IKUSHIMA DAIKICHI I

Stage name:

Ikushima Daikichi I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1675 ~ 24th day of the 4th lunar month of 1706 [1]

Connection:

Brother: Ikushima Shingor˘

Career:

1675: born in ďsaka. He was the younger brother of Ikushima Shingor˘.

1692: first record in Edo.

1st lunar month of 1695: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was naka (middle class).

1st lunar month of 1697: Daikichi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakuramaru in the new year drama "Daifukuch˘ Sankai Nagoya", which included the first bombastic "Shibaraku" scene in Kabuki history.

3rd lunar month of 1700: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1700: Daikichi played at the Yamamuraza the role of Makomo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Mannen Goyomi".

11th lunar month of 1702: Daikichi played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tokiwa Gozen in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa H˘raizan".

3rd lunar month of 1703: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1703: Daikichi played at the Ichimuraza the role of Rokuj˘ no Miyasundokoro in Mimasuya Hy˘go's kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘".

11th lunar month of 1704: Daikichi performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Onna Araoka Nishiki no Tazuna"; his stage partners were Murayama Heiemon III, Tamon Sh˘zaemon II, Katsuyama Matagor˘, Tsugawa Handayű, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I and Onoe Genji.

1705 ~ 1706: beloved by the widow of a Bishű daimy˘, Daikichi went to visit her hidden in a nagamochi (a lacquered wood storage trunk). However, he was imprisoned in the 2nd lunar month of 1706 when the officials found him out. He was released from prison with a fine in the 4th lunar month. He went insane after his release.

24th day of the 4th lunar month of 1706 [1]: Daikichi died in Edo.

Comments:

Ikushima Daikichi I was a promising wakaonnagata actor, who was active in Edo from the first half of the 1690s to the middle of the 1700s. His stage career was short as it was tragically ended due to an impossible love affair.

[1] The 24th day of the 4th lunar month of the 3rd year of the H˘ei era was the 4th of June 1706 in the western calendar.

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)

Prints & Illustrations

The Ikushima Daikichi line of actors

 
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