ICHIMURAZA
   
Names Ichimuraza
Satsumaza
Miyamotoza
Murayamaza
Ichimuraza
Ichimura-Takenoj˘za
Ichimuraza
Murayamaza
City Edo
History

3rd lunar month of 1634: foundation of the Murayamaza by Murayama Matasabur˘ I in Edo in the district of Kamisakai-ch˘.

29th day of the 1st lunar month of 1641: both the Murayamaza and the Nakamuraza were burnt in a big fire.

10th lunar month of 1641: Murayama Matasabur˘ I retired, entrusting the management of the Murayamaza to his son-in-law Murata Kuroemon, who was helped by Ichimura Uzaemon III.

1643: the Murayamaza was renamed Ichimuraza.

1651: the Ichimuraza moved from the district of Kamisakai-ch˘ to the district of Fukiya-ch˘.

6th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1652: Murayama Matasabur˘ I died.

2nd day of the 8th lunar month of 1652: Murata Kuroemon died; Ichimura Uzaemon III became the official manager of the theater and worked in collaboration with Mikuni Hikosaku.

18th day of the 1st lunar month of 1657: a fire broke out in the Honmy˘ji temple in the district of Hong˘ and devastated Edo. All the Kabuki theaters were destroyed by the flames. This fire was nicknamed "furisode kaji" (the "long-sleeve fire").

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1660: a fire broke out in the district of Yushima. It spread and burnt the Ichimuraza, the Nakamuraza and the newly-constructed Moritaza.

27th day of the 1st lunar month of 1661: a fire broke out in the residence of Kusakabe Gonzaemon in the district of Takaj˘-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Moritaza.

28th day of the 10th lunar month of 1661: both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza were burnt in a big fire.

1664: Ichimura Uzaemon III retired to become a priest; Ichimura Takenoj˘ I, who was only 10 years old, became the zamoto of the Ichimuraza, managing it in collaboration with Tamagawa Shuzen I.

1st lunar month of 1670: the Ichimuraza was renamed Ichimura-Takenoj˘za; this new name lasted up to 1684.

10th lunar month of 1670: the number of Kabuki theaters in the city of Edo was set to 4 by the authorities. The authorized theaters were the Nakamuraza (in the district of Sakai-ch˘), the Ichimura-Takenoj˘za (Fukiya-ch˘), Moritaza (Kobiki-ch˘) and the Yamamuraza (Kobiki-ch˘).

26th day of the 12th lunar month of 1676: a fire broke out in the district of Hama-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

4th lunar month of 1679: Ichimura Takenoj˘ I did his isse ichidai performance (a drama entitled "Saigy˘ H˘shi Ky˘gen"), retired and became a bonze, entrusting his brother Ichimura Uzaemon V with the management of the Ichimuraza.

29th day of the 5th lunar month of 1679: a fire broke out in the puppets theater ďsaka Shichidayűza in the district of Sakai-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1680: the very first sayaate scene in Kabuki history was staged at the Ichimuraza. It was produced by Ichimura Uzaemon V under the title "Yűjoron", with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Fuwa Banzaemon Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I
Nagoya Sanzabur˘ Murayama Shir˘ji
The courtesan Katsuragi It˘ Kodayű II

28th day of the 12th lunar month of 1682: a fire started by Yaoya Oshichi broke out in the Daienji Temple in the district of Komagome. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. This fire was nicknamed "Oshichi Kaji" (the "Oshichi fire").

16th day of the 12th lunar month of 1683: a fire broke out in the Nakamuraza in the district of Sakai-ch˘. It spread and burnt also the Ichimuraza.

10th day of the 12th lunar month of 1698: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Hongoku-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

29 november 1703: an earthquake hits Edo and the resulting fires destroyed the city. The 4 main theaters, the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza, the Moritaza and the Yamamuraza, were burnt to ashes. This catastrophe was nicknamed "Genroku Jishin Kaji" ("Genroku Earthquake and Fire").

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1706: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda Renjaku-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

20th day of the 11th lunar month of 1706: a fire broke out in the district of Izumi-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

8th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1707: a fire broke out in the district of Kodenma-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1709: the 4 Edo theaters, the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza, the Moritaza and the Yamamuraza, produced simultaneously a sogamono new year drama. This was the beginning of a custom which is still somehow observed nowadays.

18th day of the 12th lunar month of 1710: a fire broke out in the somptuous palace of the daimy˘ Sanada, located in the district of Kanda Koyanagi-ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

23rd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1712: a fire broke out in the district of Horie-Ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

22nd day of the 12th lunar month of 1713: a fire broke out in the district of Shitaya By˘busaka and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1716: 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.

22nd day of the 1st lunar month of 1717: a fire broke out in the district of Koishikawa and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This was the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It was produced at the Ichimuraza under the original title "Kokusen'ya Gassen" and staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Wat˘nai ďtani Hiroji I
Kinsh˘jo Fujimura Handayű II
Kanki Murayama Heiemon III
Gosankei Ichikawa Danz˘ I

1st lunar month of 1720: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater shinjűmono "Shinjű Kasane Izutsu", which was written in 1707. The same play was simultaneously produced in the 3 Edo theaters and commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the suicide of the couple Tokubŕ and Ofusa, whose roles were played by Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Sodesaki Miwano I at the Ichimuraza.

