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Segawa Kamesabur˘
Segawa Kamesabur˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1786. Adopted son of Segawa Rok˘ III, his stage name was Segawa Kamesabur˘. He went to Edo with his adoptive father and Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ I in Fall 1804. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1804 at the Nakamuraza the role of Funawaka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Kiku Zum˘ Mikurai Sadame", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Nakayama Bunshichi III. He took part in the 11th lunar month of 1807 in the grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, which was produced at the Nakamuraza within the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita" : his adoptive father Segawa Rok˘ III and his brother-in-law Segawa Michinosuke respectively took the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV. Kamesabur˘'s rank in 1811 Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) rank [visual]. He played in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 at the Nakamuraza the role of the keisei Kokonoe in the Ishikawa Goemon drama "Nennen Saisai Masago no Ishikawa". This was his last appearance on stage. He died in Edo a few months after his adoptive father, the 18th day of the 5th lunar month of 1811 [1].

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Segawa Kamesabur˘ in kabuki21.com.

Segawa Kamesabur˘ (top) and Nakamura Utaemon III (bottom) playing the roles of Oshun and Yojir˘ in the drama "Koromo Yayoi Hanago no Keizu", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1808 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Segawa Sangor˘  
Segawa Sangor˘  In Japanese | Sakakiyama Sangor˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He started his career in Edo, performing under the name of Sakakiyama Sangor˘. He became a disciple of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II in 1759 and received the name of Segawa Sangor˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1759, when he played at the Nakamuraza the role of Prince Kiyomihara in the kaomise drama "Sh˘gaichi Kaomise Matsuri". His rank in the 1760 Edo hy˘banki was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He was active in Edo up to Fall 1760. He died in Edo the 24th day of the 5th lunar month of 1761 [2].

Segawa Sangor˘ in the role of Prince Kiyomihara (print made by Torii Kiyomitsu I)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (print in the public domain)

Segawa Shinz˘  
Segawa Shinz˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 19th of November 1925 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in 1949 when he joined the Zenshinza. He became a disciple of Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI in 1953 and received the name of Segawa Shinz˘. He left the Zenshinza and became a freelance actor, working mainly in television dramas. He died the 21st of August 1989.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Hamamuraya Tamura Takashi

 

Notes

[1] The 18th day of the 5th lunar month of the 8th year of the Bunka era was the 8th of July 1811 in the western calendar.

[2] The 24th day of the 5th lunar month of the 11th year of the H˘reki era was the 26th of June 1761 in the western calendar.

 
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