KATAOKA NIZAEMON IV

Stage names:

Kataoka Nizaemon IV In Japanese
Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II In Japanese
Fujikawa Sh˘matsu In Japanese | In Japanese

Pen name:

Fujikawa Sakoku In Japanese

Other name:

Sakoku Iemon In Japanese

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Sakoku

Existence: ??? ~ 1758 (?)

Connection:

Adoptive father: Fujikawa Shigeemon

Adopted son: Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III

Disciple: Fujikawa Sanpachi

Career:

Before 1713: born in ďsaka outside the Kabuki world. He was adopted by Fujikawa Shigeemon and started his career in the ďsaka theaters as an iroko.

11th lunar month of 1713: he became wakaonnagata, playing the role of Princess Kiyo in the kaomise drama "ďminato Kogane no Izumi", which was produced by Yamamoto Hikogor˘.

11th lunar month of 1715: Sh˘matsu played in ďsaka the role of the keisei Suminoe in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ III. Sh˘matsu changed the writing of his first name:

First writing for Sh˘matsu New writing
庄松 正松

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11th lunar month of 1717: Sh˘matsu performs in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Benten Ch˘ja Uga no Tama", which is produced by Ogino Kinnoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1726: he became katakiyaku and took the name of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Nunobiki Mikinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Bunbu Aioi no Matsu", which was produced by Fujii Hanamatsu.

11th lunar month of 1737: Hanzabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fukakusa-no-In Sann˘ no Maki", which was produced by Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

8th lunar month of 1738: Hanzabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Ashiya D˘man in the drama "Shinoda Zuma"; the roles of Abe no Yasuna and Kuzu-no-Ha were played by Arashi San'emon III and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1743: Hanzabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shiki Samba ďgi Ikusa", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Shinozuka Jirozaemon II.

7th lunar month of 1744: Hanzabur˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Otoko Date Gojitsu Kagami".

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance and line-up; Hanzabur˘ played the role of Mikawaya Giheiji at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting].

1746: Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II took the name of Kataoka Nizaemon IV.

1st lunar month of 1748: the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1747 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged in Ise; Nizaemon played the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan.

12th lunar month of 1748: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Nizaemon played the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, Ono no Kudayű, Yoichibŕ's wife and Ry˘chiku [casting].

5th lunar month of 1749: Nizaemon played in the same theater the role of Kichibei in the drama "K˘raibashi Hime Odori Nenbutsu". This was most likely one of his last stage appearances. He decided to give up acting to become a sakusha. His pen name was Fujikawa Sakoku.

11th lunar month of 1750: Sakoku worked in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater on the kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Sakoku worked in the same theater on the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

1758: he most likely died this year.

Comments:

Kataoka Nizaemon IV was an important figure in ďsaka during the first half of the 18th century. He was a wakaonnagata in his teens but shifted to katakiyaku or jitsuaku roles at the beginning of the 1720s. He ended his career in the 1750s as a playwright and took part in the writing of 10 major plays.

Kataoka Nizaemon IV playing the role of Tajiemon in the kaomise drama "Toyoashihara Taihei Keizu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Kado no Shibai

The Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ line of actors

The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors

 
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