|ICHIKAWA SUMIZď V|
Real name: ďta Kanesabur˘
Guilds: Naritaya, Masudaya
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Tosh˘
Existence: 1845 ~ 7 May 1906
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX
Son: Ichikawa Dankur˘ II
Grandson: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
Adopted son: Ichikawa Jukai III
Disciples: Ichikawa Yonezaemon, Ichikawa Hakotora II
1845: born in Edo in the district of Ushigome. His father was a firefighter named Ch˘z˘. He started at an early age to learn traditional dance with the Buy˘ master Band˘ Kayű, who gave him the name of Band˘ Kanesabur˘.
1855: Kanesabur˘ became Kabuki actor at the age of 10 when he joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Omez˘ III and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, touring in the city of Shizuoka. He made his debut on stage in Shizuoka at the Tamagawaza , where he played the roles of Ishid˘maru and Tarokichi in "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" and "Sanemori Monogatari".
1856~1870: Kanesabur˘ became zagashira of a troupe of young actors performing in the district of Higashi-Ry˘goku Koriba. He was nicknamed Koriba no Gonnosuke (Koriba's Gonnosuke) because of his resemblance with the young star Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII.
July 1873: he joined the zamoto Okuda Toichir˘, who had built his own theater, the Okudaza, in the district of Haruki-ch˘ in Hong˘. He performed under the name of Okuda Tomisabur˘.
April 1878: he became disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘.
September 1878: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Sumiz˘ played the role of Sagoj˘ [casting].
November 1878: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ took the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V at the Ichimuraza, performing in the drama "Kibun Taishaku Kuruwa no Irifune". This was in fact a minor ideogram change, which allowed him to join the Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors:
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November 1884: tour in K˘fu.
September 1889: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Oyozume Banashi"; Sumiz˘ played the role of Watanabe Tsuna [more details].
July 1890: premiere at the Shintomiza of "Kiyomasa Seichűroku", a revised version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1875 drama "Minori no Aki Seish˘ Denki". It was part of a special 2-day gala program starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX; Sumiz˘ played the role of Asano Yoshinaga [more details].
November 1890: tour in Sendai.
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Sumiz˘ played the roles of the daigűji of the Atsuta Shrine, Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and a carpenter (in reality Satomi Yoshinari) [casting].
July 1893: tour in K˘fu.
September 1893: Sumiz˘ played at the Kabukiza 5 roles in the drama "ďkubo Hikozaemon".
March 1897: opening of the T˘ky˘za in T˘ky˘ in the district of Misaki-ch˘ in Kanda; Sumiz˘ was its first zagashira.
April 1897: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi Ochi's drama "Otokodate Harusame Gasa"; Sumiz˘ played the role of Matsubaya Yohŕ [more details].
October 1898: premiere at the Meijiza of Takeshiba Kisui's dance-drama "Sannin Katawa"; Sumiz˘ played the role of the daimy˘ [casting].
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Sumiz˘ played the role of the shirozake Shinbŕ [casting].
13 September 1903: his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX died.
February/March 1904: successful premiere at the T˘ky˘za of Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Kiri Hitoha"; Sumiz˘ played the role of ďno D˘ken [more details].
May 1905: Sumiz˘ played at the Miyatoza the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Princess Yuki and Konoshita T˘kichi were played by Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Ichikawa Kigan IV.
February 1906: Sumiz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Miyatoza. He suddenly fell ill and stopped acting.
7 May 1906: Sumiz˘ died .
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor, performing in both koshibai and ˘shibai, specialized in jitsugotoshi and wagotoshi roles. He took part in the katsureki experience led by his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. He became katakiyaku and oyajigata in his latter years.
 We don't know precisely in which month he made his debut on stage.
 His tombstone was located in the precincts of the Honj˘ji Temple in the district of Z˘shigaya.
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V playing the role of Akama Genzaemon in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi" (print made by Toyohara Kunichika 1885)
Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1882
Print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu in 1883
The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors
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