|BANDÔ SHÛCHÔ II|
Other name: Yoshimatsu
Real name: Mizuta Yoshijirô
Nickname: Sakasa Hyôtan 
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 1848 ~ 29 September 1901
Adopted son and son-in-law: Bandô Shûchô III
Great-great-grandson: Bandô Minosuke II
1848: born in Nagoya. His father was a sumô wrestler.
1853: he became disciple of the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV, who was on tour in Nagoya. He received the name of Ichikawa Yonemaru, playing the role of Goroichi in the drama "Ishikawa Goemon".
1867: Yonemaru settled in Ôsaka and took the name of Ichikawa Yonejûrô III at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.
3rd lunar month of 1871: Yonejûrô settled in Tôkyô and performed at Nakamuraza in the drama "Zôhô Senbon Zakura".
June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Shûchô played the roles of Goheiji's musume Otsuru, the tsubone Kuretake and Yamana's okugata Sakasai [casting].
1880: tour in Nagoya with the troupe led by Ichikawa Danjûrô IX; Shûchô performed at the Furusode-chô Shibai.
February 1884: Bandô Shûchô took the name of Bandô Shûchô II at the Shintomiza.
February 1885: Shûchô took part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengû Megumi no Fukagawa"; Shûchô played the role of Ogiwara's wife Omura [casting].
1887: tour in Nagoya.
May 1890: Shûchô played at the Shintomiza the roles of Oyoshi and Omine in the drama "Jitsuroku Chûshingura".
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi Ôchi's drama "Buyû no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Shûchô played the role of Akoya [casting].
21 August 1897: his second master Morita Kan'ya XII died.
29 September 1901: Shûchô died.
Bandô Shûchô II was not a good-looking actor and his diction was not great but he nevertheless succeeded in making a great career as an onnagata. He excelled in the roles of sewamono house wives. His stage partners were the best Meiji tachiyaku like Ichikawa Danjûrô IX, Onoe Kikugorô V or Ichikawa Sadanji I.
 The 8th day of the 5th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Keiô era was the 20th of June 1866 in the western calendar.
The Ichikawa Yonejûrô line of actors
The Bandô Shûchô line of actors
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