ICHIKAWA EBIZď II

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Kuz˘ I In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Sansh˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Sansh˘ (1), Saigyű, Hakuen

Existence: 11th day of the 10th lunar month of 1688 [1] ~ 24th day of the 9th lunar month of 1758 [2]

Connections:

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III

Illegitimate son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Danjűr˘ IV)

Grandson: Ichikawa Hakuen I (Danjűr˘ V)

Great-grandson: Ichikawa Momotar˘

Great-great-grandson: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Danjűr˘ VII)

Great-great-great-grandson: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VI, Ichikawa Saruz˘ I, Ichikawa K˘z˘

Disciples: Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I, Ichikawa Raiz˘ I, Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ichikawa Kuz˘ 1.2, Ichikawa Ryűz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa Danshir˘ II, Ichikawa Gennosuke, Ichikawa Shinz˘ I, Ichikawa Shinjűr˘, Ichikawa Kaoru II, Ichikawa Dangor˘ I, , Ichikawa Dangor˘ II (?), Ichikawa Dangor˘ III, Ichikawa Wajűr˘, Ichikawa Kinzabur˘, Ichikawa Dantar˘, Ichikawa Montar˘, Ichikawa Kanjűr˘, Ichikawa Gentar˘

Career:

11th day of the 10th lunar month of 1688 [1]: born in Edo. It was said that his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I prayed at the Narita Fud˘son temple in order to have a son and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ granted his wish.

5th lunar month of 1697: he made his first appearance on stage and received the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ I, at the Nakamuraza, performing with his father in the new year sogamono drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Soga". The play was written by his father and the young Kuz˘ played the roles of a yamabushi priest and, for the first time in Kabuki history, the deity Fud˘ [3]. Members of the audience responded to the presence of the God on stage with prayers and offerings!

11th lunar month of 1700: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Kuz˘ moved to the Nakamuraza, where they played the roles of Kinpira and Kaid˘maru in the kaomise drama "Kinpira Rokuj˘ Gayoi". Young Kuz˘ delivered his first lines during this performance.

11th lunar month of 1701: Kuz˘ played in the same theater the role of Tanba Suketar˘ in the kaomise drama "Keisei Ikazuchi Mond˘".

7th lunar month of 1702: Kuz˘ and his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I achieved a great success by playing in the same theater the roles of the 2 Benkei ("Ninin Benkei") in the drama "Shinpan Takadachi Benkeij˘".

10th lunar month of 1702: Kuz˘ played in the same theater the role of Shintoku in the drama "Yűgao no Kannon H˘ben".

11th lunar month of 1702: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Kuz˘ moved to the Moritaza and performed together in the kaomise drama "Tenchijin Tsutsumamori". Kuz˘ played for the first time the superhero role (Izumi Kojir˘ in this performance) in a "Shibaraku" scene.

4th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kűkai and the deity Fud˘ in the drama "Naritasan Bunshin Fud˘".

7th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ played in the same theater the role of Ike no Sh˘ji in the drama "Oguri Jűnidan".

11th lunar month of 1703: Kuz˘ and his father moved to the Ichimuraza; he played the role of Ara˘maru in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘".

19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1704 [4]: his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I was killed in the backstage of the Ichimuraza by his rival (in love ?) Ikushima Hanroku.

7th lunar month of 1704: Ichikawa Kuz˘ I, who was only in his sixteenth year, took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II at the Yamamuraza, playing the aragoto role of ďe Yat˘maru in the drama "Heianj˘ Miyako Sadame". The costum was identical to the one used by his late father when he performed the bombastic role of Konpira and there was a spectacular tachimawari scene to please the audience.

1704 ~ 1709: Danjűr˘'s career stagnated because of the influence on theater management of some enemies of his late father. Getting mainly minor roles, he used his free time to study with enthusiasm, following some strong principles: always put literature at the top of the list, respect others people, live discreetly, no selfishness, no laziness. He also made regular pilgrimages to the Narita Fud˘son temple, praying the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ to go beyond his father's artistic accomplishments.

