|ICHIKAWA OMEZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Kaigan, Shinsha
Existence: 1781 ~ 7th day of the 6th lunar month of 1833 
Father: Ichikawa Monnosuke II
Brothers: Ichikawa Monkichi, Ichikawa Takinosuke
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V
11th lunar month of 1784: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Kiriza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Bennosuke and played with his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in the drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura".
9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Omez˘ played the roles of Todoroki Dengoemon and the yakko Tomohei in the former theater [casting].
6th lunar month of 1797: the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" was revived for the first time, at the Kiriza; Omez˘ achieved a great success by playing the role of ďtomo no Kuronushi [casting]. He also played the roles of Yuranosuke and Jűtar˘ in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".
11th lunar month of 1799: Omez˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Kat˘ Masakiyo (the superhero in the "Shibaraku" scene) in the kaomise drama "Happyakuch˘ Hisago no Kanzashi"; the role of the villain was played by Morita Kan'ya VIII.
1st ~ 10th lunar months of 1800: tour in Ise and in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1804: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Momiji no Edoguma"; Omez˘ played the roles of Sakata Shumenoj˘ Kintoki, Urabe Kageyu Suetake, Usui Yukienoj˘ Sadamitsu and Watanabe Genji Tsuna [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1805: Omez˘ played in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which was staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI; the roles of the courtesan Agemaki and Ikyű were played by Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I and Onoe Matsusuke I.
1819: tour in Kamigata.
1st lunar month of 1823: Omez˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was k˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Yaegasumi Soga no Kumiito"; Omez˘ played the role of Kanbara Sagor˘ [casting].
6th lunar month of 1824: Omez˘ appeared on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He retired and took the name of Ichikawa Benz˘ II (his father Ichikawa Monnosuke II's third stage name).
7th day of the 6th lunar month of 1833 : Benz˘ died in Edo.
Ichikawa Omez˘ I was a talented tachiyaku actor of the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. He was particularly appreciated by the Edo audience in aragotoshi and jitsugotoshi roles. He became a great jitsuaku in his latter years.
 The 7th day of the 6th lunar month of the 4th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 23rd of July 1833 in the western calendar.
 The 19th day of the 11th lunar month of the 6th year of the Kansei era was the 11th of December 1794 in the western calendar.
 The 30th day of the 10th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunka era was the 9th of December 1806 in the western calendar.
Ichikawa Omez˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1798~1800)
The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors
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