|SEGAWA KIKUNOJď VI|
Real name: Segawa Toyotar˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)
Existence: 25 March 1907 ~ 3 November 1976
Adoptive father: Iwai Kumesabur˘ V
Disciple: Segawa Shinz˘
October 1922: he took the name of Iwai Sengyo when he performed at the Naniwaza.
October 1924: he took back the name of Segawa Sengyo I at the Bentenza.
February 1931: Sengyo played at the Kotobukiza the role of Otaka's lover Yashichi (in reality Senzaki Yagor˘) in the drama "Uekiya"; the role of the koshimoto Otaka, later the mekake Oran-no-Kata, was played by his adoptive father Iwai Kumesabur˘ V.
Spring 1931 (?): Segawa Sengyo took the name of Segawa Kikujir˘ II, a stage name not held since the 11th lunar month of 1756!
November 1933: Segawa Kikujir˘ II took the prestigious name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI, a stage name not held since the 1st lunar month of 1832!
13 April 1945: his adoptive father Iwai Kumesabur˘ V died.
January 1967: ideological breaking off between Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kan'emon III, the two mainstays of the Zenshinza; the former actor was suddenly expelled from the Zenshinza and the latter actor asked Kikunoj˘ to replace him on the spot in the difficult role of the wicked priest Narukami in the eponymous drama "Narukami", which was staged in ďsaka at the Mainichi Hall (8~15 January), in Nagoya at the Misonoza (23~31 January) and in Ky˘to at the Minamiza (2~8 February).
November 1976: Kikunoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Nakaza, where he played the role of Kotetsu in the drama "Shinmon Tatsugor˘".
3 November 1976: Kikunoj˘ suddenly collapsed at his hotel, the Hoteru Hanshin in the district of Umeda in ďsaka, and died.
Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI was a talented and versatile supporting tachiyaku actor belonging to the first generations of actors who built the famous and dynamic Zenshinza troupe. His best roles were the fishmonger Masagor˘ ("Shibahama no Kawazaifu"), the villain Senoo Tar˘ Kaneyasu ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Yaichiemon ("Abe Ichizoku"), Hata no Minbu ("Kenuki") and Tatsusabur˘ ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri").
Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI playing the role of Kotetsu in the drama "Shinmon Tatsugor˘"
The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors
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