|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I
The actor Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1717 to the 5th lunar month of 1752.
|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II
The actor Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1753 to 1776.
|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ III
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ III | Ichikawa Jun'emon | Ichikawa Sh˘emon | Ichikawa Iriz˘
Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, his first stage name was Ichikawa Iriz˘. He became katakiyaku and took the name of Ichikawa Sh˘emon in the 11th lunar month of 1764 at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Hana S˘ma no Dairi". He made another shűmei in the 11th lunar month of 1771 at the Nakamuraza, where he became Ichikawa Jun'emon and played in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji". He was finally allowed to take the prestigious name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1780 at the Ichimuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Mure Takamatsu Yuki no Shirahata". This katakiyaku actor was active in Edo theaters up to the end of the Kansei era but he did not really improve his level and his fame. He left the Kabuki world around 1800 and died in Edo in the 10th lunar month of 1815.
|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV
Naritaya S˘bŕ I | Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV | Fujikawa Kuniz˘ | Fujikawa Kuniz˘
Born in 1766 in Kamigata. His first master was Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III and his first stage name was Fujikawa Kuniz˘. He settled in Edo in 1799 and changed the ideograms used in his family name. The sole ideogram for fuji (the wisteria) was replaced by the two ideograms of Mt. Fuji. He became a disciple of the young star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII in 1805 and took the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1805 at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Keisei Yoshino no Kane". He gave his name to his son in the 11th lunar month of 1825 to take the name of Naritaya S˘bŕ I at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Hei Hangan Yasuyori in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Oniwaka Kongen Butai". His yearly salary in the 11th lunar month of 1828 was 150 ry˘. He was active on Edo stages up to the 9th lunar month of 1833 and died the 12th of the 5th lunar month of 1835. He was a good katakiyaku and excelled in oyajigata roles in his latter years.
There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Naritaya S˘bŕ I in kabuki21.com.
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV (bottom/left) and Iwai Hanshir˘ V (top/right) playing the roles of Ban'emon and Mikazuki Osen in the drama kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yagura no Ishizue", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1810 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)
|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ V
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ V | Ichikawa K˘z˘
Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ IV, he learnt the art with his father, who gave him the name of Ichikawa K˘z˘. He took the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ V in the 11th lunar month of 1825 at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Ichij˘ Jir˘ in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Oniwaka Kongen Butai". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1845 at the Kawarasakiza in the drama "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori". This was his last-recorded stage performance. We don't know what happened to him afterwards. His yag˘ was Naritaya.
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ V (top/left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (bottom/right) playing the roles of Kurosawa Kanz˘ and Shimada Jűza in the drama "Banzei Okuni Kabuki", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1827 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni II)
|Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ VI
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ VI | Ichikawa Komasabur˘
Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ V, he was not trained by his father but became a disciple of the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ V, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Komasabur˘ and trained him in Kamigata. He went back to T˘ky˘ with the Torikuma Shibai troupe and performed at the Harukiza. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and took the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ VI in September 1888 at the Harukiza. He was active in T˘ky˘ koshibai up to the Taish˘ era. His yag˘ were Sakaiya or Naritaya.
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ VI performing in September 1888 at the Harukiza
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