|BANDď HIKOZAEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Zenk˘, Ichien
Father: Band˘ Hikozaemon I
Master: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III
Brother: Band˘ Momotar˘ II
Adopted son: Band˘ Zenji III
Before 1784: son of Band˘ Zenji I, his first stage name is Band˘ Momotar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1801: Band˘ Momotar˘ I takes the name of Band˘ Zenji II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Otoko Narikeri Onna Masakado", which celebrates the shűmei of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV; his father Band˘ Zenji I takes the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon 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"; Zenji plays the roles of the okujochű Tsukijino [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 belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; Zenji plays the role of ďba D˘eki [casting].
6th lunar month of 1827: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Hikozaemon plays the role of the anma Keimasa, later the traveller Yajirobei [casting].
4th lunar month of 1836: Band˘ Zenk˘ takes the name of Tsukiji Zenk˘ in the same theater.
1st lunar month of 1838: he takes back the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon II at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Kannami Tanzaemon and the zegen Bunkichi in the new year drama "Date Kurabe Zensei Soga", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.
1st lunar month of 1841: he takes back the name of Band˘ Hikozaemon II at the Kawarasakiza, playing the roles of Hakone no Hataemon and the tedai Tokuemon in the new year drama "Koi Zum˘ Yawaragi Soga".
1842: Hikozaemon retires from the stages and spends his latter years in Yotsuya.
Band˘ Hikozaemon II was a popular and talented Edo hand˘gataki and d˘kegata actor. He was nicknamed "Tsukiji no Sensei" (Tsukiji's teacher) and his last ranking, in the 1842 Edo hy˘banki, hand˘gataki section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).
Band˘ Hikozaemon II portraying Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I
The Band˘ Momotar˘ line of actors
The Band˘ Zenji line of actors
The Band˘ Hikozaemon line of actors
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