ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď VI

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Tokuz˘ In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Sansh˘, Hakuen

Existence: 1778 ~ 13th day of the 5th lunar month of 1799 [1]

Connection:

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V

Adopted son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Disciple: Ichikawa Danshichi I

Career:

1778 ~ 1781: born in Edo. He was most likely the illegitimate son of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V. He was adopted by Izumiya Kanjűr˘, nephew of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and manager of a shibai jaya.

10th lunar month of 1781: he was adopted by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Tokuz˘.

1st lunar month of 1782: Tokuz˘ made his first stage appearance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1782: Ichikawa Tokuz˘ took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Godai Genji Mitsugi no Furisode".

1st lunar month of 1788: Ebiz˘ achieved a great success at the Kiriza by playing the role of the medice peddler T˘kichi in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene, which was performed within the drama "Keisei Natori Soga".

1st lunar month of 1789: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, koyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1791: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild; the actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV respectively took the names of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI. The new Danjűr˘ played the roles of Sanada Yoichi and Ushiwaka in the kaomise drama "Kin no Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba".

9th lunar month of 1792: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Koganosuke in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the role of Hinadori was played by Segawa Tomisabur˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1793: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Rikiya and Nikaid˘ Hy˘g˘nosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1793: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Shinomiya Rokur˘ in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1793: Danjűr˘ performed at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Yasa Gunbai Miyako no Jintori"; his stage partners were Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I, ďtani Hiroji III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Fuwa Bansuke in the drama "Keisei Sanbon Gasa".

9th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Kamei Rokur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Oedo no Ishizue".

4th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Ono no Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

6th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

7th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ played the role of Hinadori in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the role of Koganosuke was played by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ played at the Miyakoza the role of Kumagai Tar˘, the superhero of the "Shibaraku" scene, in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Yuki no Yoshitsune"; his stage partners were Nakamura Nakaz˘ II, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

4th lunar month of 1796 Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Naonobu and Shinsuke in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

7th lunar month of 1796: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Kurikara Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Danjűr˘ played the role of Kinugawa Yasabur˘ in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Danjűr˘ played at the Miyakoza the roles of Yorimitsu, ďya Tar˘ and the yakko Danpei in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji".

5th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Yoshimori in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

6th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

8th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Miuranosuke and Minamoto Yoriie in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Koky˘ no Nishikigi", sharing the stage with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Ichikawa Komaz˘ III, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Nakamura Noshio II, Onoe Matsusuke I, Band˘ Minosuke I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. This kaomise program, which celebrated the reopening of the Nakamuraza, was a huge success.

6th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Igami no Gonta, Tokaiya Ginpei and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of the yakko Yokanpei in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ became zagashira at the Nakamuraza and achieved a great success by performing in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Hana no Mimasu Yoshino no Miyuki"; his stage partners were Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1799: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1799: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hanami Doki", which commemorated the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III; the role of the courtesan Agemaki [2] was played by Iwai Kumesabur˘ I [print].

4th lunar month of 1799: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, ďwashi Bungo and Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He suddenly fell ill the 18th April and died the 13th day of the 5th lunar month of 1799 [1].

Comments:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI was a promising tachiyaku actor, excelling as a young aragotoshi. In 1795, the hy˘banki made a reference to a popular trio of young actors, called Shusse Sanpukutsui section ("a successful trio") and made up of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Band˘ Minosuke I. He unfortunately died before reaching the peak of his career.

[1] The 13th day of the 5th lunar month of the 11th year of the Kansei era was the 16th of June 1799 in the western calendar.

[2] The roles of Ikyű and Shinbŕ were played by Ichikawa Komaz˘ V and Band˘ Minosuke I.

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1790)

Prints & Illustrations

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

 
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