10th day of the 12th lunar month of 1721: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda Tominaga-ch˘ and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

27th day of the 11th lunar month of 1726: a fire broke out in the shibai jaya Maruya, located in the district of Fukiya-ch˘, and spread to others sections of Edo, destroying both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II gives his name to his adopted son and took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II during 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.

1st lunar month of 1736: the trio made up of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and Ichimura Manz˘ performed together at the Ichimuraza in "Sayo no Nakayama Asama-ga-Dake", the first Tokiwazu-based dance in Kabuki history.

11th lunar month of 1737: the son of the Sh˘gun received the name of Takechiyo and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV was forced to change his first name, taking the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII during the Ichimuraza kaomise program "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba". His stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Tamazawa Saijir˘ I and Tsuruya Nanboku II.

3rd lunar month of 1742: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Hanabusa Shishi no Rangyoku", the third part (sanbanme) of the program "Fuji Miru Sato Sakae Soga"; Segawa Kikunoj˘ I played the leading role of this Lion dance, still in the Kabuki repertoire and commonly called "Makura Jishi".

7~9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1742: a violent typhoon hit Edo, causing floods in the city; the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza had to stop their performances for a while.

February (end of month) 1746: a fire broke out in the district of Tsukiji, in the mansion of Tsubouchi Gonzaemon. It spread and destroyed the Nakamuraza, the Ichimuraza and the Moritaza.

3rd lunar month of 1747: the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza, staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Matsu˘maru Nakamura Sukegor˘ I
Ume˘maru Ichimura Kamez˘ I
Sakuramaru Sanogawa Ichimatsu I
Kan Sh˘j˘ Iwai Hanshir˘ III
Shihei Nakajima Mihoemon I
Shiratayű Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I
Chiyo Segawa Kikujir˘ I
Yae, Midaidokoro Azuma T˘z˘ II
Haru Yamamoto Miyako
Genz˘ Ogino Izabur˘ I
Tonami Arashi Tominosuke I
Princess Kariya Takinaka Hidematsu I
Sukune Tar˘ Sawamura Kijűr˘ I

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Matsuemon, Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II
Chidori Nakamura Kumetar˘ I
Gonshir˘ Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III
Shigetada Onoe Kikugor˘ I
Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki Nakajima Mihoz˘ I
Yoshitsune Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Enju Ichimura Uzaemon VIII
Iwanaga Saemon Nakajima Kanzaemon II
Ofude Arashi Wakano II
Kajiwara Genta Kagesue Ichimura Kamez˘ I
Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka Band˘ Sanpachi I

3rd lunar month of 1754: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was produced for the first time at the Ichimuraza. The role of the fox Genkur˘ was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1756: a fire broke out in the district of Shinzaimoku-ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1756: Segawa Kichiji II took the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the dance "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji" in duo with Ichimura Uzaemon VIII.

2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda and spread to Susaki in the district of Fukagawa. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. It was called "Akashiya no Kaji" ("the Akashiya fire"), based on the name of the shop where it started.

3rd lunar month of 1760: premiere of the bombastic play "Kaneiri Gedatsu no Koromo" (commonly called "Gedatsu", a scene belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection), performed within the drama "Soga Mannen Bashira" at the Ichimuraza, with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Anegawa Daikichi I in the roles of Kagekiyo and Princess Hitomaru.

17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1761: a fire broke out in the Gekiza theater. It destroyed the Ichimuraza and damaged the Nakamuraza.

4th lunar month of 1762: Segawa Kikunoj˘ II achieved a great success at the Ichimuraza, dancing the seven roles of the program "Yanagi Hina Shoch˘ no Saezuri". One of these roles was the first version of the famous dance "Sagi Musume".

11th lunar month of 1765: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kanai Sansh˘'s Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari", which was staged at the end of the kaomise drama "Furitsumu Hana Nidai Genji". All the roles were performed by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

29th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1766: a fire broke out in the district of Sakai-ch˘, in the cosmetics shop owned and managed by the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. This fire was nicknamed "Kikugor˘ Aburamise Kaji" ("Kikugor˘'s cosmetics shop fire").

2nd lunar month of 1767: first Kabuki adaptation, at the Ichimuraza, of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
ďboshi Yuranosuke Ichikawa Danz˘ III
En'ya Hangan, Hayano Kanpei Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II
Osono, Okumi and Orie Segawa Kikunoj˘ II
Yazama Jűtar˘ ďtani Hiroji III
Ishid˘ Nuinosuke Ichimura Uzaemon IX
Yakushiji Jirozaemon, Ono no Kudayű Nakajima Mihoz˘ II
Jiroemon, Amakawaya Gihei Band˘ Sanpachi I
Ukihashi, Okiku Azuma T˘z˘ II
ďboshi Rikiya Band˘ Aiz˘

11th lunar month of 1768: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume", the first version of "Yoshiwara Suzume", which was staged within the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe". It starred Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Azuma T˘z˘ II in the roles of the warrior Hachiman Tar˘ disuised as a bird seller and the spirit of a falcon disuised as the female bird seller.

