Actor: Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (初代市川鰕十郎)

Alternate names:
Shikaku (poetry name - 市鶴)
Shinshō (poetry name - 新升)
Ichikawa Ichizō I (初代市川市蔵)
Ichinokawa Ichizō (市野川市蔵)

Lifetime: 1777 - 1827

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This actor held this name from 9/1815 until his death in 7/1827. Born in Osaka he began acting under the influence of Ichikawa Danzō IV (1745-1808) who gave him the stage name Ichikawa Ichizō I. His son became Ichikawa Ebijūrō II (1806-29), a man represented in three prints in the Lyon Collection. His grandson was Ichikawa Ichizō III (1833-65).

In the winter of 1799 he began performing in the official sanctioned theaters. Before that he had performed as a child either in minor theaters in Osaka or on stages near temples and shrines. In 6/1808 he was one of a group of actors that started performing in Nagoya. On 9/10/1808 his master died and Ichizō (later Ebijūrō) replaced him in the role of Satō Masakiyo.

Ichikawa Ebijūrō I was a talented tachiyaku actor, who was trained by Ichikawa Danzō IV and achieved fame for himself in both Edo and Kamigata. He excelled in large-scale tachimawari and hayagawari techniques.