Stage names:

Sawamura Sjr IV
Sawamura Gennosuke I

Other name: Sawamura Tosshi IV

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry names: Kga, Tosshi (4)

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

Existence: 1784 ~ 8th day of the 12th lunar month of 1812


Father: Sawamura Sjr III

Father-in-law: Matsumoto Kshir IV

Brother: Sawamura Tanosuke II

Brothers-in-law: Sawamura Shirogor II, Iwai Hanshir V

Adopted son: Sawamura Sjr V


1784: born in Edo. He is the son of the star Sawamura Sjr III.

1st lunar month of 1791: first stage appearance at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Gennosuke I and plays in the drama "Shunshoku Edo Soga".

1793 ~ 1794: tour in Kamigata with his father Sawamura Sjr III.

2nd lunar month of 1794: Gennosuke and his father are back in Edo and play in the drama "Hatsu Akebono Kaomise Soga", which is staged at the Miyakoza.

1798 ~ 1800: second tour in Kamigata with his father.

8th lunar month of 1800: Sawamura Sjr III falls ill in saka and decides to go back to Edo after his recovery.

3rd lunar month of 1801: his father Sawamura Sjr III dies.

1st lunar month of 1805: Gennosuke's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Toki-mo Kiky Shusse no Ukej"; Gennosuke plays the role of Oda Harunaga [casting].

11th lunar month of 1811: Sawamura Gennosuke I takes the name of Sawamura Sjr IV at the Ichimuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura". Publication in Edo of "Sawamura Kagami", a book containing the biographies of Sawamura Sjr I, Sawamura Sjr II, Sawamura Sjr III and the new Sjr.

4th lunar month of 1812: Sjr plays in the same theater the role of Genshichi in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

5th lunar month of 1812: Sjr is supposed to play in the same theater in the drama "Shbudachi Rish Kagami" but he suddenly falls ill, can't recover and dies in the 12th lunar month of 1812.


Sawamura Sjr IV was a talented tachiyaku, who formed with Ichikawa Danjr VII and Onoe Matsusuke II a popular threesome in Edo. He unfortunately died too young, before reaching the heights of fame.

Sawamura Sjr IV in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1811~1812)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni (1801~1807)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1811

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1811

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1811 (courtesy of V.)

The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors

The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

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