SAWAMURA CHJR VII

Stage names:

Sawamura Chjr VII In Japanese
Sawamura Chnosuke III In Japanese

Real name: It Tamakichi

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Poetry name: Shizan

Existence: 9 November 1889 ~ ???

Connections:

Father: Sawamura Tosshi VII

Brothers : Suketakaya Kodenji I, Sawamura Snosuke I

Career:

1894: he makes his first appearance on stage in Tky at the Asakusaza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Chnosuke III.

January 1903: Chnosuke plays at the Miyatoza in the drama "Miyako Dori Kuruwa no Shiranami".

September 1904: Chnosuke plays for the first time the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki", which is staged at the Miyatoza; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Sawamura Tosshi VII.

March 1908: Chnosuke plays at the Miyatoza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV and Band Tsurunosuke II.

March 1909: tour in Nagasaki; Chnosuke plays at the Maizuruza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

July 1910: Chnosuke plays at the Tkyza the role of Benten Koz in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

September 1910: Chnosuke plays at the Tkyza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the role of Shigetada is played by his father Sawamura Tosshi VII.

June 1911: tour in saka; Chnosuke and Sawamura Tosshi VII perform together in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki", which is staged at the Bentenza.

September 1911: Sawamura Chnosuke III takes the name of Sawamura Chjr VII at the Imperial Theater.

November 1913: Chjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Irie Tanz in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

February 1915: tour in saka and Nagoya with the Sawamura clan; Chjr plays the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Sawamura Sjr VII and Sawamura Snosuke I.

February 1916: Chjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Iwanaga in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of the courtesan Akoya and Shigetada are played by the actress Murata Kikuko and the Kabuki actor Sawamura Snosuke I.

April 1918: Chjr plays at the Imperial Theater in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

May 1922: Chjr plays at the Ken Gekij the role of Kajiwara Kagetoki in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

September 1922: Chjr plays at the Tokiwaza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

February 1923: Chjr plays at the Tokiwaza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

May 1923: Chjr plays at the Tokiwaza the role of the fox Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama".

October 1923: tour in Nagoya; Chjr plays at the Suehiroza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

January 1924: tour in Nagasaki; Chjr plays at the Minamiza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

February 1924: Chjr plays at the Daikokuza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

April 1924: Chjr plays at the Daikokuza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

October 1924: Chjr plays at the Ken Gekij the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the role of Shigetada is played by Ichikawa Yaoz VIII.

November 1924: Chjr plays at the Ken Gekij the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 1924: Chjr plays at the Bentenza in saka the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Matsumoto Kojir and Matsumoto Kingo II.

March 1925: Chjr plays at the Kannon Gekij the role of Kajiwara Kagetoki in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

April 1925: Chjr plays at the Kanda Gekij the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by tani Tomosabur III and Band Shinsha III.

October 1925: Chjr plays the role of Benten Koz in the eponymous movie, which is directed by Numata Kroku and produced by Makino Production.

March 1926: the troupe of Chjr and Kawarazaki Gonjr II performs at the Tokiwaza the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

February 1926: tour in Nagoya; Chjr plays at the Suehiroza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

January 1927: Chjr plays at the Kannon Gekij the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Arashi Tokusabur VI and Band Shinsha III.

April 1929: Chjr plays at the Miyatoza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

June 1929: Chjr plays at the Miyatoza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Nakamura Sensh and Nakamura Kichiji.

November 1929: Chjr plays at the Kannon Gekij the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

January 1931: Chjr plays at the Shwaza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Ichikawa Shinnosuke V and Band Shinsha III.

October 1933: Chjr plays at the Ken Gekij the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

April 1934: Chjr plays at the Miyatoza the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

January 1935: Chjr plays at the Miyatoza the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

April 1935: Chjr plays for the last time the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki", which is staged at the Miyatoza.

Comments:

Sawamura Chjr VII was a talented kaneru yakusha, who spent most of his career either on tour or in the koshibai theaters in Tky, like the Miyatoza, the Asakusa Ken Gekij or the Kanda Gekij (Misakiza).

His best role was the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". This role requires the mastery of three traditional instruments of music: koto, shamisen and koky.

His name disappeared from the playbills around 1944. Nobody knows what happened to him. Did he die during the 1945 bombing of Tky?

In some Kabuki-related books, he was sometimes referenced as Sawamura Chjr VI.

Sawamura Chjr VII playing the role of the courtesan Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"

Prints & Illustrations

The Sawamura Chjr line of actors

 
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