IKUSHIMA DAIKICHI
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Ikushima Daikichi I
 

The actor Ikushima Daikichi I held this name from 1692 to 1706.

The Actor Ikushima Daikichi I as a Woman Standing under an Ume Tree
Print made by Torii Kiyonobu I circa 1705

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (print in the public domain)

Ikushima Daikichi II
 

The actor Azuma T˘z˘ II held the name of Ikushima Daikichi II from the 11th lunar month of 1747 to the 10th lunar month of 1748.

The name of Ikushima Daikichi II in the 1748 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Ikushima Daikichi III [1]
Ikushima Daikichi III  In Japanese | Ikushima Koisa [2]  In Japanese | Toyomatsu Manzabur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career in tabi shibai, performing under the name of Toyomatsu Manzabur˘. He became a disciple of the actor Ikushima Shirogor˘ around 1756, who gave him the name of Ikushima Koisa [2]. He took the name of Ikushima Daikichi III in the 11th lunar month of 1758 in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, where he played the role of the keisei Mitsuyama in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II. Daikichi's rank in the 1759 Ky˘to hy˘banki [3], wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He was active in Kamigata in minor theaters up to the middle of the Meiwa era. No record afterwards.

Ikushima Daikichi III (top/left), Imamura Shichisabur˘ II (top/right), Nakamura Sh˘z˘ (bottom/left) and Arashi Sangor˘ II (bottom/right) playing the roles of Shinsuke's ny˘b˘ Okayo, Date no Yagenji, Miyagi Shinsuke and Hosokawa Samanosuke in in Fujikawa Sanpachi's ni-no-kawari drama "Shima Gasane Keisei Zakura", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1759 at the Kitagawa no Shibai

Ikushima Daikichi IV [4]
Ikushima Daikichi IV  In Japanese | Fujii Hanazaki III [5]  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Born and trained in Kamigata, his first stage name was Fujii Hanazaki III. He performed as a wakaonnagata in the 11th lunar month of 1774 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi". He was reported as being a disciple of Azuma T˘z˘ II [6]. He settled in Edo in 1778, where he took the name of Ikushima Daikichi IV in the 11th lunar month of 1778 at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki". Daikichi's rank in the 1780 Edo hy˘banki [7], wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He was recorded for the last time, when he performed in the 3rd lunar month of 1780 at the Moritaza. No record afterwards.

Matsumoto Kojir˘ I (left), Sawamura Shirogor˘ I (center) and Ikushima Daikichi IV (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1778 at the Ichimuraza

Prints & Illustrations

 

Notes

[1] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". In this book, Ikushima Daikichi III was in fact Ikushima Daikichi IV in our generation page.

[2] Ikushima Koisa or Ikushima Koiz˘. The two readings for the first name are possible.

[3] Same ranking in two different hy˘banki, which were published in Ky˘to in the 1st and in the 3rd lunar months of 1759.

[4] Recorded as Ikushima Daikichi III in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". In the same book, and also in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, Ikushima Daikichi IV was reported as being the dance master name of Azuma T˘z˘ III. We've decided to stay in sync with the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[5] We don't know who were Fujii Hanazaki I and Fujii Hanazaki II.

[6] Was Azuma T˘z˘ II really the master of Fujii Hanazaki III? Azuma T˘z˘ II performed only in Edo in the 1770s and Fujii Hanazaki III was in Kamigata. Moreover, the "master" died in 1774, 4 years before the "disciple" settled in Edo.

[7] Same ranking in two different hy˘banki, which were published in Edo in the 1st and in the 3rd lunar months of 1780.

 
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