|KATAOKA ICHIZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Gaj˘, Gash˘
Existence: 1792 ~ 22nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1862
Father: Fujikawa Kanekur˘
Master: Kataoka Nizaemon VII
Brothers: Fujikawa Ryűz˘, Fujikawa Yoshio
1792: born in Kamigata. He is the third son of the low-ranking katakiyaku actor Fujikawa Kanekur˘. He starts to learn the art with his father, who gaves him the name of Fujikawa Kanesabur˘. Later on, he takes the name of Fujikawa Kanez˘.
1810: he becomes disciple of the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII and receives the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ I.
Fall 1829: Ichiz˘ goes to Edo.
Spring 1834: Ichiz˘ goes back to his native Kamigata.
1st lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa" Ichiz˘ plays the roles of Yamashita Sakuzaemon Sadakane, Nukasuke and Aboshi Samojir˘ [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1845: Ichiz˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of T˘ma Sabur˘emon in the drama "Ehon Tengajaya-mura". His stage partners are Nakamura Shibaz˘ I (Motoemon), Arashi Rikaku II (Yasuke), Sawamura Kit˘ II (Somenoi) and Nakamura Shikan III (Iori).
3rd lunar month of 1847: Ichiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon"; his stage partners are Arashi Rikan III (Sodehagi), Mimasu Daigor˘ IV (Abe no Sadat˘), Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I (Minamoto no Yoshiie) and Arashi Wasabur˘ II (Okimi).
9th lunar month of 1848: Ichiz˘ plays in the same theater the role of T˘yata in the drama "T˘yata Monogatari".
8th lunar month of 1849: Ichiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kujaku Sabur˘ in the drama "Ise Monogatari".
11th lunar month of 1851: Ichiz˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon". His stage partners are Arashi Rikaku II (Abe no Munet˘), Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II (Sodehagi) and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I (Hachiman Tar˘).
1st lunar month of 1859: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, "a threesome of veterans" section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. The two others actors in this trio are Arashi Sank˘ II and Ichikawa Sukejur˘.
1860 ~ Spring 1862: Ichiz˘ is on sick leave.
5th lunar month of 1862: Ichiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata". He retires and dies a few months later, the 22nd of the 7th lunar month of 1862
Kataoka Ichiz˘ I was an outstanding katakiyaku, jitsuaku and fukeyaku actor, who started his career in hama shibai, did a successful stay in Edo from 1829 to 1834 and achieved fame for himself in ďsaka from the forties to the sixties of the eighteenth century.
Kataoka Ichiz˘ I playing the role of Satsushima Denz˘ in the drama "Shida Yakata Mitsugi no Funauta", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1832 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)
The Kataoka Ichiz˘ line of actors
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