BANDď KAMEZď I

Stage names:

Band˘ Kamez˘ I In Japanese
Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV In Japanese
Ichimura Kamesabur˘ In Japanese
Ichimura Takesabur˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Band˘ Shinsui IV In Japanese

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shinsui (4)

Existence: 1800 ~ 14 November 1873

Connections:

Adoptive father: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III

Brother: Ichimura Uzaemon XI

Adopted son: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V

Disciples: Band˘ Zenji III, Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I, Band˘ Sajűr˘, Band˘ Shinzaemon (?)

Career:

1800: born in Edo. His father was the publisher Fukuchi Mohŕ IV and his mother was the daughter of Tomoeya Sh˘bŕ. His father was also a manager at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1812: he made his first appearance on stage at Ichimuraza, receiving the name of Ichimura Takesabur˘ and playing a child role in the drama "Gohiiki Megumi no Amagoi".

11th lunar month of 1813: Ichimura Takesabur˘ took the name of Ichimura Kamesabur˘ at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of the yakko Kitsuhei in the kaomise drama "Modoribashi Senani Gohiiki".

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Kamesabur˘ played the roles of the Shinkiyomizu's young bonze Sakuranb˘ and ďtomo's son H˘shimaru [more details].

1816: Kamesabur˘ was adopted by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1816: Ichimura Kamesabur˘ took the name of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Hosokawa Masamoto and Umezu Kamon in Shinoda Kinji I's kaomise drama "Fuwa Nagoya Yuki no Dategasa".

7th lunar month of 1818: Hikosabur˘ played at the Miyakoza the roles of Yoshitsune, Kokingo, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Osato were played by Nakamura Daikichi I.

4th lunar month of 1819: Hikosabur˘ played at the Tamagawaza the role of Senzaki Yagor˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; Hikosabur˘ played the role of Yamanaka Shikanosuke [casting].

8th lunar month of 1820: Hikosabur˘ played at the Tamagawaza the roles of Sakuramaru and Sukune Tar˘ in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1822: Hikosabur˘ played at Ichimuraza the role of Kamatari in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Hikosabur˘ played the role of Iriya no Kinz˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1823: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakuramaru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

5th lunar month of 1825: Hikosabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Tadanobu were played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

8th lunar month of 1826: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the role of Fuwa Kazuemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1827: Hikosabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of En'ya Hangan and Yazama Jűtar˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1827: Hikosabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Utanosuke in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Matahei), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Otoku), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (Shurinosuke) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Sh˘gen).

18th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1828 [1]: his adoptive father Hans˘an Rakuzen died.

5th lunar month of 1828: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of En'ya Hangan in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

8th lunar month of 1828: Hikosabur˘ played at Nakamuraza the roles of Motome and Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1828: Hikosabur˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza. His yearly salary was 400 ry˘.

8th lunar month of 1829: tour in Nagoya; Hikosabur˘ played at the Seijuin Temple.

11th lunar month of 1829: Hikosabur˘ played in the same location the roles of Kanawa Gor˘, Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Motome in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

1st lunar month of 1830: Hikosabur˘ played in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the roles of the yakko Edohei and Dansuke in the drama "Keisei Kagami Inazuma", which was produced by Fujikawa Katsusabur˘; he also replaced Iwai Kumesabur˘ II in the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie". This was the first time he played a onnagata role and his stage partners in the roles of Iwafuji and Onoe were Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Asao Gakujűr˘.

3rd lunar month of 1831: tour in the province of Ise; Hikosabur˘ played at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ temple.

3rd lunar month of 1832: Hikosabur˘ was back to ďsaka; he played at the Takeda no Shibai the roles of En'ya Hangan and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1832: Hikosabur˘ went to Ky˘to and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of It˘ Hy˘g˘ and Tomizuka Jűbŕ in the drama "Ganryűjima".

1833: tour in the province of Kii.

6th lunar month of 1833: tour in Miyajima; Hikosabur˘ played the roles of En'ya Hangan and ďboshi Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1835: Hikosabur˘ was back in Edo after six years spent in Kamigata or on the road; he played at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Murasaki ni Somete Yoshibei".

11th lunar month of 1835: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Terukuni in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1836: tour in Nagoya with Asao Kuzaemon II and Mimasu Gennosuke I; Hikosabur˘ performed in the drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji", which was staged at the Seijuin temple.

9th lunar month of 1836: Hikosabur˘ played in the same location in the dramas "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura" and "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori".

10th lunar month of 1836: Hikosabur˘ played in the same location in the dramas "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", "Some Moy˘ Imose no Kadomatsu" and "Hirakana Seisuiki".

1st lunar month of 1837: Hikosabur˘ was back in Edo; he achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing five roles in the drama "Soga Moy˘ Hiyoku no Torikumi".

6th lunar month of 1837: Hikosabur˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Ono Sadakur˘, Senzaki Yagor˘, Kakogawa Honz˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1839: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of En'ya Hangan, ďwashi Dengo and Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Chűk˘ Gishi no Yurai" (similar to the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura").

Spring 1840: Hikosabur˘ adopts Tetsuz˘, the son of a carpenter.

3rd lunar month of 1840: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kumagai Tar˘ and Igami no Gonta in the drama "Toki-mo Yoshino Senbon Zakura" (similar to the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura").

5th lunar month of 1841: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Tadanobu were played by Onoe Eizabur˘ III and Onoe Tamiz˘ II.

