Stage names:

Sawamura Otoemon II In Japanese
Sawamura Shinji In Japanese
Kirinoya Gonz˘ In Japanese
ďshima Kujűr˘ In Japanese
ďshima Yodogor˘ In Japanese
ďshima Kujűr˘ In Japanese
Sawamura Yodogor˘ I In Japanese
Somekawa Sakinosuke In Japanese
Somekawa Sakinosuke In Japanese

Other name:

ďtake Yashichi In Japanese

Guild: ???

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Katsuro, Ch˘shichi

Existence: ???


Master: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I

Son: Sawamura Yodogor˘ II

Disciples: Sawamura Kinz˘, Sawamura Koichi, Sawamura Koharu


Before 1733: born in ďsaka; he settles in Edo at unknown time.

1733: he starts his career as a wakashugata iroko, performing under the name of Somekawa Sakinosuke.

11th lunar month of 1733: Sakinosuke performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Otohachi I.

11th lunar month of 1735: he changes the writing of his first name (old --> new); he performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

Fall 1738: he becomes a disciple of the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: he becomes tachiyaku and receives the name of Sawamura Yodogor˘ I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Ume Yakata Inaba no Matsu", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

1739 ~ 1748: he settles in Kamigata and joins different travelling troupes; his different stage names (in the right order) are ďshima Kujűr˘, ďshima Yodogor˘, (back to) ďshima Kujűr˘ again and Kirinoya Gonz˘ (relationship to the Kirinoya clan unknown).

11th lunar month of 1748: he takes the name of Sawamura Shinji in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, performing in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which is produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

Fall 1750: Shinji goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1750: Shinji plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Shigaraki J˘nosuke in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Shinji plays in the same theater the role of Satomi Sagoemon in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

11th lunar month of 1752: he becomes jitsuaku and takes the name of Sawamura Otoemon II at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater (Kitagawa no Shibai), playing the role of Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taiheiki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

Fall 1753: Otoemon and Sawamura Kijűr˘ I go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1753: Otoemon performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of his master Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II.

3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1756: his master Suketakaya Takasuke I dies.

11th lunar month of 1757: Otoemon performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Wada Gassen".

5th lunar month of 1758: the play "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Otoemon plays the role of Matsunaga Daizen [casting].

11th lunar month of 1764: Otoemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tokisada in the kaomise drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III; this is his last kaomise.

1st lunar month of 1765: Otoemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, where he plays the roles of Yokoyama Gonnokami and Akazawa Jűnai in the new year sogamono drama "Iro J˘go Mikumi Soga". He retires fom the Kabuki world and calls himself ďtake Yashichi. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.


Sawamura Otoemon II was a good 18th century actor, born in Kamigata but trained in Edo, who was able to play both jitsuaku and tachiyaku roles. He was better in sewamono than in jidaimono. His last rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

Sawamura Otoemon II (left) and Arashi Wakano II (right) playing the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta and Manju-no-Mae in the new year sogamono "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga", which was staged at the Moritaza in the 1st lunar month of 1755

Prints & Illustrations

The Sawamura Yodogor˘ line of actors

The Sawamura Otoemon line of actors

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