|ICHIKAWA OMEZď I|
Ichikawa Benz˘ II
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Kaigan, Shinsha
Existence: 1781 ~ 7th day of the 6th lunar month of 1833
Father: Ichikawa Monnosuke II
Brothers: Ichikawa Monkichi, Ichikawa Takinosuke
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V
11th lunar month of 1784: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Kiriza, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Bennosuke and plays with his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in the drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura".
9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Omez˘ plays the roles of Todoroki Dengoemon and the yakko Tomohei in the former theater [casting].
6th lunar month of 1797: the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" is revived for the first time, at the Kiriza; Omez˘ achieves a great success by playing the role of Kuronushi [casting]. He also plays the roles of Yuranosuke and Jűtar˘ in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".
11th lunar month of 1799: Omez˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Kat˘ Masakiyo (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene; the role of the villain is played by Morita Kan'ya VIII) in the kaomise drama "Happyakuch˘ Hisago no Kanzashi".
1st ~ 10th lunar months of 1800: tour in Ise and in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1804: Omez˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Watanabe Tsuna, Usui Sadamitsu, Sakata Kintoki and Urabe Suetake in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Danpachi.
3rd lunar month of 1805: Omez˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which is staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of the courtesan Agemaki and Ikyű are played by Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.
1819: tour in Kamigata.
6th lunar month of 1824: Omez˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He retires and takes the name of Ichikawa Benz˘ II (his father Ichikawa Monnosuke II's third stage name).
Ichikawa Omez˘ I was a talented tachiyaku actor of the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. He was particularly appreciated by the Edo audience in aragotoshi and jitsugotoshi roles. He became a great jitsuaku in his latter years.
Ichikawa Omez˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)
The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors
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