|SAWAMURA TANOSUKE VI|
Real name: Yamanaka Muneo
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Existence: 4 August 1932 ~ 23 June 2022
Father: Sawamura Shozan III
Brothers: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ V, Sawamura Rokur˘
January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Yoshijir˘ played the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].
April 1964: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and his father Sawamura Tanosuke V respectively took the names of Sawamura Tanosuke VI and Sawamura Shozan III at the Kabukiza; the new Tanosuke performed in the dramas "Yaguchi no Watashi", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (ninth act) and "Yoritomo no Shi".
May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the passing away of the playwright; Tanosuke played the role of Gen'emon's wife Kikuno [casting].
April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].
1988: tour in South Korea.
1995: tour in South-East Asia.
March 2001: Tanosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.
January 2002: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharu Nagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since the 11th lunar month of 1864; Tanosuke played the roles of the courtesan Miyuki and the samurai Tsukimoto Enshű [casting].
June 2002: Tanosuke received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
January 2010: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei's long-forgotten drama "Keisei Kogane no Shachihoko", which was revised and entitled "Asahi-ni Kagayaku Kin no Shachihoko"; it was staged to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the establishment of the city of Nagoya; Tanosuke played the role of the Oda k˘shitsu Misao-no-Mae [more details | casting].
January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Tanosuke played the role of the Daitokuji jűshoku Tokuzen'in [more details].
23 June 2022: Tanosuke died in T˘ky˘.
Sawamura Tanosuke VI was an outstanding supporting onnagata and nimaime belonging to the Kinokuniya guild, who was particularly excellent in the roles of shrews and nuns. One of his best roles was Keijuin in the drama "Kinkakuji".
 A drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.
Sawamura Tanosuke VI playing the role of Onaka in the drama "Megumi no Kenka" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)
The Sawamura Yoshijir˘ line of actors
The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors
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