ICHIKAWA SHINZď V

Stage names:

Ichikawa Shinz˘ V In Japanese
Nakamura Shibanosuke II In Japanese

Real name: Okamoto Rokutar˘

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry name: Shinsh˘

Existence: 12th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1861 ~ 9 July 1897

Connections:

Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Nakamura Shikan IV

Disciple: Ichikawa Kasen

Career:

1861 ~ 1874: born in Edo. His father Okumura Kanjir˘ was an official working for the Tayasu clan. His mother died a few days after his birth and he was quickly adopted by a man named Moriuchi Yatar˘. Some years later, his adoptive father took the name of Moriuchi T˘bŕ when he became the main clerk of the actor Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII. He started his career at an unknown date, as a disciple of Nakamura Shikan IV, who gave him the name of Nakamura Shibanosuke II.

1874: with the help of Moriuchi T˘bŕ, he became disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and received the name of Ichikawa Shinz˘ V.

May 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa"; Shinz˘ played the role of Sankichi [casting].

November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Shinz˘ played the role of the yakko Isohei [casting].

1885: Moriuchi T˘bŕ died; Shinz˘ was adopted by the owner of a steamboat inn named Okamoto Mitsu and based in Yokohama.

February 1885: Shinz˘ took part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details].

1889: Shinz˘ became nadai at the Kabukiza. A few months later, he unfortunately fell ill and lost one eye.

March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Shinz˘ played the role of Mionoya Shir˘ [casting].

May 1893: Shinz˘ achieved a great success at the Kabukiza by playing the roles of Ninomiya Tar˘, Soga Danzabur˘ and Kamei Rokur˘ in the drama "Jűnitoki Kaikei Soga".

November 1893: Shinz˘ took part in the opening ceremony of the Meijiza [more details].

May 1896: Shinz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, performing in the drama "Fűkigusa Heike Monogatari". He suddenly fell ill after 2 days on stage but he could not recover.

9 July 1897: Shinz˘ died.

Comments:

Ichikawa Shinz˘ V was a talented disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, who took an active part in the katsureki experience led by his master. He was good at dance, traditional music, painting and literature (he wrote a novel). He suffered many physical hardships in his life but always did his best to be on stage. It was said that Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX saw him as a potential heir but he died too young.

Ichikawa Shinz˘ V playing the role of Kimura Shigenari in the drama "ďsakajin Sh˘ke no Kakizome", which was staged in November 1895 at the Kabukiza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

The Ichikawa Shinz˘ line of actors

 
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