ICHIKAWA DANZď VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII In Japanese
Ichikawa Kuz˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Momotar˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Ginz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1836 [1] ~ 11 September 1911

Connection:

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI

Sons: Ichikawa San'en, Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII

Great-grandson: Ichikawa Danz˘ IX

Great-great-grandsons: Ichikawa Ginnosuke II, Ichikawa Momotar˘ V

Disciples: Ichikawa Hakuz˘ III, Ichikawa K˘jaku IV, Ichikawa Dannosuke VI, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ VII, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IX, Ichikawa Dannosuke, Ichikawa Momotar˘

Career:

1836: born in Edo. His father Maruya Isabur˘ managed a restaurant in the district of Ashi-ch˘.

1839: he was adopted by Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Ginz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1840: Ichikawa Ginz˘ I took the name of Ichikawa Momotar˘ II.

1843: Momotar˘ achieved a great success at Kawarasakiza, sharing the stage with the young star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

1844: Momotar˘ became disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and went with his master to perform in ďsaka.

6th day of the 6th lunar month of 1845 [2]: Ichikawa Danz˘ V died in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1847: Ichikawa Momotar˘ II took the name of Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II.

10th lunar month of 1852: Hakuz˘ followed his adoptive father in ďsaka for his shűmei at the Kado no Shibai.

8th lunar month of 1854: Ichikawa Hakuz˘ II took the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ III at the Naka no Shibai (ďsaka), performing in the drama "Jiraiya".

5th lunar month of 1859: Kuz˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Z˘ho Natsu Matsuri Otoko Kagami"; his stage partners in the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ, Tsuribune Sabu and Otatsu were Nakamura Fukusuke I, Ichikawa Danz˘ VI and Arashi Hinasuke VI.

1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") was adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it was integrated within the new year sogamono drama "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Kuz˘ played the role of Iihara Hayatonosuke [casting].

8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Kuz˘ played the roles of Orikoshi Masatomo and Ogata Nagatonosuke [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe"; Kuz˘ played the role of Saeda Inukiyo [casting].

4th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi", commonly called "Kirare Otomi" ("Scarface Otomi"); Kuz˘ played the role of K˘mori Yasu [casting].

22nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1871 [3]: his adoptive father Ichikawa Danz˘ VI died in ďsaka.

August 1879: Kuz˘ took part in the opening ceremony of the Hisamatsuza [more details].

March 1884: premiere at the Harukiza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi"; Kuz˘ played the role of the evil lady Teruhi-no-Mae [casting].

November 1885: premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume-no-Ha"; Kuz˘ played the roles of the r˘nin Fujioka T˘jűr˘ and Mandara no Jűemon (a member of the Chitose k˘jű) [more details].

March 1886: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi" in which Kuz˘ played the roles of Matsuz˘ and Kaisuke [casting].

November 1887: Kuz˘ took part in the opening ceremony of the Azumaza [more details].

January 1888: Kuz˘ played at the Azumaza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

1888: quarrel with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

1895: reconciliation with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

June 1897: Ichikawa Kuz˘ III took the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ VII at the Meijiza, playing several roles in the Kabuki program "Yumiharizuki Genke no Kaburaya", including the eponymous role of the short bombastic play "Kagekiyo", the villain Matsunaga Daizen in "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" and Ichisuke in "Kaidan Tsuki no Kasamori".

August 1897: tour in Kanazawa; Danz˘ played the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged at the Inariza; his stage partners were Nakamura Kangor˘ and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III.

May 1898: Danz˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1899: Danz˘ was the head of a Kabuki troupe touring in Kanazawa.

January 1900: Danz˘ played at the Harukiza the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and Arajishi Otokonosuke were played by Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Ichimura Kakitsu VI.

February 1900: Danz˘ played the role of T˘ma Sabur˘emon in the revenge drama "Tengajaya-mura", which was staged at the Engiza (T˘ky˘); his stage partners were Nakamura Shikaku I (Iori), Sawamura Tosshi VII (Motoemon, K˘emon) and Seki Hanasuke II (Genjir˘).

January 1901: Danz˘ played at the Kumoiza (Yokohama) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the role of Suke-no-Tsubone was played by Iwai Matsunosuke IV.

October 1901: Danz˘ played at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of En'ya Hangan was played by Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV.

December 1901: Danz˘ played at the Kabukiza (Ky˘to) the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

February 1902: Danz˘ played at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto was played by Ichikawa Udanji I.

September 1902: Danz˘ played at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto was played by Arashi Gansh˘.

April 1903: Danz˘ played at the Kabukiza (Ky˘to) the role of Yosabur˘ in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the roles of Otomi and K˘mori Yasu were played by Nakamura Kaoru and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I.

November 1903: Danz˘ played at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

December 1903: Danz˘ played at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

November 1904: Danz˘ played at the Meijiza (Ky˘to) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Yoshitsune were played by Arashi Gansh˘ and Nakamura Shibajaku IV.

November 1906: Danz˘ played at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

September 1907: Danz˘ played at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of the villain Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto was played by Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV.

November 1907: Danz˘ played at the Nakaza (ďsaka) the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the roles of Yosabur˘ and Otomi were played by Arashi Tokusabur˘ V and Nakamura Naritar˘ I.

March 1908: Danz˘ achieved a great success at the Kabukiza by playing the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto and Arajishi Otokonosuke were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Matsumoto Komaz˘ VIII.

May 1908: Danz˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Shikan V and Matsumoto Komaz˘ VIII.

June 1908: Danz˘ played at the Kirakuza (Yokohama) the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1908: Danz˘ played at the Kirakuza (Yokohama) the roles of Sadakur˘ and Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Kanpei's wife Okaru was played by Danz˘'s son Ichikawa Kuz˘ IV.

May 1909: Danz˘ played at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the roles of Yosabur˘ and Otomi were played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Nakamura Shikan V.

July 1909: Danz˘ played at the T˘ky˘za the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

October 1909: Danz˘ played at the T˘ky˘za the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of En'ya Hangan was played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

November 1909: Danz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of En'ya Hangan was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

June 1911: Danz˘ played at the Imperial Theater the great role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi was played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

September 1911: Danz˘ fell seriously ill.

11 September 1911: Danz˘ died in T˘ky˘ [4].

Comments:

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII was an excellent jitsugotoshi and katakiyaku of the Meiji era. His ranking in term of fame was just one rank below the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Onoe Kikugor˘ V or Ichikawa Sadanji I.

[1] The 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 7th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 5th of May 1836 in the western calendar.

[2] The 6th day of the 6th lunar month of the 2nd year of the K˘ka era was the 10th of July 1845 in the western calendar.

[3] The 22nd day of the 10th lunar month of the 4th year of the Meiji era was the 4th of December 1871 in the western calendar.

[4] His tombstone was located in the Yanaka cemetery in T˘ky˘.

Ichikawa Danz˘ VII playing the role of Ichisuke in the play "Kaidan Tsuki no Kasamori" staged in June 1897 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1884

The Ichikawa Momotar˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Hakuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors

 
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