SAWAMURA KAMEEMON

Stage names:

Sawamura Kameemon In Japanese
Sawamura Chjr IV In Japanese
Sawamura Kijr I In Japanese
Someyama Kijr II In Japanese
Okada Kamejr In Japanese
Okada Kamejir In Japanese

Guild: Izutsuya

Poetry name: Kich

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Sawamura Sjr I (Suketakaya Takasuke I)

Son: Sawamura Kijr II

Disciples: Sawamura Kinjr, Sawamura Wadaz, Sawamura Sawaz

Career:

1730s: born in Edo. He started in career in koshibai, performing under the name of Okada Kamejir.

11th lunar month of 1738: he took the name of Okada Kamejr.

Fall 1739: he became a disciple of Sawamura Sjr I.

11th lunar month of 1739: he received the name of Someyama Kijr II at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1741: he became katakiyaku and changed his name to Sawamura Kijr I at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Urabe Iganosuke in Hayakawa Denshir's kaomise drama "En'ya Hangan Koky no Nishiki", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sanogawa Mangiku, Nakamura Shingor I, Nakayama Shinkur I and Nakamura Tomijr I.

1st lunar month of 1742: Kijr played in the same theater the role of Unno Tar in the new year sogamono drama "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".

3rd lunar month of 1747: the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Kijr played the role of Sukune Tar [casting].

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chshingura" was staged at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Kijr played the role of Ono Sadakur [casting].

Fall 1752: Kijr went on tour in Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1752: Kijr played at Hoteiya Umenoj's theater (Kitagawa no Shibai) the role of the yakko Edohei, in reality Watari Shinzaemon, in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taiheiki", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV and celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Otoemon II.

1st lunar month of 1753: Kijr's rank in the Kyto hybanki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1753: Kijr went back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1753: he became tachiyaku and performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky no Nishiki", which celebrated the shmei of his master Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa Szabur II.

1st lunar month of 1754: Kijr's rank in the Edo hybanki, katakiyaku section, was j-j-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1758: Kijr played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Numata Kur and Oimi Genji in the kaomise drama "Kigoto no Hana Aioi Hachinoki", which welcomed the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon I who left the Ichimuraza and celebrated the shmei of Mizuki Tatsunosuke III.

1st lunar month of 1759: Kijr's rank in the Edo hybanki, jitsuaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1759: Kijr became tachiyaku and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shgaichi Kaomise Matsuri".

1st lunar month of 1760: Kijr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1761: Kijr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Mison Banzei no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1762: Kijr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, fell to j-j-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1762: Kijr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Tzai Tzai Wagakuni no Umeyashiki", which celebrated the shmei of Band Matahachi II.

2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "sh Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Kijr played the role of Abe no Sadat [casting|illustrations].

11th lunar month of 1763: Kijr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ume ya Suisen Izu no Irifune", which celebrated the shmei of Nakamura Sukegor II.

11th lunar month of 1764: Kijr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gyosei Kanatami no Megumi", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Kunitar I.

11th lunar month of 1765: Kijr became jitsuaku and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furitsumu Hana Nidai Genji".

1st lunar month of 1766: Kijr's rank in the Kyto hybanki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1766: Kijr played in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon and Hara Gemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura", which was staged to celebrate the onagori kygen of the Kamigata star Onoe Kikugor I.

11th lunar month of 1766: Kijr switched back to tachiyaku and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hana Kaijin Arasmusha", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Kirishima Gizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1767: Kijr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1767: Kijr performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Shizu no Furisode".

7th lunar month of 1768: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was staged for the first time at the Nakamuraza; Kijr played the role of Tsuribune Sabu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1771: Kijr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Fukikaete Tsuki no Yoshiwara", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Jz II.

1st lunar month of 1772: Kijr played in the same theater the role of Akazawa Jnai in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsu Akebono Niwatori Soga".

11th lunar month of 1772: Sawamura Kijr I took the name of Sawamura Chjr IV at the Moritaza, playing the role of Hj no Tokimasa in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which also celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Kijr II and Mikuni Fujigor.

1st lunar month of 1773: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1773: Chjr switched to jitsuaku and performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai".

1st lunar month of 1774: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, jitsuaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1774: Kijr switched back to tachiyaku and performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor II.

1st lunar month of 1775: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1775: Chjr played at the Moritaza the role of Fujiwara no Nakamitsu in the kaomise drama "Kikujid Shuen no Iwaya". He also worked as a tdori.

11th lunar month of 1776: Chjr performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Sakuya Kono Hana no Kaomise".

11th lunar month of 1777: Chjr performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Masakado Kanmuri no Hatsuyuki".

11th lunar month of 1778: Chjr performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori".

1st lunar month of 1779: Chjr played in the same theater the roles of Aburaya Tarob and Usami Jnai in the new year sogamono drama "Edo Meisho Midori Soga".

7th lunar month of 1779: Chjr played in the same theater the roles of the dguya Magoemon and Sukematsu Yoday in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1780: Chjr performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mure Takamatsu Yuki no Shirahata".

11th lunar month of 1781: Chjr performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mukashi Otoko Yuki no Hinagata", which celebrated the shmei of Matsumoto Sanjr and Ichiyama Sukejr.

1st lunar month of 1782: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for the Edo tachiyaku actors.

11th lunar month of 1786: Sawamura Chjr IV took the name of Sawamura Kameemon at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki", which also celebrated the shmei of Nakamura Kichisabur III.

1st lunar month of 1787: Kameemon's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1787: Kameemon performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Tsuranaru Edamure Takamatsu", which celebrated the shmei of Iwai Kiyotar II and Sawamura Harugor II.

1st lunar month of 1788: Kameemon's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Sawamura Kameemon was active from the 1730s to the second half of the 1780s. He was quite popular and performed a wide range of roles as a tachiyaku, a jitsuaku or a katakiyaku.

The actors Onoe Raisuke (top/left), tani Hirohachi II (top/right) and Sawamura Kameemon (bottom) performing in the kaomise drama "Tsuranaru Edamure Takamatsu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1787 at the Moritaza

Prints & Illustrations

The Sawamura Kijr line of actors

The Sawamura Chjr line of actors

 
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