YOSHIZAWA IROHA II

Stage names:

Yoshizawa Iroha II In Japanese
Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I In Japanese
Yoshizawa Yűshi In Japanese
Nakamura Keishi In Japanese
Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Tachibanaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Yűshi

Existence: 1783 ~ 21st day of the 10th lunar month of 1819 [1]

Connection:

Great-grandfather: Yoshizawa Ayame I

Grandfather: Yoshizawa Ayame III

Father: Yoshizawa Ayame V

Disciple: Yoshizawa Enjir˘ II

Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan

Career:

1783: born in Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1788: he received the name of Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I and started his career in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, performing as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakusha Kaomise".

1792: Enjir˘ became wakashugata.

1797: Enjir˘ became wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1804: Enjir˘ became zamoto and produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Minoriyoshi Kane no Naruki", which starred Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Asao Kuzaemon I and Enjir˘'s father Yoshizawa Iroha I.

Fall 1805: Enjir˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1805: he took the name of Nakamura Keishi at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Koi Muko Genji", which celebrated 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 took 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 was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (who played 6 others roles).

3rd lunar month of 1806: Yűshi played in the same theater the role of the shiraby˘shi Yokobue in the dance-drama "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", which was staged to commemorate the 20th anniversary (21st memorial service) and 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and Nakamura Noshio II.

3rd lunar month of 1807: he took back the name of Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of ďiso no Tora and ďhime-kimi in the new year drama "Tokoyo no Hana Bandai Soga".

11th lunar month of 1808: Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I took the name of Yoshizawa Iroha II at the Moritaza, playing 3 roles in the kaomise drama "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Kusunoki".

1st lunar month of 1809: Iroha's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shared the same rank with Ichikawa Dannosuke III.

26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1810 [2]: his father Yoshizawa Ayame V died in ďsaka.

Summer/Fall 1810: Iroha went back to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1811: Iroha played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Osono and the keisei Segawa in the new year drama "Keisei Ekiro no Ume".

11th lunar month of 1811: Iroha played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Miyuki in the drama "Sanjikkoku Yofune no Hajimari"; he also played the leading role in the dance-drama "Musume D˘j˘ji".

1st lunar month of 1812: Iroha's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

7th lunar month of 1813: Iroha went to Edo to perform at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1814: Iroha played 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 was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

Summer 1814: Iroha went back to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1818: Iroha played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Chiyo and Oharu in the dramas "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". This was most likely his last stage appearance.

21st day of the 10th lunar month of 1819 [1]: Iroha died in ďsaka.

Comments:

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.

[1] The 21st day of the 10th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunsei era was the 8th of December 1819 in the western calendar.

[2] The 26th day of the 8th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunka era was the 24th of September 1810 in the western calendar.

Yoshizawa Iroha II (right) playing the role of the okugata Hamaogi in the drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1812 at the Naka no Shibai

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1806

The Yoshizawa Enjir˘ line of actors

The Yoshizawa Iroha line of actors

 
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