ICHIKAWA ICHIZď III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III In Japanese
Onoe Ichiz˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Ch˘sh˘ In Japanese

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Ch˘sh˘

Existence: 1833 ~ 2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1865 [1]

Connection:

Grandfather: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I

Father: Onoe Tamiz˘ II

Elder brother: Onoe Sh˘kaku I

Disciples: Ichikawa Ichimaru, Ichikawa Ichijir˘

Career:

1837: first stage appearance with his brother in miyaji shibai in ďsaka.

Winter 1857: Ichiz˘ and his brother Onoe Waichi II went together to Edo.

2nd lunar month of 1857: Ichiz˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Tenjiku Tokubŕ in the drama "Irifune Soga Nihon no Torikaji". One day, a samurai who was watching the play and was so caught up in the actions on stage, suddenly drew his sword and jumped on the stage to strike Ichiz˘. Several theater staff were killed when they tried to stop the samurai and Ichiz˘ was injured. It was a light injury as he was able to perform the following day. Thanks to this unexpected samurai brawl, the play was a huge success.

1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") was adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it was integrated within the new year sogamono drama "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Ichiz˘ played the role of Asaina Sabur˘ Yoshihide [casting].

1st lunar month of 1861: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Ichiz˘ played the roles of Yamanaka Shikanosuke and Hozumi Shinjűr˘ [casting].

10th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Z˘ho Futatsu Domoe"; Ichiz˘ played the roles of Mashiba Hisayoshi and Iwaki T˘manoj˘ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Ichiz˘ played the role of Kaisaka no Chűz˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1863: Ichiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (shiro)itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) unique - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

Summer 1864: Ichiz˘ went back to ďsaka.

8th lunar month of 1864: Ichiz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Gonpachi in the drama "Keisei Sato no Inazuma".

1st lunar month of 1865: Ichiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1865 [1]: Ichiz˘ died in ďsaka [2].

Comments:

Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III was a promising 19th century tachiyaku actor. This tall actor was able to perform a wide range of roles, not only as a tachiyaku, but also as a katakiyaku or an onnagata. His field of excellence was jitsugoto. He unfortunately died too young, at the beginning of his 30s; if he had lived longer, he most likely would have taken the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘, to honor the memory of his grandfather.

[1] The 2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 2nd year of the Genji era was the 28th of March 1865 in the western calendar.

[2] His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the Chikurinji Temple in the district of Sennichi.

Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III playing the role of the yakko Takobei in the drama "Mata Meguri Kuruwa no Irodako", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1862 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1859

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1862

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1863

The Ichikawa Ichiz˘ line of actors

 
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