|SAWAMURA TOSSHI VII|
Real name: It˘ Sennosuke
Nickname: M˘yű ("the ferocious actor")
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Poetry name: Tosshi (7)
Existence: 20th day of the 4th lunar month of 1860 ~ 26 March 1926
Adoptive father: Suketakaya Takasuke IV
Adopted brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII
Nephew: Suketakaya Kodenji II
Son-in-law: Sawamura Tosshi VIII
1860 ~ 1881: born in Nagoya in the district of Deki-ch˘ in a samurai family. He became bonze in Ky˘to at the Daitokuji Temple but left soon the monastic world to join a children-actors troupe (kodomo shibai). He made his first stage apperance in 1874 in ďgaki, performing under the name of Ichikawa Sennosuke. A few years later he took the name of Nakamura Sennosuke II. He moved to T˘ky˘ in 1877 and performed mainly at the Harukiza.
June 1881: Sennosuke got married with It˘ Haruko, whose aunt was the spouse of the star Suketakaya Takasuke IV. Sennosuke was adopted a few months later by this actor.
September 1882: he took the name of Sawamura Tosshi VII at the Harukiza, playing the role of Oda Harunaga in the drama "Oke Hazama Narumi Gundan". Tosshi was one of the haimy˘ used by the Sawamura S˘jűr˘ line of actors and Sawamura Tosshi VII was the first actor to use it as a stage name.
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Tosshi played the roles of Sasaki Katsuranosuke and Sasano Saiz˘ [casting].
May 1892: Tosshi played for the first time the roles of Sodehagi and Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which was staged at the Sawamuraza (T˘ky˘); His stage partners were Sawamura Yodogor˘ III (Abe Munet˘), Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Okimi) and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IX (Yoshiie).
February 1900: Tosshi played for the first time the roles of the villain Adachi Motoemon and Ningy˘ya K˘emon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which was staged at the Engiza (T˘ky˘); his stage partners were Nakamura Shikaku I (Hayase Iori), Seki Hanasuke II (Hayase Genjir˘) and Ichikawa Danz˘ VII (T˘ma Sabur˘emon).
March 1903: Tosshi played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Shigetada in the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Iwanaga were Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Seki Hanasuke II.
June 1903: Tosshi played at the Ichimuraza the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Ohatsu were played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV and Nakamura Fukusuke III.
October 1905: Tosshi played at the Engiza the roles of Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
May 1924: Tosshi played for the last time the role of the villain Adachi Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which was staged at the Azabu Meijiza (T˘ky˘); his stage partners were Onoe Kikuemon (Hayase Iori), Nakamura Katsugor˘ (Hayase Genjir˘) and Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II (T˘ma Sabur˘emon).
July 1925: Tosshi appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the K˘en Gekij˘, where he played the role of Baba Sabur˘ in the drama "ďsakazuki Shusen no Tsuwamono".
26 March 1926: Tosshi died in T˘ky˘.
Sawamura Tosshi VII was a popular kaneru yakusha, who made a great career mainly on the koshibai stages (Asakusaza, Azumaza, Engiza, Miyatoza). He excelled in the big tachimawari scenes, gaining the nickname of "ferocious actor" (m˘yű).
Sawamura Tosshi VII's best roles: Jir˘zaemon ("Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"), Marubashi Chűya ("Keian Taiheiki"), Terutora ("Shinshű Kawanakajima Kassen") and Sodehagi/Abe no Sadat˘ ("ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara").
Sawamura Tosshi VII playing the role of Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1894)
The Nakamura Sennosuke line of actors
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
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