IWAI SHIJAKU
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Iwai Shijaku I
  The actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VII held the name of Iwai Shijaku I from the 11th lunar month of 1822 to the 2nd lunar month of 1844.

Iwai Shijaku I playing the role of Okaru in the seventh act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1837 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Iwai Shijaku II
  The actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII held the name of Iwai Shijaku II from the 2nd lunar month of 1864 to the 1st lunar month of 1872.

Iwai Shijaku II

Iwai Shijaku III
 

Born in ďsaka in 1840. He started his career as a disciple of Arashi San'emon X, who gave him the name of Arashi Eizabur˘. he spent his prime in ďsaka either in miyaji shibai or in hama shibai. He went to Edo in 1867, travelling with Arashi Rikaku III and Ichikawa Aragor˘ III. He was presented to the Edo audience at the Nakamuraza in the 2nd lunar month [print]. He became the adopted son of Iwai Shijaku II in 1870. He took the name of Iwai Shijaku III in the 2nd lunar month of 1872 at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Yayoi Zakura Shiranui Monogatari". He was a promising actor, excelling in wakashugata roles, but died too young, the 5th of October 1873.

Iwai Shijaku III playing the role of the courtesan Okon in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", which was staged in August 1873 at the Sawamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1873

Iwai Shijaku IV
 

Born in ďsaka in 1854. He started his career as a disciple of Jitsukawa Yaoz˘ I, who gave him the name of Jitsukawa Yaoe. He went to T˘ky˘ in 1878 and was quickly adopted by Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII. He took the name of Iwai Shijaku III in July 1878 at the Miyakoza, playing in the drama "Koi no Yami Ame no Furudera". He was an onnagata actor, who was appreciated more in sewamono than in jidaimono. Just like the previous holder of the name, he died too young, at the age of 35, the 13th of March 1889.

Iwai Shijaku IV playing the role of the courtesan Hakata no Kojor˘ in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi", which was staged in August 1883 at the Shintomiza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu in 1882

Print made by Morikawa Chikashige in 1882

Iwai Shijaku V
 

Iwai Shijaku V, the granddaughter of Iwai Kumesabur˘ V, is not a Kabuki actor but a dance master of the Iwai school of dance (Buy˘), a school created by her grandfather [more details (in japanese)]. She took this name in 1946.

 
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