|ICHIKAWA KODANJI V|
Real name: Suwara Kiyosuke
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Beish˘
Existence: 18th day of the 8th lunar month of 1850  ~ 6 May 1922
Father: Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Brother: Ichikawa Sai'nyű I
Son: Ichikawa Beish˘ II
Adopted son: Ichikawa Kobunji III
Grandson: Ichikawa Nedanji II
Disciple: Ichikawa Komanosuke
1850: born in Edo in the district of Saruwaka-ch˘ in Asakusa.
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Nedanji played the roles of Takayasu Shigejir˘ and Takakichi (or K˘kichi?) [more details].
June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Nedanji played the roles of Kamura Tsuboki-no-Kami, Kurata Jingobei and Kond˘ Tatewaki [casting].
June 1878: Ichikawa Nedanji I took the name of Ichikawa Kodanji V at the Shintomiza, performing in the drama "Matsu no Sakae Chiyoda no Shintoku".
June 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono" [casting]; Kodanji played the role of Gosho no Goromaru Fuyuyasu. Premiere in the same theater of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi-gumo", which was staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III; Kodanji played the role of Watanabe Tsuna [casting].
September 1881 ~ Spring 1883: Kodanji performed in Kamigata with his brother.
December 1883: tour in Nagoya.
March 1884 ~ June 1885: Kodanji performed in Kamigata with his brother.
July 1885: Kodanji was back in T˘ky˘ and performed at the Shintomiza.
July 1890: premiere at the Shintomiza of "Kiyomasa Seichűroku", a revised version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1875 drama "Minori no Aki Seish˘ Denki". It was part of a special 2-day gala program starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX; Kodanji played the role of Ikeda Terumasa [more details].
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Kodanji played the roles of Ushiwaka Denji and Kinokuniya Bunzaemon [casting].
July 1905: Kodanji played at the Meijiza the role of Issun Tokubŕ and Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Tsuribune Sabu were played by Ichikawa Ensh˘ II and Ichikawa Arajir˘ I.
18 March 1916: his elder brother Ichikawa Sai'nyű I died.
15 November 1921: his son Ichikawa Beish˘ II died.
6 May 1922: Kodanji died.
Ichikawa Kodanji V was a Meiji/Taish˘ actor, able to play both tachiyaku and onnagata roles. His forte were jitsugotoshi roles. Less brilliant than his amazing father Ichikawa Kodanji IV, he focused on classic dramas and was not involved in any of the reformist experiments which shook the Kabuki world.
 The 18th day of the 8th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Kaei era was the 23rd of September 1850 in the western calendar.
 The 8th day of the 5th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kei˘ era was the 20th of June 1866 in the western calendar.
 A long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.
Ichikawa Kodanji V playing of the Chinese merchant Beish˘ju in the drama "Ori Hime Shusu Enishi no Iroito", which was staged in May 1894 at the Meijiza
The Ichikawa Nedanji line of actors
The Ichikawa Kodanji line of actors
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