FUJIKAWA HACHIZď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I
 

The actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1752 to the 12th lunar month of 1777.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (in the center of the image, holding somebody with the left hand) playing the role of the boatman Matsuemon, in reality the warrior Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu, in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1766 at the Kado no Shibai
His stage partners are Kasaya Mataz˘ (bottom/left), Yamashita Shingor˘ (bottom/right), Yoshizawa Ayame III (top/right), Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III (top/center) and Matsuyama Sanjűr˘ (top/left)

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II
 

The actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II held this name from the 4th lunar month of 1778 to the 3rd lunar month of 1787.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II playing the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the "Komeya" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 5th lunar month of 1782

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III
 

The actor Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1795 to the 5th lunar month of 1805.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ 3.5
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. An actor Kamigata holding the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ performed in Edo at the end of the 1820s. He played the roles of Konishi Danj˘ Sukeemon and Taira no Motomori in the drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1828 at the Ichimuraza. His yearly salary for this new season in Edo was 200 ry˘. No records of stage performances after 1829. He was never acknowledged as an official member of the line.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ IV
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi II, who gave him the name of Fujikawa Hachitar˘ III. He took the name of Fujikawa Happo VI in the 11th lunar month of 1839 in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. Happo was the haimy˘ of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II and Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III. He was finally allowed to take the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ IV in ďsaka in 1842 and held it up to the end of the 1860s. He did not achieve any fame for himself in ˘shibai.

It is worthy to note that he was considered on some documents as the sixth Fujikawa Hachiz˘. However, he is referenced as the fourth Fujikawa Hachiz˘ in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and in "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", the two major works referencing the actors lines.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Happo ďzakaya

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ IV during his shűmei in ďsaka in 1842
From a surimono made by Matsukawa Hanzan, which is courtesy of Rolf Degener Gallery

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ V
 

The actor Fujikawa Buzaemon IV held the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ V from May 1958 to 1973.

This actor considered himself as being the 7th Fujikawa Hachiz˘, not the 5th.

 
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