|SAWAMURA TOSSHI VIII|
Real name: Suzuki Daikichi
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Poetry name: Tosshi (8)
Existence: 2 November 1887 ~ 28 March 1963
Master: Suketakaya Kodenji I
Father-in-law: Sawamura Tosshi VII
Disciple: Sawamura Tokiya
2 November 1887: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Asakusa. His father was a fish dealer.
January 1894: first stage appearance as a disciple of Suketakaya Kodenji I; he received the name of Sawamura Daisuke.
January 1897: Sawamura Daisuke took the name of Sawamura Denjir˘ at the Asakusaza.
24 August 1899: his master Suketakaya Kodenji I died.
26 March 1926: his father-in-law Sawamura Tosshi VII died.
July 1927: Sawamura Denjir˘ took the name of Sawamura Tosshi VIII.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Tosshi played the roles of the priest Seigen and the ghost of Seigen [casting].
January 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Edo-j˘ no Ninj˘" and "Daini no Shisha", the first and second plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Tosshi played the role of Kajikawa Yosobŕ in the former drama and the role of Hara S˘emon in the latter drama [more details].
April 1938: premiere at the Meijiza of "Kira Yashiki Uramon" and the first act of "Sengoku Yashiki" [casting], the seventh and ninth plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Tosshi played the role of Kuwana Buemon in "Sengoku Yashiki".
June 1938: Tosshi played the role of the evil Yashio in the "Take-no-Ma" and "Goten" scenes of the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which was staged in K˘be, Nagasaki and Nagoya; the role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Kaisha.
February 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the ninth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Tosshi played the roles of Okano Kin'emon and Horibe Yasubŕ [casting].
1953: Tosshi settled in ďsaka.
June 1960: Tosshi appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he played the role of Tachibanaya Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"; his two main stage partners were Ichikawa Jukai III (Sano Jir˘zaemon) and ďtani Tomoemon VII (Yatsuhashi).
28 March 1963: Tosshi died.
Sawamura Tosshi VIII was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor. In his prime, he was a popular koshibai actor, excelling in nimaime roles and performing in venues in Asakusa like the Miyatoza. His most notable performances were roles like K˘chiyama S˘shun ("K˘chiyama") or Kataoka Naojir˘ ("Naozamurai"). He joined the Grand Kabuki world when he took the name of Sawamura Tosshi VIII and became a supporting actor in the troupes led by Ichikawa Sadanji II or Ichimura Uzaemon XV and the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan. He also spent quite a long time in Kamigata.
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
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