LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - SAWAMURA
   
Sawamura Daiz˘  
Sawamura Daiz˘  In Japanese | Iwai Daizabur˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 10th of October 1938 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in Kamigata. His first stage name was Iwai Daizabur˘. He was recorded for the first time in March 1948, when he performed minor roles at the Nakaza in the dramas "Soga no Taimen", "Banch˘ Sarayashiki", "Fűin Giri" and "Benten Koz˘". He became a disciple of Sawamura Tanosuke VI in 1972 and he received the name of Sawamura Daiz˘. He was recorded for the first time with his new stage name in November 1972, when he played at the Kabukiza the role of Kanakubo Yukichika in the drama "Shuzenji Monogatari". He became nadai and celebrated it in January 2000 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he played the role of the yakko Narahei in the drama "Sukeroku". He appeared on stage for the last time in June 2017 at the National Theatre, where he performed in the drama "Meigetsu Hachiman Matsuri". He died the 17th of September 2019.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Kinokuniya Nakamura Yasunori

Sawamura Daiz˘

Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon
Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon  In Japanese | Takezawa Magoheiji  In Japanese | Onoe Yatar˘  In Japanese | Hanai Yatar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career in Edo as a wakashugata. His first stage name was Hanai Yatar˘. His second stage name was Onoe Yatar˘. From 1692, he was recorded as a wakashugata performing at the Moritaza. He went to ďsaka in 1700. He joined a travelling troupe (tabi shibai) and was not recorded in ˘shibai for several years. He settled in Ky˘to where he became tachiyaku and took the name of Takezawa Magoheiji in the 1st lunar month of 1710. He went back to Edo in Fall 1711. He took in the 11th lunar month of 1711 the name of Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon and played at the Moritaza the role of Harada Anzaemon in the kaomise drama "K˘bai no Momoyoguruma". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1716 the role of Wada Saemon Tamemune at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane". No stage record afterwards. His rank in the 1717 Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

Nakamura Shir˘ji (left) and Sawamura Jűr˘zaemon (right) playing the roles of Kat˘ji and Wada Saemon Tamemune in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1716 at the Ichimuraza

Sawamura Kamesabur˘
Sawamura Kamesabur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, he made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1726 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan". He became wakashugata in 11th lunar month of 1731 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki". He performed in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yamato Kotoba Imagawaj˘", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I and Arashi Otohachi I (who celebrated his shűmei). No record afterwards. He stopped acting and retired from the Kabuki world.

Sawamura Kamesabur˘ portraying Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu II

Sawamura Kasen  
Sawamura Kasen  In Japanese | Ichikawa Joen  In Japanese | Ichikawa Noshiya  In Japanese | Ichikawa Noshimaru  In Japanese
 

Born the 11th of March 1913 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in July 1920 at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of a kosh˘ in the drama "Ii Tair˘ no Shi". Disciple of Ichikawa Ennosuke II, he received the name of Ichikawa Noshimaru. He took the name of Ichikawa Noshiya in 1930. He took the name of Ichikawa Joen in January 1937 at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, where he played the role of a jijo in the dance-drama "Yumiya Tar˘". He spent a few years with the troupe led by Ichikawa Monzabur˘ III or the Katabamiza. He became a disciple of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII in 1964 and he received the name of Sawamura Kasen [3]. He played in June 1964 at the Kabukiza the role of nagaya ny˘b˘ Oen in the drama "Hachidaime Ichikawa Danjűr˘". He appeared on stage for the last time in May 1992, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of the yarite Otetsu in the drama "Sukeroku". He died the 12th of February 1997.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Kinokuniya Fujimoto Masao

Kataoka Ainosuke V and Sawamura Kasen playing the roles of the ama Kokuun [1] and the ama Hakuun [2] in the drama "Onna Narukami", which was staged in August 1967 at the National Theatre

Sawamura Sh˘nosuke  
Sawamura Sh˘nosuke  In Japanese | In Japanese
 

Born the 2nd of April 1921 in Asakusa. Grandson of Sawamura Tosshi VIII, son of Sawamura S˘nosuke I and younger brother of Sawamura S˘nosuke II, he started his career in February 1927 at the Imperial Theater. He joined the T˘ei Company in 1933 and became a movie/TV actor. His movie name was It˘ Jush˘. He went back to the stage world in 1965. Then, he joined the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe in February 1974 at the Kabukiza, where he played the roles of Atsugi Daigo, Kadokiya Shinzabur˘ and the Shinra fukushi in "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga", "Tanuki" and "T˘daiki". He appeared on stage for the last time in July 1988, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he played the role of the kar˘ Hata no Minbu in "Kenuki". He died the 15th of November 1988.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Kinokuniya It˘ Sh˘nosuke

Sawamura Sh˘nosuke

 

Notes

[1] Literally the 'Black Cloud Nun'.

[2] Literally the 'White Cloud Nun'.

[3] He was recorded as Sawamura Kasen II in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

 
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