ASAO KUZAEMON IV

Stage names:

Asao Kuzaemon IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Kigan IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Kish˘ In Japanese
Asao Kigan In Japanese
Asao Ushinosuke In Japanese

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Kigan (4), Kashű

Existence: 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853 [1] ~ 14 April 1924

Connection:

Father: Asao Kuzaemon III

Nephew: Onoe Taganoj˘ III

Career:

20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1853: born in Hakata.

1st lunar month of 1860: debut on stage (hatsubutai) in miyaji shibai; he received the name of Asao Ushinosuke at the Inariza in Shimonoseki.

1872: he took the name of Asao Kigan.

January 1876: he became disciple of Ichikawa Udanji I and received the name of Ichikawa Kish˘ [2] in Ky˘to.

November 1876: he took the name of Ichikawa Kigan IV [3] 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˘.

Mai 1905: Kigan played at the Miyatoza the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Kinkakuji"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Princess Yuki were played by Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V and Sawamura S˘nosuke I.

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.

September 1911: Ichikawa Kigan IV and his nephew Ichikawa Kisabur˘ respectively took the names of Asao Kuzaemon IV and Ichikawa Kigan V at the Meijiza.

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.

October 1921: Kuzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kawagoe Shigeyori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

14 April 1924: Kuzaemon died in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

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˘.

[1] 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.

[2] In 1881 according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű".

[3] in 1879 according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database; much later according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or the "Hyakunin no Kabuki Haiyű".

Asao Kuzaemon IV playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Terakoya" (end of the Meiji era)

The Ichikawa Kigan line of actors

The Asao Kuzaemon line of actors

 
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