FUJIKAWA BUZAEMON I

Stage names:

Fujikawa Buzaemon I In Japanese
Fujikawa Buzaemon In Japanese

Poetry name: Issen

Existence: 1632 ~ 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729

Connections:

Son-in-law: Band˘ Matakur˘ II (Morita Kan'ya II)

Grandson: Fujikawa Heikur˘, Morita Kan'ya IV

Great-grandsons: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Fujikawa T˘kur˘, Fujikawa Kamenoi

Adopted son: Fujikawa Kinjűr˘

Disciples: Fujikawa Shigeemon, Fujikawa Matashir˘

Career:

1632: born in Ky˘to.

1675: Buzaemon performs in Edo for the zamoto Ichimura Takenoj˘ I.

1681: Buzaemon goes back to Ky˘to.

2nd lunar month of 1683: Buzaemon goes to Edo and achieves a great success at the Moritaza by playing in the drama "Saigoku Tomitagahara".

1685: Buzaemon goes back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1691: Buzaemon achieves a great success in Ky˘to by performing the jitsuaku role of Abe no Munet˘ for the Murayama Heiemon II.

Summer 1693: Buzaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the drama "K˘shoku Denju".

Fall 1693: Buzaemon goes to Edo.

1695: Buzaemon goes back to Ky˘to.

8th lunar month of 1697: Buzaemon achieves a great success in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater by playing the role of the priest Kisen in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Momoyo Komachi", which is produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

1698: Buzaemon goes to ďsaka.

6th lunar month of 1698: Buzaemon plays in ďsaka the role of Mareyo in the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I. His stage partners are Asao Jűjir˘ (Kita no Kata), Iwai Hanshir˘ I (Kiyotsura), Yamashita Matashir˘ I (Senju Tar˘), Shinozuka Jirozaemon (Sakagami no ďji), Uemura Takenoj˘ (Semimaru), Mihara Jűdayű I, Ogura Bun'emon and Uemura Kichisabur˘.

Fall 1698: Buzaemon goes back to Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1699: Buzaemon plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which is produced by Sakata T˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1699: Buzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1709: Buzaemon goes to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1710: Buzaemon plays at the Moritaza in the new year drama "Kaishun Soga".

Fall 1710: Buzaemon goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1710: Buzaemon plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Sh˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Inari Ch˘ja Yotsugimaru", which is produced by Yamashita Karumo. His stage partners are Yamashita Ky˘emon I, Yoshizawa Ayame I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1712: Buzaemon achieves a great success in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by playing in the new year drama "Keisei Miidera no Kane", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1714: Buzaemon plays the role of Sagami Nyűd˘ in the kaomise drama "Azuma-zukuri ďdaidokoro", which is produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1718: Buzaemon plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater in the kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which is produced by Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I. Because of his old age, his voice is no more full of life and he can't talk for a long time any more.

11th lunar month of 1719: Buzaemon plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kagamiyama Kageyu in the kaomise drama "Chiyo no Ume Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirojűr˘. This is the first stage appearance of his grandson Fujikawa Heikur˘.

1st lunar month of 1721: Buzaemon falls ill and has to rest. His rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1721: Buzaemon appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater, playing in the kaomise drama "Fuji Asama Taiheiraku", which is coproduced by Wakaura Kinjűr˘ and Matsumoto Shigemaki.

11th lunar month of 1723: Buzaemon's name is on the playbill of the kaomise drama, which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater. He most likely does not appear on stage.

3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729: Buzaemon dies in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Fujikawa Buzaemon I was an outstanding katakiyaku and jitsuaku actor, who was endowed with a powerful voice and was active on stage for a very long time (most likely more than 6 decades). He was considered as the first jitsuaku in Kabuki history. He was also the founder of the Fujikawa clan. His longevity was exceptional for he died at the age of 98!

Fujikawa Buzaemon I

The Fujikawa Buzaemon line of actors

 
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