11th lunar month of 1706: Danjűr˘ played the role of Kinpira at the Yamamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Buyű Kagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Takeshima K˘zaemon I. Premiere at the Yamamuraza of the kaomise drama "Taihei Shusse Kagekiyo Shiraume no Hata", which was considered as an earlier version of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Sasaki Takatsuna [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1707: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1708: Danjűr˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Hayato in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Shiki Samba".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

7th lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘ achieved a triumphant success at the Yamamuraza, playing the role of the uir˘ peddler Kumehachir˘, in the "Mogusa Uri" [15] scene of the drama "Keisei Hibari Yama", whose main character was the famous Princess Chűj˘. This role, with fast-spoken lines; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heikur˘ I, Ikushima Shingor˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Nakamura Gentar˘, who played the role of Princess Chűj˘. There was also a "Z˘hiki" scene integrated within this summer drama.

11th lunar month of 1709: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the aragoto role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the kaomise drama "Taihei Okuni Kabuki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Asao Jűjir˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Fujikawa Buzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Sanada Yoichi in the new year drama "Keisei Izu Nikki".

9th lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of T˘gor˘ in the drama "ďmi Genji"; his stage partner in the role of Sasaki Moritsuna was Murayama Heiemon III.

11th lunar month of 1710: Danjűr˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of ďe Saemon, challenging on stage the villain ďtani Hiroemon I in the role of Danj˘ Saemon, in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1711: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Yunzei Yomeiri Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover), the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina were Ikushima Shingor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Sakata Oginoj˘, Nakamura Gentar˘ and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1711: Danjűr˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Ukishima Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Shida Konjiki no Uroko".

1st lunar month of 1712: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Hayata in the new year drama "Fukuwara Yunzei Yorimasa".

1st lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Ishiyama Genta in the kaomise drama "Ishiyama Genta Kimon Yaburi" [5].

3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the play "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which was the first "Sukeroku" drama [14] in Kabuki history. Danjűr˘ played the leading role of Sukeroku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Zenk˘ in the drama "Zenk˘ Naniwa Ike"; his stage partner in the role of the villain T˘hei was Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1713: Danjűr˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Kazusanosuke in the kaomise drama "Sazare Ishi Nasu no Futahashira".

2nd lunar month of 1714: Ejima, a court lady who served the Sh˘gun, was in love with the star Ikushima Shingor˘. Their affair was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, which broke the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the shogunal authorities which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Ikushima Shingor˘ were exiled to different places, those in the Sh˘gun's household who were held responsible were executed, the Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined [more details].

5th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Dait˘ji Tabatanosuke in the drama "Aigo no Waka".

7th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Kanemichi in the drama "Kinkazan ďtomo no Matori".

11th lunar month of 1714: Danjűr˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Banmin Daifukuch˘"; the villain of the play was the Kurozuka ogress, performed by Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Band˘ Ichi Kotobuki Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina were played by Katsuyama Matagor˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami Sh˘nin"; the role of Princess Taema was played by Nakamura Takesabur˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Mimasu Nagoya". The performance was a successful long run (from the 15th day of the 6th month to the 8th day of the 9th month).

9th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Yume no Yoshisada and Shinozuka Gor˘ in the drama "Wag˘ Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1715: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of End˘ Musha in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Kaburi Konrei Yorimasa".

11th day of the 1st lunar month of 1716 [6]: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya Ike-no-Hata and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Danjűr˘ had to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Shikirei Yawaragi Soga"; the roles Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina were played by Hayakawa Dengor˘, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroji I. The play included a "Sukeroku" section in which the roles of Sukeroku, Agemaki and Ikyű were played by Danjűr˘, Nakamura Takesabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroemon I.

7th lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Zenji Soga".

11th lunar month of 1716: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Imai Shir˘ Kanehira in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II.

22nd day of the 1st lunar month of 1717 [7]: a fire broke out in the district of Koishikawa and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. Danjűr˘ had to take some unintended vacation during the rebuilding of the theater.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, in reality the otokodate Karigane Bunshichi, in the new year drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Muneage Soga"; the roles Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina were played by Ichikawa Sukejűr˘, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Nakamura Gentar˘ and ďtani Hiroemon I.

5th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Takarabune" [casting].

7th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Daiky˘ji no Mohŕ and Zenjib˘ in the drama "Hoshiai Narukami Soga".

9th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Oguri Kanz˘ in the drama "Ch˘y˘ Oguri no Sekku".

11th lunar month of 1717: Danjűr˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Hayakawa Dengor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Wakamidori Ikioi Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune was played by Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘. Danjűr˘ also played the leading role of the "Uir˘ Uri" scene [16], which was staged in the second part (nibanme) of this program. The performance was a successful long run (from the 1st lunar month to the 7th lunar month of 1718).

