FUJIKAWA TOMOKICHI I

Other name: Fujikawa Kayű I

Guild: Itaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kayű

Existence: 1759 ~ 16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808

Connection:

Master: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I

Brother: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II

Disciples: Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Fujikawa Buzaemon II, Fujikawa Daikichi, Fujikawa Minosuke, Fujikawa Otokichi

Career:

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 Kanpei is Arashi Kichisabur˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1793: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

1st lunar month ~ 3rd lunar month of 1794: premiere of Tatsuoka Mansaku's drama "Keisei Haru no Tori", which is famous for its "Umagiri" scene and is produced by the zamoto Asao Okujir˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Tomokichi plays the role of T˘emon's musume Otoyo [more details].

9th lunar month of 1794: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; Tomokichi plays the roles of Uji-no-Kata and Kagaribi [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1795: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was originally written for the puppet theater, is adapted for 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].

3rd lunar month of 1802: Tomokichi plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima"; the role of the exiled priest Shunkan is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1803: Tomokichi becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "S˘zoku Ishibashiyama", which celebrates the shűmei of Asao Tamejűr˘ II.

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.

11th lunar month of 1804: Tomokichi plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ichiy˘ ďgi no Kachidoki", which is produced by his disciple Fujikawa Tomosabur˘.

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 no 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 Chűbŕ.

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.

3rd lunar month of 1807: Tomokichi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Shibaroku's and Kamatari's spouses in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

5th lunar month of 1808: Tomokichi appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing 2 roles in the drama "Kiyomizu Seigen Iori no Akebono".

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.

Comments:

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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