Stage names:

Ichimura Tsuruz˘ In Japanese
Band˘ Kamenosuke In Japanese

Real name: Akita Yukio

Guild: Tachibanaya

Existence: 21 January 1924 ~ 26 December 2015


Grandfather: Onoe Kikusabur˘


April 1930: he was adopted by the mother of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and made his first appearance on stage, playing under the name of Band˘ Kamenosuke.

December 1949: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" was revived at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘, using a new script written by Uno Nobuo; Kamenosuke played the role of Unokichi [more details].

1951: Kamenosuke quitted temporarily the Kabuki world.

1955: he was back on stage, for a special show at the Kabukiza commemorating the memory of the great actor Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1971: Band˘ Kamenosuke took the name of Ichimura Tsuruz˘ at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Bannai and Okyaku in the plays "Ochiudo" and "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa".

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Tsuruz˘ played the role of the doctor T˘rin [casting].

February 1975: premiere at the Kabukiza of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Debauchi Otama"; Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the young man Yatar˘ [more details].

February 1976: revival at the Kabukiza of a 5-act revised version of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Tsuruz˘ plays the role of Seishichi, a young employee at the Yamamuraza [casting].

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Tsuruz˘ plays the role of Sairoku [casting].

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya"; Tsuruz˘ played the role of Kong˘maru [casting].

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the fan-maker Takeroku [casting]

January 2003: Tsuruz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". He retired after more than 72 years on stage!

26 December 2015: Tsuruz˘ died.


Ichimura Tsuruz˘ was an outstanding supporting hand˘gataki actor, famous for his roles of greedy old men or women in sewamono dramas.

The mon of Ichimura Tsuruz˘

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