Stage names:

Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I
Matsushima Yaoz˘
Matsushima Kichisabur˘

Other name: Ichikawa Chűsha I

Guild: H˘raiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Teika, Chűsha (1)

Existence: 1730 ~ 19th day of the 10th lunar month of 1759


Father: Matsushima Moheiji

Master: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II

Sister: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II's wife


1730: born in Kamigata. His father Matsushima Moheiji is a d˘kegata.

1737: first stage appearance in ďsaka, where he plays koyaku roles under the name of Matsushima Kichisabur˘.

Fall 1742: Kichisabur˘ go to Edo, where his father settled in Fall 1740.

11th lunar month of 1742: Kichisabur˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza, where he plays koyaku roles in the kaomise drama "Keisei Akazawayama". He is nicknamed koyaku no meijin ("the master of children roles").

11th lunar month of 1745: Kichisabur˘ becomes wakashugata and plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Izu Nikki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Fujikawa Heikur˘ and the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon II and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1746: Matsushima Kichisabur˘ takes the name of Matsushima Yaoz˘ at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of ďt˘ no Miya in the kaomise drama "Ame Tsuchi Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Arashi Koroku I and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1748: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He plays the role of Honda no Jir˘ in the new year drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga", which is produced at the Nakamuraza.

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Kokingo [casting].

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Yaoz˘ plays the role of En'ya Hangan [casting].

11th lunar month of 1749: Matsushima Yaoz˘ becomes disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and takes the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Onn˘ Taiheiki".

7th lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which is staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza [casting]; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Sagisaka Sanai.

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

11th lunar month of 1754: Yaoz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sanada no Yoichi in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Yaoz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

1st lunar month of 1759: Yaoz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten"). Yaoz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Bench˘ (disguised as Kobayashi no Asahina) in the new year drama "Hatsugai Wada no Sakamori".


Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I was a promising and popular tachiyaku actor, who unfortunately died too young and did not reach the peak of his art and popularity. Jitsugotoshi, wagotoshi and aragotoshi roles were his forte. He was also the owner of a cosmetics shop located in the district of Yorozu-ch˘. Because of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I's popularity, a sweet shop in the district of Sakai-ch˘ decided to make and sell "Yaoz˘ Okoshi", some traditional cakes of sugar-bounded popped rice.

Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I playing a role in the aragoto style in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyomitsu in 1758

The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

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