JITSUKAWA ENZABURď
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I
 

Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II held the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I from the 1st lunar month of 1833 to the 1st lunar month of 1865.

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I playing the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1864 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Sadahiro)

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Entar˘ I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1848. Son of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I, his first stage name was Jitsukawa Entar˘ I. He made his debut as a child-actor during the 1850s. He took the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II in the 2nd lunar month of 1865 at the Naka no Shibai, playing with his father (who was taking the name of Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II) in the drama "Keisei Koi no Sekifuda". He became extremely popular in the Kamigata area, especially in the city of ďsaka. He could have become one of the leaders of Kamigata Kabuki but he unfortunately died too young. He made his last stage performance in the 9th lunar month of 1872 and died in ďsaka the 7th of the 10th lunar month of 1872 at the age of 24.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Ensh˘ Izutsuya

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II playing the role of Otoki in the drama "Tenmangű Aiju no Meiboku", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1871 at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1871

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Kikujir˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1856. Disciple of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I, he started his career in Kamigata kodomo shibai, performing under the name of Jitsukawa Kikujir˘ (his honmy˘). He was adopted by the family of late Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II after his death the 7th of the 10th lunar month of 1872. He took the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III in March 1873. He was active in Kamigata up to the end of the 1880s. He appeared on stage for the last time in February 1888 in ďsaka at the Kadoza, where he played several roles (including En'ya Hangan and Kakogawa Honz˘) in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He died in ďsaka the 8th of February 1888. He was the master of Jitsukawa Ennosuke II.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Ensh˘ Izutsuya
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Sh˘zabur˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Ky˘to in 1864. Disciple of Jitsukawa Enjaku I, his first stage name was Jitsukawa Sh˘zabur˘. He made his debut as a koyaku in ďsaka in 1869. He was adopted by the family of late Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ III after his death the 8th of February 1888. He quickly took the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV in May 1888. He made a short stay in T˘ky˘ in 1903/1904 to perform at the Ichimuraza. He went back to Ky˘to in 1904, where he made his last stage appearance, in December 1904 at the Meijiza. He died in Ky˘to the 31st of January 1905. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the Honjuji in the district of Toribeyama (Ky˘to). It was said that he excelled in wajitsu.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Ishida Sh˘tar˘ Ensh˘ Izutsuya
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Sh˘jaku  In Japanese
 

Born in 1871. Disciple of Jitsukawa Enjaku I, he made his debut on stage in September 1876 at the Ebisuza, where he received the name of Jitsukawa Sh˘jaku. Later on, he was adopted by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV. He took the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V in May 1905. He made his last stage appearance in July 1911, in Ky˘to at the Meijiza, where he played the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" (the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ was played by Ichikawa Udanji II). He died the 14th of August 1911. His field of excellence was jitsugoto.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Tsuchimura Kuniz˘ Ensh˘ Izutsuya

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V

Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ VI
Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ VI  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Entar˘ III  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Hideo  In Japanese
 

Born in 1906. Nephew of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ V, he was later on adopted by his uncle. He made his debut in 1910, performing under the name of Jitsukawa Hideo. He stopped acting for a few years after the death of his adoptive father. He went back to the Kabuki world in January 1919, taking the name of Jitsukawa Entar˘ III and playing in the troupe led by Nakamura Ganjir˘ I. He took the name of Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ VI in March 1935 at the Nakaza. He was active in Kamigata up to the beginning of the 1940s. He died the 8th of December 1941.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Tsuchimura Hideo Ensh˘ Izutsuya
 
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