9th lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Seijűr˘ in the drama "Shikirei Imagawaj˘"; the role of Onatsu was played by Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1718: Danjűr˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Kawazu Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Hirakana Yomeiri Izu Nikki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata onnagata actor Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1719: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Sonezaki Shinjű" was staged for the first time at the Nakamuraza, starring Danjűr˘ and Sanogawa Mangiku in the roles of Hiranoya Tokubŕ and the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu (Tokubŕ's lover). Danjűr˘ also played the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the sogamono "Kaibyaku Sakayaki Soga", commonly called "Ninin Kud˘" ("The two Kud˘"), sharing the stage with the 2 jitsuaku actors Hayakawa Dengor˘ and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I in the two Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune.

9th lunar month of 1719: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Chűshichi in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu Shinjű" ("The double suicide of Osome and Hisamatsu"); the roles of Osome and Hisamatsu were played by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Sanogawa Mangiku. The performance was a great success.

11th lunar month of 1719: Danjűr˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the kaomise drama "Banmin Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene, included in the new year sogamono drama "Yuzuriha Kongen Soga", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I. Danjűr˘'s incredible performance was a huge success; his stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I. He also performed in duo with Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II in the shinjűmono "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the suicide of the couple Tokubŕ (played by Danjűr˘) and Ofusa (played by Kantar˘) [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1720: Danjűr˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Watanabe no Taketsuna (created by Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I) and Sakata Kintoki (created by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I) in the kaomise drama "Kaig˘ Sakiwake Shitenn˘". Danjűr˘'s performance was well received by the audience and the critics praised him for mastering to perfection two different acting styles.

1st lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Nigiwai Suehiro Soga"; his stage partners in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and Kobayashi no Asahina were Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sodesaki Miwano I and Narumi Goroshir˘ I. The performance was a tremendous success.

5th lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Kamiya Jihŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima"; the role of Kinokuniya Koharu was played by Sodesaki Miwano I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Danjűr˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Kant˘ Koroku (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori".

1st lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Yodoya Tatsugor˘ in the new year sogamono "ďkamado Akinai Soga". He achieved a great success in duo with Sakata Hangor˘ I, who played the role of Kobayashi no Asahina wearing a maegami wig, in a kusazuribiki scene.

8th lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Kijűr˘ in the drama "Hana M˘sen Futatsu Haraobi"; his stage partners in the roles of Ochiyo and her lover Hanbŕ were Arashi Wakano I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II. Danjűr˘'s performance, which reminded the connoisseurs of his father's ones, was well received.

11th lunar month of 1722: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Soga Koyomi Biraki"; the roles Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and Ogawa Zengor˘ I. Danjűr˘ and ďtani Hiroji I performed together in a spectacular aragoto roof-demolishing scene (yane kuzusu) at the end of the program.

5th lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Minamoto Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Kunk˘ki".

11th lunar month of 1723: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo [print] in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Yamagami Gennai, in reality Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo, in the new year drama "Matsu Kazari Kamakura Biraki".

2nd lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Hanaoka Gontar˘ in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Hidari Jingor˘ in the drama "Irifune Sumidagawa".

7th lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Minori Kuru Hoshiai Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kobayashi no Asahina were played by Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Narumi Goroshir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of a Komus˘ priest in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Sanada Yoichi and Doi Yatar˘ in the new year drama "Funadama Izu Nikki". His hayagawari performance was very well received by the audience.

5th lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Tadanobu in the play "Goban Tadanobu".

11th lunar month of 1725: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ike no Sh˘ji in the kaomise drama "Oguri Ch˘seiden", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world.

1st lunar month of 1726: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of the wicked priest Narukami and Shuten D˘ji in the new year drama "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorated the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the passing away of his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I; his stage partner in the role of Princess Taema was Yamamoto Hanasato. Danjűr˘ performed also the "Uir˘ Uri" scene. This new year drama was a triumphant success.

Summer 1726: Danjűr˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Suehiro Nagoya". He played the role of Fuwa Banzaemon, confronting Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I in the role of Nagoya Sanza in a great "Sayaate" scene.

11th lunar month of 1726: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the bombastic role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the kaomise program "Kaomise Jűnidan", which included the great "Shibaraku" scene.

