Stage names:

Bandô Hikosaburô II In Japanese
Bandô Kikumatsu II In Japanese

Other name: Bandô Shinsui II

Guild: Yorozuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shinsui (2)

Existence: 1741 ~ 4th day of the 5th lunar month of 1768


Father: Bandô Hikosaburô I

Disciple: Bandô Hikozaemon I


11th lunar month of 1749: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, receiving the name of Bandô Kikumatsu II and playing a child role in the drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1751: his father Bandô Hikosaburô I dies.

11th lunar month of 1751: Bandô Kikumatsu II takes the name of Bandô Hikosaburô II at the Ichimuraza, playing 2 roles in the kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigorô I.

11th lunar month of 1764: Hikosaburô achieves a great success by playing in the Ichimuraza kaomise drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki".

9th lunar month of 1766: Hikosaburô plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hayano Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The role of Okaru is played by Onoe Matsusuke I.

1st lunar month of 1768: Hikosaburô appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Fude Hajime Soga no Tamazusa".


Bandô Hikosaburô II was mainly a tachiyaku, who was also able to perform wakashugata or wakaonnagata roles. He was a very popular actor among the female audience of Edo theaters but he unfortunately died young.

Bandô Hikosaburô II in a print made by Torii Kiyomitsu (1760~1765)

Print made by Torii Kiyomitsu in 1759

Print made by Suzuki Harunobu in 1760

Print made by Torii Kiyomitsu in 1760

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni (1862~1863)

The Bandô Kikumatsu line of actors

The Bandô Shinsui line of actors

The Bandô Hikosaburô line of actors

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