FUJIKAWA HEIKURď

Stage names:

Fujikawa Heikur˘
Fujikawa Daikichi

Poetry names: Ippű, Sh˘ki

Existence: 1698 ~ 4th day of the 7th lunar month of 1761

Connection:

Grandfathers: Fujikawa Buzaemon I, Band˘ Matajir˘ I

Father: Band˘ Matakur˘ II (Morita Kan'ya II)

Brother: Morita Kan'ya IV

Sons: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Fujikawa T˘kur˘, Fujikawa Kamenoi

Brother-in-law: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I

Disciples: Fujikawa Jűr˘bŕ, Fujikawa Iwamatsu, Fujikawa Otoemon

Career:

1698: born in Edo in the family of Morita Kan'ya II.

1701: he moves to Ky˘to, settling in his grandfather Fujikawa Buzaemon I's home who gives him the name of Fujikawa Daikichi and teaches him the art of acting.

11th lunar month of 1719: he appears on stage for the first time, receiving the name of Fujikawa Heikur˘ and performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘ at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.

3rd lunar month of 1729: his grandfather Fujikawa Buzaemon I dies.

Fall 1730: Heikur˘ goes to ďsaka, after 11 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1730: Heikur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Sekiguchi Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue".

1st lunar month of 1731: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1733: the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Heikur˘ plays the roles of Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura and ďgiya Toheiji [casting].

1st lunar month of 1734: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1734: his father Band˘ Matakur˘ II dies.

Fall 1737: Heikur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1737: Heikur˘ plays the role of Fukushima Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Hachiman Tar˘ Denju no Tsuzumi", which is staged at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater and celebrates the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1738: Heikur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1738: Heikur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Todoroki Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Kogane no Ichigura", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Heikur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kikusui Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Yakata Bandai no Kame", which is produced by his son Fujikawa Kamenoi.

Fall 1742: Heikur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1742: Heikur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Todoroki Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Konrei Nagoya", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1743: his brother Morita Kan'ya IV dies.

Fall 1745: Heikur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1745: Heikur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Matano Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Izu Nikki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Fujikawa Heikur˘ and the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon II and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

6th lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sonobe Hy˘e, Goheiji and Masamune in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Fall 1746: Heikur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Shinozuka Imakur˘ in the kaomise drama "Fukki no ďshimadai", which is produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1747: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1747: Heikur˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the roles of Kanki and Kinsh˘jo are played by Nakamura Jűz˘ I and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

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

1st lunar month of 1748: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, falls back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1748: Heikur˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the roles of Matano Gor˘ and the wrong Benkei in the kaomise drama "Sugamori Hiru-ga-Kojima", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV; his stage partners are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Hanakawa Ichinoj˘, Sanogawa Hanazuma II and Imamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1749: Heikur˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of the yakko Tokiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Asao Motogor˘ I, Anegawa Daikichi I, Arashi San'emon IV and ďtani Hirohachi I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is back to goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1750: Heikur˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata".

1st lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is hakugoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent). First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Heikur˘ plays the roles of Washizuka Kint˘ji Hidekuni and Sansuke [casting].

6th lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Mochizuki Danj˘ in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi".

Fall 1751: Heikur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Honry˘ Hachinoki-zome".

1st lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is hakugoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of the Naniwa otokodate Akaushi Yasubŕ in the drama "Hana Sugata Sanpukutsui" (the second part (nibanme) of "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"), sharing the stage with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (the Azuma otokodate Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ) and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I (the ďshű otokodate Teppeki Sh˘hei) [print].

4th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

9th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ performs his onagori ky˘gen at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Monogusa Tar˘ in the drama "Monogusa Monogatari". This is his final performance in his native town.

Fall 1752: Heikur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ performs at the Kado no Shibai in the play "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1753: Heikur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Fukushima Kakubei in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which is produced by Ichimura Sanohachi.

11th lunar month of 1754: Heikur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

12th lunar month of 1755: Heikur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Tsuihei, in reality Shinzaemon's son Shinz˘, in the drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1756: Heikur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which is produced by Anegawa Daikichi I.

1st lunar month of 1757: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is hakugoku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1757: Heikur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1757: Heikur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai".

1st lunar month of 1758: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1758: Heikur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Gensuke and Wada Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which is coproduced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Heikur˘ is s˘kanjiku ("global kanjiku") in the Ky˘to hy˘banki; his rank is between dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) and goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1759: Heikur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Heikur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen".

1st lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

7th lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the boatman Matsuemon and the warrior Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of the priest Mongaku and Miura Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de".

6th lunar month of 1761: Heikur˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Tsuribune Sabu are played by his son Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I and Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I. Heikur˘ suddenly falls ill and has to be replaced by his son.

4th day of the 7th lunar month of 1761: Heikur˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Fujikawa Heikur˘ was an outstanding 18th century jitsuaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in the three capital cities. He was the worthy hair of his grandfather, the stage giant Fujikawa Buzaemon I.

Fujikawa Heikur˘ playing the role of Matano Gor˘

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1752

 
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