LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - ICHIYAMA
   
Ichiyama Seiz˘
Ichiyama Seiz˘  In Japanese | Ichiyama Hangor˘  In Japanese | Ichiyama Hankur˘  In Japanese | Tsuruyama Hangor˘  In Japanese | Ichiyama Hangor˘  In Japanese | Matsushima Hanakiku  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. First-recorded performance in the 1st lunar month of 1709 in ďsaka, where he performed as a wakaonnagata in the drama "Ama no Iwahashi" which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ II. He went to Edo in winter 1713 and played in the 2nd lunar month at the Moritaza the role of Princess Sakura in the drama "Isshin Oyako Zakura". Then, he performed for several years in inaka shibai. He was back in ďsaka in Fall 1722, took the name of Ichiyama Hangor˘, became tachiyaku and performed in the 11th lunar month of 1722 in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Tenn˘ Sokutai Guruma", which was produced by Arashi Kanshir˘ I. Was he a disciple of Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I? No confirmation so far. He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1723 and took the name of Tsuruyama Hangor˘ in 11th lunar month of 1723, performing in Ky˘to in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. He took the name of Ichiyama Hankur˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1724 in Ky˘to, performing in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma". He took back the name of Ichiyama Hangor˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1726. He became katakiyaku, took the name of Ichiyama Seiz˘ and performed in the 11th lunar month of 1727 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Masu Kagami Eitai Gura", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1732 in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Kuroda Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa" which was produced by Arashi Koroku I. This was his last-recorded performance. No record afterwards.

Kirinami Takie (left) and Ichiyama Seiz˘ (right) playing the roles of Koyurugi and Kuroda Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater

Ichiyama Shimanosuke  
Ichiyama Shimanosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was most likely a disciple of Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I [1]. His stage name was Ichiyama Shimanosuke and he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, when he performed as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira" in which he played the role of Murase Mikinoj˘. He became wakaonnagata and performed in the 11th lunar month of 1719 at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Onna Daimy˘ Iroha Obi", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II. He switched back to wakashugata and played in the 11th lunar month of 1729 at the Naka no Shibai the role of the kosh˘ Irie Mondo in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Yakata Manp˘ no Mikura", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I. He went to Edo in Fall 1732, became wakaonnagata and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Oshima in the kaomise drama "Yamato Kotoba Imagawaj˘", which also welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Arashi Otohachi I [2]. His rank in the 1733 Edo hy˘banki [3], wakaonnagata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

The name of Ichiyama Shimanosuke in the 1733 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

 

Notes

[1] This is our assumption. These two actors were recorded as performing together. For example in the 11th lunar month of 1717 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai.

[2] Arashi Otohachi I also celebrated his shűmei.

[3] Ichiyama Shimanosuke was recorded in the hy˘banki which was published in the 1st lunar month of 1733 (after the 1732 kaomise drama). He was also recorded in another hy˘banki which was published in the 2nd lunar month of 1733. His rank in the latter hy˘banki was (superior) [visual].

 
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