FUJIKAWA KAYŰ
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Fujikawa Kayű I
 

The actor Fujikawa Tomokichi I's haimyô was Kayű and, although he never officially held the name of Fujikawa Kayű I, he was considered as the founder of the line.

The name of Fujikawa Tomokichi I with his haimyô Kayű (in blue) in the 1792 Ôsaka hyôbanki (the zone within the red box)

Fujikawa Kayű II
  The actor Fujikawa Tomokichi II held the name of Fujikawa Kayű II from the 11th lunar month of 1815 to the 10th lunar month of 1819.

Fujikawa Kayű II playing the role of Aburaya Okon in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Fujikawa Kayű III
 

The actor Ogino Senjo held the name of Fujikawa Kayű III from the 11th lunar month of 1838 to the 12th lunar month of 1852 [1].

Fujikawa Kayű III playing the role of Onoe in the drama in the drama "Megumi ni Uruô Iwafuji", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1849 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)

Fujikawa Kayű IV
 

the actor Fujikawa Tomokichi IV held the name of Fujikawa Kayű IV from the 5th lunar month of 1861 to 1868.

The name of Fujikawa Kayű IV in a 1866 Kyôto Minamigawa no Shibai yakuwari banzuke (the zone within the red box)

Fujikawa Kayű V
Fujikawa Kayű V  In Japanese | Fujikawa Senka  In Japanese (In Japanese) | Bandô Kashiku  In Japanese (In Japanese | In Japanese)
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of the star Bandô Shűka I, his first stage name was Bandô Kashiku. He became Fujikawa Senka, most likely in September 1875 (recorded as performing in Ôsaka at the Kadoza). Then, he revived the Fujikawa Kayű line, although he was not at all related to the Fujikawa clan, by taking the name of Fujikawa Kayű V [2] in April 1877 at the Kadoza. This minor onnagata actor performed in Tôkyô in 1884. He died in 1885 [3].

Haimyô Yagô
Kayű Edoya

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1884

Fujikawa Kayű V in a print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1884

 

Notes

[1] He took the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi III in the 1st lunar month of 1852, not 1853, according to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database and the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". We've decided to stay in line with the data from Nojima Jusaburô's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and keep the 1st lunar month of 1853. No way to countercheck with the 6th volume of "Kabuki Nenpyô" due to a lack of data. The only solution would be an intensive study of banzuke or hyôbanki but we won't do it.

[2] In the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, he was recorded as taking the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi V in 1882, not the name of Fujikawa Kayű V. We could not countercheck with Nojima Jusaburô's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" as this actor was not recorded in it. We've decided to stay in line with the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[3] 1884 in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

 
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