5th lunar month of 1774: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Sono Omokage Ninin Wankyű". The roles of Wankyű and the courtesan Matsuyama were played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Segawa Tomisabur˘ I. This dance commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII. The drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was produced at the Ichimuraza for the first time, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Danshichi Kurobŕ Sakata Hangor˘ II
Issun Tokubŕ Arashi Sangor˘ II
Tsuribune Sabu Nakamura Sukegor˘ II
Otatsu Segawa Tomisabur˘ I
Mikawaya Giheiji Nakajima Mihoemon II
Okaji Segawa Shichiz˘

1st lunar month of 1776: for the first time in Kabuki history, chiwata threads were used in the scene of the bloody murder of the priest Dainichib˘ (played by ďtani Hiroemon III) by Akoya (played by Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III) in the new year program "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga, which was staged at the Ichimuraza. This new technique was very well received by the audience.

11th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Momo Yogiku Iro no Yo no Naka", which was staged as part of the kaomise drama "Sugata no Hana Yuki no Kuronushi" with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ono no Komachi Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
The old woman Higaki (in reality the ghost of Higaki) Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V
Shii no Sh˘sh˘ Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II

11th lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke II's Tomimoto-based (musical accompaniment written by Namizaki Tokuji) dance-drama "Meotozake Kawaranu Nakanaka" (commonly called "Kurama Jishi"), which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Shizuka Gozen Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
Kisanta Nakamura Nakaz˘ I
The male fox Ichimura Uzaemon IX
The female fox Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I

11th lunar month of 1779: Azuma Tomigor˘ took the name of Azuma T˘z˘ III at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki".

28th day of the 10th lunar month of 1783: a fire broke out in Edo in the district of Kodenma-ch˘, which spread and burnt the Ichimuraza.

1784 ~ 1788: the Ichimuraza went bankrupt and gave its license to the Kiriza.

25th day of the 8th lunar month of 1785: the actor and zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon IX (1725~1785) died.

9th lunar month of 1785: Ichimura Kamez˘ II took the name of Ichimura Uzaemon X and became the new official zamoto of the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1788: Ichimura Uzaemon X reopened the Ichimuraza, producing the kaomise program "Genji Saik˘ Kogane no Tachibana", which starred the actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I and ďtani Hiroemon III and celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it was the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I and it was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Gotobŕ Asao Tamejűr˘ I
Izumi no Sabur˘ Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III
Gotobŕ's wife Sekijo Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I
Izumi's wife Takanoya Iwai Kiyotar˘ II
Nishikido no Tar˘ ďtani Oniji III
Date no Jir˘ Arashi Ryűz˘ II
Kamei no Rokur˘ Asao Tamesabur˘
Gotobŕ's daughter Tokujo Iwai Kumesabur˘ I

1793 ~ 1798: the Ichimuraza went bankrupt and gave its license to the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1798: Ichimura Uzaemon X reopened the Ichimuraza, producing the kaomise program "Hanayagura Tachibana Keizu", which starred the actors Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Ichikawa Omez˘ I, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II, Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I and Nakamura Denkur˘ IV.

15th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1799: the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon X (1748~1799) died.

Spring 1800: Ichimura Manjir˘ I took the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XI.

2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri", which was premiered in the 4th lunar month of 1778 at the Kado no Shibai, was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version entitled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri", with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ishikawa Goemon, Mashiba Hisatsugu Arashi Hinasuke II
Konomura ďinosuke (in reality S˘ Sokei), Mashiba Hisayoshi Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III
Kishida's okugata Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
The yakko Yatar˘ (in reality Junkikan), Kat˘ Toranosuke Masakiyo Arashi Sanpachi I
Segawa Uneme, Hanegawa Takakage Ogino Izabur˘ II
The courtesan Hanatachibana Segawa Kikusabur˘ II
Sonoo-no-Kata, Goemon's wife Oritsu Osagawa Tsuneyo II
Mashiba Kingo Hisaaki Ichikawa Aragor˘ I
Daibutsu Mochiya Akuzaemon (in reality Kaida Shingo) Sawamura Yodogor˘ II
The courtesan Kokonoe Segawa Kikunosuke

8th lunar month of 1801: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Hamamuraya guild; the actors Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively took the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘. They performed together in the drama "D˘jima Tamino no Tsumikomi".

11th lunar month of 1801: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the K˘raiya guild; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, his son Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Ichikawa Santar˘ respectively took the names of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV. They performed together in the kaomise drama "Otoko Narikeri Onna Masakado".

