Person Name Iwai Hanshirō VIII
Alternate Names Enji (Pen or literary name) ,
Shijaku (Pen or literary name) ,
Tojaku (Pen or literary name) ,
Shidō (Pen or literary name) ,
Baiga (Pen or literary name) ,
Yakitsusha? (Pen or literary name) ,
Shidō Hanshirō (Nickname) ,
Iwai Hisajirō II (Childhood name) ,
Iwai Kumesaburō III (Earlier stage name) ,
Iwai Shijaku II (Earlier stage name)
Gender Male
Cultural Identity Japanese
Country(ies) of Residence Japan
Birth Date October 2, 1829
Death Date February 19, 1882
Dates Active Unknown
Genre Specialization(s) Kabuki
Geographic Affiliations Edo (Japan) (historic region)
Reference(s) Yakusha geinojin database
Notes Character types: female roles (onnagata). Group affiliations: Yamatoya.  Iwai Hanshiro VIII was a son of Iwai Hanshiro VII. He first appeared on stage at Nakamura-za Theatre as Iwai Kumesaburo III in November, 1832. He took the name Iwai Shijaku II at the Nakamura-za Theatre in February, 1864. Then He took the name Iwai Hanshiro VIII at the Morita-za Theatre in February, 1872.  He became zagashira (the head) of the Nakamura-za Theatre in 1874. He had a good looks and was one of the greatest female role actors of Edo period.

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