|SAWAMURA SďJ█Rď II|
Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Other name: Sawamura Tosshi II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Kion, Tosshi (2), Shozan
Blazon: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: い]
Existence: 1713 ~ 30th day of the 8th lunar month of 1770
Master: Tomizawa Montar˘ I
Adoptive father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I
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.
1737: Takenaka Utagawa takes the name of Takinaka Utagawa.
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˘.
1749: Shirogor˘ is adopted by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ III.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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)
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
The Sawamura S˘jűr˘ line of actors
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