4th day of the 11th lunar month of 1802: a fire broke out in Edo in the district of Naniwa-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1806: a fire broke out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Fukiya-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza, killing many spectators.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Takechi Mitsuhide Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Oda Harunaga Sawamura Gennosuke I
Yasuda Sakubŕ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Satsuki Ichikawa Dannosuke III
Mori no Ranmaru Onoe Eizabur˘ I
Kiky˘ Nakayama Iwajir˘

1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1809: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Honj˘ Tsunagor˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Ofusa, Oito Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Hantoki Kurobŕ Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Omatsuri Sashichi Onoe Matsusuke II
Kambara Sagor˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
The tedai Sagobŕ Yamashina Shirojűr˘
Yamazumi Goheita Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV
Kaze-no-Kami Kizaemon Onoe Sh˘roku I
The courtesan Koito Sawamura Tanosuke II

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The sum˘ wrestler Shirafuji Genta Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
The courtesan Oshun Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Gonsuke, the rice dealer Sakama Denbŕ Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Tsugawa Mondo Onoe Matsusuke II
Tsugawa Katsujir˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Ushioda Bannoshin Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
Gonsuke's wife Otori Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV
T˘gane Yado no Osawa Osagawa Shichiz˘ II
Osawa's sister Otomi Yamashita Mansaku
Oshun's mother Okaya Ichikawa Monzabur˘

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Tateba no Taheiji, Saeda Daigakunosuke Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Sagoemon's daughter Oyone, Sajűr˘'s wife Satsuki Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Takahashi Yajűr˘, Gapp˘, Magoshichi Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Kojima Rimpei, the yamabushi priest Masuh˘in Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
The widow Satomi, Bungozaemon Onoe Sh˘roku I
Kagamiyama Toshiyuki, Takahashi Sezaemon, the cook Sukehachi Suketakaya Takasuke II
Unzari Omatsu, Yohei Onoe Matsusuke II
The farmer Sagoemon, Sasayama Kanbei Sawamura Shirogor˘ II

9th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 3-role hengemono "Mata Atarashiku Mitsu no Sakazuki", which was performed by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. One of the roles, "Kairaishi", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

3rd lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's 7-role Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae", a program made up of seven dances: "Nyo San no Miya", "Kajiwara Genta", "Shiokumi", "Sarumawashi" (a monkey showman), "Gannin B˘zu" (a bonze), "R˘jo" (an old woman) and "Kan U" (a Chinese warlord). All the roles were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. The choreography was made by Fujima Kanjűr˘ I and the musical accompaniment was made by Kishizawa Koshikibu III. The dances "Gannin B˘zu" and "Shiokumi" are still part of the current repertoire.

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
In-no-Chű˘, Kyűbi no Kitsune (the nine-tailed fox), Miuranosuke Yoshiaki Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Tamamo-no-Mae Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Wada Gor˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Kazusanosuke Tsunehiro Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Kazusanosuke's wife Tokiwazu Ichikawa Dannosuke III
Washizuka Kint˘ji Hidekuni Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
Princess Hatsuhana Yamashita Yaoz˘ II

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ", which was written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Sakurada Jisuke II and Fukumori Kyűsuke I and which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
ďshima Danshichi Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Issun Tokubŕ Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Okaji, Otatsu Iwai Hanshir˘ V
The d˘guya Seishichi, later Tsuribune Sankichi Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
The ashigaru Namano Hachinai, later Mikawaya Giheiji Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
The okujochű Kotoura Ichikawa Dannosuke III
ďshima Sagaemon ďtani Monz˘ I

11th lunar month of 1811: the actor Sawamura Gennosuke I and the playwright Katsu Hy˘z˘ I took the respective names of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IV and Tsuruya Nanboku IV at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura" [print].

29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1813: a fire broke out in Edo in the district of Takasago-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ohatsu, the watashimori Onatsu, Princess Hanako, the Shinkiyomizu ama Seigen, Hanjo-no-Mae Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Kume no Heinai Nagamori, Yamada no Sabur˘ Kanetsugu, Sarushima S˘ta (in reality Awazu no Shichir˘) Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V
Yoshida Matsuwakamaru, the Iruma's tsubone Iwafuji, the yakko Gunsuke, the carver Hidari Jingor˘, Awazu Rokur˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Onoe, ďgigaya Ichikawa Dannosuke III
H˘j˘ Yoshitoki, the yakko Midahei Seki Sanjűr˘ II
The okujochű Taketawa, Kariganeya's shinz˘ Uneme Iwai Kumesabur˘ II
Matsui no Gengo Sadakage, the yakko Sudahei Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
The yakko Todahei Nakayama Monzabur˘
Yoshida Umewakamaru Iwai Matsunosuke I
The Shinkiyomizu's young bonze Sakuranb˘, ďtomo's son H˘shimaru Ichimura Kamesabur˘
Arakawa Kijir˘ Ichikawa Shinz˘ III
The okujochű Tsukijino Band˘ Zenji II
Kariganeya's young man Gonshichi Matsumoto Kojir˘
Princess Sakura Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ II
ďtomo Hitachinosuke Yorikuni, Princess Sakura's protector Iozaki Azuma T˘z˘ IV
The okujochű Nanaura Arashi Shinpei IV
The okujochű Kirishima, the d˘shinsha Murokub˘ Kirishima Giemon
Princess Sakura's protector Sekiya Yamashita Mansaku
The Shinkiyomizu chief priest Todorokib˘ Ichikawa Monzabur˘ II
Hiki no Hangan Sawamura Kinpei II
The okujochű Ayase Iwai Kamejir˘
Kiyomizu Heimanosuke Seigen Band˘ Tsurujűr˘

5th lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 12-role hengemono "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", which was performed by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII. One of the roles, "Tonbi Yakko", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" (commonly called "Suma no Utsushie"). It was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The ama Matsukaze Ichikawa Dannosuke III
The ama Murasame Iwai Kumesabur˘ II
Ariwara no Yukihira, the ry˘shi Konohŕ Arashi Sangor˘ III

Fall 1815 ~ 1821: the Ichimuraza went bankrupt and gave its license to the Kiriza.

