|FUJIKAWA TOMOKICHI II|
Fujikawa Tomokichi II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Kayű
Master: Fujikawa Tomokichi I
Grandson: Fujikawa Tomokichi IV
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.
9th lunar month of 1811: Tomokichi plays in the same theater the roles of Minosaku, Katsuyori and Otane in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".
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".
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.
Fall 1818: Kayű goes to Ky˘to.
Fall 1819: Kayű goes to Edo.
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].
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.
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)
The Fujikawa Kayű line of actors
The Fujikawa Tomokichi line of actors
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