|ICHIMURA YOSHIGORď II|
Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II
Real name: Ichimura Yoshinao
Other name: Ichimura Kakitsu XVI
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 18 January 1918 ~ 17 February 2010
Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII
Grand-father: Kataoka Nizaemon X
Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XII
Adoptive father: Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Son: Ichimura Kakitsu IX
December 1922: he makes his first appearance on stage, in ďsaka at the Tenma Yachiyoza, receiving the name of Kataoka Yoshinao and playing the role of Santa in the drama "Mikkazuki Jirokichi".
December 1940: he is adopted by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.
May 1945: his adoptive father Ichimura Uzaemon XV dies.
February 1946: Ichimura Kakitsu VII and Ichimura Matasabur˘ II take at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the respective names of Ichimura Uzaemon XVI and Ichimura Kakitsu VIII; the new Kakitsu plays the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".
16 March 1946: his father Kataoka Nizaemon XII is assassinated by a robber in his T˘ky˘ home.
October 1967: Ichimura Kakitsu VIII and his son Ichimura Hisashi take at the Kabukiza the respective names of Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II and Ichimura Kakitsu IX; the new Yoshigor˘ plays the roles of Narihira and a young house wife in "Narihira Azuma Kagami" and "Shiki".
17 February 2010: Yoshigor˘ dies in T˘ky˘.
Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II is a retired actor who spent his career as a supporting tachiyaku. He was also a talented photographer and has published a book of his Kabuki photographs.
There are two ways to "count" the Ichimura Kakitsu line of actor and, as a consequence, you may find Ichimura Kakitsu VIII referenced in some documents as the sixteenth of the line.
There was no Ichimura Yoshigor˘ I but the famous Edo actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III held the name of Ichimura Kichigor˘ I at the beginning of his career ("Yoshi" and "Kichi" are 2 different readings for the same ideogram).
The mon of Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II