11th day of the 7th lunar month of 1820: Ichimura Uzaemon XI died.

1817: the Kiriza went bankrupt and transferred the Ichimuraza license to the Miyakoza.

1818: the Miyakoza went bankrupt and transferred the Ichimuraza license to the Tamagawaza.

10th lunar month of 1821: the Ichimuraza was back in business.

11th lunar month of 1821: Ichimura Kamenosuke took the name of Ichimura Uzaemon XII and became the new official zamoto of the reopening Ichimuraza. The business was managed from behind the scenes by Fukuchi Mohŕ because the new Uzaemon was too young. Fukuchi Mohŕ produced the special kaomise program "Nani o Tanete Ukiki no Kaobure", starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Ichikawa Omez˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Ichikawa Monnosuke III. The actors Sawamura Shirogor˘ II and Ichikawa Raiz˘ IV celebrated their shűmei during this performance.

10th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1822: a tremendous fight involving sum˘ wrestlers broke out within the Ichimuraza during the Kabuki performance of the day.

12th lunar month of 1822: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the danmari "Ichiharano no Danmari"; the role of Hirai Yasumasa was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ III and the Tokiwazu musical accompaniment was created by Tokiwazu Komojidayű I.

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma" (or "Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma"), commonly called "Inazuma Z˘shi". It was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Nagoya Sanza, Miuraya Komurasaki Onoe Kikugor˘ III
Fuwa Banzaemon, Banzui Ch˘bŕ, Teranishi Kanshin Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Shirai Gonpachi, Murasaki Sench˘, Ch˘bŕ's wife Ochika Iwai Hanshir˘ V
The courtesan Katsuragi, Oden, Okuni Segawa Kikunoj˘ V
Miuraya Hanamurasaki Ichikawa Monnosuke III
Hachinai, Shirai Magoichir˘ Seki Sanjűr˘ II
Honj˘ Sukedayű Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Iriya no Kinz˘ Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV
Rokkaku Saky˘noshin Nakayama Kinsha
Mamushi Jihei Sawamura Shirogor˘ II

8th day of the 12th lunar month of 1825: a fire broke out in Edo in the puppet theater Yűkiza, located in the district of Fukiya-ch˘, and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

6th lunar month of 1826: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III performed at the Ichimuraza in a 3-role Kiyomoto-based hengemono entitled "Mata Koko-ni Kabuki no Hanadashi". The 3 roles were Take-no-Uchi no Sukeneya (a legendary character famous for his extraordinary long life), a fisherman fighting a giant octopus and a tekomai festival dancer. The fisherman and the dancer are nowadays independent dances, which are staged under the respective titles of "Amiuchi" and "Omatsuri".

3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1827: a fire broke out from the third floor of the Ichimuraza and destroyed the Ichimuraza, the Nakamuraza and 2 puppet theaters.

21st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1829: a fire broke out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spread and destroyed the Edo theaters district. The Moritaza, the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza were burnt to ashes.

23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1830: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Kodenma-ch˘. It spread and destroyed the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

7th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1834: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spread and destroyed the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

7th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono". The role of Princess Takiyasha and Mitsukuni were played by Ichikawa Kuz˘ II and Ichimura Uzaemon XII.

11th lunar month of 1838: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke IV's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanabutai Kasumi no Saruhiki", commonly called "Utsubo Zaru". The choreography was made by Matsumoto Goroichi and the musical accompaniment was made by Kishizawa Shikisa V. The dance was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The monkey-showman Nakamura Utaemon IV
Tar˘kaja Ichimura Uzaemon XII
The female lord Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
The monkey Nakamura Kinjir˘

4th lunar month of 1840: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V took the name of Seki Sanjűr˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka and Chichibu Sh˘ji Shigetada in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki" and the role of Umakata Hachiz˘ in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". The k˘j˘ celebrating this shűmei was led by the star Nakamura Utaemon IV.

6th day of the 10th lunar month of 1841: a fire broke out from the backstages of the Nakamuraza in the district of Kanda Sakai-ch˘. It spread and destroyed the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1841: the Edo authorities forbade the reconstruction of the destroyed theaters in Sakai-ch˘.

19th day of the 12th lunar month of 1841: the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza were ordered to move to the remote district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘.

1st lunar month of 1843: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari" (commonly called "Noriaibune"), which was staged within the new year drama "Kioi Uta Soga no Hanadashi" and used different musical ensembles: Tomimoto, Tokiwazu, Nagauta and Gidayű. The seven dancers were Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XII, Band˘ Shűka I, Seki Sanjűr˘ III, Onoe Kikujir˘ II, Nakamura Fukusuke I and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V.

