SEGAWA ROKď IV

Stage names:

Segawa Rok˘ IV
Segawa Michinosuke I
Segawa Kikunosuke
Nakamura Sennosuke I
Band˘ Sennosuke

Other name: Segawa Kikunoj˘ IV

Nickname: En'ya Rok˘

Guild: En'ya, Hamamuraya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Rok˘

Crest: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 1782 ~ 29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1812

Connections:

Adoptive father: Nakamura Jűz˘ III (?) [1]

Father: Nakamura Jűz˘ II (?) [2]

Father-in-law (and adoptive father): Segawa Kikunoj˘ III

Son-in-laws: Iwai Hanshir˘ VII, Segawa Kikunoj˘ V

Career:

1782: born in Edo in the district of Kobiki-ch˘. His mother is the daughter of En'ya Ihachi, the owner of a shibai jaya. His father is said to be Nakamura Jűz˘ II. He does his training in a troupe of children-actors, playing under the name of Band˘ Sennosuke.

1st lunar month of 1792: he makes his first appearance on stage, in Edo at the Kawarazakiza, performing under the name of Nakamura Sennosuke I as a koyaku in the drama "Keisei Kin no Hakarime".

3rd lunar month of 1798: Sennosuke becomes wakaonnagata at the Kiriza, playing the role of the courtesan Wakatake in the drama "Miotsukushi Naniwa no Nagame".

Fall 1799: he gets married with the daughter of Segawa Kikunoj˘ III and is adopted by his father-in-law.

11th lunar month of 1799: he receives the name of Segawa Kikunosuke at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Utsukushiki Yuki no Sekai".

2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Kikunosuke plays the role of the courtesan Kokonoe [casting].

8th lunar month of 1801: first grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Ichimuraza; Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively take the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke I, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘. They play together in the drama "D˘jima Tamino no Tsumikomi".

11th lunar month of 1807: second grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Nakamuraza; Segawa Rok˘ III and Segawa Michinosuke I respectively take the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV. The two actors achieve a great success by playing in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita".

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi"; Rok˘ plays the role of Katsugor˘'s wife Hatsuhana [casting].

4th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; Rok˘ plays the roles of a keisei, a komori, Kintar˘ and a shiraby˘shi [more details].

4th day of the 12th lunar month of 1810: his adoptive father Segawa Senjo dies.

11th lunar month of 1812: Rok˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the dramas "Edo Zakura Megumi no Takanori" and "Sekai no Iro Hana to iru Yuki".

29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1812: Rok˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Segawa Rok˘ IV was a popular actor and a rival of Iwai Hanshir˘ V for the title of Edo best onnagata. He excelled in the roles of maiden or spouse in sewamono dramas. He was unfortunately cut down in his prime and posthumously received the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ IV.

[1] In the 1794 Edo hy˘banki, it was recorded that Sennosuke was the adopted son of the actor Nakamura Jűz˘ III, who was performing in ďsaka, not Edo, during the 1790s.

[2] His official father was En'ya Ihachi but the identity of the real father is not clear. It was most likely Nakamura Jűz˘ II, a Kamigata actor who performed in Edo for several seasons.

Segawa Rok˘ IV playing the role of Tomoe Gozen in the "Onna Shibaraku" scene of the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1807 (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni

The Nakamura Sennosuke line of actors

The Segawa Rok˘ line of actors

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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