|YOSHIZAWA IROHA II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Yűshi
Existence: 1783 ~ 21st day of the 10th lunar month of 1819
Great-grandfather: Yoshizawa Ayame I
Grandfather: Yoshizawa Ayame III
Father: Yoshizawa Ayame V
Disciple: Yoshizawa Enjir˘ II
Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan
1783: born in Kamigata.
1792: Enjir˘ becomes wakashugata.
1797: Enjir˘ becomes wakaonnagata.
11th lunar month of 1804: Enjir˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Minoriyoshi Kane no Naruki", which stars Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Asao Kuzaemon I and Enjir˘'s father Yoshizawa Iroha I.
Fall 1805: Enjir˘ goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1805: he takes the name of Nakamura Keishi at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Koi Muko Genji", which celebrates also the shűmei of Nakayama Raisuke IV. Keishi was the haimy˘ of late Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, who was the 3rd son of Keishi's great-grandfather Yoshizawa Ayame I.
1st lunar month of 1806: he takes the name of Yoshizawa Yűshi at the Kawarazakiza, playing the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (and two others roles) in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's new year drama "Mitsu no Homare Kaikei Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (who plays 6 others roles).
3rd lunar month of 1806: Yűshi plays in the same theater the role of the shiraby˘shi Yokobue in the dance-drama "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", which is staged to commemorate the 20th anniversary (21st memorial service) and 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and Nakamura Noshio II.
26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1810: his father dies in ďsaka.
Summer/Fall 1810: Iroha goes back to Kamigata.
7th lunar month of 1813: Iroha goes to Edo to perform at the Nakamuraza.
1st lunar month of 1814: Iroha plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Gohiiki Ennen Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.
Summer 1814: Iroha goes back to Kamigata.
1st lunar month of 1818: Iroha plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Chiyo and Oharu in the dramas "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". This is most likely his last stage appearance.
21st day of the 10th lunar month of 1819: Iroha dies in ďsaka.
Yoshizawa Iroha II was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active from the end of the 1780s to the end of the 1810s. He followed in the footsteps of his father Yoshizawa Ayame V but died before being able to take the name of Yoshizawa Ayame VI. He was an excellent dancer and excelled in keisei roles. He was better in sewamono than in jidaimono.
The Yoshizawa Enjir˘ line of actors
The Yoshizawa Iroha line of actors
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