SEGAWA KIKUNOJď II

Stage names:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ II In Japanese
Segawa Kichiji II In Japanese | In Japanese

Other name:

Segawa Rok˘ II In Japanese

Nickname: ďji Rok˘

Guild: Hamamuraya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Rok˘ (2)

Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 1741 ~ 13th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1773 [1]

Connections:

Adoptive father: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I

Adopted son: Segawa Senjo

Disciples : Segawa Yűjir˘ I, Segawa Kichiji III, Segawa Otome

Career:

1741: born in the village of ďji (close to Edo). He was the son of a rich farmer named Shimizu Hanroku. He was likely to be the illegitimate son of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. His first name was Gonjir˘.

1745 ~ 1749: he was adopted by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and received the name of Tokuji at an unknown date.

2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1749 [2]: his adoptive father Segawa Kikunoj˘ I died.

9th lunar month of 1750: he took 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 commemorated the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of late Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1751: Kichiji achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Sankichi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1756: Segawa Kichiji II took 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 was a huge success.

11th lunar month of 1757: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Koshizuka in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima".

1st lunar month of 1758: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Osome in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu", included in the new year sogamono drama "Toki Tsukaze Irifune Soga", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I in the roles of Kyűsaku and Hisamatsu.

9th lunar month of 1758: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Onui in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri"; his stage partner in the role of Ono no T˘fű was Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1761: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; his stage partners were Ichimura Kamez˘ I (Sukeroku), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the shirozake seller Shinbŕ) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II (Ikyű).

4th lunar month of 1762: Kikunoj˘ achieved a great success at the Ichimuraza, dancing the seven roles of the dance-drama "Yanagi Hina Shoch˘ no Saezuri". One of these roles was the first version of the famous dance "Sagi Musume".

Fall 1762: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partner in the roles of Yuranosuke and Hayano Kanpei was Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsukaze in the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroji III.

2nd lunar month of 1763: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Osugi, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover) and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (Sh˘sh˘'s lover) were played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

1st lunar month of 1764: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1765: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan Katsuragi in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of late Segawa Kikunoj˘ I; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the zegen Hachibŕ, Yoshiigahama no Tadanori), Matsumoto Shichiz˘ II (Katsuragi's daughter Omina) and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II (Nagoya Sanzabur˘).

11th lunar month of 1766: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Okuni and the courtesan Katsuragi in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi".

1st lunar month of 1767: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of the servant Otae, Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru, the Goddess Benzaiten and Yaoya Oshichi in the new year sogamono 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˘ played the roles of Osono, Okumi and Orie [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1767: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Yoni ďsaka Nitsui Meoto", which mixed Chikamatsu Monzaemon's dramas "Sonezaki Shinjű" and "Shinjű Yoi K˘shin"; the role of Ohatsu's lover Hiranoya Tokubŕ was played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1768: Kikunoj˘ played 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" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Otatsu [casting]. He also played the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1768: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Koky˘ no Torikaji"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Minoya Sankatsu [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1769: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the leading role of the Lion dance "Aioi Jishi".

3rd lunar month of 1770: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1770: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Meoto Giku Izu no Kisewata", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata star Arashi Sangor˘ II and celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Band˘ Sanpachi II and Kikunoj˘'s disciple Segawa Kichiji III.

1st lunar month of 1771: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

8th lunar month of 1771: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Keisei Nagoya Obi" but he suddenly fell ill and had to rest up to the 2nd lunar month of 1772.

2nd lunar month of 1772: Kikunoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he performed in the drama "Wakaba no Kiku Kasumi no Wagaki". He fell ill and had to retire.

13th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1773 [1]: Kikunoj˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ II made a dazzling career in Edo, becoming tateonnagata in 1758 at the age of seventeen, reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi and ˘-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).

[1] The 13th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 2nd year of the An'ei era was the 4th of April 1773 in the western calendar.

[2] The 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kan'en era was the 12th of October 1749 in the western calendar.

The Actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ II
Artist: Torii Kiyomitsu I
Date: c. 1771
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

Prints & Illustrations

The Segawa Rok˘ line of actors

The Segawa Kichiji line of actors

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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