Stage names:

Azuma Ichinoj˘ I In Japanese
Azuma T˘z˘ V In Japanese
Azuma Kitsunosuke In Japanese

Guilds: Azumaya, Tachibanaya, Maruya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Enshi [3], Kitsushi [4], Kitsushi, Shigan [4]

Existence: 1821 ~ 15th of the 10th lunar month of 1862 [1]


Father: Band˘ Kitsujűr˘ I

Master: Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Ichimura Takenoj˘ V)


1821: born in Edo. Son of Band˘ Kitsujűr˘ I, he started his career as a disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon XII, performing as a wakashugata under the name of Azuma Kitsunosuke.

5th lunar month of 1834: first major stage appearance, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he played the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

7th lunar month of 1834: Kitsunosuke became wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1843: he took the name of Azuma T˘z˘ V at the Ichimuraza, performing in the drama "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

20th day of 8th lunar month of 1851 [2]: his master Ichimura Takenoj˘ V died in Edo.

4th lunar month of 1851: he took the name of Azuma Ichinoj˘ I at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the oguri-hanganmono drama "Sekai o Hana Oguri Gaiden".

1st lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai"; Ichinoj˘ plays the roles of Kiya Oshizu and Ch˘jiya Kokonoe [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: Ichinoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Haru and Tonami in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1862: Ichinoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Ichinoj˘ plays the role of Jűbŕ's wife Osoyo [casting]. This was his last stage appearance for he died ten days after senshűraku.

15th of the 10th lunar month of 1862 [1]: Ichinoj˘ died in Edo.


Azuma Ichinoj˘ I was active as an onnagata in Edo from the middle of the 1830s to the beginning of the 1860s. He was said to be equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas.

[1] The 15th day of the 10th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunkyű era was the 6th of December 1862 in the western calendar.

[2] The 20th day of the 8th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era was the 15th of September 1851 in the western calendar.

[3] Used when he was Azuma T˘z˘ V.

[4] Used when he was Azuma Ichinoj˘ I.

Azuma Ichinoj˘ I playing the role of the koshimoto Nureginu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1861 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Prints & Illustrations

The Azuma T˘z˘ line of actors

The Azuma Ichinoj˘ line of actors

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