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Segawa Kamesabur˘
Segawa Kamesabur˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1786. Adopted son of Segawa Rok˘ III, his stage name was Segawa Kamesabur˘. He went to Edo with his adoptive father and Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ I in Fall 1804. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1804 at the Nakamuraza the role of Funawaka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Kiku Zum˘ Mikurai Sadame", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Nakayama Bunshichi III. He took part in the 11th lunar month of 1807 in the grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, which was produced at the Nakamuraza within the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita" : his adoptive father Segawa Rok˘ III and his brother-in-law Segawa Michinosuke respectively took the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV. Kamesabur˘'s rank in 1811 Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) rank [visual]. He played in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 at the Nakamuraza the role of the keisei Kokonoe in the Ishikawa Goemon drama "Nennen Saisai Masago no Ishikawa". This was his last appearance on stage. He died in Edo a few months after his adoptive father, the 18th day of the 5th lunar month of 1811 [1].

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Segawa Kamesabur˘ in kabuki21.com.

Segawa Kamesabur˘ (top) and Nakamura Utaemon III (bottom) playing the roles of Oshun and Yojir˘ in the drama "Koromo Yayoi Hanago no Keizu", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1808 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

[1] The 18th day of the 5th lunar month of the 8th year of the Bunka era was the 8th of July 1811 in the western calendar.

 
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