|SEGAWA KIKUNOJď V|
Segawa Kikunoj˘ V
Nickname: Tamon Rok˘
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Rok˘
Crest: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)
Existence: 1802 ~ 7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1832
Master: Segawa Senjo
Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV
12th lunar month of 1810: his master Segawa Senjo dies.
11th lunar month of 1812: his future father-in-law Segawa Rok˘ IV dies.
3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Kikunoj˘ plays the roles of Gunjibei's daughter Kohina and Katsushika no Ojű [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1818: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Kikunoj˘ plays the role of Princess Toki; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Miuranosuke) and Nakamura Shikan I (Takatsuna).
6th lunar month of 1818: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Koganosuke, Sadaka and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Motome, Fukashichi, Hinadori, Daihanji) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (Soga no Iruka).
11th lunar month of 1823: Kikunoj˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza, performing in the drama "Kaeri Giso Kiku no Hitomure".
8th lunar month of 1826: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Momoi Wakasanosuke, Hayano Kampei and Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Kampei and Okaru are performed with fast costum changes (hayagawari), an unusual performance in "Kanadehon Chűshingura" sixth act, where Kampei and Okaru usually appear simultaneously on stage.
1st lunar month of 1828: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Revival at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" by Segawa Jok˘ II; Kikunoj˘ plays the roles of the keisei Kisegawa and the spirit of the female mandarin duck [more details].
9th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the 4-role hengemono "Hana ni Ch˘ Magaki no Ukareme"; all the roles are performed by Kikunoj˘; the 2nd role, "Komori", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire and is performed independently under the title "Mitsumen Komori" [more details].
8th lunar month of 1830: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hinadori and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners are Nakamura Shikan II (Daihanji, Motome, Fukashichi) and Nakamura Karoku I (Sadaka, Princess Tachibana).
11th lunar month of 1831: Kikunoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Matsu o Chikara Tomoe no Fujinami". He unfortunately falls ill during the performance and has to be replaced by his disciple Segawa Michinosuke II. He dies in the 1st lunar month of 1832.
"The fifth Segawa Kikunoj˘ was acknowledged to be the leading onnagata in Edo. He was a large, man, but possessed rather rough manners, being short and abrupt with his fellow-actors, and much disliked by his neighbours. Yet upon the stage there was no one to compare with him. He died at 31, at the height of his career." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
Segawa Kikunoj˘ V in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1820~1830)
The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors
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