10th lunar month of 1842: Hikosabur˘ took part in the opening ceremony of the newly-built Nakamuraza in the district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘, performing in the drama "Kinryűzan Chikai no Ishizue", which was produced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII; his stage partners were Iwai Tojaku, Sawamura Tossh˘ II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Onoe Eizabur˘ III, Osagawa Tsuneyo IV, Arashi Izabur˘ II and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1843: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Fuwa Kazuemon and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also played the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sukune Tar˘ in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1843: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori, Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and the fox Genkur˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1844: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1845: Hikosabur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori, Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and Ise no Sabur˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

6th lunar month of 1847: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Yazama Jűtar˘, Ono Sadakur˘, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ and Kodera Jűnai in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th lunar month of 1849: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Fuwa Kazuemon and Kakogawa Honz˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan and ďboshi Yuranosuke were played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichikawa Gangyoku I.

8th lunar month of 1849: Hikosabur˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the role of Shigetada in the drama "Kagekiyo"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (Kagekiyo) and Onoe Kikujir˘ II (Akoya).

8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Hikosabur˘ played the roles of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the evil lord Orikoshi Masatomo, the boatman Jinbei, Maboroshi no Ch˘kichi and Nikki Kiyonosuke [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1852: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Ono Sadakur˘, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ, Teraoka Heiemon, Ishizuka Rakuzen, Yazama Kinai and Uematsu Samonnosuke in the drama "Yayoi no Hana Iroha no Honsetsu" (similar to the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura").

5th lunar month of 1854: Hikosabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Kakogawa Honz˘, Ono Sadakur˘ and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1856: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Band˘ branch of the Otowaya guild; Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I respectively took the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V. The two actors performed together in the dramas "Tsuruhachi to Suehiro Soga", "Hikinuide Kasumi no Midomise" and "Yume Musubu Ch˘ ni Torioi".

7th lunar month of 1856: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Yazaemon ("Sushiya") and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 9-act drama "Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge"; The 2 leading stars were Ichikawa Kodanji IV (the blind masseur Bun'ya and the thief Niza) and Kamez˘ (Itamiya Jűbŕ).

1st lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata" (commonly called "Nezumi Koz˘"); Kamez˘ played the roles of Inaba K˘z˘'s adoptive mother Okuma, Hayase Yajűr˘ and Takagi Shirodayű [casting].

7th lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri" (commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke"); Kamez˘ played the roles of Amiuchi Shichigor˘, D˘chű-oichiji Sangor˘, Hasuba Yoroku Masakazu and Jiz˘d˘ no Sainen [casting].

9th lunar month of 1857: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Takebe Genz˘, Haji no Hy˘ei and Shiratayű in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners in the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Matsu˘maru were Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ I and Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

5th lunar month of 1858: tour in Ise with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V; Kamez˘ played the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged at the Furuichi Shibai.

6th lunar month of 1858: tour in Miyajima with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V and Nakamura Jakuemon I; Kamez˘ played the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

3rd lunar month of 1859: Kamez˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Takebe Genz˘ and Fujiwara no Shihei in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1860: Kamez˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Kamura Saky˘, Ichimonjiya Saibŕ, Naosuke, Yazama Jűtar˘, Muroi Kikaku and Kakogawa Honz˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan, Yuranosuke and Okaru were played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III and Onoe Kikujir˘ II.

June ~ 7th lunar month of 1860: tour in Miyajima with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Fujikawa Tomokichi III, Nakamura Jakuemon I and ďtani Tomomatsu; Kamez˘ played the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also played the role of Gekizaemon in "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

11th lunar month of 1860: Kamez˘ played the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1861: Kamez˘ and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V were back in Edo; they performed together at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Chiyo no Haru Tosae no Sayaate".

10th lunar month of 1861: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shiratayű in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1862: Kamez˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Kakogawa Honz˘, Hara Goemon and Amagawaya Gihei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Honz˘'s wife Tonase and Okaru were played by Sawamura Tossh˘ II, Kataoka Gad˘ II, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V and Sawamura Tanosuke III.

4th lunar month of 1866: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Sakae Gozen and Watanabe Gekizaemon in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

7th lunar month of 1866: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Ashikaga Tadayoshi, Kakogawa Honz˘, Ono Kudayű, Yoichibŕ, Suwa Kazuemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

2nd lunar month of 1867: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's new year sogamono "Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami", in which was premiered the drama "Oshizu Reiza"; Kamez˘ played the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the otokodate Sh˘ki no Hanbŕ and Oshizu's father Hokke no Denji [more details].

11th lunar month of 1868: Kamez˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Ashikaga Tadayoshi, Kakogawa Honz˘, Amagawaya Gihei and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1869: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kichisama Mairu Yukari no Otozure"; Kamez˘ played the roles of Yoshida Chűzaemon and the kamikuzuya Ibŕ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1870: Kamez˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Izutsu Gekizaemon and the t˘fu maker Saburobŕ in the drama "Oni Azami Datezome Katabira", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

10th lunar month of 1870: Kamez˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shiratayű in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1871: Kamez˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He retired from the Kabuki world.

14 November 1873: Kamez˘ died [2].

Comments:

Band˘ Kamez˘ I was a talented and popular tachiyaku, an outstanding dancer, who excelled in nimaime (at the beginning of his career), bud˘goto and jitsugotoshi roles, then in jitsuaku and oyajigata roles in his latter years.

Band˘ Kamez˘ I's best roles: Igami no Gonta ("Sushiya" scene in "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), En'ya Hangan/Kakogawa Honz˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Shiratayű ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

[1] The 18th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 11th year of the Bunsei era was the 2nd of April 1828 in the western calendar.

[2] His tombstone was located in the precincts of the Daiunji Temple.

Band˘ Kamez˘ I playing the role of Kiichi H˘gen in the "Kikubatake" scene of the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki", staged in the 9th lunar month of 1861 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1849

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1857

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1860

The Band˘ Shinsui line of actors

The Band˘ Hikosabur˘ line of actors

The Band˘ Kamez˘ line of actors

 
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