FUJIKAWA TOMOKICHI II

Stage names:

Fujikawa Tomokichi II
Fujikawa Kayű II
Fujikawa Tomosabur˘
Fujikawa Katsujir˘

Guild: Edoya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Kayű

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Fujikawa Tomokichi I

Son: Fujikawa Tomokichi III (Ogino Senjo)

Grandson: Fujikawa Tomokichi IV

Disciples: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ IV, Fujikawa Happo V (?), Fujikawa Tomonosuke

Career:

1792: he starts his career as an iroko at the Kado no Shibai, disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who gives him the name of Fujikawa Katsujir˘.

11th lunar month of 1804: Fujikawa Katsujir˘ takes the name of Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ and becomes zamoto, producing in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Ichiy˘ ďgi no Kachidoki".

16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808: his master Fujikawa Tomokichi I dies.

Winter 1810: Tomosabur˘ goes to Edo, in the company of the actors Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Asao Yűjir˘ I, ďtani Monz˘ I, Kan˘ San'emon II, Yamamura Giemon III, Sanj˘ Namie II, Ichikawa Tsurusabur˘ I and Band˘ Nariemon.

1st lunar month of 1810: Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ takes the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Otoki and Princess Tomotsuru in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘".

9th lunar month of 1810: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Tomokichi plays the role of Princess Omodaka [casting].

4th lunar month of 1811: Tomokichi plays at the Moritaza the roles of Osono and Rikiya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1811: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the roles of Minosaku, Katsuyori and Otane in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

4th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

6th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the role of Azuma in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

7th lunar month of 1814: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the role of Okon in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; the role of Okon's lover Mitsugi is played by Onoe Matsusuke II.

9th lunar month of 1815: Tomokichi plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Osono and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1815: Tomokichi goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1815: Fujikawa Tomokichi II takes the name of Fujikawa Kayű II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Kaoyo, Ukihashi and Okita in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku"; Kayű was a haimy˘ used by Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who is therefore considered as Fujikawa Kayű I.

10th lunar month of 1817: Kayű plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Okaru, Osono and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1818: Kayű goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1818: Kayű plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Somenoi and K˘emon's wife in the drama "Tengajaya".

Fall 1819: Kayű goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1819: Fujikawa Kayű II takes back the name of Fujikawa Tomokichi II at the Tamagawaza, playing in the kaomise drama "Nana Komachi Yagura no Amagoi".

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; Tomokichi plays the role of Okinoi [casting].

Fall 1821: Tomokichi goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1821: Tomokichi plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Kaoyo and Orei in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

11th lunar month of 1822: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kidai no Ishikiri", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Kanazawa Ryűgoku I; Tomokichi plays the role of Kozue [casting].

1st lunar month of 1829: Tomokichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Summer 1833: Tomokichi goes to Edo.

7th lunar month of 1833: Tomokichi plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He suddenly falls ill after 4 days of performance and has to retire. He most likely died the following year.

Comments:

Fujikawa Tomokichi II was a talented and popular onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself not only in his native Kamigata but also in Edo. His yag˘, Edoya, showed his interest for the Eastern Capital. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. His field of excellence was nuregoto.

Fujikawa Tomokichi II playing the role of Oishi in the 9th act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1814 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1810

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1814

Print made by Asayama Ashiyuki in 1826

The Fujikawa Kayű line of actors

The Fujikawa Tomokichi line of actors

 
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