|ICHIMURA TAKENOJď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1654 ~ 10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1718 
Uncle and adoptive father: Ichimura Uzaemon III
Master: Nakamura Akashi I
Brother: Ichimura Uzaemon V
Disciple: ďkuma Utaemon
1654: born in Edo. His first name was Sawai Bennosuke.
1661: Bennosuke became a disciple of Nakamura Akashi I.
1663: he was adopted by his uncle Ichimura Uzaemon III and took the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ I.
Fall 1666: Takenoj˘ became wakashugata.
10th lunar month of 1670: the number of Kabuki theaters in the city of Edo was set to 4 by the authorities. The authorized theaters were the Nakamuraza (in the district of Sakai-ch˘), the Ichimura-Takenoj˘za (Fukiya-ch˘), Moritaza (Kobiki-ch˘) and the Yamamuraza (Kobiki-ch˘).
4th lunar month of 1679: Takenoj˘ did his isse ichidai performance, a drama which was entitled "Saigy˘ H˘shi Ky˘gen". He took the tonsure during the last day, announced on stage his retirement and entrusted his brother Ichimura Uzaemon V with the management of the Ichimura-Takenoj˘za. Then he went to Nikk˘ to become a priest there. He was back in Edo later on, settling in the Jiseiin Temple in the district of Honjo.
10th day of the 9th lunar month of 1718 : he died in Edo.
Ichimura Takenoj˘ I was an actor and the zamoto of the Ichimuraza (or Ichimura-Takenoj˘za) from 1664 to 1679. He created the mon of the Ichimura clan (Tachibana) and the guild name Tachibanaya. He was the first wakashugata in Kabuki history to speak on stage (before him, the wakashugata were only dancers).
 The 10th day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 3rd of October 1718 in the western calendar.
The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors
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