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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.

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Saruzō I played both male and female roles. He appeared in prints published by Yamamotoya Heikichi in 1850; in 1850 and 1852 by Ebisuya Shōshichi; in 1851 by Tanbaya Hanjirō; Ibaya Senzaburō in 1849; Shimizuya Naojirō in 1853; Tsujiokaya Bunsuke in 1850; Hayashiya Shōgorō in 1852; Minatoya Kohei in 1853; Yamadaya Shōjirō in 1852; Sanoya Kihei in 1851 and 1852; Wakasaya Yoichi in 1852; Izutsuya Shōkichi in 1849-50; Tamaya Sosuke in 1852; Hamadaya Tokubei in 1852; Kobayashi Taijirō in 1850; Kawaguchiya Shōzō in 1839; Nōshūya Yasubei in 1854; Tsutaya Kichizō in 1838; all of these were drawn by Toyokuni III.

Saruzō appeared in a triptych designed by Kuniyoshi and published by Shimizuya Naojirō in1850 and earlier by Maruya Seijirō. He also appears in a Kuniharu diptych, publisher unknown, from 1854.