1st lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ in the new year sogamono "Yuzuriha Gongen Soga" [print]; his stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ was Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ achieved a great success in the same theater by playing the role of Takenuki Gor˘ in a bombastic oshimodoshi scene [17] of the play "Kokusen'ya". Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I also played the roles of Utsumi Shintar˘ and Seigen in the drama "Konrei Otowa no Taki", which included a koroshiba well received by the audience.

4th lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I played in the same theater the roles of the rival warlords Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin in the drama "K˘y˘ Gun'u no Hanagasane".

11th lunar month of 1727: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of ďt˘-no-Miya in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [more details]. For the first time in Kabuki history, a trap door was used on a Kabuki stage for actors stage entrances (seri dashi). This program celebrated the return of ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) in Edo after 5 years spent in Ky˘to. This was also the first stage appearance for Ichikawa Masugor˘, the adopted son of Danjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I played in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘ in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan"; their stage partners in the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Kobayashi no Asahina, ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) were Ogawa Zengor˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Kirinami Onoe and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1728: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the warrior Tadanobu in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Minamoto Yoshitsune, Kajiwara Genta, Tadanobu's wife Kowata, Shizuka Gozen and Ky˘-no-Kimi were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Tsugawa Kamon, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Sodesaki Iseno I.

1st lunar month of 1729: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene [18], which was staged within the new year drama "Suehiro Eh˘ Soga"; Danjűr˘ and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I played the leading roles of the brothers Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘. The performance was a huge success and was extended up to the 5th lunar month.

25th day of the 1st lunar month of 1729 [23]: his disciple Ichikawa Monnosuke I died.

11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza. The 4 tachiyaku Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I and Danjűr˘ performed together in the play "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya". Danjűr˘ played the role of Nagoya Sanza, confronting ďtani Hiroji I in the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in a sayaate scene.

1st lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Komus˘ no Gor˘ (Soga Gor˘ disguised as Komus˘) in the new year sogamono drama "Kura-biraki Takarara Soga". The performance was a commercial failure.

4th lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Wat˘nai in the drama "Karanishiki Kokusen'ya Gassen".

Fall 1730: The actors Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Danjűr˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" [8] [casting].

11th lunar month of 1730: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kawazu Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1731: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" [9] [casting].

Spring 1731: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Got˘ Saemon in the drama "Muko Denju Nishiki no Tazuna", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world; his stage partners were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (Oguri Hangan), Ogino Izabur˘ I (Princess Terute), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Tsumagi) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I (Onitsugu).

11th lunar month of 1731: Danjűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1732: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsugoyomi Ainai Soga".

6th lunar month of 1732: bills started to announce in town the move of Danjűr˘ from the Nakamuraza to the Ichimuraza.

9th lunar month of 1732: final performance at the Nakamuraza for Danjűr˘, who played the role of the warrior Kagekiyo in the drama "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo" [19] [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Danjűr˘ moved to the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Sanada Yoichi in the kaomise drama "Tsuwamono Kongen Hiru-ga-Kojima"; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Soga Jűr˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Hanabusa Funjin Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the ennemy of the Soga brothers, was Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I. Danjűr˘ also played the role of the shirozake seller Shinbŕ in "Sukeroku", which was staged as nibanme in this program; his stage partners in the roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki were Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "ďsakayama Narukami Fud˘".

11th lunar month of 1733: Danjűr˘ played Ichimuraza the role of Kusunoki Masashige in the kaomise drama "Sh˘hon Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Nanakusa Nigiwai Soga"; his partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ was the Kamigata star Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘, ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Sakata Hangor˘ I performed in the same theater in the otokodate drama "Gonin Otoko" but the performance was not a success.

5th lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Inoshishi no Hayata in the drama "Yatsumune Ayame Genji"; his stage partners in the roles of Minamoto no Yorimasa and Taira no Kiyomori were Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and ďtani Hiroji I.

Fall 1734: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Kongen Imagawaj˘".

11th lunar month of 1734: Danjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Heidayű Kunitae in the kaomise drama "Michinoku Yunzei Genji".

1st lunar month of 1735: Danjűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year drama "Furiwakegami Hatsugai Soga".

4th lunar month of 1735: Danjűr˘ fell ill.

