|BANDď HIKOZAEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Zenk˘, T˘gi
Before 1768: he started his career as a disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, who gave him the name of Band˘ Zenji I.
11th lunar month of 1768: he became katakiyaku and played two roles at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ima o Sakari Suehiro Genji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of Nakamura Utaemon I and the shűmei of Osagawa Tsuneyo II.
Beginning of the 1790s: he became disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1801: he became hand˘gataki and took the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Date D˘gutsui no ďtori", which celebrated also the shűmei of Yamashita Mansaku; his son Band˘ Momotar˘ I took the name of Band˘ Zenji II at the Ichimuraza.
7th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Hikozaemon played the roles of the send˘ Sakudayű and the ashigaru Saruta Hikozaemon [casting].
7th lunar month of 1811: Hikozaemon appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the roles of Yamana Jirozaemon and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura";
1811 ~ end of the 1810s: Hikozaemon retired from the Kabuki world and settled in the district of Tsukiji, calling himself Tsukiji no Zenk˘ (Tsukiji's Zenk˘). He spent his latter years in Yotsuya, where he died most likely at the end of the Bunka era.
 The 4th day of the 5th lunar month of the 5th year of the Meiwa era was the 18th of June 1768 in the western calendar.
Band˘ Hikozaemon I portraying Yat˘ji in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)
The Band˘ Zenji line of actors
The Band˘ Hikozaemon line of actors
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