FUJIKAWA HACHIZď II

Stage names:

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II In Japanese
Fujikawa Ryűz˘ In Japanese
Fujikawa Isematsu In Japanese

Guild: ďzakaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Happo

Existence: 1747 ~ 9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1787 [1]

Connection:

Adoptive father : Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I

Son: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III

Career:

1747 ~ 1763: he started his career at an early age as a disciple of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, who gave him the name of Fujikawa Isematsu.

1763: Isematsu performed as a katakiyaku at the Takeda no Shibai, a hama shibai venue.

1768: Fujikawa Isematsu took the name of Fujikawa Ryűz˘; he performed mainly at the Takeda no Shibai.

Fall 1772: he was adopted by his master Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1772: Ryűz˘ became tachiyaku and performed at the Naka no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Onoe Kikugor˘ no Baranu Banashi".

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Ryűz˘ played the role of Arakawa Sukune [more details].

11th lunar month of 1775: Ryűz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the farmer Azeroku, in reality the warrior Urabe Suetake, in the kaomise drama "Hachitanashi Hyaku Monogatari", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1776: his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I suddenly fell ill while performing at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Gunjutsu Deguchi no Yanagi"; he was replaced by his adopted son Ryűz˘.

3rd lunar month of 1776: Ryűz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1776: Ryűz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Fuji Ukon in the kaomise program "Eh˘gura Sankai Meisho", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1776: Ryűz˘ played in the same theater the role of the yakko Tsumahei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1777: Ryűz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which was staged at the Kado no Shibai; Ryűz˘ played the role of Terukuni [casting].

11th lunar month of 1777: Ryűz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mokubŕ, in reality Tsumaga Magosabur˘, in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.

12th lunar month of 1777: Ryűz˘ played in the same theater the role of Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Hana-ha Sakura Ak˘ no Shiogama", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Kanadehon Chűshingura" world.

29th day of the 12th lunar month of 1777 [2]: his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I died.

1st lunar month of 1778: Ryűz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1778: Ryűz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ was played by Arashi Hinasuke I.

4th lunar month of 1778: Fujikawa Ryűz˘ took the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II during the premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" [casting]; the new Hachiz˘ played the role of Kishida Hy˘go and the yakko Yatahei.

11th lunar month of 1778: Hachiz˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tatoezukushi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and welcomed back in ďsaka the star Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1779: Hachiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1779: Hachiz˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Senshű Banzei Chibako no Tamamono", which was produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio II and Yamamura Giemon II. He also played the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1780: Hachiz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Hachiz˘, in reality Hacch˘-tsubute no Kiheiji, in the kaomise drama "Ujigami Sairai Sukedono no Kachidoki", which was produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I.

1st lunar month of 1781: Hachiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was also the kanjiku for the tachiyaku actors.

3rd~5th lunar months of 1781: Hachiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Murakami Hikoshir˘ in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi".

9th lunar month of 1781: Hachiz˘ played in the same theater the role of Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the roles of Soga no Iruka and Omiwa were played by Nakamura Utaemon I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

Fall 1781: Hachiz˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1781: Hachiz˘ performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which was produced by Nakayama Ihachi I and celebrated the shűmei of both Yamamoto Giemon and Hanagiri Tomimatsu I.

1st lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi was played by Yamamoto Giemon.

7th lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Shibaroku in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke II and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1783: Hachiz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was also the kanjiku for the tachiyaku actors.

6th lunar month of 1783: Hachiz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Mikawaya Giheiji were played by Nakamura Jűz˘ III and Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.

Fall 1783: Hachiz˘ went to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1784: Hachiz˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Gy˘kei no Kaomise", which was produced by Fujikawa Kikumatsu.

5th lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Hachiz˘ played the role of Jinzabur˘ [casting].

6th lunar month of 1784: Hachiz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Tsuribune Sabu were played by Yamamura Giemon II and Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1784: Hachiz˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yunzei Konpira Musume", which was produced by Onoe Ushinosuke I. He played the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sukune Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1785: Hachiz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was also the kanjiku for the tachiyaku actors.

3rd lunar month of 1785: Hachiz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kurofune Chűemon in the drama "Kurofune Deiri Minato".

4th lunar month of 1786: tour in Ise; Hachiz˘ played at the Furuichi no Shibai the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi was played by Yamamura Giemon II.

8th lunar month of 1786: Hachiz˘ played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi was played by Mimasu Daigor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1786: Hachiz˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Niai no Enmusubi", which was produced by Sawamura Motosabur˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Yamamura Tomoemon I.

12th lunar month of 1786: Hachiz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, playing in Ky˘to the role of Dankur˘ in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". He fell ill at the beginning of 1787.

1st lunar month of 1787: Hachiz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1787 [1]: Hachiz˘ died in the old capital.

Comments:

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II was a popular tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who made all his career in Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. He followed in the footsteps of his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, excelling like him in sum˘ wrestlers or otokodate roles. His last rank in the actors hy˘banki was close to j˘-j˘-kichi.

[1] The 9th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 7th year of the Tenmei era was the 26th of April 1787 in the western calendar.

[2] The 29th day of the 12th lunar month of the 6th year of the An'ei era was the 27th of January 1778 in the western calendar.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II in an illustration from the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi", which was published in ďsaka by Yamatoya Kaemon in 1784

Caricature 1780

Suifutei 1782

Illustrated playbill 1782

The Fujikawa Happo line of actors

The Fujikawa Hachiz˘ line of actors

 
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