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild; Danjűr˘ gave his name to his adopted son and took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, playing the role of Hata no Daizen in the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi"; The actors Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1736: special program at the Ichimuraza commemorating the 32nd and 6th anniversaries (33rd and 7th memorial services) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I; Danjűr˘ played the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the drama "Hobashira Taiheiki".

Summer 1736: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Got˘ Saemon in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yukumi Guruma", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I (the thief Mokuzu no Sanpei), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Sanpei's wife), Segawa Kikujir˘ I (the courtesan Onikage), Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV (Oguri Hangan) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

9th lunar month of 1736: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Meguro no Fud˘ ('black eyes Fud˘') in the drama "Yonin Fud˘" ("The Four Deities Fud˘"); his stage partners in the roles of Mejiro no Fud˘ ('white eyes Fud˘'), Meaka no Fud˘ ('red eyes Fud˘') and Meao no Fud˘ ('blue eyes Fud˘') were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, ďtani Hiroji I and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1736: Ebiz˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza, playing the role of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami in the kaomise drama "Junpű Taiheiki", which included a "Shibaraku" scene; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1737: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono "Gozen Sum˘ Osana Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II and Ichikawa Danz˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1737: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of ďsaka no Got˘ Saemon in the drama "Keisei Terute Takara Kuruma", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Fukagusa no Got˘ Saemon), Sodesaki Kikutar˘ (Princess Terute), Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (Oguri Hangan) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarasakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Ebiz˘ played the role of Shigetada [casting]. The final act of this play was a confrontation scene between Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danz˘ I in the roles of the statue of Kan U and the statue of Ch˘ Hi (Kan U and Ch˘ Hi were two legendary Chinese generals), which was commonly called "Kan U" [20].

1st lunar month of 1738: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori H˘nen no Shirabe"; his stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Kagekiyo were Sodesaki Kikutar˘ and Ichikawa Danz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III moved to the Ichimuraza and performe in the kaomise drama "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Hatsu Motoyui Kayoi Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku J˘mon no Hanabusa"; the roles Agemaki (Sukeroku's lover) and Ikyű (Sukeroku's enemy) were played by Tomizawa Montar˘ I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the drama "Kasane Gedatsu no Hachisuba".

11th lunar month of 1739: Ebiz˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of the Buddhist priest Kenk˘ in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1740: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of the professional storyteller Bairyűken in the new year drama "H˘nen Eitai Gura" but the performance was a failure.

2nd lunar month of 1740: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the play "Sugatami Sumidagawa", in which Ebiz˘ played the role of Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon. The second part of this play contained a scene which was called "Nanatsu Men" ("Seven Masks") [21]. Ebiz˘ used 5 masks in this first version. This performance was a triumphant success.

11th lunar month of 1740: Ebiz˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and played the roles of Hata Rokur˘zaemon and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki". He performed successfully the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene; his stage partner in the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ was Ichikawa Danz˘ III, who celebrated his shűmei.

1st lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kagekiyo and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Na no Hana Akebono no Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Arashi Tominosuke I and Tamazawa Saijir˘ I.

8th lunar month of 1741: last performance in Edo before going to ďsaka. Ebiz˘ played the roles of the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ and Minamoto Yorimitsu in the drama "Uruoi Seiwa Genji" but it was not well received by the audience.

10th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III left Edo the 13th day and settled in ďsaka the 24th day. It was reported that Ebiz˘ had accepted to perform in ďsaka for the enormous amount of 2,000 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which included the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and was produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1741: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Yamato Ikioi Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) were Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I and Shibazaki Taminosuke. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III suddenly fell ill the 14th day, was replaced by Ichikawa Kinzabur˘ and left ďsaka the 21st day to go back to Edo. The performance, which started the 11th day, was not a success and stopped the 22nd day.

1st lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He played in the same theater the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, the senior retainer Kumedera Danj˘ [22] and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting]. The performance was a triumphant success and was extended up to the beginning of 7th lunar month of 1742.

27th of the 2nd lunar month of 1742 [10]: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III died in Edo.

7th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ performed in the same theater in the play "Nanatsu Men", which was staged under the title "Hoshiai Sakae Kagekiyo". Ebiz˘ used 7 masks in this second version.

8th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ performed in the same theater in the play "Tosa Jir˘ Imose Kagami".

9th ~ 10th lunar months of 1742: Ebiz˘ performed in the same theater in the play "Kan U", which was staged under the title "Higashiyamadono Asahi no ďgi".

