|IWAI HANSHIRď X|
Real name: Nishina Tadayoshi
Line number: J█DAIME (X)
Existence: 8 August 1927 ~ 25 December 2011
Master: Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Daughter: Iwai Hanshir˘ XI
Disciples: Iwai Yoshitar˘, Iwai Wakajir˘
August 1927: born in T˘ky˘. He was the elder son of the dance master Hanayagi Jutar˘.
November 1935: he made his first appearance on stage, in T˘ky˘ at the Yűrakuza, playing under his real name the role of Ichikawa Botan in the drama "Ky˘enroku".
October 1951: Ichikawa Sh˘en II took the prestigious name of Iwai Hanshir˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the courtesan Hikari-no-Kimi, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and Akihiko in "Genji Monogatari", "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Kokaji".
March 1955: Iwai Hanshir˘ X, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza with the troupes led by Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III; Hanshir˘ played the roles of Nitta Shir˘ Tadatsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari , Hikobŕ's son Hikosabur˘, the yamabushi Sanukib˘, Miyashige Kyűya and Nagoya Sanza  in "Kagekiyo" , "Kotobuki Soga Kabuki no Nigiwai", "Gonza to Sukejű", "Kurozuka", "Oshidori no Fu" and "Sayaate".
October 1955: first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october); Hanshir˘ played the roles of Shűrinosuke and Sakurako in the drama "Domo Mata" and the dance "Meoto D˘j˘ji" [more details]. Hanshir˘ had the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.
1961: Hanshir˘ was back at the Sh˘chiku Company.
October 1965: first Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in West Berlin at the Der Freien VolksbŘhne (2~8 october), in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de l'OdÚon (15~24 october) and in Lisbonne at the Teatro SŃo Luis (29~31 october); Hanshir˘ played the roles of Senoo Tar˘ and Kakogawa Honz˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shunkan" and the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [more details].
November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Hanshir˘ played the role of Miyoshi Kiyotsura [casting].
25 January 1967: his father Hanayagi Jutar˘ died.
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Hanshir˘ played the role of Matsui Gengo [casting].
January 1980: Hanshir˘ received the National Theatre Excellence Prize (Kokuritsu Gekij˘ Yűshűsh˘) for his performance in the role of the nyűd˘ Inokuma Raiun in the revival of the drama "Modoribashi Senani Gohiiki".
April 1982: Hanshir˘ received the National Theatre Excellence Prize (Kokuritsu Gekij˘ Yűshűsh˘) for his performance in the role of Sachűben Mareyo in the revival of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű".
January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Hanshir˘ played the role of Hana˘giya Toheiji [casting]. This was Hanshir˘'s last stage appearance as he retired from the Kabuki world.
25 December 2011: Hanshir˘ died of multiple organ failure in T˘ky˘.
Iwai Hanshir˘ X spent his career as a supporting tachiyaku/nimaime/katakiyaku, excelling in many minor comical roles. He was a very popular actor during the 1950s and the 1960s, playing major roles in duo with Ichikawa Monnosuke VII at the T˘yoko Hall. He somehow lost his stardom but became a dynamic supporting actor. He was also the head of a branch of one of the Iwai Schools of Buy˘.
 The role of Fuwa Banzaemon was played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX.
The Ichikawa Sh˘en line of actors
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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