Stage names:

Iwai Hanshir˘ VII In Japanese
Iwai Shijaku I In Japanese
Iwai Matsunosuke I In Japanese
Iwai Komurasaki I In Japanese

Nickname: Shijaku Hanshir˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Poetry names: Sench˘, Tojaku

Existence: 1804 ~ 1st day of the 4th lunar month of 1845


Great-grandfather: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Grandfathers: Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ V

Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV

Eldest brother: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI

Son: Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII

Disciple : Iwai Matsunosuke II


1804: born in Edo. He is the second son of the star Iwai Hanshir˘ V, who gives him the name of Iwai Komurasaki I.

11th lunar month of 1806: Iwai Komurasaki I takes the name of Iwai Matsunosuke I at the Nakamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Matsunosuke plays the role of Yoshida Umewakamaru [more details].

7th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the ten roles of Date), whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; Matsunosuke plays the role of Yoemon's daughter Oriku [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Matsunosuke plays the role of Inanoya Hanjűr˘ [casting].

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

1820 ~ 1821: tour Kamigata with his father.

6th lunar month of 1821: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Matsunosuke plays the role of Osawa [casting].

11th lunar month of 1822: Iwai Matsunosuke I takes the name of Iwai Shijaku I at the Moritaza, playing in the drama "Hanayagura Wakoku no Kachidoki".

11th lunar month of 1822 ~ 10th lunar month of 1823: the best year of the Iwai Clan; The tateonnagata for the 3 Edo theaters (Edo Sanza) are Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Ichimuraza), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Nakamuraza) and Shijaku (Moritaza).

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Moritaza of the 5-role hengemono "Yamato Gana Tamuke no Itsumoji". The five roles are performed by Shijaku. The 4th role, the komori, is still in the Kabuki repertoire and is nowadays entitled "Komori" [more details].

Winter 1831: Shijaku goes for the second time to Kamigata.

2nd lunar month of 1832: the "Goj˘bashi" scene of "ďgiya Kumagai", which was not in the original puppet drama, is added to this drama for the first time and staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Shijaku plays the role of Kohagi (in reality Taira no Atsumori) [more details].

11th lunar month of 1832: great shűmei in Edo for the Iwai clan at the Nakamuraza (without Shijaku!); Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Iwai Hisajir˘ II respectively take the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1835: Shijaku plays at the Naka no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

4th lunar month of 1835: Shijaku goes back to Edo.

8th day of the 4th lunar month of 1836: his elder brother Iwai Hanshir˘ VI dies.

11th lunar month of 1837: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Kubeki Yoi Kumo no Itosuji", which is staged at the end of the kaomise drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Tsuwamono no Kao Kagami". It stars Sawamura Tossh˘ I and Shijaku [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1844: Iwai Shijaku I takes the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ VII at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1845: Hanshir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Tama Tsubaki Genpei Soga". He suddenly falls ill and dies the 1st day of the 4th lunar month of 1845. His tombstone is located in the cemetery of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa (Edo).


Iwai Hanshir˘ VII was a talented onnagata actor, endowed with a beautiful face, who excelled in the roles of machi musume in sewamono dramas. Like his brother Iwai Hanshir˘ VI, he died too young, before reaching the peak of his career. He published two books about his art, in 1823 and 1828.

Iwai Hanshir˘ VII portraying the courtesan ďiso no Tora, the lover of Soga Jűr˘ in sogamono dramas, in a print made by Kunisada I in the 6th lunar month of 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1819

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1824

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1830~1843)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1852

The Iwai Komurasaki line of actors

The Iwai Matsunosuke line of actors

The Iwai Shijaku line of actors

The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors

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