|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 is the second son of the star Iwai Hanshir˘ V, who gives him the name of Iwai Komurasaki I.
11th lunar month of 1806: Iwai Komurasaki I takes the name of Iwai Matsunosuke I at the Nakamuraza.
3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Matsunosuke plays the role of Yoshida Umewakamaru [more details].
1820 ~ 1821: tour Kamigata with his father.
6th lunar month of 1821: Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Matsunosuke plays 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) are Iwai Hanshir˘ V (Ichimuraza), Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Nakamuraza) and Shijaku (Moritaza).
Winter 1831: Shijaku goes for the second time to Kamigata.
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 take the names of Iwai Tojaku, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III.
4th lunar month of 1835: Shijaku goes back to Edo.
7th lunar month of 1835: his elder brother Iwai Hanshir˘ VI dies.
3rd lunar month of 1844: Iwai Shijaku I takes the name of Iwai Hanshir˘ VII at the Nakamuraza.
1st lunar month of 1845: Hanshir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Tama Tsubaki Gempei Soga". He suddenly falls ill and dies the 1st day of the 4th lunar month of 1845. His tombstone is located in the precinct of the J˘shinji Temple in the district of Fukagawa (Edo).
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.
Iwai Hanshir˘ VII portraying the courtesan ďiso no Tora, the lover of Soga Jűr˘ in sogamono dramas, in a print made by Kunisada I in the 6th lunar month of 1852
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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