SAWAMURA SďJ█Rď II

Stage names:

Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Utagawa Shirogor˘
Takinaka Utagawa
Takenaka Utagawa
Tomizawa Ch˘nosuke

Other name: Sawamura Tosshi II

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Kion, Tosshi (2), Shozan

Crest: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: ]

Existence: 1713 ~ 30th day of the 8th lunar month of 1770

Connections:

Master: Tomizawa Montar˘ I

Adoptive father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I

Sons: Suketakaya Takasuke II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Disciples: Sawamura Yodogor˘ II, Sawamura Tsuruz˘, Sawamura Fukumatsu

Career:

1713 ~ 1733: born in Ky˘to. He starts his career as a disciple of Tomizawa Montar˘ I, who gives him the name of Tomizawa Ch˘nosuke.

Fall 1733: he goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1733: Tomizawa Ch˘nosuke takes the name of Takenaka Utagawa at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Ha Asahi Genji".

1737: Takenaka Utagawa takes the name of Takinaka Utagawa.

11th lunar month of 1740: Utagawa plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Izumo no Okuni in the kaomise program "Kichirei Imagawaj˘", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji.

11th lunar month of 1742: Takinaka Utagawa takes the name of Utagawa Shirogor˘ at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Keisei Akazawayama".

11th lunar month of 1744: Shirogor˘ plays at the Moritaza, which was closed since Spring 1734, in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Bandai no Watamashi".

11th lunar month of 1746: Shirogor˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of the Hachiman Tar˘ (the enemy of the Abe brothers) in the kaomise drama "ďtorii Gojűshigun"; the roles of the rebels Abe no Sadat˘ and Abe no Munet˘ are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘.

1st lunar month of 1747: Shirogor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

1st lunar month of 1748: Shirogor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitan no Shir˘ in the drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Shirogor˘ plays the role of Yoshitsune [casting].

1749: Shirogor˘ is adopted by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III.

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Shirogor˘ plays the role of Momonoi Wakasanosuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1749: Utagawa Shirogor˘ takes the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II at the Moritaza, playing in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi".

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting]. S˘jűr˘ plays the role of Yoshitsune.

1st lunar month of 1756: his adoptive father Suketakaya Takasuke I dies.

4th lunar month of 1756: S˘jűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the villain Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Sukeroku) and Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I (Agemaki).

11th lunar month of 1756: S˘jűr˘ plays 5 roles at the Moritaza, including Taira no Kiyomori, in the kaomise drama "Manazuru Heike Monogatari".

3rd lunar month of 1761: S˘jűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the villain Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partners are Ichimura Kamez˘ I (Sukeroku), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (the shirozake seller Shinbŕ) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ II (the courtesan Agemaki).

1st lunar month of 1763: S˘jűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1766: S˘jűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1768: S˘jűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Matsu˘maru and Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners in the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘, Ume˘maru, Sakuramaru and Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo are Ichimura Uzaemon IX, Band˘ Matatar˘ IV, Sanogawa Ichimatsu II and Azuma T˘z˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1769: S˘jűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1769: S˘jűr˘ goes to Kamigata and plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Asahimaru Genji Kagami", which is produced by Onoe Kumesuke and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1770: S˘jűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, playing in the drama "Keisei Kayoi Chidori", which is produced by the zamoto Onoe Kumesuke.

3rd lunar month of 1770: S˘jűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1770: S˘jűr˘ dies in Ky˘to. His tombstone is located in the Sh˘jukuan subtemple of the famous Chion'in Temple.

Comments:

Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, who started and ended his career in Kamigata, was a talented tachiyaku and katakiyaku of the H˘reki and Meiwa eras. He was able to play in both jidaimono and sewamono, excelling in bud˘goto and jitsuaku roles.

Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II portraying Ono Sadakur˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura") in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by Kitao Shigemasa at the end of the 1760s

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1769

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1770

The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors

The Sawamura S˘jűr˘ line of actors

 
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