|SEGAWA KIKUNOJď II|
Segawa Kikunoj˘ II
Other name: Segawa Rok˘ II
Nickname: ďji Rok˘
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Rok˘ (2)
Crest: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)
Existence: 1741 ~ 13th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1773
Adoptive father: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I
Adopted son: Segawa Senjo
1741: born in the village of ďji (close to Edo). He is likely to be the illegitimate son of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. His first name is Tokuji.
1745 ~ 1749: he is adopted by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and receives the name of Segawa Gonjir˘ at an unknown date.
9th lunar month of 1749: his adoptive father Segawa Kikunoj˘ I dies.
9th lunar month of 1750: Segawa Gonjir˘ takes the name of Segawa Kichiji II at the Nakamuraza, performing the leading role of a Lion dance in the drama "Aki no Ch˘ Katami no Tsubasa", which commemorate the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of late Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1756: Segawa Kichiji II takes the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the dance "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji" in duo with Ichimura Uzaemon VIII. His performance is a huge success.
1st lunar month of 1758: Kikunoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Osome in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu", included in the new year program "Toki Tsukaze Irifune Soga", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ in the roles of Kyűsaku and Hisamatsu.
3rd lunar month of 1761: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partners are Ichimura Kamez˘ I (Sukeroku), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the shirozake seller Shinbŕ) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II (Ikyű).
4th lunar month of 1762: Kikunoj˘ achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza, dancing the seven roles of the program "Yanagi Hina Shoch˘ no Saezuri". One of these roles is the first version of the famous dance "Sagi Musume".
2nd lunar month of 1763: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Osugi, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover) and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (Sh˘sh˘'s lover) are played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.
8th lunar month of 1765: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan Katsuragi in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the death of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the prostitutes-trader (zegen) Hachibei, Yoshiigahama no Tadanori), Matsumoto Shichiz˘ II (Katsuragi's daughter Omina) and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II (Nagoya Sanzabur˘).
1st lunar month of 1767: Yaoz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the servant Otae, Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru, the Goddess Benzaiten and Yaoya Oshichi in the new year drama "Soga Yawaragi Soga".
2nd lunar month of 1767: first Kabuki adaptation, at the Ichimuraza, of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku"; Kikunoj˘ plays the roles of Osono, Okumi and Orie [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1767: Kikunoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Yoni ďsaka Nitsui Meoto", which mixes Chikamatsu Monzaemon's dramas "Sonezaki Shinjű" and "Shinjű Yoi K˘shin"; the role of Ohatsu's lover Hiranoya Tokubŕ is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.
4th lunar month of 1768: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (ďboshi Yuranosuke) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Teraoka Heiemon).
7th lunar month of 1768: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Kikunoj˘ plays the role of Otatsu [casting]. He also plays the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.
8th lunar month of 1771: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Keisei Nagoya Obi" but he suddenly falls ill and has to rest up to the 2nd lunar month of 1772.
2nd lunar month of 1772: Kikunoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Wakaba no Kiku Kasumi no Wagaki". He falls ill and dies one year later in the 3rd lunar month of 1773.
Segawa Kikunoj˘ II made a dazzling career in Edo, becoming tateonnagata in 1758 at the age of seventeen, reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi and dai-j˘-j˘-kichi ranks respectively in 1764 and in 1771. From the beginning of the sixties, his popularity was so great that many features he used on stage became the latest fashion in the city of Edo, all of them named from his haimy˘ Rok˘: a brown color (rok˘ cha, Rok˘'s brown), a hairstyle (rok˘ mage, Rok˘'s bun), a comb (rok˘ kushi) and a kimono belt (rok˘ obi).
Segawa Kikunoj˘ II in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ (1769~1772)
The Segawa Kichiji line of actors
The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors
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