SEGAWA SENJO

Stage names:

Segawa Senjo In Japanese
Segawa Rok˘ III In Japanese
Segawa Kikunoj˘ III In Japanese
Segawa Tomisabur˘ I In Japanese
Ichiyama Tomisabur˘ In Japanese
Ichiyama Shichinosuke In Japanese

Nicknames: Senjo Rok˘, Hamamuraya Daimy˘jin [4], ďdayű [5]

Guild: Hamamuraya

Poetry names: Rok˘, Senjo

Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 1751 ~ 4th day of the 12th lunar month of 1810 [1]

Connections:

Father: Ichiyama Shichijűr˘ I (dance master)

Adoptive father: Segawa Kikunoj˘ II

Elder brother: Segawa Jok˘ I

Sons-in-law: Segawa Michisabur˘ I, Segawa Rok˘ IV

Adopted son: Segawa Kamesabur˘

Disciples: Segawa Tomisabur˘ II, Segawa Tomisabur˘ III, Segawa Yűjir˘ II, Segawa Waichi

Career:

1751: born in ďsaka. His father, the dance master Ichiyama Shichijűr˘ I, gave him the name of Ichiyama Shichinosuke and taught him his art.

11th lunar month of 1765: Ichiyama Shichinosuke took the name of Ichiyama Tomisabur˘ in ďsaka.

Beginning of 1773: Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, who was on his deathbed, requested his wife Omitsu to send a messenger to ďsaka, asking the young Tomisabur˘ to come as soon as possible to Edo. Segawa Kikunoj˘ II had spotted the young man and understood his talent while on tour in ďsaka. He intended to adopt him and made him his heir. He gave him the name of Segawa Tomisabur˘ I.

13th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1773 [6]: his adoptive father Segawa Kikunoj˘ II died.

5th lunar month of 1774: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Sono Omokage Ninin Wankyű". The roles of Wankyű and the courtesan Matsuyama were played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Tomisabur˘. This dance commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII. The drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was produced at the Ichimuraza for the first time; Tomisabur˘ played the role of Otatsu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1774: Segawa Tomisabur˘ I took the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Aigo-no-Waka and the gejo Okiku in Horikoshi Saiy˘'s kaomise drama "Chigo Sakura Jűsangane".

1st lunar month of 1775: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1775: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of the shiraby˘shi Nagisa, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and the keisei Chiyosaki in Horikoshi Saiy˘'s new year sogamono drama "Sakae Soga Kagura no Taiko".

11th lunar month of 1775: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kanai Sansh˘'s Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Shijűhatte Koi no Showake", the first version of "Oshidori", which was staged within the kaomise drama "Hana Zum˘ Genji Biiki"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of the keisei Kisegawa and the spirit of the female mandarin duck [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1776: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsu Kanshi's puppet theater drama "Koi Musume Mukashi Hachij˘", which was staged at the Nakamuraza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Shirokiya Okoma [casting].

5th lunar month of 1776: the play "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Princess Yaegaki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Momo Yogiku Iro no Yo no Naka", staged within the kaomise drama "Sugata no Hana Yuki no Kuronushi"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Ono no Komachi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke II's Tomimoto-based (musical accompaniment was written by Namizaki Tokuji) dance-drama "Meotozake Kawaranu Nakanaka" (commonly called "Kurama Jishi"), staged within the kaomise drama "Chigo Torii Tobiiri Kitsune"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Shizuka Gozen [casting].

1st lunar month of 1778: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1778: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1778: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in Masuyama Kinpachi I's kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki", which welcomed in Edo the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1779: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1779: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of the koshimoto Magaki and Gorobŕ Masamune's daughter Oren in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1779: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of K˘t˘-no-Naishi and Oyamada Tar˘'s sister Michishiba in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ III and Kikunoj˘'s brother Segawa Otome.

1st lunar month of 1780: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1780: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mure Takamatsu Yuki no Shirahata".

1st lunar month of 1781: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1781: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Umegawa in the drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku"; the roles of Kameya Chűbŕ and Magoemon were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1781: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi" (commonly called "Kumo no Hy˘shimai"), which was performed within the kaomise program "Shitenn˘ Tonoi no Kisewata"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of the shiraby˘shi Tsumagiku, in reality the spirit of a ground spider, [casting].

11th lunar month of 1782: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Godai Genji Mitsugi no Furisode", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV.

5th lunar month of 1783: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1783: no kaomise at the Nakamuraza, which was damaged in a fire.

1st lunar month of 1784: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the new year drama "Fude Hajime Kanjinch˘".

11th lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Kiriza of the drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To", which was performed within the kaomise drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Ono no Komachi, the courtesan Sumizome and the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1785: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza all the roles of a Nagauta-based 5-role [7] hengemono, which was entitled "Haru-ha Mukashi Yukari no Hanabusa".