Fall 1742: Ebiz˘ and Onoe Kikugor˘ I went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1742: Ebiz˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the role of Hata Rokur˘zaemon in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Karajishi Iwaonosuke in the new year drama "Kongen Cha no Yu Yakata".

4th lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in "Kagekiyo Utai Mond˘".

Fall 1743: Ebiz˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Sansh˘-dayű" but he fell ill and had to rest for a while.

11th lunar month of 1743: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1744: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of End˘ Musha Morit˘ in the new year drama "Sazare Ishi Suehiro Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1744: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based d˘j˘jimono "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji"; the leading female role was played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and his two stage partners were Ebiz˘ and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1744: Ebiz˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kach˘ Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo, disguised as Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, in the new year drama "Hagoromo Kotobuki Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were Ogino Izabur˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of ďtomo no Kuronushi in the drama "Kuronushi Iroha Mond˘" but his performance was not well received.

9th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Watanabe Minbu in the drama "Higashiyama Dono Takara no Ishizue".

11th lunar month of 1745: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kumano Bett˘ and Soga Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Izu Nikki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Fujikawa Heikur˘ and the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon II and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kagekiyo and the statue of Daruma in the new year drama "Fuji no Yuki Mitsugi Soga".

11th lunar month of 1746: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hata Rokur˘zaemon, Shinozuka Gor˘, Watari Shinzaemon and the picture mounter Tarobŕ in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Arashi Koroku I and also the shűmei of Hanai Saizabur˘ III, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III and Matsushima Yaoz˘.

1st lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Kakizome Yawaragi Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Akoya was Yoshizawa Ayame II.

5th lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ played the roles of Genz˘ and Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged for the first time at the Nakamuraza [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Ebiz˘ played t the Nakamuraza the roles of Matano Gor˘ and Taira no Kiyomori in the kaomise drama "Izu Gunzei Sum˘ no Nishiki", sharing the top of the bill with the 2 stars Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III and Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was ˘-goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He played in the same theater the role of Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

5th lunar month of 1748: premiere in Edo at the Nakamuraza of the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; Ebiz˘ played the roles of Yazaemon and Noritsune [casting].

6th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners in the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Matsu˘maru were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II and ďtani Oniji I.

7th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of the Buddhist priest Onikage in the drama "Senshű no Kashima Date Oguri Jikki" but the performance was not successful. He also played the role of Kagekiyo in the eponymous "Kagekiyo".

11th lunar month of 1748: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ Nobutsura and Watanabe Takiguchi in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1749: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was goku-˘-murui (extreme - grand - unequaled). He played in the same theater the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘, Matano Gor˘, Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane, the priest Shunkan, Tomoe and the warrior Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Otoko Moji Soga Monogatari".

3rd lunar month of 1749: Ebiz˘ played the role of Sukeroku in the drama Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura; his stage partners in the roles of Agemaki (Sukeroku's lover) and Ikyű (Sukeroku's enemy) were Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I. The Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Edo started in early Spring 1749 to display cherry trees in pots in the heart of the precinct (Nakanoch˘) in order to draw the crowds for cherry-blossom-viewing and more. Ebiz˘ reproduced it on stage with fake cherry trees all along the stage.

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Ebiz˘ played the roles of Amakawaya Gihei and ďdachi Kumanosuke [casting].

Summer 1749: Ebiz˘ fell ill and had to rest up to the beginning of 1750.

1st lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ was back on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Taira Kagekiyo, disguised as the hunter Shichibŕ, in the new year sogamono drama "ďkazari Saiwai Soga"; the role of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada was played by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III.

4th lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the drama "Shigetada Kariba Nikki"; his stage partner in the role of Jir˘'s wife Karaito was Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Ebiz˘ moved to the Ichimuraza and played the roles of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami, Watari Shinzaemon and Kuryű Danj˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Sanpachi I. The aragoto role of Kuryű Danj˘ Saemon, brandishing an ax and pursuing the villains who attacked Lady Kikusui (played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I), was similar to the role of Soga Gor˘ in the "Ya-no-Ne" scene.

1st lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of the medecine peddler and Awazu Rokur˘ Saemon in the new year drama "Hatsuhana Sumidagawa", which included the "Uir˘ Uri" scene.

