|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Shinsha
Blazon: a horizontal stroke (the ideogram for "one") in a circle
Existence: 1794 ~ 27th day of the 7th lunar month of 1824 
Grandfather: Ichikawa Monnosuke II
Father: Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Brother: Ichikawa Monnosuke IV
1794 ~ 1808: born in Edo. Elder son of the actor Ichikawa Omez˘ I, he appeared on stage for the first time in 1801, receiving the name of Ichikawa Benmatsu. Later on, he took the name of Ichikawa Otora I at an unknown date.
6th lunar month of 1811: Denz˘ became the zagashira of a troupe of children-actors performing in a minor Edo theater called Yűkiza and managed by Yűki Magosabur˘; Denz˘ played the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
Summer 1815: Denz˘ became a disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
1815 ~ 1820: long stay in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1815: Ichikawa Denz˘ I took the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which was produced by Nakamura Utagor˘.
4th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke went back to Edo and played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Chidori and Ofude in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki". He also played the prestigious role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I.
7th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke played in the same theater the role of Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".
9th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke played in the same theater the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
7th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Kumoi no Hareginu", which mixed the sekai of Gion no Ny˘go, the Two Shinbŕ ("Ninin Shinbŕ") and Tamamo-no-Mae; Monnosuke played the roles of Heitar˘'s sister Oryű, the spirit of the willow tree of Meotozaka and Mikuniya Kojor˘ [more details].
9th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kiku no En Tsuki no Shiranami"; Monnosuke played the roles of the onna date Kinkanzashi no Okaru and Amakawaya Igo's ny˘b˘ Orin [more details].
11th lunar month of 1821 (beginning of the month): Monnosuke achieved a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of Ono no Komachi and Sumizome the drama "Seki no To"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ I (Sekibŕ, Kuronushi) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
11th lunar month of 1821 (end of the month): premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Senbon", which mixed the "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; Monnosuke played the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Ky˘-no-Kimi and Osato [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1822: Monnosuke played at the Ichimuraza the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi were played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
1st lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Yaegasumi Soga no Kumiito"; Monnosuke played the roles of Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘, Tsunagor˘'s ny˘b˘ Ofusa, the Senju geisha Hanekichi and Seibŕ's ny˘b˘ Osai [casting].
7th lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Torimazete Sekison Miyage"; Monnosuke played the roles of Masaemon's ny˘b˘ Otani and Busuke's sister Osono [casting].
7th lunar month of 1824: Monnosuke appeared on stage for the last time, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi". He suddenly died the 27th day of the 7th lunar month of 1824  (food poisoning).
Ichikawa Monnosuke III was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died too young. In the beginning of the twenties, he was as popular as the actors Segawa Kikunoj˘ V and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II. He was also excellent in musical performances and was well-versed in the writing of comic poems (his pen name was Hanamichi Tsurane II).
 The 27th day of the 7th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunsei era was the 21st of August 1824 in the western calendar.
The Ichikawa Otora line of actors
The Ichikawa Denz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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