SAWAMURA SJR VII

Stage names:

Sawamura Sjr VII In Japanese
Sawamura Tossh III In Japanese
Sawamura Genpei IV In Japanese

Real name: Sawamura Fukuz

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Guild: Kinokuniya

Poetry name: Kga

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

Existence: 1875 ~ 2 March 1949

Connections:

Adoptive father: Suketakaya Takasuke IV

Adopted brother: Sawamura Tosshi VII

Sons: Suketakaya Takasuke V, Sawamura Tanosuke V, Sawamura Sjr VIII

Grandsons: Sawamura Sjr IX, Sawamura Tjr II, Sawamura Tanosuke VI, Sawamura Yoshijir V

Disciples: Sawamura Tetsunosuke III, Sawamura Tetsunosuke IV, Sawamura Komondo IV, Sawamura Ujr III, Sawamura Ujr IV, Sawamura Yodogor IV, Sawamura Sya

Career:

1875: born in Tky in the district of Tsukiji. He may be the son of a priest based in the Honganji temple in Tsukiji.

1881: he is adopted by Suketakaya Takasuke IV, who gives him the civil name of Sawamura Fukuz.

November 1881: first stage appearance at the Hisamatsuza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Genpei IV.

February 1886: his adoptive father Suketakaya Takasuke IV dies. Genpei and his adopted brother Sawamura Tosshi VII, go together to Kamigata.

July 1891: Genpei plays at the Asahiza (saka) the role of Yamanba in the dance "Komochi Yamanba".

1892: Sawamura Genpei IV take the name of Sawamura Tossh III at the Nakaza (saka).

November 1896: Tossh takes part in the opening ceremony of the Miyatoza [more details].

March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Tossh plays the roles of the shinz Shiratama and Denji's wife Otama [casting].

December 1901: Tossh plays at the Engiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

December 1902: Tossh plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

December 1905: Tossh plays at the Miyatoza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Ichikawa Kodanji V.

September 1908: great shmei at the Kabukiza; Sawamura Tossh III takes the name of Sawamura Sjr VII by performing in the plays "Jnin Otoko" and "Kyasan".

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kabuki Jhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Sjr plays the role of Kagekiyo's daughter Princess Hitomaru [casting].

November 1909: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of En'ya Hangan in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura". The roles of K no Moron and Yuranosuke are played by Ichikawa Danz VII and Matsumoto Komaz VIII.

March 1911: opening of the Imperial Theater. The three leading actors of the new Kabuki troupe based in this theater are Onoe Baik VI (onnagata), Ichikawa Komaz VIII (tachiyaku) and Sawamura Sjr VII (wagotoshi).

April 1912: premiere at the Naniwaza of Okamoto Kid's "Heikegani", which stars Onoe Baik VI and Sjr.

April 1914: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji are performed by Sawamura Snosuke I and Onoe Baik VI.

October 1914: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie". The role of Iwafuji is performed by Onoe Baik VI.

April 1915: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yosabur in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi". The role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik VI.

April 1916: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the roles of Yorikane, Okinoi and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The roles of Lady Yashio and Nikki Danj are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII.

July 1916: Sjr plays at the Yokohamaza (Kanagawa) the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

December 1919: Sjr plays at the Minamiza the role of Omiwa in the "Mikasayama Goten" scene of the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". The role of Fukashichi is played by Onoe Tamiz III.

July 1922: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the roles of Sakata Kurando Tokiyuki is played by Morita Kan'ya XIII.

February 1924: Sjr plays at the Minamiza (Kyto) the role of Miuranosuke in the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" His stage partners in the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Princess Toki are Jitsukawa Enjaku II and Nakamura Jakuemon III.

July 1924: Sjr plays at the Daikokuza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the roles of Sakata Kurando Tokiyuki is played by Morita Kan'ya XIII.

February 1926: Sjr plays at the Hongza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Nakamura Tokiz III.

February 1927: Sjr plays at the Nakaza (saka) the role of Princess Tamaori in the "Kumiuchi" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of Kojir/Atsumori is played by Nakamura Ganjir I.

April 1927: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII and Morita Kan'ya XIII.

July 1927: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi", an adaptation to Kabuki by the playwright Kimura Kinka of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel; Sjr plays the role of the geisha Adahachi [casting].

December 1927: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by an actress (Kikue Namiko).

March 1928: Sjr plays at the Nakaza the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji are performed by Nakamura Fukusuke IV and Matsumoto Kshir VII.

May 1929: Sjr plays at the Nakaza the role of Omiwa in the "Mikasayama Goten" scene of the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin". The role of Fukashichi is played by Jitsukawa Enjaku II.

June 1929: Sjr plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII and Ichikawa Sadanji II.

January 1930: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

February 1930: Sjr plays at the Meijiza the role of Sakuramaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor VI (Umemaru), Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Matsumaru) and Onoe Kz II (Shihei).

September 1930: Sjr plays at the Nakaza (saka) the roles of Kojir and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of the warrior Kumagai Jir Naozane is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

March 1931: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII and Ichikawa Sadanji II.

June 1931: Sjr plays at the Meijiza the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji are performed by Nakamura Tokiz III and Kataoka Gad IV.

January 1932: Sjr plays at the Nakaza (saka) the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the roles of Sakata Kurando Tokiyuki is played by Band Mitsugor VII.

