Stage names:

Ichikawa Sadanji I In Japanese | In Japanese | In Japanese
Sodesaki Kikutar˘ In Japanese
Sodeoka Kikutar˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shunk˘ (?)

Existence: ???


Masters: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Sodesaki Miwano I, Sodeoka Masanosuke II (?)


Before 1726: his first name was Sodeoka Kikutar˘. Was he a disciple of Sodeoka Masanosuke II?

Fall 1726: he became disciple of Sodesaki Miwano I and received the name of Sodesaki Kikutar˘.

11th lunar month of 1726: he made his debut on stage at the Nakamuraza, performing as an onnagata iroko.

11th lunar month of 1736: Kikutar˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Junpű Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1737: Kikutar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarasakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Kikutar˘ played the role of Kagekiyo lover's Akoya [casting].

1st lunar month of 1738: Kikutar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1742: he became disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and took the name of Ichikawa Sadanji I at the Kawarasakiza, performing in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the return and the arrival in Edo of his new master and Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Sadanji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1744: Sadanji went to ďsaka, in the company of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

11th lunar month of 1744: Sadanji played the role of Hako˘maru in the kaomise drama "Azuma Soga Fujimi no Sato", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1745: Sadanji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank as Yoshida Manshir˘ and Yamatogawa Akashi.

11th lunar month of 1745: Sadanji became tachiyaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the otokodate Ch˘kichi, in reality Kiku˘, in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen". This was most likely his last appearance on stage. No record afterwards.


Ichikawa Sadanji I was an Edo onnagata, who was active from the middle of the 1720s to the middle of the 1740s. He suddenly became tachiyaku in 1745 but vanished without leaving any trace. As an onnagata, he excelled in keisei roles and nuregoto.

The actors Ichikawa Sadanji I (bottom/left) and Yamashita Matatar˘ I (top/right) playing the roles of Magosabur˘'s betrothed Okatsu and Magosabur˘ in the new year drama "Mukashi Komon Yoshioka-zome", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1745 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu around 1731

The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors

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