FUJIKAWA BUZAEMON I

Stage names:

Fujikawa Buzaemon I In Japanese
Fujikawa Buzaemon In Japanese

Poetry name: Issen

Existence: 1632 ~ 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729 [1]

Connections:

Son-in-law: Band˘ Matakur˘ II (Morita Kan'ya II)

Grandson: Fujikawa Heikur˘, Morita Kan'ya IV

Great-grandsons: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Fujikawa T˘kur˘, Fujikawa Kamenoi

Adopted son: Fujikawa Kinjűr˘

Disciples: Fujikawa Shigeemon, Fujikawa Matashir˘

Career:

1632: born in Ky˘to.

1675: Buzaemon performed in Edo for the zamoto Ichimura Takenoj˘ I.

1681: Buzaemon went back to Ky˘to.

2nd lunar month of 1683: Buzaemon went to Edo and achieved a great success at the Moritaza by performing in the drama "Saigoku Tomita-ga-Hara".

1685: Buzaemon went back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1691: Buzaemon achieved a great success in Ky˘to by performing the jitsuaku role of Abe no Munet˘ for the Murayama Heiemon II.

6th lunar month of 1693: Buzaemon played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in Kojima Hikojűr˘'s drama "K˘shoku Denju".

Fall 1693: Buzaemon went to Edo.

1695: Buzaemon went back to Ky˘to.

8th lunar month of 1697: Buzaemon achieved a great success in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater by playing the role of the priest Kisen in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Momoyo Komachi", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

1698: Buzaemon went to ďsaka.

6th lunar month of 1698: Buzaemon played in ďsaka the role of Mareyo in the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I; his stage partners were Asao Jűjir˘ I (Kita no Kata), Iwai Hanshir˘ I (Kiyotsura), Yamashita Matashir˘ I (Senju Tar˘), Shinozuka Jirozaemon (Sakagami no ďji), Uemura Takenoj˘ (Semimaru), Mihara Jűdayű I, Ogura Bun'emon and Uemura Kichisabur˘.

Fall 1698: Buzaemon went back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1699: Buzaemon played at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which was produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1699: Buzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1709: Buzaemon went to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1710: Buzaemon played at the Moritaza in the new year sogamono drama "Kaishun Soga".

Fall 1710: Buzaemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Buzaemon performed in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Inari Ch˘ja Yotsugimaru", which was produced by Yamashita Karumo; his stage partners were Yamashita Ky˘emon I, Yoshizawa Ayame I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1712: Buzaemon achieved a great success in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by performing in the new year drama "Keisei Miidera no Kane", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1714: Buzaemon played the role of the nyűd˘ Sagami in the kaomise drama "Azuma-zukuri ďdaidokoro", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I [illustration].

11th lunar month of 1717: Buzaemon played in Ky˘to the role of Shinohara Jibudayű in the kaomise drama "Genj˘raku Biwa no ďumi", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I in Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater.

11th lunar month of 1718: Buzaemon played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Shigaraki Daiemon in Adachi Sabur˘zaemon's kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which was produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I. Because of his old age, his voice was no more full of life and he could not talk for a long time any more.

11th lunar month of 1719: Buzaemon played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kagamiyama Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘ [illustration]. This was the first stage appearance of his grandson Fujikawa Heikur˘.

1st lunar month of 1721: Buzaemon fell ill and had to rest. His rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1721: Buzaemon appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater, playing in the kaomise drama "Fuji Asama Taiheiraku", which was coproduced by Wakaura Kinjűr˘ and Matsumoto Shigemaki.

11th lunar month of 1723: Buzaemon's name was on the playbill of the kaomise drama, which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater. He most likely did not appear on stage.

3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729 [1]: Buzaemon died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Fujikawa Buzaemon I was an outstanding katakiyaku and jitsuaku actor, who was endowed with a powerful voice and was active on stage for a very long time (most likely more than 6 decades). He was considered as the first jitsuaku in Kabuki history. He was also the founder of the Fujikawa clan. His longevity was exceptional for he died at the age of 98!

[1] The 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 14th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 31st of March 1729 in the western calendar.

Fujikawa Buzaemon I

Prints & Illustrations

The Fujikawa Buzaemon line of actors

 
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