Real name: Akita Yukio
Existence: 21 January 1924 ~ 26 December 2015
Grandfather: Onoe Kikusabur˘
April 1930: he was adopted by the mother of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
and made his first appearance on stage, playing under the name of Band˘ Kamenosuke.
December 1949: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" was revived at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘, using a new script written by Uno Nobuo;
Kamenosuke played the role of Unokichi [more details].
1951: Kamenosuke quitted temporarily the Kabuki world.
1955: he was back on stage, for a special show at the Kabukiza commemorating the memory of the great actor Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.
May 1971: Band˘ Kamenosuke took the name of Ichimura Tsuruz˘ at the Kabukiza,
playing the roles of Bannai and Okyaku in the plays "Ochiudo" and "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa".
June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama
"Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito";
Tsuruz˘ played the role of the doctor T˘rin [casting].
February 1975: premiere at the Kabukiza of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Debauchi Otama";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the young man Yatar˘ [more details].
February 1976: revival at the Kabukiza of a 5-act revised version of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of Seishichi, a young employee at the Yamamuraza [casting].
February 1977: premiere at the Kabukiza of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Ichimatsu Koz˘ no Onna";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the bushi ďsawa Rokunosuke [more details].
February 1978: premiere at the Kabukiza of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Aibiki no Onna";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the old clerk Yahŕ [more details].
March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of Sairoku [casting].
January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya";
Tsuruz˘ played the role of Kong˘maru [casting].
August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki";
Tsuruz˘ plays the role of the fan-maker Takeroku [casting]
January 2003: Tsuruz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza,
where he performed in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". He retired after more than 72 years on stage!
26 December 2015: Tsuruz˘ died.
Ichimura Tsuruz˘ was an outstanding supporting hand˘gataki actor, famous for his roles of greedy old men or women
in sewamono dramas.
The mon of Ichimura Tsuruz˘