Bandô Zenji I

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

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

Bandô Zenji II

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

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

Bandô Zenji III
Bandô Zenji III  In Japanese | Iwai Umezô  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 Umezô. Later on, he joined the Bandô clan and became both the adopted son of Bandô Hikozaemon II and the disciple of Bandô Hikosaburô IV. This minor supporting actor died the 24th of the 4th lunar month of 1849 [1].

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



[1] The 24th day of the 4th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kaei era was the 16th of May 1849 in the western calendar.

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