ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď XIII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII In Japanese

Real name: Horikoshi Takatoshi

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: J█SANDAIME (XIII)

Birthday: 6 December 1977

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Grandfather: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII

Son: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII

Career:

May 1983: he made his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, in the play "Genji Monogatari".

May 1985: he received the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Uir˘ Uri".

January 2000: Shinnosuke played for the first time the prestigious role of Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

March 2001: Shinnosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the roles of Hayano Kanpei (only in the "Ochiudo" dance) and Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

September 2002: last Kabuki performance for Shinnosuke before a long TV break. He played the role of Sasahara Yogor˘ in the drama "Tsuruga no Matsu Chitose no Taihei" and a fireman boss in the dance "Omatsuri", which were staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

Fall 2002 ~ Fall 2003: Shinnosuke was the leading star of the NHK TV series "Musashi", based on the life of the popular hero Miyamoto Musashi (1584~1645), who searched for enlightenment by the Way of the (wooden) sword.

November 2003: Shinnosuke was back in the Kabuki world, playing the role of ... Miyamoto Musashi in the eponymous Kabuki drama, which was staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

December 2003: Shinnosuke played for the first time the prestigious role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the "Sanemori Monogatari" scene of the epic drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

May 2004: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa, Kisuke, Togashi and Isobe Kazuenosuke in the dramas "Shibaraku", "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", "Kanjinch˘" and "Sakanaya S˘gor˘". His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII, who shared the stage with him in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", suddenly fell ill and had to be replaced.

June 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the spirit of the Lion in the dance "Kagami Jishi" and Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partner in the role of Sukeroku's lover Agemaki was Band˘ Tamasabur˘. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ was unfortunately on sick leave.

July 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of Yosabur˘ and the warrior monk Musashib˘ Benkei in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" and the dance "Kanjinch˘". His stage partner in the former play in the role of Yosabur˘'s lover Otomi was Onoe Kikunosuke. His stage partners in the latter play in the roles of Togashi and Yoshitsune were Kataoka Nizaemon and Nakamura Ganjir˘. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ was unfortunately on sick leave.

September 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Hikaru-no-Kimi and Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ was unfortunately on sick leave.

October 2004: tour in Paris (France); Ebiz˘ celebrated his shűmei in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de Chaillot, playing the roles of Kikuchi Hankur˘ and the lady-in-waiting Yayoi (possessed by the spirit of a Lion) in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" and the dance "Kagami Jishi". This unusual event celebrated also the recovery of his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘, who was back on stage in the role of Sakata Ichinosuke in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" [more details].

December 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in the dramas "Shibaraku" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

June 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of Hikaru-no-Kimi and Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

July 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in the Eastern Provinces, playing the role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

September 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrated his shűmei in the Western Provinces, playing the role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari" and the leading role of the dance "Omatsuri"; he had to replace in the latter role his father, who unfortunately fell ill again.

May ~ June 2006: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (31 May~11 June) and in Amsterdam at the Stadsschouwburg (15~18 June); Ebiz˘ played the roles of the spirit of the wisteria and Yoemon in "Fuji Musume" and "Kasane" [more details].

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Ebiz˘ played at the Palais Garnier the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei/Togashi (in alternance with his father) and Princess Sarashina (in reality the ogress of Mount Togakushi) in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrated the Ichikawa clan [more details].

January 2008: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrated the 1070th anniversary of the Narita-san Temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ was worshipped; Ebiz˘ played the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, Kumedera Danj˘, the deity Fud˘ My˘˘, Abe no Kiyoyuki and Hayakumo no ďji [casting].

September 2009: short Kabuki tour in Monaco for the Naritaya guild; Ebiz˘ played the role of the lady-in-waiting Yayoi (possessed by the spirit of a Lion) in the dance-drama "Kagami Jishi" [more details].

June 2010: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (4~15 June) and in Roma at the Teatro di Roma-Argentina (21~22 June); Ebiz˘ played the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ [more details].

August 2013: 1st edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of Ebiz˘ [more details].

January 2014: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Ebiz˘ as zagashira of the drama "Kotohoide Mimasu Kagekiyo", a newly-created drama mixing 4 dramas belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban and focusing on the warrior Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo [more details].

August 2014: 2nd edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of Ebiz˘ [more details].

February 2015: 1st edition of Roppongi Kabuki, in Roppongi at the EX THEATER [more details].

May 2015: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Jayanagi"; Ebiz˘ played the roles of Tanba no Suketar˘ (in reality the spirit of the Snake Willow) and the warrior Kong˘maru [more details].

June 2015: 3rd edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of Ebiz˘ [more details].

August 2015: Roppongi Kabuki in ďsaka at the Orix Theater [more details].

February 2017: 2nd edition of Roppongi Kabuki, in Roppongi at the EX THEATER [more details].

June 2017: 4th edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of Ebiz˘ [more details].

August 2017: Roppongi Kabuki in Nagoya at the Chűnichi Theatre [more details] and in ďsaka at the Festival Hall [more details].

February 2019/March 2019: 3rd edition of Roppongi Kabuki, in Roppongi at the EX THEATER [more details], in ďsaka at the Orix Theater [more details] and in Sapporo (Hokkaid˘) at the Wakuwaku Holiday Hall (Sapporo Civic Hall) [more details].

November 2019: 5th edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of Ebiz˘ [more details].

February 2022/March 2022: 4th edition of Roppongi Kabuki, in Roppongi at the EX THEATER and in Fukuoka at the Fukuoka Sunpalace Hotel & Hall [more details].

31 October ~ 1 November 2022: he performed for the first time under the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Musashib˘ Benkei [1] in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘". This 2-day special program included a dance-drama ("Kamiuta"), which was performed by the masters Kanze Kiyokazu (the 26th s˘ke of the Kanze School) and Kanze Tetsunoj˘ IX, and a hand-clapping ceremony to celebrate the shűmei of the new Danjűr˘ [more details].

November 2022: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei and Hanakawado Sukeroku (in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune) in "Kanjinch˘" and "Sukeroku" [more details]. His son makes his hatsubutai and receives the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII, the heir of the Naritaya guild and the holder of the most prestigious name in Kabuki, was an extremely popular tachiyaku actor. He should have taken the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII in May 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis delayed the name-taking ceremony, which happened in November 2022.

[1] The roles of Togashi Saemon and Minamoto no Yoshitsune were played by the Living National Treasures Kataoka Nizaemon and Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

The mon (mimasu) of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII

Prints & Illustrations

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

 
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