11th lunar month of 1785: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Furisode Genji", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1786: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of the keisei Katsuragi in the drama "Muromachi Onna Bunsh˘"; his stage partners in the roles of Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1786: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Shinshichi's ny˘b˘ Osame in "K˘rai Giku Ukina no Irozashi", the second part (nibanme) of "Muromachi Onna Bunsh˘"; the role of the tedai Yodoya Shinshichi was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1786: Kikunoj˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Tomoe Gozen [8] and Sait˘'s sister Yamabuki in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Kameemon and Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III.

8th lunar month of 1787: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1787: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Sanga no Sh˘ Mutsu no Hanayome".

7th lunar month of 1788: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kakuju and Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1788: reopening the Ichimuraza; Kikunoj˘ performed in this theater in the kaomise drama "Genji Saik˘ Kogane no Tachibana", which starred the actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke I and ďtani Hiroemon III and celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1789: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He shared the same rank with Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1789: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu".

1st lunar month of 1790: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Togire no Koman (in reality Tsukisayo) and Miuaraya Takao (in reality Rokudai Gozen) in the new year sogamono drama "Haru no Nishiki Datezome Soga".

11th lunar month of 1790: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Sayo no Nakayama Hiiki no Tsurigane".

1st lunar month of 1791: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)shingoku-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) truly extreme - superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was performed at the end of the new year program "Haru no Sekai Nigiwai Soga"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of a courtesan [casting].

5th lunar month of 1791: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Chidori in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

11th lunar month of 1791: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise program "Kin no Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI.

1st lunar month of 1792: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

9th lunar month of 1792: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Shibaroku's ny˘b˘, Omiwa and Sadaka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1792: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Koganegiku Date no ďkido", which celebrated the shűmei of Kikunoj˘'s disciple Segawa Yűjir˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1793: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1793: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Shibaroku's ny˘b˘, Omiwa and Sadaka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1793: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Yasa Gunbai Miyako no Jintori"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I, ďtani Hiroji III, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II and Yamashina Shirojűr˘.

23rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1794 [2]: his brother Segawa Jok˘ I died in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1794: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Miyakoza in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II and welcomed in Edo the actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Nakamura Noshio II and the ďsaka playwright Namiki Gohei I.

1st lunar month of 1795: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of the courtesan Sakuraya no Koman [casting].

5th lunar month of 1795: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Osono and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1795: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of D˘man's wife Tsukubane in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1795: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Genpei Hashira Goyomi", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Tomoemon II.

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Koume and Ch˘kichi [casting].

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Ichimisai's elder daughter Osono in the former theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Ginsekai Matsu ni Yukihira".

9th lunar month of 1797: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Yae in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1797: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Yuki Onna Keizu no Hachinoki". Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Kikunoj˘ and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III performed together in the Tomimoto-based dance "Miya Mairi Musubi no Kamigaki".

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of the courtesan Mikuniya Kojor˘ and Tamaya Oen [casting].

8th lunar month of 1798: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Sonobe Ume-no-Kata in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Fall 1798: the Ichimuraza reopened, getting back its license from the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1798: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Tachibana Keizu".

5th lunar month of 1799: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Koshina Danj˘'s wife Irie, Kansuke's mother and the koshimoto Nureginu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

9th lunar month of 1799: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the roles of Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1799: Kikunoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Utsukushiki Yuki no Sekai", which celebrated the shűmei of Ogino Izabur˘ II and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Hinasuke II.

2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Kishida's okugata [casting].

9th ~ 10th lunar months of 1800: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Tonami and Sakuramaru's wife Yae in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III (Kan Sh˘j˘, Sakuramaru), Ichikawa Danz˘ IV (Shihei, Genz˘, Shiratayű, Kakuju), Arashi Hinasuke II (Matsu˘maru) and Ogino Izabur˘ II (Ume˘maru)

11th lunar month of 1800: Kikunoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Godai's ny˘b˘ and the nakai Tsuyu in Nagawa Shimesuke I's kaomise drama "Oishigeru Nami no Une Une", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1801: Kikunoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Yuki-hime in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Konoshita T˘kichi were played by Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

8th lunar month of 1801: first grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, in Edo at the Ichimuraza; Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively took the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke I, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘. They performed together in the drama "D˘jima Tamino no Tsumikomi".

11th lunar month of 1801: Rok˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in Namiki Gohei I in the kaomise drama "Otoko Narikeri Onna Masakado", which celebrated the shűmei of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV and Band˘ Zenji II.

Fall 1802: Rok˘ went back to his native Kamigata after 29 seasons spent in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1802: Rok˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in Nagawa Shimesuke I's kaomise drama "Azuma Giku Naniwa no Kisewata", which was produced by Anegawa Kumajir˘. The troupe moved in the 12th lunar month from the Naka no Shibai to the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai to perform a similar program.

