FUJIKAWA TOMOKICHI II

Stage names:

Fujikawa Tomokichi II In Japanese
Fujikawa Kayű II In Japanese
Fujikawa Tomokichi II In Japanese
Fujikawa Kankichi I [1] In Japanese
Fujikawa Tomokichi II In Japanese
Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ In Japanese
Fujikawa Katsujir˘ In Japanese

Guild: Edoya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Kayű

Existence: ??? ~ 1834

Connection:

Master: Fujikawa Tomokichi I

Son: Fujikawa Tomokichi III (Ogino Senjo)

Grandson: Fujikawa Tomokichi IV

Disciples: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ IV, Fujikawa Tomogor˘, Fujikawa Happo V (?) [2], Fujikawa Tomonosuke

Career:

1792: disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi I, he started his career as an iroko at the Kado no Shibai. He received the name of Fujikawa Katsujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1804: Fujikawa Katsujir˘ took the name of Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ and became zamoto, producing in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Ichiy˘ ďgi no Kachidoki".

16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808: his master Fujikawa Tomokichi I died.

Winter 1810: Tomosabur˘ went to Edo, in the company of the actors Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Asao Yűjir˘ I, ďtani Monz˘ I, Kan˘ San'emon II, Yamamura Giemon III, Sanj˘ Namie II, Ichikawa Tsurusabur˘ I and Band˘ Nariemon.

1st lunar month of 1810: Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ took the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Otoki and Princess Tomozuru in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘".

9th lunar month of 1810: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Tomokichi played the role of Princess Omodaka [casting].

4th lunar month of 1811: Tomokichi played at the Moritaza the roles of Osono and Rikiya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1811: Tomokichi played in the same theater the roles of Minosaku, Katsuyori and Otane in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

1st lunar month of 1813: he most likely took the name of Fujikawa Kankichi I [1].

11th lunar month of 1813: he took back the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II at the Nakamuraza.

4th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi played in the same theater the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

6th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi played in the same theater the role of Azuma in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

7th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi played in the same theater the role of Okon in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; the role of Okon's lover Mitsugi was played by Onoe Matsusuke II.

9th lunar month of 1815: Tomokichi played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Osono and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1815: Tomokichi went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1815: Fujikawa Tomokichi II took the name of Fujikawa Kayű II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Kaoyo, Ukihashi and Okita in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku"; Kayű was a haimy˘ used by Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who was therefore considered as Fujikawa Kayű I.

1st lunar month of 1816: Kayű's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

10th lunar month of 1817: Kayű played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Okaru, Osono and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1818: Kayű went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1818: Kayű played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Somenoi and K˘emon's wife in the drama "Tengajaya".

Fall 1819: Kayű went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1819: Fujikawa Kayű II took back the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II at the Tamagawaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Nana Komachi Yagura no Amagoi".

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; Tomokichi played the role of Okinoi [casting].

Fall 1821: Tomokichi went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1821: Tomokichi played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Kaoyo and Orei in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

1st lunar month of 1822: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Tomokichi played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1822: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kidai no Ishikiri", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I; Tomokichi played the role of Kozue [casting].

1st lunar month of 1823: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was, along with Arashi Tomisabur˘ II, kanjiku for the onnagata actors.

3rd lunar month of 1823: Tomokichi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Osai in the drama "Katakiuchi Noriai Banashi".

1st lunar month of 1824: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was, along with Sawamura Kunitar˘ II, kanjiku for the onnagata actors.

2nd lunar month of 1824: tour in Hagi with Band˘ Jutar˘ I; Tomokichi played the roles of Sankatsu, Kiku-no-Mae, Princess Toki, Hana˘gi, Jűbŕ's ny˘b˘ and Otowa in the dramas "Sankatsu Hanshichi", "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", "Kamakura Sandaiki", "Yoshiwara Saiken no Zu", "Katakiuchi An'ei Roku" and "Senry˘ Nobori".

8th lunar month of 1824: Tomokichi played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Princess Izutsu and Shinobu in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1824: Tomokichi played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki". He also played the role of ďgiya Otomo in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama-dono Onna Makigari"; his stage partners were Nakamura Utaemon III, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Nakayama Bunshichi III and Nakamura Sank˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1824: Tomokichi performed at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka), along with Ichikawa Danz˘ V, Ogawa Kichitar˘ III, Sawamura Kunitar˘ II and Asao Kunigor˘ III, in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", "Imose no Kadomatsu" and "Komochi Yamanba".

