SEGAWA KIKUNOJď V

Stage names:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ V
Segawa Tamon I

Nickname: Tamon Rok˘

Guild: Hamamuraya

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

Connections:

Father: Segawa Michisabur˘ I (Arashi Rik˘ I)

Master: Segawa Senjo

Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV

Son: Segawa Tamon II (Nakamura Daikichi III)

Disciples: Segawa Michinosuke II, Segawa Michitar˘, Segawa Kikusabur˘ III (?)

Career:

11th lunar month of 1806: he becomes disciple of the star Segawa Senjo and takes the name of Segawa Tamon I at the Nakamuraza.

4th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; Tamon plays the role of a kamuro [more details].

12th lunar month of 1810: his master Segawa Senjo dies.

11th lunar month of 1812: his future father-in-law Segawa Rok˘ IV dies.

11th lunar month of 1815: he becomes tateonnagata and takes the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Yamato Meisho Sembon Zakura".

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).

1st lunar month of 1823: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Kikunoj˘ plays the roles of the courtesan Katsuragi, Oden and Okuni [casting].

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.

9th lunar month of 1827: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the difficult role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

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 1828: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Nochi no Tsuki Shuen no Shimadai" (commonly called "Kakuemon"). The main roles are played by Nakamura Shikan II and Kikunoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1828: his yearly salary at the Nakamuraza reaches 700 ry˘.

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].

1st lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Saru Shima Dairi"; the main roles are played by Nakamura Shikan II (Band˘ Tar˘) and Kikunoj˘ (Takiyasha).

1st lunar month of 1830: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

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.

Comments:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ V was a talented onnagata of the Bunka and Bunsei eras, who was endowed with both beauty and intelligence. He unfortunately died too young.

"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)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1825

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1831

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1832

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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