FUJIOKA DAIKICHI

Stage names:

Fujioka Daikichi In Japanese
It˘ Rokusabur˘ In Japanese

Poetry name: J˘h˘ (?)

Existence: ??? ~ 14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1757 [1]

Connection:

Disciple: Fujioka Monz˘

Career:

??? ~ 1710: he started his career as a disciple of the It˘ clan, performing as a wakaonnagata in miyaji shibai, like the Shinmei no Shibai in the precincts of the Hachiman Shrine in the district of Ichigaya in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1710: It˘ Rokusabur˘ took the name of Fujioka Daikichi at the Moritaza, performing as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "Onna Tsuwamono Tokiwa no Matsu".

11th lunar month of 1717: Daikichi played at the Moritaza the role of the ame-uri Koshiba in the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki".

Fall 1718: Daikichi went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1718: Daikichi played in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai the role of the courtesan Eguchi in the kaomise drama "In'y˘ Inui no Machi-zukuri".

Fall 1721: Daikichi settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1721: Daikichi performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako".

1st lunar month of 1723: Daikichi played at Daikokuya Takenoj˘'s theater the role of Oyura in the new year drama "Keisei Hitomaruzuka" which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

Summer 1731: tour in Nagoya.

11th lunar month of 1731: Daikichi became tachiyaku and played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Gonroku in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Asahi no Ichikura Eig˘ Seki".

11th lunar month of 1732: Daikichi played in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa"; his stage partners were Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I, Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Matsushima Moheiji, Kirinami Takie, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Shinozuka Kazaemon and Arashi Koroku I.

1733: tour in Nagoya.

Fall 1734: Daikichi settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1734: Daikichi played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Hamaoka K˘suke in the kaomise drama "Tomi Yakata Kogane no Yaguruma".

5th lunar month of 1735: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Daikichi played the roles of Sakon Tar˘ and the yakko Yokanpei [casting].

Fall 1737: Daikichi settled in ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1737: Daikichi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the r˘nin Tezuka Jűnai in the kaomise drama "Fukakusa-no-In Sann˘ no Maki".

Fall 1740: Daikichi settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1740: Daikichi played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Hamaoka K˘suke in the kaomise drama "Asuka Miyako Jindai no Maki".

5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Daikichi played the role of Yamamoto Kansuke Haruyuki [more details].

11th lunar month of 1742: Daikichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Nagoya Sanza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Konrei Nagoya", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I; the role of Nagoya Sanza's rival Fuwa Banzaemon was played by Ogino Izabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Daikichi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1745: first Kabuki adaptation of Namiki Senryű I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Daikichi played the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ [more details].

9th lunar month of 1746: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Namiki Senryű I and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Daikichi played the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Matsu˘maru [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Daikichi played in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II. Others stage partners were Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Asao Motogor˘ I and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

11th lunar month of 1748: Daikichi played the roles of H˘j˘ Jűnai (in reality Sagami Tar˘ Tokiyuki) and the yakko Namihei in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which was produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Iwata Somematsu I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, Mihogi Shichitar˘ and ďtani Hirohachi I.

1st lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which was produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Daikichi played the roles of Abe no Yasunari and Michiharu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1752: Daikichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Gengobŕ and Yokichi (in reality Akechi Samanosuke) in the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato", which was produced by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1753: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which was produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I; Daikichi played the roles of Ranpei and Suma no Hy˘e [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1753: Daikichi played in the same theater the roles of Hoshino Saibŕ and Nomura Nasuemon in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Naruo no Umi".

11th lunar month of 1753: Daikichi played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage"; his stage partners were Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Imamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Arashi Tominosuke I.

2nd lunar month of 1757: Daikichi played in Ky˘to at the Kitano no Shibai the roles of Izawa Buhei, Sansuke and Araki Mataemon in the drama "Futokoro Musume Kawaii Hara Obi"; this was most likely his last stage appearance.

14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1757 [1]: Daikichi died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Fujioka Daikichi was a talented and popular actor, who started his career in Edo and moved to Kamigata in 1718. He was at first a wakaonnagata actor, excelling in onry˘goto or onna bud˘. He decided to become a tachiyaku at the beginning of the 1730s, definitively settled in Ky˘to at the end of 1740 and reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1745. He was outstanding in r˘nin or otokodate roles in sewamono dramas.

[1] The 14th day of the 9th lunar month of the 7th year of the H˘reki era was the 26th of October 1757 in the western calendar.

The actors Fujioka Daikichi (the killer) and Onogawa Ichimatsu (the victim) playing the roles of Tsukioka Wadaroku and Sodesuke in the drama "Keisei Asahi no Daikai", which was staged in Nagoya in 1733

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