Bandō Kakitsu I

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Bandō".
Bandō Kakitsu I
Bandô Kakitsu I.jpg
A print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1885, depicting Kakitsu in the role of Nagoya Kosanza in Monogusa Tarosaku Tekuda no Utaate
Born Ichimura Takematsu III
1847
Died March 18, 1893
Other names Ichimura Kakitsu V, Ichimura Uzaemon XIV, Ichimura Takematsu III
Occupation Kabuki actor
Years active 1847-1893
Children Ichimura Uzaemon XV (adopted)
Parents Father – Ichimura Takenojō V

Bandō Kakitsu I (初代 坂東 家橘 Shodai Bandō Kakitsu?, 1847 – 1893) was a Japanese kabuki actor of the Uzaemon acting lineage, also commonly known as Ichimura Uzaemon XIV (十四代目 市村 羽左衛門 Jūyondaime Ichimura Uzaemon?). He was an influential actor during the Kaei through Meiji eras of the Japanese imperial calendar. He is best known for his wagotoshi roles.

Early life[edit]

Bandō Kakitsu I was born in 1847, the son of kabuki actor Ichimura Takenojō V. On November 1848, Kakitsu appeared on stage for the first time under the stage name Ichimura Takematsu III.[1] His father suddenly grew ill and died on August 20, 1851.[2]

Career[edit]

In August 1868, Kakitsu took the name Ichimura Uzaemon XIV in a traditional actor naming ceremony called a shūmei. He became the zamoto (manager, troupe head) of the Ichimura-za.[1]

In November 1868, he produced the play Kanadehon Chūshingura, and played the roles of En'ya Hangan, Ōboshi Rikiya and Ashikaga Tadayoshi.

September 1871 brought debt to the Ichimura-za too great for Kakitsu to handle, forcing him to leave the theater to Fukuchi Mohei, who changed the name to Murayama-za.

Kakitsu returned in November 1871 to perform in the classic Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura.

Kakitsu appeared on stage for the last time in March 1893 in the drama Yamabiraki Meguro Shinfuji. He died soon afterward.

Notable Roles[edit]

Year Theater Play Roles Notes
1868 Ichimura-za Kanadehon Chūshingura En'ya Hangan, Ōboshi Rikiya and Ashikaga Tadayoshi Also the producer, acted in the theater he managed
1871 Nakamura-za Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
1873 Murayama-za Taiko no Oto Chiyū Sanryaku Sakurai, Takigawa and Ukyō
1873 Nakamura-za Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachijō Chūshichi The play is also commonly referred to as Kamiyui Shinza
1873 Murayama-za Hana Momiji Nori no Ongaku
1881 Shintomi-za Kumo ni Magō Ueno no Hatsuhana Lord Matsue The play is also commonly referred to as Kōchiyama
1881 Shintomi-za Tsuchigumo Minamoto no Raikō
1886 Chitose-za Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi Minosuke The play is also commonly referred to as Kagatobi
1893 Ichimura-za Yamabiraki Meguro Shinfuji This was his final stage appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shōriya, Aragorō. "Bandô Kakitsu I." Kabuki21. 6 June 2008. 5 July 2008 <http://www.kabuki21.com/kakitsu1.php>.
  2. ^ Shōriya, Aragorō. "Ichimura Takenojô V." Kabuki21. 6 June 2008. 5 July 2008 <http://www.kabuki21.com/takenojo5.php>.