Hangan in the drama "Mangetsu Oguri Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari". His stage partners are Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Arashi Koroku I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Ichimura Kamez˘ I and ďtani Oniji I

1st lunar month of 1748: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Bishamon in the new year drama "Mon-zukushi Nagoya Soga".

11th lunar month of 1748: Uzaemon produces at the Ichimuraza the kaomise drama "H˘kas˘ Yunzei Hachinoki", which celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Hiroji II. Uzaemon changes the ideogram for "U" in his first name, replacing the one meaning "home" by the one meaning "feather":

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1st lunar month of 1749: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Sasaki Genz˘ in the new year drama "Hatsutora Kurama Genji".

5th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is performed for the first time at the Ichimuraza. Uzaemon plays the roles of Senzaki Yagor˘ and Yoichibŕ's wife.

11th lunar month of 1749: Uzaemon plays the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I. This performance is also the last one for the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon performs in the same theater in 2 shosagoto written by the musician Edo Handayű II and called "Meisho no Nurigasa" and "Uwanari Ayame no Katsura".

10th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Tera Momiji Tsuizen no Nishiki", which commemorates the 13th anniversary of his shűmei.

11th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon plays the roles of Munekiyo and Katagiri Yashichi in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Sanpachi I.

11th lunar month of 1751: Uzaemon plays the role of Yorimasa in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Brothers' mother Mank˘ and Morihisa in the new year program "Suzuriha Sugatami Soga".

7th lunar month of 1752: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Nagoya Sanzabur˘ in the drama "Hitokanade Taihei Nagoya".

1st lunar month of 1753: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year program "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which combines both the Soga Brothers and "Chűshingura" worlds.

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting]. Uzaemon plays the role of Enju.

11th lunar month of 1753: Uzaemon plays the role of Monogusa Tar˘ in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Kasaya Matakur˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1754: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of the ghost of Taira no Atsumori, the Buddhist priest Rensh˘ and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ in the drama "Waga Koromode Hachisu no Akebono".

11th lunar month of 1754: Uzaemon plays the role of the Shint˘ priest (Kannushi) Tomonari in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Keisei Asakusa no Kane".

1st lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of the ghost of Tamae Gozen and Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year drama "Kodakara Aigo Soga".

8th lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon plays in the same theater in the dramas "Kan Sh˘j˘ Momiji no Shitone" and "Semimaru Miyako no Ohana".

11th lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon produces and plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kashiwagat˘ge Kichirei Sum˘".

11th lunar month of 1756: Uzaemon produces and plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kaeribana Kon'˘ Zakura". He also produces the dance "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji" for the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1757: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year program "Some Tazuna Hatsuuma Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1757: the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon I arrives at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1757: Uzaemon produces and plays in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Matsuhata Suma no Wakezato". The line-up is made up of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Utaemon I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Nakamura Sukegor˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1758: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Yoshimori and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year program "Kujűsanki ďyose Soga".

11th lunar month of 1758: Uzaemon produces and plays the role of Tokiyori in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Kaomise Sajikigadake". His son Ichimura Kamez˘ I plays the leading role of the bombastic short play "Ya-no-Ne".

1st lunar month of 1759: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year program "Hatachiyama H˘rai Soga". The role of Kagekiyo's wife Akoya is played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1759: Uzaemon produces and plays the role of Imagawa Ry˘shun in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Okunizome Shusse Butai". The line-up is made up of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Band˘ Sanpachi I, Nakamura Utaemon I, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, Ichimura Kamez˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III.

2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire breaks out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Sűzaki in Fukagawa. It destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. It is called "Akashiya no Kaji" (The Akashiya fire), based on the name of the shop where it started. Uzaemon has to take care the rebuilding of the theater.

3rd lunar month of 1760: Uzaemon plays in the rebuilded Ichimuraza the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon, Soga Brothers' mother Mank˘ and the ghost of Sh˘ki in the drama "Soga Mannen Bashira", which includes the bombastic play "Kaneiri Gedatsu no Koromo" (commonly called "Gedatsu", a scene belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection).

11th lunar month of 1760: Uzaemon produces and plays a ghost role in the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Ume Momiji Date no ďkido".

8th lunar month of 1761: Uzaemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing a Buddhist priest role in the drama "Asama-ga-Dake".

17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1761: a fire breaks out in the Gekiza theater and destroys the Ichimuraza. Uzaemon has to supervise the rebuilding of the theater.

5th lunar month of 1762: Uzaemon dies in Edo. His tombstone is located in the precinct of the Daiunji temple.

Comments:

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII started his career as wakashugata, moved to wakaonnagata roles then became a talented tachiyaku. His 2 fields of excellence were jitsugotoshi and katakiyaku roles. He spent 55 years acting on stage but it is worth noting that he was also for 60 years the successful zamoto of the Ichimuraza.

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII playing the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga", which was performed at the Ichimuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1741 (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Print made by Nishimura Shigenaga

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1725

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1741

The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors

The Ichimura Uzaemon line of actors and theater managers

 
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