|KATAOKA NIZAEMON IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Sakoku
Existence: ??? ~ 1758 (?)
Adoptive father: Fujikawa Shigeemon
Adopted son: Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III
Disciple: Fujikawa Sanpachi
11th lunar month of 1715: Sh˘matsu played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei Suminoe in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ III. Sh˘matsu changed the writing of his first name:
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11th lunar month of 1726: he became katakiyaku and took the name of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Nunobiki Mikinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Bunbu Aioi no Matsu", which was produced by Fujii Hanamatsu.
8th lunar month of 1738: Hanzabur˘ played in the same theater the role of Ashiya D˘man in the drama "Shinoda Zuma"; the roles of Abe no Yasuna and Kuzu-no-Ha were played by Arashi San'emon III and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.
11th lunar month of 1743: Hanzabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shiki Samba ďgi Ikusa", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Shinozuka Jirozaemon II.
7th lunar month of 1744: Hanzabur˘ performed in the same theater in the drama "Otoko Date Gojitsu Kagami".
12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was staged for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which started a competition for the best performance and line-up; Hanzabur˘ played the role of Mikawaya Giheiji at the ďnishi no Shibai [casting].
1746: Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II took the name of Kataoka Nizaemon IV.
1st lunar month of 1748: the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1747 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged in Ise; Nizaemon played the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan.
12th lunar month of 1748: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Nizaemon played the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, Ono no Kudayű, Yoichibŕ's wife and Ry˘chiku [casting].
5th lunar month of 1749: Nizaemon played in the same theater the role of Kichibei in the drama "K˘raibashi Hime Odori Nenbutsu". This was most likely one of his last stage appearances. He decided to stop performing regularly to become a sakusha. His pen name was Fujikawa Sakoku.
11th lunar month of 1756: Nizaemon celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Taira no Tokifusa in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű. He was also the tatesakusha for this kaomise program.
1758: he most likely died this year.
Kataoka Nizaemon IV was an important figure in ďsaka during the first half of the 18th century. He was a wakaonnagata in his teens but shifted to katakiyaku or jitsuaku roles at the beginning of the 1720s. He ended his career in the 1750s as a playwright and took part in the writing of 10 major plays.
The Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ line of actors
The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors
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