Stage names:

Ichikawa Benz˘ II
Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Ichikawa Bennosuke

Guild: Takinoya

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

Sons: Ichikawa Monnosuke III, Ichikawa Monnosuke IV

Disciples: Ichikawa Takisabur˘, Ichikawa Takigor˘


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".

11th lunar month of 1789: Ichikawa Bennosuke takes the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ I at the Nakamuraza, playing two roles in the drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu".

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Omez˘ plays the role of Kanaya Kingor˘ [casting].

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 1800: Omez˘ goes back to Edo and achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing four roles in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo Kogane no Kumadori".

6th lunar month of 1802: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced for the first time at the Kawarazakiza; Omez˘ plays the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ [casting].

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.

5th lunar month of 1807: Omez˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene; the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi"; Omez˘ plays the role of Fudesuke [casting].

10th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; Omez˘ plays the role of Yoshidaya Kizaemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1812: Omez˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He is also the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors.

1st lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Moritaza of the Nagauta-based dance "Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri"; Omez˘ plays the role of Kobayashi no Asahina [casting].

1st lunar month of 1818: Omez˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1819: tour in Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1823: Omez˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Omez˘ plays the role of Honj˘ Sukedayű [casting].

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)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Enky˘ Kabukid˘ in 1796

The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors

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