LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - ICHIMURA
   
Ichimura Danz˘
Ichimura Danz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first recorded performance was in the 11th lunar month of 1722, when he performed in ďsaka at ďsaka Kuzaemon's theater as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which was produced by Arashi Kanshir˘ I. He played in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1723 the role of Kiso Yoshinaka in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Tomoe Daiko". He appeared on stage for the last time in the 2nd lunar month of 1726, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, where he played the role of Takashima Yasozaemon in the drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I. His ranking in the 1726 ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was (superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Ichimura Danz˘ (top) and Asanokawa Tsuneyo (bottom) playing the roles of Kiso Yoshinaka and Kisaragi in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Tomoe Daiko", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1723 in ďsaka

Ichimura Mihoemon
Ichimura Mihoemon  In Japanese | Ichimura Danshir˘  In Japanese | Hamazaki Rokujűr˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. First record in the 11th lunar month of 1734, when he performed under the stage name of Hamazaki Rokujűr˘ as a katakiyaku in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Tomi Yakata Kogane no Yaguruma". He took the name of Ichimura Danshir˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1737 in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Hachiman Tar˘ Denju no Tsuzumi" which celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1738 and took the name of Ichimura Mihoemon in the 11th lunar month of 1738 at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Fuji Daiko Wag˘ no Shirabe" which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ I. He played in the 12th lunar month of 1748 at the Kado no Shibai the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was adapted for Kabuki for the first time [casting]. His rank in the 1749 ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He played in the 7th lunar month of 1749 in the same theater the roles of Ki no Aritsune and Tokuemon in the drama "Osana Narihira Izutsu no Kagami". No record afterwards.

Ichimura Mihoemon playing the role of Mikamiyama Tatewaki in the kaomise drama "Toyoashihara Taihei Keizu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Kado no Shibai

Ichimura Miyonosuke  
Ichimura Miyonosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was most likely a disciple of Ichimura Tamagashiwa I [1]. His stage name was Ichimura Miyonosuke and he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1717, when he performed as a wakashugata/iroko in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Meryű Oryű Kogane no Uroko", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III. He became wakashugata the following year, when he played in the 11th lunar month of 1718 the role of Tsukimasu Matsugor˘ in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Seigaiha", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III. He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1721 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1721 the role of Asaka San'emon in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura". He became wakaonnagata the following year and played in the 11th lunar month of 1722 the role of Princess Kameyo in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. He went back in ďsaka in Fall 1725 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ochiba-no-Miya in Kaneko Kichizaemon's kaomise drama "Wag˘ no Futabashira", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1725 in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Omiwa in the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura", which was produced by Sawamura Otoemon I. His rank in the 1728 ďsaka hy˘banki [2], wakaonnagata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Ichimura Miyonosuke playing the role of Omiwa in the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1727 in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai

 

Notes

[1] This is our assumption. These two actors were recorded as performing together. For example in the 11th lunar month of 1722 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater. Moreover, both actors used the same mon (tachibana).

[2] Ichimura Miyonosuke was recorded in the hy˘banki which was published in the 1st lunar month of 1728 (after the 1727 kaomise drama) but his name was not recorded in the hy˘banki which was published in the 3rd lunar month of 1728 (after the ni-no-kawari drama).

 
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