3rd lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was ˘-shigoku-meijin-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - master - superior - superior - excellent). He played the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami Sh˘nin Kitayama Zakura"; his stage partner in the role of Princess Taema was Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ play in the same theater the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "Sasaki Moritsuna Fujito Nikki", "murdering" on stage his partner Onoe Kikugor˘ I. He performed also at the end of the play the role of the statue of the deity Fud˘ My˘˘.

11th lunar month of 1751: Ebiz˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was ˘-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). He played in the same theater the roles of Kagekiyo and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Suzuriha Sugatami Soga".

7th lunar month of 1752: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Hitokanade Taihei Nagoya" but he fell ill during the performance and had to be replaced. He was convalescent for 14 months.

1753: the Kabuki world commemorated the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I. Ebiz˘ and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II financed the erection of a memorial stone in the front approach of a K˘yasan temple. No memorial performance in Edo theaters because of the bad health condition of Ebiz˘.

11th lunar month of 1753: Ebiz˘ was back on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami, Hata Rokur˘zaemon, Bara Mitsujo (?) and the Chinese Shuikki in the kaomise drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki", which included a "Shibaraku" scene.

1st lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (third time), Soga Gor˘, the Buddhist priest Rensh˘ and the deity Aizen My˘˘ in the new year drama "Momo Chidori Kuruwa Soga", which included the "Ya-no-Ne" scene (presented to the audience as a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Ebiz˘) and commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. This performance was a triumphant success and was extended up to the 6th lunar month.

7th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Yamamoto Kansuke in the drama "Kongen Okuni Kabuki"; his stage partners in the roles of ďmi no Okane, Umetada Tokubŕ and Matsunaga Danj˘ were Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji II and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Yamanaka Shikanosuke in the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi On'ai no Kata Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1754: Ebiz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Miura no ďsuke and Wada Yoshimori in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, murui section (the "unequaled" section, created especially for Ebiz˘ and Suketakaya Takasuke I), was ˘-shigoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono drama "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Ukishima Danj˘ and Utsunbo in the drama "Shida Ch˘ja Bashira".

11th lunar month of 1755: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ and the deity Namikiri Fud˘ My˘˘ in the kaomise drama "Arigatashi Yunzei Genji".

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1756 [11]: the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza were destroyed in a fire.

2nd lunar month of 1756: the Nakamuraza was rebuilt and Ebiz˘ played the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the drama "Kotobuki Mimasu Soga" [12]; his stage partners in the roles of Nagoya Sanza, Fuwa Banzaemon, Katsuragi (Sanza's lover) and Banzaemon's wife were Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of ďe no Saemon and the spirit of a Monkey in the drama "Ch˘seiden Fudan Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kanki and Ogata Sabur˘ (disguised as the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon) in the drama "Z˘ho Kokusen'ya Gassen" (enlarged and revised version of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's "Kokusen'ya Gassen"). The performance was a commercial failure.

8th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Kan Sh˘j˘, transformed into the God of Thunder, in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1756: Ebiz˘ moved to the Ichimuraza, leaving Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III at the Nakamuraza, and played the role of Shibuya Konn˘maru (the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Kon'˘ Zakura". He also played the role of the Chinese warrior Kan U in the dance drama "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji", which celebrated the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1757: Ebiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year drama "Some Tazuna Hatsuuma Soga", which included the "Uir˘ Uri" scene (performed for the seventh time by Ebiz˘). He fell ill at the end of the performance and was convalescent up to the 3rd lunar month of 1758.

3rd lunar month of 1758: Ebiz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Soga Gor˘ in the bombastic scene "Ya-no-Ne", which was part of the drama "Koizome Sumidagawa". He fell ill and had to retire in his cottage in the village of Meguro, not so far from the Meguro Fud˘son temple.

24th day of the 9th lunar month of 1758 [2]: Ebiz˘ dies in his cottage [13].

Comments:

Outstanding tachiyaku and praiseworthy successor of his father, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II was one of the leading Edo actors from the Ky˘h˘ era to the middle of the H˘reki era. He reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank in the 1st lunar month of 1712 and the goku-j˘-j˘-kichi rank in the 2nd lunar month of 1720.

