ICHIMURA YOSHIGORď II

Stage names:

Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II
Ichimura Kakitsu VIII
Ichimura Matasabur˘ II
Kataoka Yoshinao

Real name: Ichimura Yoshinao

Other name: Ichimura Kakitsu XVI

Guild: Tachibanaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 18 January 1918 ~ 17 February 2010

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII

Grand-father: Kataoka Nizaemon X

Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XII

Adoptive father: Ichimura Uzaemon XV

Brothers: Kataoka Gad˘ V, Kataoka Roen VI

Son: Ichimura Kakitsu IX

Career:

December 1922: he makes his first appearance on stage, in ďsaka at the Tenma Yachiyoza, receiving the name of Kataoka Yoshinao and playing the role of Santa in the drama "Mikkazuki Jirokichi".

December 1940: he is adopted by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

January 1941: Kataoka Yoshinao takes the name of Ichimura Matasabur˘ II at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the drama "Kuramayama no Danmari".

May 1945: his adoptive father Ichimura Uzaemon XV dies.

February 1946: Ichimura Kakitsu VII and Ichimura Matasabur˘ II take at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the respective names of Ichimura Uzaemon XVI and Ichimura Kakitsu VIII; the new Kakitsu plays the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".

16 March 1946: his father Kataoka Nizaemon XII is assassinated by a robber in his T˘ky˘ home.

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi"; Kakitsu plays the role of Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru [more details].

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Kakitsu plays the role of the okujochű Wakano [casting].

January 1952: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji"; Kakitsu plays the role of a D˘j˘ji bonze [casting].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Kakitsu plays the role of the yakko Tobahei [more details].

June 1958: revival at the T˘yoko Hall of the drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami"; Kakitsu plays the role of Iihara Hayatonosuke [more details].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Kakitsu plays the role of the young master Ch˘jir˘ [casting].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Kakitsu plays the role of the attendant Yukir˘ta [casting].

November 1961: premiere in Kabuki at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi"; Kakitsu plays the role of Fukuz˘ [casting].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Kakitsu plays the role of Watanabe Tsuna [casting].

October 1967: Ichimura Kakitsu VIII and his son Ichimura Hisashi take at the Kabukiza the respective names of Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II and Ichimura Kakitsu IX; the new Yoshigor˘ plays the roles of Narihira and a young house wife in "Narihira Azuma Kagami" and "Shiki".

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Yoshigor˘ plays the role of Akabori Kandayű [casting].

April 1998: Yoshigor˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza, where he plays the role of the farmer Gosaku in the drama "Terakoya".

17 February 2010: Yoshigor˘ dies in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II is a retired actor who spent his career as a supporting tachiyaku. He was also a talented photographer and has published a book of his Kabuki photographs.

There are two ways to "count" the Ichimura Kakitsu line of actor and, as a consequence, you may find Ichimura Kakitsu VIII referenced in some documents as the sixteenth of the line.

There was no Ichimura Yoshigor˘ I but the famous Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III held the name of Ichimura Kichigor˘ I at the beginning of his career ("Yoshi" and "Kichi" are 2 different readings for the same ideogram).

The mon of Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II

 
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