2nd lunar month of 1847: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 11-role hengemono "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (same title as the classic drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"); each role, which was performed by Ichimura Uzaemon XII, was based on 1 act of "Chűshingura":

Role Music
Ashikaga Naoyoshi Tokiwazu [1]
The musume Konami Tokiwazu [1]
Sotoba Komachi Nagauta
ďboshi Rikiya Kiyomoto
Kakubŕ Jishi Nagauta
Kagokaki [2] Tokiwazu
Okaru Nagauta
Tabi Yakko Kiyomoto
Oriki Tokiwazu [1]/Nagauta
Igo Tokiwazu [1]/Nagauta
ďtaka Bungo ďzatsuma

11th lunar month of 1847: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the 7-role hengemono "Shiki Utsushi Tosae no Futsutsuka" [JPN]. The seven roles were Otohime (Princess Oto), send˘ (the boatman), daikoku, keisei, Daijin (the Minister), kaminari (the thunder) and Ushiwaka (young Yoshitsune). All were danced by Ichikawa Kodanji IV. The musical accompaniment was made up of three ensembles: Tokiwazu, Gidayű and Nagauta.

8th lunar month of 1848: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Miyagi Asojir˘, Komazawa Jirozaemon Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
Miyuki Band˘ Shűka I

1st lunar month of 1851: the actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Ichimura Kur˘emon respectively took the names of Ichimura Takenoj˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII; the new Uzaemon became the manager of the Ichimuraza.

2nd lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘" or "Akegarasu". It was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Yamanaya Urazato Band˘ Shűka I
Kasugaya Tokijir˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
Yamanaya Shirobŕ ďtani Tomoemon IV
A kamuro Band˘ Kichiya I

1st lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono", which was written by Sakurada Jisuke III and staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
ďtsuka Bansaku Kazunari, Inukawa S˘suke, Kanamari Daisuke, Komiyama Kageyu Saemon, Inukai Genpachi, Inugawa Gakuz˘ Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Yamabayashi Fusahachi, Inusaka Keno, the ghost of Yatsufusa, Inuyama D˘setsu Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V
Inuzuka Shino, Princess Fuse Band˘ Shűka I
Fusahachi's wife Onui, Hamaji Onoe Kikujir˘ II
Inuta Kobungo, Satomi Yoshizane, Aboshi Samojir˘ Arashi Kichisabur˘ III
The sh˘ya Hikiroku, Konaya Bungobei ďtani Tomoemon IV
Kamezasa Nakayama Bungor˘ II

9th lunar month of 1852: the play "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Tamate Gozen Band˘ Shűka I
Gapp˘ Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Shuntokumaru Nakamura Fukusuke I
Princess Asaka Nakamura Kamenoj˘ I
Gapp˘'s wife Otoku Arashi Koroku V
The yakko Irihei Nakamura Shibajaku I

5th day of the 11th lunar month of 1854: a big fire broke out in the district of Seiten-ch˘ and reduced to ashes the Ichimuraza, the Nakamuraza and the Moritaza.

2nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1855: the Ansei earthquake (Ansei Daijishin) destroyed Edo, tearing down the Ichimuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1856: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Band˘ branch of the Otowaya guild; Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I respectively took the names of Band˘ Kamez˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V. The two actors performed together in the dramas "Tsuruhachi to Suehiro Soga", "Hikinuide Kasumi no Midomise" and "Yume Musubu Ch˘ ni Torioi".

9th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 9-act drama "Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge". The 2 leading stars were Ichikawa Kodanji IV (the blind masseur Bun'ya and the thief Niza) and Band˘ Kamez˘ I (Itamiya Jűbŕ).

11th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sh˘chikubai Yuki no Akebono", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Yaoya Oshichi Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Kichisabur˘ Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V
Osugi Onoe Kikugor˘ IV

11th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Joro no Makoto Osada no Chűk˘", commonly called "Kuramayama" and performed with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ushiwakamaru Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
The Tengű Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Omatsu Onoe Kikugor˘ IV
Kisanta Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V

7th lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri", commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Kozaru Shichinosuke, Nakamanjiya Yahŕ Ichikawa Kodanji IV
The okujochű Kikugawa (later the courtesan Goshuden no Okuma), Nakamanjiya Tamagiku Onoe Kikugor˘ IV
Amiuchi Shichigor˘, D˘chű-oichiji Sangor˘, Hasuba Yoroku Masakazu, Jiz˘d˘ no Sainen Band˘ Kamez˘ I
The sakaya tedai Yoshir˘, the send˘ Misao no Take, Inagi Shinnoj˘ Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V
Ob˘ Kichisa, the priest Ky˘shin Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Shichinosuke's younger sister Onami Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
Kuraganoya Gohŕ, Shibukawa Gunjűr˘ Asao Yoroku II
Yokome Sukebei, the wakat˘ Murasuke, Enma no D˘hachi Band˘ Muraemon I
Shimazakiya Kichiroku Arashi Kichiroku
The brothel servant Ok˘, Kuraganoya Osame Nakamura K˘z˘