He contributed a lot to the development of Kabuki, creating new roles, costum patterns or kumadori make-up patterns. His most famous creation was the role of Sukeroku, who combined both aragoto and wagoto styles and appeared on stage for the first time in the 3rd lunar month of 1713 and was refined through different version up to the masterpiece drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura" in the 3rd lunar month of 1749. Here was the list of all Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II's performance in the role of Sukeroku:

Date Theater Agemaki Ikyű
Mar 1713 Yamamuraza Tamazawa Rin'ya Yamanaka Heikur˘ I
Feb 1716 Nakamuraza Nakamura Takesabur˘ I ďtani Hiroemon I
Mar 1739 Kawarasakiza Tomizawa Montar˘ Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I
Mar 1749 Nakamuraza Segawa Kikujir˘ I Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I

"He proved a worthy successor to his father, and his place in the annals of Kabuki is that of an original, creative actor, who not only re-established his father's traditions, but carried them on most successfully." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II was also the creator of several bombastic plays belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection: "Uir˘ Uri" (1st lunar month of 1718), "Oshimodoshi" (3rd lunar month of 1727), "Ya-no-Ne" (1st lunar month of 1729), "Kagekiyo" (9th lunar month of 1732), "Kan U" (11th lunar month of 1737), "Nanatsu Men" (2nd lunar month of 1740) and "Kenuki" (1st lunar month of 1742). He also decided to include the "Shibaraku" scene, created by his father as part of a longer play, in almost all the Edo kaomise which he took part in.

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn˘ ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and ďtani Hiroji I).

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II's best roles: Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Sukeroku, Narukami, Taira no Kagekiyo. Here was the list of all his performance in the role of the wicked priest Narukami:

Date Theater Princess Taema
5th lunar month of 1715 Nakamuraza Nakamura Takesabur˘ I
Jan 1726 Nakamuraza Yamamoto Hanasato
Mar 1733 Ichimuraza Segawa Kikujir˘ I
Jan 1742 ďnishi no Shibai Onoe Kikugor˘ I
Mar 1751 Ichimuraza Onoe Kikugor˘ I

[1] The 11th day of the 10th lunar month of the 1st year of the Genroku era was the 3rd of November 1688 in the western calendar.

[2] The 24th day of the 9th lunar month of the 8th year of the H˘reki era was the 25th of October 1758 in the western calendar.

[3] It was considered as the first performance of "Fud˘", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[4] The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 17th year of the Genroku era was the 24th of March 1704 in the western calendar.

[5] Literally "Ishiyama Genta Tearing Down the Demons' Gate".

[6] The 11th day of the 1st lunar month of the 6th year of the Sh˘toku era was the 4th of February 1716 in the western calendar.

[7] The 22nd day of the 1st lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 4th of March 1717 in the western calendar.

[8] Literally "Five men under the August moon".

[9] Literally "The Courtesan, the Tombola Drawing and Nagoya Sanza".

[10] The 27th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kanp˘ era was the 2nd of April 1742 in the western calendar.

[11] The 14th day of the 1st lunar month of the 6th year of the H˘reki era was the 13th of February 1756 in the western calendar.

[12] Mimasu was the blazon (3 squares fitting into each other and representing 3 measures of rice) of the Naritaya guild.

[13] Ebiz˘'s tombstone was located in the J˘sh˘in temple in the district of Shiba.

[14] It was considered as the first performance of "Sukeroku", one of the most famous dramas belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[15] It was considered as a first version of a short drama which will become in 1718 "Uir˘ Uri", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[16] It was considered as the first performance of "Uir˘ Uri", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[17] It was considered as the first performance of "Oshimodoshi", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[18] It was considered as the first performance of "Ya-no-Ne", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[19] It was considered as the first performance of "Kagekiyo", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[20] It was considered as the first performance of "Kan U", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[21] It was considered as the first performance of "Nanatsu Men", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[22] It was considered as the first performance of "Kenuki", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[23] The 25th day of the 1st lunar month of the 14th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 22nd of February 1729 in the western calendar.

The actors Sawamura Kodenji II, Onoe Kikugor˘ I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II playing the roles of the courtesan Sh˘sh˘, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1748 at the Nakamuraza

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1714

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1714

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1723

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1723

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu 1723~1727

Print made by Okumura Masanobu in 1727

Print made by Okumura Masanobu (1729 ~ 1740)

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu (1735 ~ 1741)

Print made by Torii Kiyotada

The Ichikawa Sansh˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

 
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