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Actor: Ichikawa Saruzō I (初代市川猿蔵)

Lifetime: 1835 - 1855

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This actor, the fourth son of Ichikawa Ebizō V, received the name Saruzō in 11/1838 when he debuted in a child's role, naturally. In 1842 his father was arrested for violating the sumptuary laws and was banished from Edo. Ebizō went to Osaka and took his son with him. They returned to Edo in 2/1850.

"[Saruzō] played in the 9th lunar month of 1852 at the Kawarazakiza the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinchô", sharing the stage with his father Ichikawa Ebizō V and his elder brother Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII in the roles of Musashibō Benkei and Togashi Saemon."

Saruzō acted under his original name until his death on the 29th day, 9th month, 1855. This was November 8, 1855 of the Western calendar.