SAWAMURA GENJIRď

Stage names:

Sawamura Genjir˘
Ichimura Katsura
Murakami Hatsujűr˘

Poetry name: Gembo

Existence: ??? ~ 25th day of the 4th lunar month of 1753

Connection:

Masters: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichimura Tamagashiwa I, Murakami Zenzaemon

Career:

1st lunar month of 1707: he starts his career in Ky˘to as a wakaonnagata.

Fall 1716: he becomes a disciple of the actor Ichimura Tamagashiwa I, who gives him the name of Ichimura Katsura.

11th lunar month of 1716: Murakami Hatsujűr˘ takes the name of Ichimura Katsura in Ky˘to, performing at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Eboshidakara Mangoku no Kaname".

Fall 1721: Katsura goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1721: Katsura plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj˘"

Fall 1726: he becomes disciple of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726: he becomes kashagata and takes the name of Sawamura Genjir˘ at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1737: Genjir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, kashagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1743: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Hanazono in the kaomise drama "Funayosooi Mitsugi Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Oniji I.

1st lunar month of 1744: Genjir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, kashagata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Genjir˘ plays the role of Kakuju [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Izu Gunzei Sum˘ no Nishiki".

1st lunar month of 1748: Genjir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, kashagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1748: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Minase in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Genjir˘ plays the role of Yoichibŕ's wife Osawa [casting].

11th lunar month of 1749: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Enju in the kaomise program "Onn˘ Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Sakata Hangor˘ II and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1751: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Hangaku in the new year drama "Izu Kosode Sh˘bai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1751: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Honry˘ Hachinoki-zome", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actors Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

4th lunar month of 1752: Genjir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ubara no Hayashi in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1752: Genjir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Akazawayama Sum˘ Nikki".

1st lunar month of 1753: Genjir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Sh˘ji Saemon's wife Ok˘ in the new year drama "Otokodate Hatsugai Soga".

25th day of the 4th lunar month of 1753: Genjir˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Sawamura Genjir˘ was the last great kashagata in Edo, where he made a successful career from the beginning of the 1720s to the beginning of the 1750s. He had a powerful voice, suitable for the roles of evil women. He was more at ease in sewamono than in jidaimono.

The kashagata section of the Edo 1753 hy˘banki (Sawamura Genjir˘ is on the right side)

 
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