1st lunar month of 1825: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1825: tour in Ise with Band˘ Jutar˘ I and Arashi Koroku IV; Tomokichi played at the Furuichi Shibai the role Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

5th lunar month of 1825: Tomokichi played in the same theater the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae, Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1825: Tomokichi played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Ky˘-no-Kimi and Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1826: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He was kanjiku for the onnagata actors.

4th lunar month of 1826: Tomokichi played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Princess Tachibana and Oume in the dramas "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" and "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto".

11th lunar month of 1826: Tomokichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Princess Izutsu and Shinobu in the drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1827: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Karoku I.

11th lunar month of 1827: Tomokichi played at the Takeda no Shibai the roles of Oshun and Shigenoi in the dramas "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi" and "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

1st lunar month of 1828: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was three black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was kanjiku for the onnagata actors.

11th lunar month of 1828: Tomokichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Asaka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

1st lunar month of 1829: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1829: Tomokichi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Chidori in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which was staged to welcome in ďsaka the Edo stage giant Ichikawa Hakuen II. He also played the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ's wife Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ was played by Ichikawa Hakuen II.

10th lunar month of 1829: Tomokichi played the roles of Okaru and Orie in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the Shukuin no Shibai in Sakai; his main stage partner was Ichikawa Hakuen II.

11th lunar month of 1829: Tomokichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Osono in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He also played the roles of Yae and Tatsuta-no-Mae in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1830: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

7th lunar month of 1830: Tomokichi played at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Okura in the drama "Katakiuchi Kameyama Banashi". He also played the role of Hisamatsu in "Imose no Kadomatsu".

9th lunar month of 1830: Tomokichi played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Okinu in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami".

11th lunar month of 1830: Tomokichi played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Ut˘ Yasukata's wife and Tamazasa in the dramas "Ehon Ut˘ Monogatari" and "Z˘ho H˘j˘ Jiraiki". From the 29th day, he played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Omisa in the drama "Katakiuchi An'ei Roku".

1st lunar month of 1831: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He [4] played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Princess ďuchizato [5] in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Odamaki", which was produced by Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.

10th lunar month of 1831: Tomokichi [4] played at the Shukuin no Shibai in Sakai the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

1st lunar month of 1832: Tomokichi's [4] rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1832: Tomokichi played at the Takeda no Shibai the role of Kaoyo Gozen in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1832: Tomokichi played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Umegae in the drama "Nagara Ch˘ja". He also played the role of Ohaya in "Hade Kurabe Ch˘ no Monbi" (similar to "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki").

10th lunar month of 1832: Tomokichi played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1833: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Summer 1833: Tomokichi went to Edo.

7th lunar month of 1833: Tomokichi played at the Ichimuraza the role of Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" [3]. He suddenly fell ill after 4 days of performance and had to retire. He most likely died the following year.

Comments:

Fujikawa Tomokichi II was a talented and popular onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself not only in his native Kamigata but also in Edo. His yag˘, Edoya, showed his interest for the Eastern Capital. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. His field of excellence was nuregoto.

[1] In the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", it was recorded that he held the name of Fujikawa Kankichi I between the 1st lunar month of 1810 and the 10th lunar month of 1813; in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was not recorded. We've checked a few hy˘banki (1811 and 1813) and only a Fujikawa Tomokichi was recorded in the wakaonnagata section, not a Fujikawa Kankichi. There were records of a Fujikawa Kankichi in the 6th volume of "Kabuki Nenpy˘" only in 1813, from the 2nd to the 8th lunar month at the Ichimuraza.

[2] This minor actor was recorded as performing in Ky˘to in 1833/1834. We assume without proof that he was a disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi II.

[3] "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was staged at the Ichimuraza from the 5th lunar month of 1833. The role of Osato was initially played by Iwai Hanshir˘ VI.

[4] Reported as Kayű, not Tomokichi in the 6th volume of "Kabuki Nenpy˘".

[5] ďuchizato, ďuchisato or Dainairi ?

Fujikawa Tomokichi II playing the role of Oishi in the 9th act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1814 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1810

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1814

Print made by Asayama Ashiyuki in 1826

The Fujikawa Kayű line of actors

The Fujikawa Tomokichi line of actors

 
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