|IWAI HANSHIRď VII|
Nickname: Shijaku Hanshir˘
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Poetry names: Sench˘, Tojaku
Existence: 1804 ~ 1st day of the 4th lunar month of 1845 
Great-grandfather: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Father: Iwai Hanshir˘ V
Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV
Eldest brother: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI
Son: Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII
Disciple : Iwai Matsunosuke II
1804: born in Edo. He was the second son of the star Iwai Hanshir˘ V, who gave him the name of Iwai Komurasaki I.
11th lunar month of 1806: Iwai Komurasaki I took the name of Iwai Matsunosuke I at the Nakamuraza.
3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Matsunosuke played the role of Yoshida Umewakamaru [more details].
7th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the 'Ten Roles of Date'), whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; Matsunosuke played the role of Yoemon's daughter Oriku [casting].
1820 ~ 1821: tour in Kamigata with his father.
6th lunar month of 1821: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", was revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Matsunosuke played the role of Osawa [casting].
11th lunar month of 1822 ~ 10th lunar month of 1823: the best year of the Iwai Clan; the tateonnagata for the 3 Edo theaters (Edo Sanza) were Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Ichimuraza), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Nakamuraza) and Shijaku (Moritaza).
Winter 1831: Shijaku went for the second time on tour in Kamigata.
2nd lunar month of 1832: the "Goj˘bashi" scene of "ďgiya Kumagai", which was not in the original puppet drama, was added to this drama for the first time and staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Shijaku played the role of Kohagi (in reality Taira no Atsumori) [more details].
11th lunar month of 1832: great shűmei in Edo for the Iwai clan at the Nakamuraza (without Shijaku); Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Iwai Hisajir˘ II respectively took the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III.
4th lunar month of 1835: Shijaku went back to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1837: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Tokiwazu-based hengemono "Kubeki Yoi Kumo no Itosuji", which was staged at the end of the kaomise drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Tsuwamono no Kao Kagami". It starred Sawamura Tossh˘ I and Shijaku [more details].
3rd lunar month of 1844: Iwai Shijaku I took the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ VII  at the Nakamuraza, performing in the drama "Sugata no Hana Yayoi no Kagamiyama". He also performed in the dance "Shin-Yoshiwara Suzume" and played the role of Agemaki  in the drama "Sukeroku".
Iwai Hanshir˘ VII was a talented onnagata actor, endowed with a beautiful face, who excelled in the roles of machi musume in sewamono dramas. Like his brother Iwai Hanshir˘ VI, he died too young, before reaching the peak of his career. He published two books about his art, in 1823 and 1828.
 The 1st day of the 4th lunar month of the 2nd year of the K˘ka era was the 6th of May 1845 in the western calendar.
 The 8th day of the 4th lunar month of the 7th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 22nd of May 1836 in the western calendar.
 Iwai Hanshir˘ VII's tombstone was located in the cemetery of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa.
The Iwai Komurasaki line of actors
The Iwai Matsunosuke line of actors
The Iwai Shijaku line of actors
The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors
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