November 1932: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Gedatsu", a play belonging to the Kabuki Jhachiban; Sjr plays the role of Taira no Munemori's son Kiyosada [more details].

March 1933: Sjr plays at the saka Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto Kshir VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

March 1934: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of the warrior Kumagai Jir Naozane is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

April 1934: Sjr plays at the Tky Gekij the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Iwafuji and Ohatsu are performed by Band Shch III and Nakamura Tokiz III.

April 1936: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Princess Tamaori in the "Kumiuchi" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of Kojir/Atsumori is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

October 1936: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

June 1937: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Nureginu in the drama "Honch Nijshik"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor VI (Princess Yaegaki) and Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Katsuyori).

January 1938: Sjr plays at the Nakaza the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Ohatsu are performed by Nakamura Baigyoku III and Nakamura Kaisha.

June 1938: Sjr plays at the saka Kabukiza the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

May 1939: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie". The role of Iwafuji is performed by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

November 1939: premiere at the Tky Gekij of Kimura Tomiko's dance-drama "Kurozuka"; Sjr plays the role of the yamabushi Priest Ykei [casting].

January 1940: Sjr plays at the Nakaza (saka) the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Jitsukawa Enjaku II.

November 1940: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

February 1941: Sjr plays at the saka Kabukiza the role of Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of the evil Yashio is played by tani Tomoemon VI.

March 1941: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of the evil Yashio is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

December 1941: Sjr plays at the Minamiza the role of the evil Yashio in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of Masaoka is played by Kataoka Nizaemon XII.

March 1942: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Iwafuji and Ohatsu are performed by tani Tomoemon VI and Kataoka Nizaemon XII. Sjr plays also the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

June 1942: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jhachiban; Sjr plays the role of Hatakeyama no Shigetada, later the Chinese general Ch Hi [casting].

November 1942: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Kaoyo and Senzaki Yagor in the classic "Kanadehon Chshingura".

December 1942: Sjr plays at the Minamiza the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

April 1943: Sjr plays at the Shchiku Gekij (Kbe) and at the Misonoza (Nagoya, from the 15th of the month) the roles of the evil Yashio and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The roles of Masaoka and Nikki Danj are played by Nakamura Baigyoku III and Band Jusabur III. Sjr also plays the roles of Kojir and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of the warrior Kumagai Jir Naozane is played by Band Jusabur III.

May 1943: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata"; the role of Matahei is played by Onoe Kikugor VI.

October 1943: Sjr plays at the Hitachi Mine and the Nikk Copper Plant the role of Hayano Kanpei in the acts V and VI of the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

January 1945: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh".

Decembre 1946: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Ohatsu are performed by Nakamura Tokiz III and Ichikawa Sumiz VI.

October 1947: Sjr plays at the Tky Gekij the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

November 1947: Sjr plays at the Tky Gekij the roles of Kaoyo, Osai and Oishi in the classic "Kanadehon Chshingura".

Decembre 1947: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Ohatsu are performed by Nakamura Tokiz III and Ichikawa Sumiz VI.

February 1948: Sjr plays at the saka Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan and Oishi in the classic "Kanadehon Chshingura".

July 1948: Sjr plays at the saka Kabukiza the roles of Kojir and Atsumori in the "Kumiuchi" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir Naozane and Princess Tamaori are played by Band Jusabur III and Nakamura Tomijr IV.

October 1948: Sjr plays at the Mitsukoshi Gekij the role of Mimy in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata". The role of Sasaki Moritsuna is played by Ichikawa Ebiz IX.

December 1948: Sjr plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Nakamura Tokiz III.

January 1949: Sjr plays at the Tky Gekij the roles of Yorikane and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi". The role of Nikki Danj is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

2 March 1949: Sjr collapses on a Himeji theater's stage while playing the role of Kanpei in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

Comments:

Sawamura Sjr VII was an amazing onnagata and wagotoshi, a talented dancer, who led with Onoe Kikugor VI, Matsumoto Kshir VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV the Kabuki world from the end of the Meiji era to the end of the forties.

His special methods of acting gave birth to the expression "Sjr Kabuki".

Sawamura Sjr VII gathered his 10 best roles in a collection called kga jisshu. The most famous ones are Ofune ("Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi"), Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba"), Fukuoka mitsugi ("Ise Ondo"), Dshin ("Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto") and Ranch ("Wakaki Uchina Gusa"). Others famous roles of Sawamura Sjr VII were Fujiya Izaemon ("Kuruwa Bunsh"), Mimy ("Moritsuna Jinya") and Kakuju ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

"The seventh Sawamura Sjr is also one of the Imperial Theatre stars. He acts so well with Baik and Kshir that they form a perfect trio, and when there is a break in this stage comradeship, Tky will be conscious of a blank like that which was experienced when the three great actors of Meiji passed away one after the other. Sjr is at his best in samurai and aristocratic rles, He also makes a fascinating woman, and his ability in the dance, while not so striking as that of Baik and Kshir, is still very great." (Zo Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Sawamura Sjr VII playing the role of Osome in the drama "Shinpan Utazaimon" (print made by ta Masamitsu)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Kchr Hsai in 1900

Print made by ta Masamitsu in 1950

The Sawamura Genpei line of actors

The Sawamura Tossh line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

 
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