|SAWAMURA OTOEMON II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Katsuro, Ch˘shichi
Master: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I
Son: Sawamura Yodogor˘ II
Disciples: Sawamura Kinz˘, Sawamura Koichi, Sawamura Koharu
Before 1733: born in ďsaka; he settles in Edo at unknown time.
Fall 1738: he becomes a disciple of the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1738: he becomes tachiyaku and receives the name of Sawamura Yodogor˘ I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Ume Yakata Inaba no Matsu", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Tatsuoka Hisagiku.
1739 ~ 1748: he settles in Kamigata and joins different travelling troupes; his different stage names (in the right order) are ďshima Kujűr˘, ďshima Yodogor˘, (back to) ďshima Kujűr˘ again and Kirinoya Gonz˘ (relationship to the Kirinoya clan unknown).
11th lunar month of 1748: he takes the name of Sawamura Shinji in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, performing in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which is produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.
Fall 1750: Shinji goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1750: Shinji plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Shigaraki J˘nosuke in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1752: he becomes jitsuaku and takes the name of Sawamura Otoemon II at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater (Kitagawa no Shibai), playing the role of Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taiheiki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV.
Fall 1753: Otoemon and Sawamura Kijűr˘ I go together to Edo.
3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1756: his master Suketakaya Takasuke I dies.
11th lunar month of 1764: Otoemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tokisada in the kaomise drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III; this is his last kaomise.
1st lunar month of 1765: Otoemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, where he plays the roles of Yokoyama Gonnokami and Akazawa Jűnai in the new year sogamono drama "Iro J˘go Mikumi Soga". He retires fom the Kabuki world and calls himself ďtake Yashichi. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.
Sawamura Otoemon II was a good 18th century actor, born in Kamigata but trained in Edo, who was able to play both jitsuaku and tachiyaku roles. He was better in sewamono than in jidaimono. His last rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].
Sawamura Otoemon II (left) and Arashi Wakano II (right) playing the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta and Manju-no-Mae in the new year sogamono "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga", which was staged at the Moritaza in the 1st lunar month of 1755
The Sawamura Yodogor˘ line of actors
The Sawamura Otoemon line of actors
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