YAMAKAWA HIKOZAEMON

Stage names:

Yamakawa Hikozaemon In Japanese
Naiki Hikozaemon In Japanese
Yamakawa Hikozaemon In Japanese
Yamakawa Naiki In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Younger brother: Yamakawa Tamura

Disciples: Yamakawa Hikogor˘, Yamakawa Hikojűr˘, Yamakawa Hikoemon

Career:

1667~1668: elder brother of the wakashugata actor Yamakawa Tamura, he started his career in Edo. His first stage name was Yamakawa Naiki.

11th lunar month of 1673: Naiki was invited [1] to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [2].

11th lunar month of 1676: Naiki performed at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1673: Naiki was invited [3] to perform at the Edo mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami [2].

1686: he went to Ky˘to to perform as a wakashugata. He took in Ky˘to the name of Yamakawa Hikozaemon.

1st lunar month of 1693: Hikozaemon was recorded in the illustrated book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu".

1694: Hikozaemon performed at the Moritaza.

1694 ~ 1695: he performed in Ky˘to under the name of Naiki Hikozaemon.

1695: he took back the name of Yamakawa Hikozaemon and performed at the Moritaza. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Yamakawa Hikozaemon was a 17th century Kabuki performer, who was active from the 1660s to the 1690s. He excelled in jitsugoto, yatsushigoto and in dances in the tanzen style. He was also a very good hand˘yatsushi. He was also a talented musician.

[1] Along with Abura Kanroku, Yamamoto Katsunoj˘, Somekawa Ruinosuke, Morii Kokan, Shinozuka Hanbŕ, Akashi Buhŕ, Tajima Kizaemon, Tanigawa Yohŕ, Sugiyama Hanzaemon and others.

[2] The kami of the Yamato province.

[3] Along with Matsumoto Tsurunoj˘, Dekijima Yukie, Matsumoto Rokusabur˘, Dekijima Mondo, Kokon Kurojir˘, Araki Buhŕ, Sakon Sabŕ, Akashi Buhŕ, Yamamoto Jűjir˘, Shiten Magotar˘ and others.

Yamakawa Hikozaemon in an ilustration from the book "Hana no Edo Kabuki Nendaiki"

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