3rd lunar month of 1858: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; the nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku"). It was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Seigen, Sukeroku Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Princess Sakura, Omaki, Miuraya Agemaki, Otake Onoe Kikugor˘ IV
Ushiwaka Denji, Kinokuniya Bunzaemon Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Torii Shinzaemon, the shirozake seller Shinbŕ Seki Sanjűr˘ III
The shinz˘ Shiratama Nakamura Kamenoj˘ I
The bant˘ Gonkur˘ Band˘ Muraemon I
The r˘nin Sagohei, Monbei Asao Yoroku II
Sakichi Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
The yakko Yodohei Ichikawa Yonejűr˘ II

2nd lunar month of 1859: premiere of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" (commonly called "Izayoi Seishin"), which was staged with the following casting

Roles Actors
Seishin, Seikichi Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Izayoi, Osayo Iwai Kumesabur˘ III
Yaegaki Monz˘ Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Motome Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
Tsukioka Hakuren, ďdera Sh˘bei Seki Sanjűr˘ III

9th lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's Kiyomoto-based dance "Jitsugetsusei Chűya no Oriwake", commonly called "Ryűsei". The leading roles were played by Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ III and Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

1st lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai", staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Osh˘ Kichisa, Kiya Bunri Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Ob˘ Kichisa Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Oj˘ Kichisa, Hitoe Iwai Kumesabur˘ III
Dozaemon Denkichi, Ch˘jiya Ch˘bŕ Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Jűzabur˘ Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
Otose, Ch˘jiya Yoshino, Osugi Nakamura Kamenoj˘ I
Kiya Oshizu, Ch˘jiya Kokonoe Azuma Ichinoj˘ I

3rd lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The ghost of Iwafuji, Torii Matasuke Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Hasebe Tatewaki, Taga no Tairy˘ Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Ohatsu, Onoe II, Oryű Iwai Kumesabur˘ III
Mochizuki Danj˘ Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Matasuke's sister Nakamura Kamenoj˘ I
Matasuke's son Shigaichi Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ I

7th lunar month of 1860: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hachiman Matsuri Yomiya no Nigiwai" (commonly called "Chijimiya Shinsuke"), staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Shinsuke Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Miyokichi Iwai Kumesabur˘ III
Shinzabur˘ Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Genzaemon Seki Sanjűr˘ III

2nd lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Chigiru Koi Haru no Awa Mochi". The roles of the awa mochi makers were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XIII and Nakamura Shikan IV.

3rd lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko"), staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke Ichimura Uzaemon XIII
Nippon Daemon Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Nang˘ Rikimaru Nakamura Shikan IV
Akaboshi Jűzabur˘ Iwai Kumesabur˘ III
Tadanobu Rihei Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I
Hamamatsuya K˘bŕ Ichikawa Danz˘ VI
S˘nosuke Seki Hanasuke I

Spring 1863: Ichimura Uzaemon XIII took the name of Ichimura Kakitsu IV.

2nd lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Gosho no Goroz˘, Yuri-no-Kata Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Hototogisu Ichimura Kakitsu IV
Satsuki Onoe Kikujir˘ II
Hoshikage Doemon Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Asama Tomoenoj˘ Nakamura Fukusuke II

22nd 4th lunar month of 1864: a fire broke out in a Moritaza's shibai jaya; it quickly spread and burnt the Moritaza, the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami" (commonly called "Kogitsune Reiza"), staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Nippon Daemon Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Kogitsune Reizabur˘ Ichimura Kakitsu IV
Funadama Osai Onoe Kikujir˘ II

2nd lunar month of 1867: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's new year sogamono "Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami", in which was premiered the drama "Oshizu Reiza". This drama mixed the sekai of Oshizu/Reiza with a sogamono and a parodic kagamiyamamono. It was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, the spirit of the husband and wife pine tree of the Hakone mountain, Kosui no Nabematsu, the Okushűya tedai Reizabur˘, the shinz˘ Hatsugiku Ichimura Kakitsu IV
Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, the otokodate Sh˘ki no Hanbŕ, Oshizu's father Hokke no Denji Band˘ Kamez˘ I
The courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover), the geisha Oyuki, the Miuraya keisei Iwafuji, Oshizu Sawamura Tanosuke III
Kobayashi no Asahina, the doctor Tsurugizawa Bakuan, the Okushűya master Yasuemon Seki Sanjűr˘ III
Ky˘ no Jir˘, Ushijima Chikara, the uekiya Yanagishima no Matsu Ichikawa Sadanji I
The courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover), the daughter of the Okushűya Ohaya Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ I
The Okushűya ny˘b˘ Otami, Tokusai's daughter Otoku Ichikawa Shinsha I

8th lunar month of 1868: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; Ichimura Kakitsu IV and Ichimura Takematsu III respectively took the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIV (the new zamoto of the Ichimuraza).

9th lunar month of 1869: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Momoyama Monogatari", commonly called "Jishin Kat˘" ("Earthquake Kat˘"); Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII played the leading role of Kat˘ Kiyomasa. This drama was a first experiment, which foreshadowed the katsureki plays.

9th lunar month of 1871: the Ichimuraza debts were too heavy for Ichimura Uzaemon XIV, who decided to leave the management of the theater to Fukuchi Mohŕ; Ichimura Uzaemon XIV took back the name of Ichimura Kakitsu V and Fukuchi Mohŕ changed the name of the theater to Murayamaza, whose new official zamoto was Fukuchi Mohŕ's son, a 10 years old boy who took the name of Murayama Matasabur˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1872: premiere at the Murayamaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance "Renjishi", which starred Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V and Sawamura Tossh˘ II in the roles of the spirits of Lions (parent and cub).

