Stage names:

Band˘ Hikozaemon I In Japanese
Band˘ Zenji I In Japanese

Guild: Tsuriyoshiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Zenk˘, T˘gi

Existence: ???


Masters: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II

Sons: Band˘ Hikozaemon II, Band˘ Momotar˘ II


Before 1768: he started his career as a disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, who gave him the name of Band˘ Zenji I.

4th day of the 5th lunar month of 1768 [1]: his master Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II died.

11th lunar month of 1768: he became katakiyaku and played two roles at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.

Beginning of the 1790s: he became disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1801: he became hand˘gataki and took the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori", which celebrated also the shűmei of Yamashita Mansaku; his son Band˘ Momotar˘ I took the name of Band˘ Zenji II at the Ichimuraza.

7th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Hikozaemon played the roles of the send˘ Sakudayű and the ashigaru Saruta Hikozaemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma"; Hikozaemon played the role of the nyűd˘ Inokuma Raiun [casting].

6th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Okuni Gozen Kesh˘ no Sugatami"; Hikozaemon played the roles of Yotsugi Sehei and T˘roku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1811: Hikozaemon appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the roles of Yamana Jirozaemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura";

1811 ~ end of the 1810s: Hikozaemon retired from the Kabuki world and settled in the district of Tsukiji, calling himself Tsukiji no Zenk˘ (Tsukiji's Zenk˘). He spent his latter years in Yotsuya, where he died most likely at the end of the Bunka era.


Band˘ Hikozaemon I was a popular Edo hand˘gataki and d˘kegata actor.

[1] The 4th day of the 5th lunar month of the 5th year of the Meiwa era was the 18th of June 1768 in the western calendar.

Band˘ Hikozaemon I portraying Yat˘ji in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

The Band˘ Zenji line of actors

The Band˘ Hikozaemon line of actors

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