1st lunar month of 1803: Rok˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

11th lunar month of 1803: Rok˘ performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hatsu Yagura Kogane no Manmaku"; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Nakamura Utaemon III, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Kan˘ Minshi I, Yamashita Yaoz˘ I, Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ I, Seki Sanjűr˘ I, ďtani Tomoemon II, Asao Tomoz˘ I, Nakamura Kumetar˘ II, ďtani Tokuji I, Nakamura Noshio III, Yoshizawa Enjir˘ I, Arashi Izabur˘ I and Mimasu Matsugor˘ I. The troupe moved to the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in the 12th lunar month to perform the same program for 10 days.

9th lunar month of 1804: Rok˘ performed his onagori ky˘gen at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami" [illustration].

Fall 1804: Rok˘ went back to Edo, along with Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ I and Segawa Kamesabur˘.

11th lunar month of 1804: Rok˘ played the role of the musume Oriku, in reality Iga-no-Naishi, at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kiku Zum˘ Mikurai Sadame", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Nakayama Bunshichi III.

1st lunar month of 1805: Rok˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was goku-j˘-j˘-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

9th lunar month of 1801: Rok˘ played in the same theater the role of Shunkan's wife Azumaya in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi"; the role of Shunkan was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1805: Rok˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Genji Nidai no Yumitori", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Ryűz˘ III and welcomed back in Edo ďtani Tomoemon II.

10th lunar month of 1806: Rok˘ played in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1806: Rok˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hana Yuki no Michinoku". The 13th day of this month [9], a fire broke out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Fukiya-ch˘. It spread and burnt both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza, killing many spectators.

9th lunar month of 1807: Rok˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1807: second grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, in Edo at the Nakamuraza; Segawa Rok˘ III and Segawa Michinosuke I respectively took the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV. The two actors achieved a great success by performing in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita".

1st lunar month of 1808: Senjo played in the same theater the roles of Shibaroku's ny˘b˘ and Sadaka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

5th lunar month of 1808: Senjo played in the same theater the roles of Oryű (in reality the tsubone Suke) and Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi"; Senjo played the roles of Fudesuke's wife Oyumi and Shinzaemon's wife Shigemachi [casting].

8th lunar month of 1808: Senjo played in the same theater the roles of Sakuramaru and Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" [illustrations].

10th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; Senjo played the role of the courtesan ďgiya Yűgiri [casting].

11th lunar month of 1808: Senjo performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Onga no Shimadai".

4th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; Senjo played the roles of an onna date[3] and a yamanba [more details].

11th lunar month of 1809: Senjo performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "ďshű Dachiyuki no Kurogoma", whose plot and characters belonged to the "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara" world.

9th lunar month of 1810: Senjo appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Masaoka in the drama "Date Asobi Kuruwa Fűzoku", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

4th day of the 12th lunar month of 1810 [1]: Senjo died in Edo.

Comments:

Segawa Senjo was one of the most famous actors in Kabuki history, a rival of both Iwai Hanshir˘ IV (during the 18th century) and Iwai Tojaku (during the Bunka era) for the title of Edo best onnagata. He excelled in Princesses or courtesans roles and reached the goku-j˘-j˘-kichi rank (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) in the 1st lunar month of 1789 at the age of 37. As a dancer, he was outstanding in d˘j˘jimono or shakky˘mono. He was extremely rich (his yearly salary in the 11th lunar month of 1790 was 1850 ry˘) but, unlike most actors, was economical, saving his earnings and investing in houses and land in Edo or in Kamigata. His wealth was subject of many gossips and exagerations running all over the places where he performed.

[1] The 4th day of the 12th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunka era was the 29th of December 1810 in the western calendar.

[2] The 23rd day of the 1st lunar month of the 6th year of the Kansei era was the 22nd of February 1794 in the western calendar.

[3] "Onna Date" is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

[4] Literally the Hamamuraya Great Shining Deity (no less!).

[5] Literally the Grand Master. It was also the nickname of Iwai Tojaku.

[6] 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.

[7] 2 of these roles became independent dances, which are still part of the current repertoire: "Hane no Kamuro" (a kamuro with a Japanese battledore and shuttlecock racket) and "Shirozake Uri" (the shirozake-seller).

[8] Tomoe Gozen was the role in the "Onna Shibaraku" scene included in this kaomise program.

[9] The 13th day of the 11th lunar lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunka era was the 22nd of December 1806 in the western calendar.

The Actor Segawa Senjo as the wife of Amakawaya Gihei in the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura," performed at the Nakamura Theater in the fifth month, 1776
Artist: Torii Kiyomitsu I
Date: 1776
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1774

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1776

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ (1777~1781)

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1781

Print made by Katsukawa Shunj˘ in 1781

Print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘ in 1803

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1857

The Segawa Tomisabur˘ line of actors

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

The Segawa Rok˘ line of actors

 
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