ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Monnosuke I In Japanese
Ichikawa Benjir˘ In Japanese
Ichikawa Ch˘nosuke In Japanese

Nickname: Maruichi

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shinsha

Crest: a horizontal stroke (the ideogram for "one") in a circle

Existence: 1691 ~ 25th day of the 1st lunar month of 1729

Connections:

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II

Career:

1691 ~ 1713: born in Edo. He starts his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, playing under the name of Ichikawa Ch˘nosuke. He takes later the name of Ichikawa Benjir˘ at an unknown date.

11th lunar month of 1713: Ichikawa Benjir˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke I by playing a wakashugata role at the Moritaza in the play "Yorimasa Daikyoku no Mato".

11th lunar month of 1714: Monnosuke plays at the Moritaza the role of Shinra Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Onna Ryűko Futatsu Gashira".

11th lunar month of 1715: Monnosuke plays at the Moritaza the role of Chikaranosuke in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

2nd lunar month of 1716: Monnosuke achieves a great success by performing in the same theater the role in the drama "Rakuy˘ Aigo no Waka".

11th lunar month of 1717: Monnosuke plays at the Moritaza the role of ďt˘-no-Miya in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Hayakawa Dengor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Asao Jűjir˘.

9th lunar month of 1718: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Onatsu in the drama "Shikirei Imagawaj˘". The role of Seijűr˘ is played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1718: Monnosuke performs in the same theater in the kaomise program "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe". His stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejűr˘, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Tamazawa Rin'ya and Asao Jűjir˘.

1st lunar month of 1721: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga". His stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Tora's lover, is Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Semimaru in the kaomise program "Semimaru Y˘r˘ no Taki".

1st lunar month of 1722: Monnosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1722: Monnosuke moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise program "H˘nen Taiheiki". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (Nitta Yoshisada), ďtani Hiroji I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Tsuruya Nanboku I (Hata Rokur˘ Saemon).

1st lunar month of 1723: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono "Soga Koyomi Biraki".

11th lunar month of 1723: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of H˘j˘ Tokimune in the kaomise program "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrates the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of the flowers seller Mikinosuke in the new year program "Matsu Kazari Kamakura Biraki".

3rd lunar month of 1724: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Matsuwakamaru in the drama "Irifune Sumidagawa".

11th lunar month of 1724: Monnosuke plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ashikaga Yoshimasa in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki".

1st lunar month of 1725: Monnosuke performs in the same theater in the new year program "Funadama Izu Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1725: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Oniji in the kaomise program "Oguri Ch˘seiden".

1st lunar month of 1726: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Minamoto no Raik˘ in the new year program "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Minamoto no Yoshiie in the kaomise program "Kaomise Jűnidan". His stage partner in the role of Wada Saemon is Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1727: Monnosuke performs in the same theater in the new year sogamono "Yuzuri Gongen Soga".

11th lunar month of 1727: Monnosuke moves to the Moritaza and plays one more time the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise program "H˘nen Taiheiki". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Hata Rokur˘ Saemon), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (Moron˘), Sakata Hangor˘ I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (Nitta Yoshisada), Fujimura Handayű II (Kusunoki Kikusui), Sodesaki Miwano I (Manjű no Mae), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanasato (K˘t˘-no-Naishi). This performance also celebrates the shűmei of the actor Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Monnosuke is supposed to play in the same theater in the new year program "Hatsu Midori Aioi Soga" but, because of health problem (?), he has to stop acting and rest for a while.

11th lunar month of 1728: Monnosuke is back on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Ema no Koshir˘ in the kaomise program "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu".

1st lunar month of 1729: Monnosuke dies in Edo. His tombstone is located in the Honseiji temple in the district of Fukagawa.

Comments:

Ichikawa Monnosuke I was a wakashugata actor reputed for his beauty and his powerful voice. He was referred in the Kabuki chronicles as "wakashugata no Kaisan" ("the founder of the young boys roles") or "wakashugata no Meijin" ("the master/expert of the young boys roles").

Ichikawa Monnosuke I in a print made by Torii Kiyotsune

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu (1716 ~ 1720)

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu (1723 ~ 1729)

The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors

 
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