FUJIKAWA HACHIZď II

Stage names:

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II In Japanese
Fujikawa Ryűz˘ In Japanese
Fujikawa Isematsu In Japanese

Guild: ďzakaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Happo

Existence: 1747 ~ 9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1787

Connection:

Adoptive father : Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I

Son: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III

Career:

1747 ~ 1763: he starts his career at an early age as a disciple of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I.

1763: Isematsu performs as a katakiyaku at the Takeda no Shibai, a hama shibai venue.

1768: Fujikawa Isematsu takes the name of Fujikawa Ryűz˘; he performs mainly at the Takeda no Shibai.

Fall 1772: he is adopted by his master Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1772: Ryűz˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Onoe Kikugor˘ no Baranu Banashi".

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Arakawa Sukune [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1776: his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I suddenly falls ill while performing at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Gunjutsu Deguchi no Yanagi"; he has to retire and is replaced by his Ryűz˘.

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which is staged at the Kado no Shibai; Ryűz˘ plays the role of Terukuni [casting].

11th lunar month of 1777: Ryűz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mokubei, in reality Tsumaga Magosabur˘, in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", which is produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.

29th day of the 12th lunar month of 1777: his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I dies.

3rd lunar month of 1778: Ryűz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ is played by Arashi Hinasuke I.

4th lunar month of 1778: Fujikawa Ryűz˘ takes the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II during the premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" [casting]; the new Hachiz˘ plays the role of Kishida Hy˘go and the yakko Yatahei.

9th lunar month of 1781: Hachiz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the roles of Soga no Iruka and Omiwa are played by Nakamura Utaemon I and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

Fall 1781: Hachiz˘ goes to Ky˘to.

5th lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is played by Yamamoto Giemon.

7th lunar month of 1782: Hachiz˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Shibaroku in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

6th lunar month of 1783: Hachiz˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Mikawaya Giheiji are played by Nakamura Jűz˘ III and Shibazaki Rinzaemon II.

Fall 1783: Hachiz˘ goes to ďsaka.

5th lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Hachiz˘ plays the role of Jinzabur˘ [casting].

6th lunar month of 1784: Hachiz˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Tsuribune Sabu are played by Yamamura Giemon II and Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1784: Hachiz˘ takes part in the kaomise program, which is produced by Onoe Ushinosuke I at the Kado no Shibai; he plays the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sukune Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1785: Hachiz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kurofune Chűemon in the drama "Kurofune Deiri Minato".

4th lunar month of 1786: tour in Ise; Hachiz˘ plays at the Furuichi no Shibai the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is played by Yamamura Giemon II.

8th lunar month of 1786: Hachiz˘ plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is played by Mimasu Daigor˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1786: Hachiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing in Ky˘to the role of Dankur˘ in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". He falls ill at the beginning of 1787 and dies in the old capital the 9th of the 3rd lunar month of 1787.

Comments:

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II was a popular tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who made all his career in Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. He followed in the footsteps of his adoptive father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, excelling like him in sum˘ wrestlers or otokodate roles. His last rank in the actors hy˘banki was very close to j˘-j˘-kichi.

Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II in an illustration from the book "Santo Yakusha Omokage Zukushi", which was published in ďsaka by Yamatoya Kaemon in 1784

Caricature 1780

Suifutei 1782

Illustrated playbill 1782

The Fujikawa Happo line of actors

The Fujikawa Hachiz˘ line of actors

 
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