|SAWAMURA SÔJÛRÔ IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Kôga, Tosshi (4)
Blazon: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: い]
Father: Sawamura Sôjûrô III
Father-in-law: Matsumoto Kôshirô IV
Brother: Sawamura Tanosuke II
Adopted son: Sawamura Sôjûrô V
1784: born in Edo. He was the son of the star Sawamura Sôjûrô III.
2nd lunar month of 1794: Gennosuke and his father were back in Edo and performed in the drama "Hatsu Akebono Kaomise Soga", which was staged at the Miyakoza.
1798 ~ 1800: second tour in Kamigata with his father.
8th lunar month of 1800: Sawamura Sôjûrô III fell ill in Ôsaka and decided to go back to Edo after his recovery.
3rd lunar month of 1801: his father Sawamura Sôjûrô III died.
11th lunar month of 1811: Sawamura Gennosuke I took the name of Sawamura Sôjûrô IV at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Mitegura" . Publication in Edo of "Sawamura Kagami", a book containing the biographies of Sawamura Sôjûrô I, Sawamura Sôjûrô II, Sawamura Sôjûrô III and the new Sôjûrô.
4th lunar month of 1812: Sôjûrô played in the same theater the role of Genshichi in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".
5th lunar month of 1812: Sôjûrô was supposed to perform in the same theater in the drama "Shôbudachi Rishô Kagami" but he suddenly fell ill.
Sawamura Sôjûrô IV was a talented tachiyaku, who formed with Ichikawa Danjûrô VII and Onoe Matsusuke II a popular threesome in Edo. He unfortunately died too young, before reaching the heights of fame.
Sawamura Sôjûrô IV in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1811~1812)
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors
The Sawamura Sôjûrô line of actors
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