ICHIKAWA SOMEGORď
   
EIGHT GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Somegor˘ I
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ I from the 11th lunar month of 1762 to the 10th lunar month of 1763.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ I playing the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in Kanai Sansh˘'s new year drama "Momo Chidori ďiso Gayoi", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 2nd lunar month of 1763

Ichikawa Somegor˘ 1.2
Ichikawa Ikuz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Otojűr˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Somegor˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Matsubŕ  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in 1761 as a disciple of Ichikawa Komaz˘ II, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Matsubŕ. He took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ (but he was not acknowledged as an official member of the line) in the 11th lunar month of 1766 at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Tsuno Moji Izu no Irifune". He went to ďsaka in fall 1771 and took the name of Ichikawa Otojűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1771 at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai". He settled in Ky˘to in Fall 1772, where he took the name of Ichikawa Ikuz˘ in November. He went back to Edo in Fall 1780 after 9 seasons spent in Kamigata. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 5th lunar month of 1795, at the Kiriza. He died in Edo the 15th of the 6th lunar month of 1798. Ichikawa Ikuz˘ was a talented supporting actor, who was able to perform a wide range of roles as a katakiyaku, d˘kegata or tachiyaku. He was the father of Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Ichikawa Ikuz˘ in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Gik˘ K˘raiya

The name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ in the 1767 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Ichikawa Somegor˘ II
Ichikawa Somegor˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Somez˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Komaz˘ II, he received the name of Ichikawa Somez˘ and started his career at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1769, performing in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hanasakae Hachinoki". He took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ II at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1773, performing in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘" which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1782, in Edo at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Toki no Hana Yuki no Takadachi". It was said that he stopped acting and that he became t˘dori at the Moritaza.

The name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ II in the 1782 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Ichikawa Somegor˘ III
Matsumoto Takejűr˘  In Japanese | Matsumoto Komaz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Somegor˘ III  In Japanese | Matsumoto Komaz˘  In Japanese | Matsumoto Takejűr˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Somegor˘ III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Manz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Adopted son of Ichikawa Somegor˘ II, his first stage name was Ichikawa Manz˘. He made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1775 in Edo at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Kikujid˘ Shuen no Iwaya", which welcomed in Edo the actor Yoshizawa Iroha I. He became a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ III at the Kawarasakiza in the 11th lunar month of 1795, performing in the kaomise drama "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".He took the name of Matsumoto Takejűr˘ at the Ichimuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1805, performing in the kaomise drama "Keisei Yoshino no Kane". He took the name of Matsumoto Komaz˘ in Nagoya in the 4th lunar month of 1812, then switched back to Ichikawa Somegor˘ III in ďsaka in the 7th lunar month of 1812. He took back the name of Matsumoto Komaz˘ in Ky˘to in the 3rd lunar month of 1817, then he switched back to Matsumoto Takejűr˘ in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1817. This minor tachiyaku actor was recorded for the last time in a hy˘banki in 1820. No record afterwards.

The name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ III in the 1797 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV from March 1890 to April 1903.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV playing the role of Kumagai Dennoj˘ in the drama "Katakiuchi Gojiingahara", which staged at the Kabukiza in January 1899

Ichikawa Somegor˘ V
 

The actor Matsumoto Haku˘ held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ V from April 1931 to August 1949.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ V playing the role of Ume˘maru in the drama Kurumabiki", which was staged in April 1931 at the Meijiza

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI from September 1949 to September 1981.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI playing the role of ďishi Kuranosuke in the drama "Genroku Chűshingura"
in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1981
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII
 

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X held the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII from October 1981 to December 2017.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII playing the role of Kinugawa Taniz˘ in the "Hanamizubashi" scene of the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2009) all rights reserved)

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII
 

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII is the current holder of the name since January 2018.

The mon of Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII

 
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