|SAWAMURA SÔJÛRÔ IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Kôga, Tosshi (4)
Blazon: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: い]
Father: Sawamura Sôjûrô III
Father-in-law: Matsumoto Kôshirô IV
Brother: Sawamura Tanosuke II
Adopted son: Sawamura Sôjûrô V
1784: born in Edo. He was the son of the star Sawamura Sôjûrô III.
2nd lunar month of 1794: Gennosuke and his father were back in Edo and performed in the drama "Hatsu Akebono Kaomise Soga", which was staged at the Miyakoza.
1798 ~ 1800: second tour in Kamigata with his father.
8th lunar month of 1800: Sawamura Sôjûrô III fell ill in Ôsaka and decided to go back to Edo after his recovery.
9th lunar month of 1804: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari" was staged for the first time in Edo, produced by Ichimura Uzaemon XI at the Ichimuraza; Gennosuke played the role of Tsuzuki Denshichi [more details].
11th lunar month of 1811: Sawamura Gennosuke I took the name of Sawamura Sôjûrô IV at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura" . Publication in Edo of "Sawamura Kagami", a book containing the biographies of Sawamura Sôjûrô I, Sawamura Sôjûrô II, Sawamura Sôjûrô III and the new Sôjûrô.
4th lunar month of 1812: Sôjûrô played in the same theater the role of Genshichi in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".
5th lunar month of 1812: Sôjûrô was supposed to perform in the same theater in the drama "Shôbudachi Rishô Kagami" but he suddenly fell ill.
Sawamura Sôjûrô IV was a talented tachiyaku, who formed with Ichikawa Danjûrô VII and Onoe Matsusuke II a popular threesome in Edo. He unfortunately died too young, before reaching the heights of fame.
 The 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 1st year of the Kyôwa era was the 11th of May 1801 in the western calendar.
Sawamura Sôjûrô IV in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1811~1812)
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors
The Sawamura Sôjûrô line of actors
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