FUJITA KOHEIJI I

Stage name:

Fujita Koheiji I In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Brother: Fujita Heijűr˘

Son: Fujita Kotar˘

Adopted son: Fujita Minanoj˘

Disciples: Fujita Koheiji II, Fujita Shosabur˘, Fujita Kichisabur˘

Career:

1669: recorded as a tachiyaku actor in Ky˘to.

1681: recorded as a tachiyaku actor in ďsaka.

10th lunar month of 1682: Koheiji performed as a tachiyaku actor in ďsaka for the zamoto Yamatoya Jinbŕ II.

1st lunar month of 1687: Koheiji's 's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual]. He played the role of Takamatsu Kansuke in the drama "Asukagawa".

11th lunar month of 1695: Koheiji played in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Nunobiki Takinoshin in the kaomise drama "Hime Kura Daikoku Bashira". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Fujita Koheiji I was tachiyaku actor, who was active in ˘shibai in Kamigata from the second half of the 1660s to the second half of the 1690s. He was born in Ise and started his career in tabi shibai. He was the first jitsugotoshi in Kabuki history.

"Fujita Koheiji often used to say that when one slaps the scabbard of one's sword, unless one pulls back one's left leg and glares straight into one's opponent's eyes as one does so, it does not seem effective." (from K˘on's "Zoku Nijinshű", a sequel to Kaneko Ikk˘'s book "Nijinshű" ("Dust in the Ears"), translated by Charles J. Dunn and Torigoe Bunz˘ in "The Actors' Analects")

Fujita Koheiji I in 1669

 
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