FUJIMURA HANDAY█ II

Stage names:

Fujimura Handayű II In Japanese
Fujimura Hanjűr˘ I In Japanese
Fujimura Handayű II In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Banfű

Existence: ??? ~ 23rd day of the 8th lunar month of 1745 [1]

Connection:

Father: Fujimura Handayű I

Son: Fujimura Hanjűr˘ II

Career:

Beginning of the 1700s: he started his career in Ky˘to, performing under the name of Fujimura Handayű II.

7th lunar month of 1706: Handayű performed in Ky˘to in the summer drama "Naniwamaru"; this was most likely his last performance in Ky˘to.

Fall 1706: Handayű and Yoshioka Motome II went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1706: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Samidare-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Uji Genji Yumihari-zuki".

2nd lunar month of 1708: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1708: Handayű performed the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Takeshima K˘zaemon I and Iwai Sagenta I.

3rd lunar month of 1709: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Mikasa-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki".

4th lunar month of 1713: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1714: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Onoe in the kaomise drama "Banmin Daifukuch˘".

11th lunar month of 1715: Handayű played at the Moritaza the role of Okuni in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1st lunar month of 1716: Handayű's rank in two Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Handayű played at the Ichimuraza the role of Otowa-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Kinkazan Yoroi Biraki".

11th lunar month of 1718: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yakumo-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Hirakana Yomeiri Izu Nikki", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sanogawa Mangiku.

11th lunar month of 1719: Handayű played at the Ichimuraza the role of Nowake-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura", which celebrated the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1720: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki. Handayű played in the same theater the role of ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Kamanari Nigiwai Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1720: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1720: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of ďshű-no-Nishiki [2] in the kaomise drama "Michinoku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1721 Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga", which celebrated the shűmei of Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1721: Handayű played at the Ichimuraza the role of Watanabe Minbu's ny˘b˘ Ikuta in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj˘".

1st lunar month of 1722 Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual] [3].

11th lunar month of 1722: Handayű performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

1st lunar month of 1723: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Tamazawa Rin'ya. Handayű played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Manazuru Kaz˘ Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ (Tora's lover) was Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Handayű played at the Moritaza the role of Hayata's ny˘b˘ Kumoi in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Kaikeizan"; the role of Hayata was played by Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1724: Handayű played at the Ichimuraza the role of the tsubone Sanuki in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1725: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I, Matsushima Hy˘tar˘ and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1725: no record in any kaomise program in Edo [4].

1st lunar month of 1726: no record in any hy˘banki in Edo [4].

11th lunar month of 1726: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Toriumi Yasabur˘'s sister Sakuragi [5] in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan"; the role of Toriumi Yasabur˘ was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1727: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1727: Handayű played at the Moritaza the role of Kusunoki Kikusui in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Hata Rokur˘zaemon), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (Moron˘), Sakata Hangor˘ I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Ichikawa Monnosuke I (Kusunoki Masatsura), Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (Nitta Yoshisada), Sodesaki Miwano I (Manjű no Mae), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanasato (K˘t˘-no-Naishi).

1st lunar month of 1728: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Yamashita Kinsaku I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and Tsugawa Kamon.

11th lunar month of 1728: no record in any hy˘banki in Edo [4].

11th lunar month of 1729: Handayű became tachiyaku and took the name of Fujimura Hanjűr˘ I at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Shiraga Kintoki".

1st lunar month of 1730: Hanjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1730: Hanjűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of H˘j˘ Tokisada in the kaomise drama "Hiragana Tokiwa Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1731: Hanjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1731: Hanjűr˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Sano no Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Honry˘ Sakae Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1732: Hanjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1732: Hanjűr˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Hachiman Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Gongor˘ Kagemasa".

1st lunar month of 1733: Hanjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1733: he switched back to wakaonnagata and took back the name of Fujimura Handayű II at the Moritaza, playing the role of Yasumasa's wife in the kaomise drama "Eby˘bu Shuten D˘ji"; the role of Hirai no Yasumasa was played by Wakaura Kinjűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1734: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]; he was the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

11th lunar month of 1734: Handayű played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yamagami Gennai's mother in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Secchű no Tamatori", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1735: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]; he was the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

11th lunar month of 1735: Handayű performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

1st lunar month of 1736: Handayű's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]; he was the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

1736 ~ 1744: Handayű did not perform in ˘shibai; was he sick or has he retired from the Kabuki world?

2nd lunar month of 1745: Handayű was back on stage, at the Moritaza, where he performed in the new year drama "Haru Gasumi Omokage Soga".

23rd day of the 8th lunar month of 1745 [1]: Handayű died in Edo.

Comments:

Fujimura Handayű II was born and trained in Kamigata during the first half of the 1700s but he achieved fame for himself in Edo from the beginning of the 1710s to the end of the 1720s, where he was awarded the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking, alike Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ I, Hayakawa Hatsuse, Nakamura Gentar˘, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II or Tamazawa Rin'ya. He was outstanding in nuregoto and onna bud˘. He was considered as the pioneer in creating and developing the onna bud˘ roles in Edo. It was worthy to note that he performed as a tachiyaku for 4 seasons but he was not as successful as he used to be when he was onnagata.

[1] The 23rd day of the 8th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Enky˘ era was the 18th of September 1745 in the western calendar.

[2] Literally Nishikigi from the province of ďshű.

[3] He was nevertheless the best onnagata actor in Edo in 1722!

[4] Neither in ďsaka nor in Ky˘to!

[5] Sakuragi or Kisaragi. Both names were recorded in the 2nd volume of the "Kabuki Nenpy˘". Which one was correct?

Fujimura Handayű II in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu I

The Fujimura Hanjűr˘ line of actors

The Fujimura Handayű line of actors

 
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