SAWAMURA SHIROGORď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Sawamura Shirogor˘ I
 

The actor Suketakaya Takasuke II held the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ I from the 11th lunar month of 1767 to october 1769, then from the 11th lunar month of 1777 to the 10th lunar month of 1779.

Sawamura Shirogor˘ I in a print made by Kitao Shigemasa

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
 

The actor Sawamura Shirogor˘ II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1808 to the 10th lunar month of 1819, a second time from the 11th lunar month of 1821 to the 7th lunar month of 1824, then a third time from the 11th lunar month of 1828 to the 7th lunar month of 1832.

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II playing the role of Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanade Soga Nezashi no Fujigane", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1824 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Sawamura Shirogor˘ III
Sawamura Shirogor˘ III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichiyű  In Japanese | Ichikawa Dankur˘ I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tomoz˘ III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Nenosuke I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Danko II  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ II. His first stage names were Ichikawa Danko II (old line) and Ichikawa Nenosuke I. He took the name of Ichikawa Tomoz˘ III in the 3rd lunar month of 1819, playing at the Nakamuraza the role of Kampera Monbei in the drama "Sukeroku". He became disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and took the name of Ichikawa Dankur˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1828. Then, he took the name of Ichikawa Ichiyű in the 3rd lunar month of 1833, playing at the Ichimuraza the role of Sonezaki Bangor˘ in the drama "Katsumi Zukin Korowa Yoshibei". His relationship to late Sawamura Shirogor˘ II (who died the 6th of the 7th lunar month of 1832) is unclear, but we know that he finally got the right to take the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1838, playing at the Kawarazakiza the roles of the yakko Tomohei, Taira no Munemori and Kiheiji in the drama "Tokinariya Heike no Yozakari". He never achieved stardom and his last recorded performance was in the 11th lunar month of 1841 at the Kawarazakiza, where he played two minor roles in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He was mainly a katakiyaku actor and was better in sewamono than in jidaimono.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shabaku, Shish˘ Kawatakiya, Mikawaya

Sawamura Shirogor˘ III playing the role of Nis˘ta in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Sawamura Shirogor˘ IV
Sawamura Shirogor˘ IV  In Japanese | Jitsukawa Gangor˘  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka in 1862. Son of Shirota Iwakichi and brother of the actors Nakamura Tsurusabur˘ and Nakamura Hikaku. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Jitsukawa Enjaku I, who gave him the name of Jitsukawa Gangor˘. After the death of his master (the 18th of September 1885), he went on tour in Nagoya and was spotted there by Suketakaya Takasuke IV. He took the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ IV in January 1886 at the Shinmoriza. Unfortunately for the new Shirogor˘, his new master died a few weeks after the shűmei (the 2nd of February 1886). He decided to be based in Nagoya, starring in all the venues like the Shinmoriza, the Suehiroza or the Mur˘za. He went regularly on tour in T˘ky˘, to perform in koshibai venues (Kotobukiza, Miyatoza) or ˘shibai venues (Shintomiza, Kabukiza). This tall tachiyaku, who excelled as a jitsugotoshi or a katakiyaku, died in Nagoya the 2nd of April 1911.

Real name Yag˘
Shirota Takichi Kinokuniya

Sawamura Shirogor˘ IV playing the role of Kenj˘ Naokata in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon", which was staged in February 1908 in Nagoya at the Suehiroza

Sawamura Shirogor˘ V
Sawamura Shirogor˘ V  In Japanese | Sawamura Kuninosuke  In Japanese | Nakamura Fukuji  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ the 15th of September 1877. He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Fukusuke III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Fukuji. He spent a few years with his master in Kamigata. He went back to T˘ky˘ and became the disciple of Sawamura Tosshi VII, taking the name of Sawamura Kuninosuke in November 1901. He finally took the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ V in October 1914, playing at the Imperial Theater the role of ďba Sabur˘ in the drama "Ishibashiyama". He left the Kabuki world in October 1916 to become a movie actor. He died the 27th of August 1932.

The list of Sawamura Shirogor˘'s movies (in Japanese)

Real name Yag˘
Nozawa Otokichi Kinokuniya
 
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