FUJIKAWA HEIKURď

Stage names:

Fujikawa Heikur˘ In Japanese
Fujikawa Daikichi In Japanese

Poetry names: Ippű, Sh˘ki

Existence: 1698 ~ 4th day of the 7th lunar month of 1761 [1]

Connection:

Grandfathers: Fujikawa Buzaemon I, Band˘ Matajir˘ I

Father: Band˘ Matakur˘ II (Morita Kan'ya II)

Brother: Morita Kan'ya IV

Sons: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Fujikawa T˘kur˘, Fujikawa Kamenoi

Brother-in-law: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I

Disciples: Fujikawa Jűr˘bŕ, Fujikawa Iwamatsu, Fujikawa Otoemon

Career:

1698: born in Edo in the family of Morita Kan'ya II.

1701: he moved to Ky˘to, settling in his grandfather Fujikawa Buzaemon I's home who gave him the name of Fujikawa Daikichi and taught him the art of acting. He was called Fujikawa Daikichi.

11th lunar month of 1719: he appeared on stage for the first time, receiving the name of Fujikawa Heikur˘ and performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘ at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater.

3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729 [2]: his grandfather Fujikawa Buzaemon I died.

Fall 1730: Heikur˘ went to ďsaka, after 11 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1730: Heikur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Sekiguchi Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue".

1st lunar month of 1731: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1733: the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Heikur˘ played the roles of Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura and ďgiya Toheiji [casting].

1st lunar month of 1734: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1734 [3]: his father Band˘ Matakur˘ II died.

Fall 1737: Heikur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1737: Heikur˘ played the role of Fukushima Sagoemon in the kaomise drama "Hachiman Tar˘ Denju no Tsuzumi", which was staged at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater and celebrated the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Mihogi Gizaemon I, Arashi Shichigor˘ I and Yashio Ikuemon.

Fall 1738: Heikur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1738: Heikur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Todoroki Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Kogane no Ichigura", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1739: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1740: Heikur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Murakami Yoshiharu in the kaomise drama "Shinra Genji Shimada Gunp˘"; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Iwai Hanshir˘ III, Yamatoyama Jinzaemon II, Kamakura Heikur˘ I, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Yoshizawa Ayame II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II and Sanogawa Hanazuma II (zamoto).

1st lunar month of 1741: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sawamura Otoemon I and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Heikur˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kikusui Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Yakata Bandai no Kame", which was produced by his son Fujikawa Kamenoi.

1st lunar month of 1742: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

Fall 1742: Heikur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1742: Heikur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Todoroki Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Konrei Nagoya", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1743 [4]: his brother Morita Kan'ya IV died.

Fall 1745: Heikur˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1745: Heikur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Matano Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Izu Nikki", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon II and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

6th lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Sonobe Hy˘e, Goheiji and Masamune in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Fall 1746: Heikur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1746: Heikur˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Shinozuka Imakur˘ in the kaomise drama "Fukki no ďshimadai", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1747: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

3rd lunar month of 1747: Heikur˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Wat˘nai in Chikamatsu Monaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the roles of Kanki and Kinsh˘jo were played by Nakamura Jűz˘ I and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

11th lunar month of 1747: Heikur˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II. Others stage partners were Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujioka Daikichi, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Asao Motogor˘ I and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

1st lunar month of 1748: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, fell back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1748: Heikur˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the roles of Matano Gor˘ and the wrong Benkei in the kaomise drama "Sugomori Hiru-ga-Kojima", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV; his stage partners were Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Hanakawa Ichinoj˘, Sanogawa Hanazuma II and Imamura Shichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1749: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He also played in the same theater the role of the kar˘ Makinoshima Ujiemon in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chikai no Fumizuka".

11th lunar month of 1749: Heikur˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of the yakko Tokiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Asao Motogor˘ I, Anegawa Daikichi I, Arashi San'emon IV and ďtani Hirohachi I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was back to goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Heikur˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata".

1st lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which was produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Heikur˘ played the roles of Washizuka Kint˘ji Hidekuni and Sansuke [casting].

6th lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘ played in the same theater the role of Mochizuki Danj˘ in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi".

Fall 1751: Heikur˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1751: Heikur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Honry˘ Hachinoki-zome".

1st lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He played in the same theater the role of the Naniwa otokodate Akaushi Yasubŕ in the drama "Hana Sugata Sanpukutsui" (the second part (nibanme) of "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"), sharing the stage with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (the Azuma otokodate Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ) and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I (the ďshű otokodate Teppeki Sh˘hei) [print].

4th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ played in the same theater the role of Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

9th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ performed his onagori ky˘gen at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Monogusa Tar˘ in the drama "Monogusa Monogatari". This was his final performance in his native town.

Fall 1752: Heikur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Heikur˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in the play "Nagoya Ori Hinatsuru no Nishiki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1753: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1753: Heikur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Fukushima Kakubŕ (in reality Arashiya Gensuke) [picture] in the kaomise drama "Nakatomi Sandaijin", which was produced by Ichimura Sanohachi.

1st lunar month of 1754: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He also played in the same theater the role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Mukashi Ez˘shi Tsuzura Otoko".

11th lunar month of 1754: Heikur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

1st lunar month of 1755: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

12th lunar month of 1755: Heikur˘ became tachiyaku and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Tsuihei, in reality Shinzaemon's son Shinz˘, in the drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1756: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1756: Heikur˘ switched back to jitsuaku roles and performed at the Kado no Shibai in Namiki Eisuke I's kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which was produced by Anegawa Daikichi I.

1st lunar month of 1757: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was (shiro)goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

Fall 1757: Heikur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1757: Heikur˘ became tachiyaku and performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tsunomoji Keman no Yurai".

1st lunar month of 1758: Heikur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Heikur˘ played in the latter theater the role of Konoshita T˘kichi.

11th lunar month of 1758: Heikur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Gensuke and Wada Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which was coproduced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Heikur˘ was s˘kanjiku in the Ky˘to hy˘banki; his rank was both ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual] and goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

Fall 1759: Heikur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Heikur˘ switched back to jitsuaku roles and performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Mibae Soga Azuma Tanzen".

1st lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

7th lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘ played in the same theater the role of the boatman Matsuemon, in reality the warrior Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu, in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1760: Heikur˘ became tachiyaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of the priest Mongaku and Miura Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de".

1st lunar month of 1761: Heikur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

6th lunar month of 1761: Heikur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Tsuribune Sabu were played by his son Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I and Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I. Heikur˘ suddenly fell ill and had to be replaced by his son.

4th day of the 7th lunar month of 1761 [1]: Heikur˘ died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Fujikawa Heikur˘ was an outstanding 18th century jitsuaku and tachiyaku actor, who achieved fame for himself in the three capital cities. He was the worthy hair of his grandfather, the stage giant Fujikawa Buzaemon I, and he reached the goku-j˘-j˘-kichi outstanding level.

[1] The 4th day of the 7th lunar month of the 11th year of the H˘reki era was the 4th of August 1761 in the western calendar.

[2] 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.

[3] The 19th day of the 6th lunar month of the 19th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 19th of July 1734 in the western calendar.

[4] The 17th day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Kanp˘ era was the 2nd of November 1743 in the western calendar.

Fujikawa Heikur˘ playing the role of Matano Gor˘

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1752

 
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