SAWAMURA CHJR
   
SEVEN GENERATIONS
Sawamura Chjr I
 

The actor Sawamura Chjr I held this name from Spring 1701 to the 10th lunar month of 1716, then from Spring 1717 to the 1st lunar month of 1734.

Sawamura Chjr I playing the role of Umematsu Takaemon in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Manp no Kura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1730 in Kyto

Sawamura Chjr II
Sawamura Chjr II  In Japanese | Sawamura Chzabur  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Son of Sawamura Chjr I, his first stage name was Sawamura Chzabur. He took the name of Sawamura Chjr II in 1735 in Nagoya. He went back in 1736 to saka, where he was active up to his death the 12th of the 1st lunar month of 1739. He was a tachiyaku, who was quite skilled in wagoto, but he died before achieving fame for himself.

Sawamura Chjr II playing the role of the wakadono e Mantar in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe Kachidoki no Ume", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the nishi no Shibai

Sawamura Chjr III
 

Suketakaya Takasuke I held the name of Sawamura Chjr III from the 7th lunar month of 1746 to the 10th lunar month of 1746, then from the 11th lunar month of 1747 to the 10th lunar month of 1753.

The actor Sawamura Chjr III playing the role of boshi Yuranosuke in Tsuuchi Jih II's new year sogamono "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1753 at the Ichimuraza

Sawamura Chjr IV
Sawamura Kameemon  In Japanese | Sawamura Chjr IV  In Japanese | Sawamura Kijr I  In Japanese | Someyama Kijr II  In Japanese | Okada Kamejr  In Japanese | Okada Kamejir  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo. He started in career during the 1730s, performing in koshibai under the name of Okada Kamejir. He changes his name to Okada Kamejr in the 11th lunar month of 1738. He became a disciple of Sawamura Sjr I in fall 1739 and was allowed to receive the name of Someyama Kijr II in the 11th lunar month of 1739 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki". He became katakiyaku and changed his name to Sawamura Kijr I in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Urabe Iganosuke in Hayakawa Denshir's kaomise drama "En'ya Hangan Koky no Nishiki", which welcomed in Edo the actors Sanogawa Mangiku, Nakamura Shingor I, Nakayama Shinkur I and Nakamura Tomijr I. He went on tour in Kyto in Fall 1752 and was back in Edo after one full season in the Imperial City. He became tachiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1753 at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky no Nishiki", which celebrated the shmei of his master Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa Szabur II. He took the name of Sawamura Chjr IV in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which also celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Kijr II and Mikuni Fujigor. He finally took the name of Sawamura Kameemon in the 11th lunar month of 1787 at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Tsuranaru Edamure Takamatsu", which also celebrated the shmei of Iwai Kiyotar II and Sawamura Harugor II. We don't know what has happened to him afterwards for he disappeared from the records. He was the father of Sawamura Kijr II and the master of Sawamura Kinjr, Sawamura Wadaz and Sawamura Sawaz.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Sawamura Kameemon in kabuki21.com.

Haimy Yag
Kich Izutsuya

Sawamura Chjr IV performing in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Moritaza

Sawamura Chjr V
 

The actor Suketakaya Takasuke III held the name of Sawamura Chjr V from the 11th lunar month of 1848 to the 9th lunar month of 1852.

Sawamura Chjr V playing the role of Fukuoka Mitsugi in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1849 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Sawamura Chjr VI
 

Unknown actor.

Sawamura Chjr VII
 

The actor Sawamura Chjr VII held this name from September 1911 to the end of the 1930s (?).

Sawamura Chjr VII playing the role of the spirit of the wisteria in the dance "Fuji Musume", which was staged in May 1929 at the Miyatoza

 
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