|ICHIKAWA CH█SHA VIII|
Real name: Kinoshi Shizusada
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Existence: 10 November 1896 ~ 20 June 1971
Father: Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Chűsha VII
10 November 1896: born in Asakusa.
March 1916: Matsuo was adopted by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.
October 1918: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Tachibanaya guild; Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Ichikawa Matsuo I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII; the new Yaoz˘, who celebrated his success at the nadai exam, played the role of Ichimanmaru in the drama "Zui Ichikawa Narukami Soga".
6 February 1922: his father Ichikawa Danshir˘ II died.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Yaoz˘ played the roles of Awazu Shichir˘ and Sentar˘ [casting].
12 July 1936: his adoptive father Ichikawa Chűsha VII died.
February 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the ninth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Yaoz˘ played the role of Takebayashi Tadashichi [casting].
June 1953: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Tachibanaya guild; Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII and Matsumoto Komagor˘ I took the names of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX ; the new Chűsha played the roles of Yashio , Masumitsu Kyűnosuke, the Kaga tobi Takegor˘, Takechi Mitsuhide  and Senpei in "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", "Yoshinobu Inochigoi", "Kagatobi", "Ehon Taik˘ki" and "Dontsuku".
March 1955: Ichikawa Chűsha VIII, Iwai Hanshir˘ X and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza with the troupes led by Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III; Chűsha played the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune , the kagokaki Gonza , H˘j˘ Takatoki, the priest Yűkei and Shimojima Jin'emon in "Kagekiyo", "Kotobuki Soga Kabuki no Nigiwai", "Gonza to Sukejű", "Takatoki", "Kurozuka" and "Jiisan Baasan".
June 1955: Ichikawa Chűsha VIII celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; he played the role of Tar˘ Sadamori, Musashib˘ Benkei , Izari Tarosuke and the tatami-maker Hanbŕ in "Taira no Masakado", "Kanjinch˘", "Sannin Katawa" and "K˘setsu Kyűtengiri".
October 1955: Chűsha took part in the first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China; he played the roles of Yoshitsune and Sh˘gen in the dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Keisei Hangonk˘" [casting]. Chűsha had the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.
12 June 1963: his brother Ichikawa En'˘ I died.
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Chűsha played the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ in the "Tenpaizan" scene [casting].
March 1971: Chűsha played at the Imperial Theater the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku"; the roles of Hanakawado Sukeroku and Miuraya Agemaki were played by Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI and Nakamura Jakuemon IV.
June 1971: Chűsha appeared on the stage for the last time, at the National Theatre, where he played the role of Shinza's land-lord Ch˘bŕ  in the drama "Kamiyui Shinza"; he suddenly died the 20th of June 1971 .
Ichikawa Chűsha VIII was a talented tachiyaku, trained by Ichikawa Chűsha VII and who was very active in both Kabuki and modern productions. Two of his best roles, at the end of his career, were Jinbŕ and Midaroku in the dramas "Sakura Giminden" and "Kumagai Jin'ya".
 This drama belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.
 The role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.
 The roles of Mashiba Hisayoshi, Mitsuhide's wife Misao, Mitsuhide's son Jűjir˘, Jűjir˘'s fiancee Hatsugiku, Mitsuhide's mother Satsuki and Sat˘ Masakiyo were played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII, Nakamura Utaemon VI, Ichikawa Dannosuke VI and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX.
 The role of Shinza was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.
 He was replaced by Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ III.
The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors
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