SEGAWA KIKUNOJď V

Stage names:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ V In Japanese
Segawa Tamon I In Japanese

Nickname: Tamon Rok˘

Guild: Hamamuraya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry name: Rok˘

Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 1802 ~ 7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1832 [1]

Connections:

Father: Segawa Michisabur˘ I (Arashi Rik˘ I)

Master: Segawa Senjo (Segawa Kikunoj˘ III)

Father-in-law: Segawa Rok˘ IV

Son: Segawa Tamon II (Nakamura Daikichi III)

Disciples: Segawa Michinosuke II, Segawa Michitar˘, Segawa Kikusabur˘ III (?)

Career:

11th lunar month of 1806: he became disciple of the star Segawa Senjo and took the name of Segawa Tamon I at the Nakamuraza.

4th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; Tamon played the role of a kamuro [more details].

4th day of the 12th lunar month of 1810 [2]: his master Segawa Senjo died.

29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1812 [3]: his future father-in-law Segawa Rok˘ IV died.

11th lunar month of 1815: he became tateonnagata and took the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V at the Kawarasakiza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Yamato Meisho Senbon Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Tegoshi no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Gunjibŕ's daughter Kohina and Katsushika no Ojű [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1818: the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Kikunoj˘ played the role of Princess Toki; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Miuranosuke) and Nakamura Shikan I (Takatsuna).

6th lunar month of 1818: Kikunoj˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Koganosuke, Sadaka and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Motome, Fukashichi, Hinadori, Daihanji) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (Soga no Iruka).

1st lunar month of 1823: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Yaegasumi Soga no Kumiito"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of ďiso no Tora, the geisha Koito, Rokusa's lover Osono, Ky˘ no Kojor˘ and Naginoha Gozen [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of the courtesan Katsuragi, Oden and Okuni [casting].

7th lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Torimazete Sekison Miyage"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of Matagor˘'s mother Narumi, S˘roku's ny˘b˘ Ohama and the okujochű Osode [casting].

11th lunar month of 1823: Kikunoj˘ achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by performing in the kaomise drama "Kaeri Giso Kiku no Hitomure".

8th lunar month of 1826: Kikunoj˘ played at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Hayano Kanpei and Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Kanpei and Okaru were performed with fast costum changes (hayagawari), an unusual performance in "Kanadehon Chűshingura" sixth act, where Kanpei and Okaru usually appeared simultaneously on stage.

9th lunar month of 1827: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the difficult role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1828: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Revival at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" by Segawa Jok˘ II; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of the keisei Kisegawa and the spirit of the female mandarin duck [more details].

9th lunar month of 1828: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Nochi no Tsuki Shuen no Shimadai" (commonly called "Kakuemon"); the main roles were played by Nakamura Shikan II and Kikunoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1828: his yearly salary at the Nakamuraza was 700 ry˘.

9th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of the 4-role hengemono "Hana ni Ch˘ Magaki no Ukareme"; all the roles were performed by Kikunoj˘ [4] [more details].

11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's kaomise drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Kikunoj˘ played the roles of S˘ma Masakado (in reality Mitsunaka's daughter Princess Takiyasha), the female thieve Ikazuchi-ga-Hora no Todoroki, Manago no Sh˘ji's daughter Princess Kiyo and the shiraby˘shi Sakurako [more details].

1st lunar month of 1830: Kikunoj˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

8th lunar month of 1830: Kikunoj˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Hinadori and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; his stage partners were Nakamura Shikan II (Daihanji, Motome, Fukashichi) and Nakamura Karoku I (Sadaka, Princess Tachibana).

11th lunar month of 1831: Kikunoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Kawarasakiza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Matsu o Chikara Tomoe no Fujinami". He unfortunately fell ill during the performance and had to be replaced by his disciple Segawa Michinosuke II.

7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1832 [1]: Kikunoj˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ V was a talented onnagata of the Bunka and Bunsei eras, who was endowed with both beauty and intelligence. He unfortunately died too young.

"The fifth Segawa Kikunoj˘ was acknowledged to be the leading onnagata in Edo. He was a large, man, but possessed rather rough manners, being short and abrupt with his fellow-actors, and much disliked by his neighbours. Yet upon the stage there was no one to compare with him. He died at 31, at the height of his career." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] The 7th day of the 1st lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenp˘ era was the 8th of February 1832 in the western calendar.

[2] The 4th day of the 12th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunka era was the 29th of December 1810 in the western calendar.

[3] The 29th day of the 11th lunar month of the 9th year of the Bunka era was the 1st of January 1813 in the western calendar.

[4] The 2nd role, the komori, is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire and is performed independently under the title "Mitsumen Komori".

Segawa Kikunoj˘ V in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1820~1830)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1820

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1821

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1825

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1831

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1832

The Segawa Tamon line of actors

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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