SEGAWA KIKUNOJď II

Stage names:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ II
Segawa Kichiji II
Segawa Gonjir˘

Other name: Segawa Rok˘ II

Nickname: ďji Rok˘

Guild: Hamamuraya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Rok˘ (2)

Crest: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 1741 ~ 13th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1773

Connections:

Adoptive father: Segawa Kikunoj˘ I

Adopted son: Segawa Senjo

Disciples : Segawa Yűjir˘ I, Segawa Kichiji III, Segawa Otome

Career:

1741: born in the village of ďji (close to Edo). He is likely to be the illegitimate son of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. His first name is Tokuji.

1745 ~ 1749: he is adopted by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I and receives the name of Segawa Gonjir˘ at an unknown date.

9th lunar month of 1749: his adoptive father Segawa Kikunoj˘ I dies.

9th lunar month of 1750: Segawa Gonjir˘ takes the name of Segawa Kichiji II at the Nakamuraza, performing the leading role of a Lion dance in the drama "Aki no Ch˘ Katami no Tsubasa", which commemorate the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of late Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1751: Kichiji achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Sankichi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1756: Segawa Kichiji II takes the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the dance "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji" in duo with Ichimura Uzaemon VIII. His performance is a huge success.

11th lunar month of 1757: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Koshizuka in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kaijin Yashima".

1st lunar month of 1758: Kikunoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Osome in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu", included in the new year program "Toki Tsukaze Irifune Soga", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ in the roles of Kyűsaku and Hisamatsu.

9th lunar month of 1758: Kikunoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of Onui in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri". His stage partner in the role of Ono no T˘fű is Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1761: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partners are Ichimura Kamez˘ I (Sukeroku), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the shirozake seller Shinbŕ) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II (Ikyű).

4th lunar month of 1762: Kikunoj˘ achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza, dancing the seven roles of the program "Yanagi Hina Shoch˘ no Saezuri". One of these roles is the first version of the famous dance "Sagi Musume".

Fall 1762: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partner in the roles of Yuranosuke and Hayano Kanpei is Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsukaze in the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi", which celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Hiroji III.

2nd lunar month of 1763: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Osugi, Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover) and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (Sh˘sh˘'s lover) are played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

1st lunar month of 1764: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1765: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan Katsuragi in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the death of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the prostitutes-trader (zegen) Hachibei, Yoshiigahama no Tadanori), Matsumoto Shichiz˘ II (Katsuragi's daughter Omina) and Ichikawa Komaz˘ II (Nagoya Sanzabur˘).

11th lunar month of 1766: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Okuni and the courtesan Katsuragi in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi".

1st lunar month of 1767: Yaoz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the servant Otae, Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru, the Goddess Benzaiten and Yaoya Oshichi in the new year drama "Soga Yawaragi Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1767: first Kabuki adaptation, at the Ichimuraza, of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku"; Kikunoj˘ plays the roles of Osono, Okumi and Orie [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1767: Kikunoj˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Yoni ďsaka Nitsui Meoto", which mixes Chikamatsu Monzaemon's dramas "Sonezaki Shinjű" and "Shinjű Yoi K˘shin"; the role of Ohatsu's lover Hiranoya Tokubŕ is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1768: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (ďboshi Yuranosuke) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Teraoka Heiemon).

7th lunar month of 1768: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Kikunoj˘ plays the role of Otatsu [casting]. He also plays the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV and Nakamura Denkur˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1769: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the leading role of the Lion dance "Aioi Jishi".

3rd lunar month of 1770: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1771: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1771: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Keisei Nagoya Obi" but he suddenly falls ill and has to rest up to the 2nd lunar month of 1772.

2nd lunar month of 1772: Kikunoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Wakaba no Kiku Kasumi no Wagaki". He falls ill and dies one year later in the 3rd lunar month of 1773.

Comments:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ II made a dazzling career in Edo, becoming tateonnagata in 1758 at the age of seventeen, reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi and dai-j˘-j˘-kichi ranks respectively in 1764 and in 1771. From the beginning of the sixties, his popularity was so great that many features he used on stage became the latest fashion in the city of Edo, all of them named from his haimy˘ Rok˘: a brown color (rok˘ cha, Rok˘'s brown), a hairstyle (rok˘ mage, Rok˘'s bun), a comb (rok˘ kushi) and a kimono belt (rok˘ obi).

Segawa Kikunoj˘ II in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ (1769~1772)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Ishikawa Toyonobu in 1757

Print made by Kitao Shigemasa in 1767

Print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770

The Segawa Kichiji line of actors

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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