|ASAO KUZAEMON IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Kigan (4), Kashű
Existence: 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853  ~ 14 April 1924
Father: Asao Kuzaemon III
Master: Ichikawa Udanji I
Nephew: Onoe Taganoj˘ III
20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853: born in Hakata.
1872: he took the name of Asao Kigan.
November 1876: he took the name of Ichikawa Kigan IV  in ďsaka at the Kadoza. Kigan was one of the haimy˘ used by the Asao Kuzaemon line of actors and Ichikawa Kigan IV was the first actor to use it as a stage name.
End of the 1870s or during the 1880s: Kigan settled in T˘ky˘.
March 1909: Kigan played at the Miyatoza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; the roles of Oj˘ Kichisa and Ob˘ Kichisa were played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Arashi Yoshisabur˘ IV.
March 1913: Kuzaemon played at the Miyatoza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; the roles of Oj˘ Kichisa and Ob˘ Kichisa were played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ IV.
October 1914: Kuzaemon played at the Miyatoza the role of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen in the drama "Kikubatake"; the roles of Princess Minazuru, Toraz˘ (in reality Ushiwakamaru) and Chienai (in reality Yoshioka Kisanta) were played by Ichikawa Kigan V, Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III and Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II.
14 April 1924: Kuzaemon died in T˘ky˘.
Asao Kuzaemon IV was a versatile koshibai actor. He was for example able to play most of the major male or female roles of the famous drama "Terakoya", not only Matsu˘maru, Takebe Genz˘, Chiyo or Tonami, but although the evil Shund˘ Genba! He was a mainstay at the Miyatoza, Sakaeza or the Misakiza in T˘ky˘.
 The 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Kaei era was the 27th of April 1853 in the western calendar.
The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors
The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors
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