March 1873: premiere at the Murayamaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Taiko no Oto Chiyű Sanryaku" (commonly called "Sakai no Taiko"), which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Sakai Saemon, Okabe Nagashige, Torii Tadamoto Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII
Naruse T˘z˘ Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Sakurai, Takigawa, Uky˘ Band˘ Kakitsu I
Fushiya Ichikawa Monnosuke V
Kosasa, Tegoshi Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ II
Sanpei, Torii Hikoemon, Yagenji Nakamura Tokiz˘ I
Baba Mino-no-Kami, Ippei, K˘z˘ Seki Sanjűr˘ IV
Tokiwai, Shikishima Nakamura Karoku II

May 1874: the Murayamaza management was taken over by Miyamoto Kisabur˘, who decided to name the theater Miyamotoza.

December 1875: the Miyamotoza management was taken over by Satsuma Kichiemon, who decided to name the theater Satsumaza. He had not enough money to schedule any performance up to the destruction of his theater by fire the following year.

December 1876: the Satsumaza was destroyed by a big fire.

September 1878: the theater reopened under the name Ichimuraza but was no more managed by the Ichimura clan. The 2 zamoto were Ichikawa Benz˘ and Nakamura Zenshir˘. The name Ichimura was made up of the ideograms ichi (Ichikawa Benz˘) and mura (Nakamura Zenshir˘).

September 1878: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Songokű Ichikawa Gonjűr˘
The Priest Sanz˘ Nakamura Tokiz˘ I
Chohakkai Seki Sanjűr˘ IV
Sagoj˘ Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V
The queen of the Sairy˘ Province, in reality the spirit of a giant spider Ichikawa Metora I
A kanjo for the queen of the Sairy˘ Province, in reality the spirit of a giant spider Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ III

1882: the Ichimuraza moved to the district of Shitaya Nich˘-machi.

May 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
S˘gor˘, Otsuta Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Isobe Kazunosuke, Urato Monzabur˘ Kataoka Gad˘ III
Urato Jűzaemon Arashi Rikan IV
Iwagami Tenz˘ Onoe Matsusuke IV
Sankichi Ichikawa Shinz˘ V
Ohama Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ III

May 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi" which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The send˘ Tenjiku Tokubŕ, Dainichimaru, the tepp˘ smith Kakuz˘, the zat˘ Tokuichi, Shiba Saemon Yoshiteru Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Hosokawa Shurinosuke Masamoto, the yakko Shikaz˘ Kataoka Gad˘ III
Sasaki Katsuranosuke, Sasano Saiz˘ Sawamura Tosshi VII
Yamana Tokigor˘, Kojima Yoshir˘ Onoe Matsusuke IV
Umezu Kamon Tomoharu, Nakama Isuke, Yoshir˘'s son Inosuke Band˘ Kakitsu I
Matsugae Iwai Matsunosuke IV
The yakko Isohei Ichikawa Shinz˘ V
The yakko Shigez˘ Onoe Kikunosuke II
Kakuz˘'s son Minomatsu Band˘ Takematsu
S˘kan's wife Yűnami, Kakuz˘'s wife Oriku Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ III
Ishiwari Gengo, Yoshioka S˘kan, Moku S˘kan ďtani Monz˘ III
The snake handler Danpachi Sawamura Masujir˘
The lady-in-waiting Sodegaki Onoe Tomimatsu
Ich˘-no-Mae Band˘ Mitsuz˘

April 1890: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Hitotsuya"; Onoe Kikugor˘ V played the leading role of the old woman Ibara.

1908: the entrepreneur Tamura Nariyoshi became the manager of the Ichimuraza. He hired the rising stars (and rivals) Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Nakamura Kichiemon I. This was the beginning of a new golden age for the Ichimuraza, nicknamed Kikukichi (Kiku for Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Kichi for Nakamura Kichiemon I). This successful era lasted ten years.

March 1910: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Hanago", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and staged under the title "Migawari Zazen" with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Uky˘ Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Tamanoi Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
Tar˘kaja Nakamura Kichiemon I

January 1916: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "B˘ Shibari", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Jir˘kaja Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Tar˘kaja Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
The daimy˘ Nakamura Kichiemon I

July 1917: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Tachi Nusubito", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment written by Kineya Mitar˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII played the 3 roles of the dance.

February 1922: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Shibahama no Kawazaifu", a drama adapted from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Sawamura S˘nosuke I played the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu.

June 1924: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Akutar˘", which was adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘, with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Kineya Sakichi IV; it was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Akutar˘ Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Yasuki Matsunoj˘ Ichikawa Dan'en I
The priest Chirenb˘ Ichikawa Kodayű II
Tar˘kaja ???

21 May 1932: last destruction by fire. This theater was not rebuilt.

Notes

[1] The Tokiwazu songs were sung by Tokiwazu Mojidayű IV.

[2] "Kagokaki" is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire and its title is "Kagoya".

The Ichimuraza backstages in the 5th lunar month of 1865
 
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