|FUJIKAWA TOMOKICHI I|
Other name: Fujikawa Kayű I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kayű
Existence: 1759 ~ 16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808
Master: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I
Brother: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II
11th lunar month of 1791: Tomokichi appears on an ˘shibai stage for the first time, performing at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shuten D˘ji", which is produced by Hanagiri Tomimatsu II and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.
12th lunar month of 1791: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the role of the koshimoto Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partner in the role of Hayano Kampei is Arashi Kichisabur˘ II.
3rd lunar month of 1795: Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Komochi Yamamba", which was originally written for the puppet theater, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Tomokichi plays the role of Shiragiku [casting].
11th lunar month of 1798: Tomokichi plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kogane Bana Genji no Sakigake", which is produced by Yamashita Kamematsu; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Nakamura Utaemon III, Arashi Hinasuke II, Yamashita Kinsaku II, Onoe Koisabur˘ I and ďtani Tomoemon II.
9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Tomokichi plays the roles of Katsugor˘'s wife Hatsuhana and Yodomachi Gozen [casting].
12th lunar month of 1803: Tomokichi produces in the same theater the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", in which he plays the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and Yae.
3rd lunar month of 1805: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the roles of Hinadori and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".
8th lunar month of 1805: tour in Nagoya; Tomokichi plays the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima", which is staged in the precincts of the Seijuin Temple; his stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Shunkan), ďtani Tomoemon II (Senoo Tar˘) and Nakamura Utaemon III (Tanzaemon).
9th lunar month of 1805: Tomokichi is back in Ky˘to to play the role of Miyagino in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced by Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He also plays the role of the courtesan Umegawa in "Keisei Sandogasa", sharing the stage with Nakamura Utaemon III in the role of Kameya Chűbei.
3rd lunar month of 1806: Tomokichi plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Princess Tamaori, Kiku-no-Mae and Sagami in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He also plays the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama"; the roles of Iwafuji and Onoe are played by Nakayama Shinkur˘ III and Nakayama Yoshio I.
6th lunar month of 1806: tour in Nagoya; Tomokichi plays the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which is staged in the precinct of the Seijuin Temple; the role of the wicked priest Narukami is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.
16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808: Tomokichi dies in ďsaka; his tombstone is located in the precinct of the K˘enji Temple in the district of Junkei.
Fujikawa Tomokichi I was a talented onnagata actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata. He excelled in keisei roles in sewamono and in okugata roles in jidaimono. He unfortunately died too young, at the end of his 40s, very close to the j˘-j˘-kichi level!
Fujikawa Tomokichi I (1799~1801)
The Fujikawa Kayű line of actors
The Fujikawa Tomokichi line of actors
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