SAWAMURA SHIROGORď II

Stage names:

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II In Japanese
Sawamura Shabaku In Japanese | In Japanese
Sawamura Shirogor˘ II In Japanese
Sawamura T˘jűr˘ I In Japanese
Sawamura Shirogor˘ II In Japanese
Sawamura T˘z˘ I In Japanese | In Japanese
Ogino T˘z˘ In Japanese
Ogino Monz˘ [1] In Japanese

Guild: Kawatakiya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shabaku

Existence: ??? ~ 6th day of the 7th lunar month of 1832 [2]

Connections:

Masters : Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Ogino Itar˘

Father-in-law (after death): Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Disciples: Sawamura T˘z˘ II [3], Sawamura Kinpei II [3], Sawamura Kinpei III [3]

Career:

???~1792: born in Kamigata. His first stage name was Ogino Monz˘ [1].

Fall 1792: he went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1792: he took the name of Ogino T˘z˘ and performed at the Ichimuraza as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Iromigusa Tsukuri Yamabushi".

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; T˘z˘ played the role of the yakko Tatahei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1796: he became a disciple of the star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III and took the name of Sawamura T˘z˘ I at the Miyakoza, playing the role of Sukune Tar˘ in the "D˘my˘ji" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

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; T˘z˘ played the role of Harukaze T˘z˘ in the latter theater [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ"; T˘z˘ played the role of Ibara no T˘bŕ [casting].

29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1801 [4]: his master Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III died.

11th lunar month of 1808: Sawamura T˘z˘ I took the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II and became katakiyaku. Around the same time, he got married with the daughter of late Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of Beniya Ch˘bŕ and Arai Genz˘ Shigekuni [casting].

11th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II kaomise drama "Misao no Hana Toba no Koizuka", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Sh˘roku I and Onoe Matsusuke II; Shirogor˘ played the roles of Iga no Heinaizaemon Naganori, Musashi Saemon Arikuni, the yakko Nomahei and Tachibana Shichir˘ Sadakage [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta"); Shirogor˘ played the role of Shioda Bannoshin [casting].

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of the farmer Sagoemon and Sasayama Kanbŕ [casting].

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; Shirogor˘ played the role of Washizuka Kint˘ji Hidekuni [more details]. It was followed by the premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; Shirogor˘ played the role of the ashigaru Namano Hachinai, later Mikawaya Giheiji [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's play "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri" (commonly called "Osome no Nanayaku", in English 'The Seven Roles of Osome'). The seven roles were played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V; Shirogor˘ played the role of the tedai Zenroku [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of Matsui no Gengo Sadakage and the yakko Sudahei [more details].

7th lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Imaori Hakata no Irifune"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of bashi Utsunoya Goroemon, Kurahashi Daizen and Ishikawaya Shichirosuke [casting].

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu" or "Dote no Oroku"); Shirogor˘ played the role of Sadaijin Magoroku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the ten roles of Date), whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; Shirogor˘ played the role of Yamana Mochitoyo [casting].

1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Shirogor˘ played the role of ďmi Kot˘ta Nariie [casting].

11th lunar month of 1819: Sawamura Shirogor˘ II took the name of Sawamura T˘jűr˘ I at the Tamagawaza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Nana Komachi Yagura no Amagoi".

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; T˘jűr˘ played the roles of Ukiyo T˘fuya Tohei and ďe Onitsura [casting].

11th lunar month of 1821: he took back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Nani o Tanete Ukiki no Kaobure".

1st lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Yaegasumi Soga no Kumiito"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of Tsurugizawa Danj˘zaemon and the yanushi Sagobŕ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Shirogor˘ played the role of Mamushi Jihei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Torimazete Sekison Miyage"; Shirogor˘ played the roles of Sawai J˘gor˘ and Ikezoe Magohachi [casting].

8th lunar month of 1824: Sawamura Shirogor˘ II took the name of Sawamura Shabaku at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

1st lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Okuni-iri Soga Nakamura"; Shabaku played the roles of ďmi Kot˘ta Nariie, Honj˘ Sukedayű and the tabiya Akaneya Heizaemon [casting].

5th lunar month of 1828: Shabaku played at the Ichimuraza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1828: he took back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the kaomise drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki".

3rd lunar month of 1829: he went on tour to ďsaka with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

1st lunar month of 1830: he performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, then decided to go back to Edo.

6th day of the 7th lunar month of 1832 [2]: Shirogor˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II was a good katakiyaku of the Bunka and Bunsei eras. His vocal projection and the way he delivered his lines were quite stern and manly. He had a strong stage presence, allowing him to excel in roles like Fujiwara no Shihei ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

[1] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[2] The 6th day of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenp˘ era was the 1st of August 1832 in the western calendar.

[3] Only our assumption. No proof that Sawamura T˘z˘ II, Sawamura Kinpei II and Sawamura Kinpei III were really disciples of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II.

[4] The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 1st year of the Ky˘wa era was the 11th of May 1801 in the western calendar.

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II (top) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (bottom) playing the roles of the villain Fujiwara no Shihei and Ume˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1812 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1799

The Sawamura T˘z˘ line of actors

The Sawamura Shirogor˘ line of actors

 
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