|SEGAWA KIKUNOJď V|
Nickname: Tamon Rok˘
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Rok˘
Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)
Existence: 1802 ~ 7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1832 
Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV
3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Gunjibŕ's daughter Kohina and Katsushika no Ojű [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1818: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Princess Toki; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Miuranosuke) and Nakamura Shikan I (Takatsuna).
6th lunar month of 1818: Kikunoj˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Koganosuke, Sadaka and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners were 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Yaegasumi Soga no Kumiito"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of ďiso no Tora, the geisha Koito, Rokusa's lover Osono, Ky˘ no Kojor˘ and Naginoha Gozen [casting].
7th lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Torimazete Sekison Miyage"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Matagor˘'s mother Narumi, S˘roku's ny˘b˘ Ohama and the okujochű Osode [casting].
8th lunar month of 1826: Kikunoj˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Hayano Kanpei and Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Kanpei and Okaru were performed with fast costum changes (hayagawari), an unusual performance in "Kanadehon Chűshingura" sixth act, where Kanpei and Okaru usually appeared simultaneously on stage.
1st lunar month of 1828: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Revival at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" by Segawa Jok˘ II; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of the keisei Kisegawa and the spirit of the female mandarin duck [more details].
11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's kaomise drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of S˘ma Masakado (in reality Mitsunaka's daughter Princess Takiyasha), the female thieve Ikazuchi-ga-Hora no Todoroki, Manago no Sh˘ji's daughter Princess Kiyo and the shiraby˘shi Sakurako [more details].
8th lunar month of 1830: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hinadori and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners were Nakamura Shikan II (Daihanji, Motome, Fukashichi) and Nakamura Karoku I (Sadaka, Princess Tachibana).
11th lunar month of 1831: Kikunoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Kawarasakiza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Matsu o Chikara Tomoe no Fujinami". He unfortunately fell ill during the performance and had to be replaced by his disciple Segawa Michinosuke II.
7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1832 : Kikunoj˘ died in Edo.
"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")
 The 7th day of the 1st lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenp˘ era was the 8th of February 1832 in the western calendar.
 The 29th day of the 11th lunar month of the 9th year of the Bunka era was the 1st of January 1813 in the western calendar.
Segawa Kikunoj˘ V in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1820~1830)
The Segawa Tamon line of actors
The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors
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