Ichikawa Kodayű I
Ichikawa Jűgor˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kodayű I  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, he started his career in Edo, performing as a wakashugata under the name of Ichikawa Kodayű I. He took the name of Ichikawa Jűgor˘ at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1716, playing the role of Nenoi Koyata in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which also celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II. He played in the same theater in the 2nd lunar month of 1717 the role of Chichibu no Shigeyasu in the new year drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Muneage Soga". This was most likely his last stage appearance in ˘shibai. No more record afterwards.

Ichikawa Kodayű II
Ichikawa Kodayű II  In Japanese | Ichikawa K˘mori I  In Japanese

Born the 26th of January 1902. Son of Ichikawa Ennosuke I, he made his debut on stage in September 1905 at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Ichikawa K˘mori I and appeared in a k˘j˘ celebrating the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. He became nadai and took the name of Ichikawa Kodayű II in October 1918 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Hako˘maru in the drama "Zui Ichikawa Narukami Soga". He was a member in 1920 of the first Shunjűza, a study group led by his brother Ichikawa Ennosuke II, whose main advisors are the playwright Osanai Kaoru and the actor Ichikawa Sadanji II. In 1927, he joined the Shingeki Ky˘kai, the New Theater Society. In 1929, he performed in the Shinkoku-geki troupe, famous for its speedy, energetic and realistic sword fights. From January 1931 to April 1932, he was a member of the second Shunjűza. He spent most of his career in modern theater troupes or performing in movies or TV dramas In May 1963, he took part in the special program at the Kabukiza for the great 3-generation Omodakaya shűmei of Ichikawa En'˘ I, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Ichikawa Danko IV, playing the role of T˘kur˘ Morinaga in the danmari "Setsugekka Mie no Danmari". He appeared on stage for the last time in October 1975 at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Kinoshita Yaemon and Hoshina Yasuyuki in the dramas "Shinsho Taik˘ki" and "Kasuga no Tsubone". He died the 10th of January 1976. He was the father of Ichikawa K˘mori II and the master of Ichikawa Seiko I.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Omodakaya Kinoshi Mitsunori

Ichikawa Kodayű II playing the role of Iruma Akugor˘ in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was staged in September 1930 at the Meijiza

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