BANDď ZENJI
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Band˘ Zenji I
 

The actor Band˘ Hikozaemon I held the name of Band˘ Zenji I from the end of the 1760s to the 10th lunar month of 1801.

Band˘ Zenji I drawn by Utagawa Toyokuni I for the book "Yakusha Gakuya Tsű" (1799)

Band˘ Zenji II
 

The actor Band˘ Hikozaemon II held the name of Band˘ Zenji II from the 11th lunar month of 1801 to the 10th lunar month of 1825.

Band˘ Zenji II (bottom/left) and Ichikawa Kuriz˘ (top/right) playing the roles of Tenjir˘ and Omatsu in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yagura no Ishizue", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1810 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Band˘ Zenji III
Band˘ Zenji III  In Japanese | Iwai Umez˘  In Japanese | Iwai Ginkichi  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was most likely a disciple of Iwai Tojaku and his first stage names were Iwai Ginkichi and Iwai Umez˘. Later on, he joined the Band˘ clan and became both the adopted son of Band˘ Hikozaemon II and the disciple of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV. This minor supporting actor died the 24th of the 4th lunar month of 1849.

Band˘ Zenji III in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

 
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