SAWAMURA SJR IX

Stage names:

Sawamura Sjr IX In Japanese
Sawamura Tossh V In Japanese
Sawamura Genpei VI In Japanese

Real name: Sawamura Juichi

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: KUDAIME (IX)

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

Existence: 8 March 1933 ~ 12 January 2001

Connections:

Grandfather: Sawamura Sjr VII

Father: Sawamura Sjr VIII

Brother: Sawamura Tjr II

Disciples: Sawamura Snosuke III, Sawamura Kiyosuke

Career:

May 1941: first stage appearance, at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Sawamura Genpei VI and performed in the drama "Sukeroku".

2 March 1949: his grandfather Sawamura Sjr VII died.

September 1953: Sawamura Tossh IV and his son Sawamura Genpei VI respectively the names of Sawamura Sjr VIII and Sawamura Tossh V at the Kabukiza; the new Tossh played the role of Sakuramaru's wife Yae [1] and Mitsuhide's sister Kiky in "Kamo Zutsumi" and "Badarai no Mitsuhide".

February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It included the revival of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hyshimai" (entitled "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi") [casting] and the premiere of Mishima Yukio's dance-drama "Yuya" [casting]; Tossh played the roles of the jijo Wakana and a female page (in reality a ground spider) in "Yuya" and "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi".

March 1956: Tossh played at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of the courtesan giya Ygiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon was played by Sawamura Sjr VIII.

April 1956: Tossh played at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Chidori in the drama "Shunkan".

June 1959: Tossh played at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Kinkakuji"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Konoshita Tkichi were played by Ichikawa Danshir III and Kawarasaki Gonjr III.

February 1960: Tossh played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch Nijshik"; his stage partners were Nakamura Senjaku II (Katsuyori) and Sawamura Gennosuke V (Nureginu).

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Tossh played the role of a female retainer, in reality a female demon [casting].

1960: Tossh joined the Tei Company to be a movie actor for a few years.

1963: Tossh was back in the Kabuki world.

January 1964: Tossh played for the first time the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi", which was staged at the Tyoko Hall (Tky); the role of Yosabur was played by Kawarasaki Gonjr III.

April 1964: Tossh played for the first time the role of Oginoya Yaegiri [11] in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was staged at the Tyoko Hall (Tky).

January 1965: Tossh played at the Nakaza (saka) the role of Oginoya Yaegiri [11] in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

July 1966: Tossh played at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in Tky with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Tossh played the roles of Sonoo-no-Mae and the yakko Takunai [casting].

February 1968: Tossh played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Oginoya Yaegiri [11] in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba".

May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Tossh played the role of Okinoi [casting].

March 1971: Tossh played at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of the courtesan giya Ygiri was played by his brother Sawamura Kiyoshir.

August 1971: Tossh played at the National Theatre the role of Princess Takiyasha in the drama "Masakado".

May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the passing away of the playwright; Tossh played the role of Miyaji Gen'emon [casting].

July 1973: Tossh played at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

January 1974: Tossh played at the saka Shinkabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan". He also played the role of the courtesan giya Ygiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon was played by Nakamura Senjaku II.

25 December 1975: his father Sawamura Sjr VIII died.

March 1976: Tossh played at the Minamiza the role of Katsuyori in the drama "Honch Nijshik"; his stage partners were Band Tamasabur (Princess Yaegaki) and Arashi Tokusabur VII (Nureginu).

September 1976: Sawamura Tossh V took the name of Sawamura Sjr IX at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Oginoya Yaegiri [11] and Fukuoka Mitsugi [12] in the dramas "Komochi Yamanba" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

December 1976: Sjr played at the Minamiza the role of Abe no Yasuna in the drama "Ashiya Dman uchi Kagami".

September 1977: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

October 1977: Sjr played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of the courtesan giya Ygiri was played by Sawamura Tjr.

September 1978: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Sjr played the role of Ume no Yoshib [casting].

February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes Nishiki Bunsh"; Sjr played the role of Seib's wife Okaji [casting].

April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jyaku"); Sjr played the role of Watanabe Minbunosuke [casting]. He also played the role of Issun Tokub in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ennosuke (Danshichi Kurob) and Nakamura Ganjir II (Tsuribune Sabu).

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Chaku Nozoki Garakuri"; Sjr played the roles of Iseya Sentar and Djr's wife Oriyo [casting].

October 1980: Sjr played at the Misonoza the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Yosabur was played by Ichikawa Ebiz X.

January 1981: Sjr played at the Asakusa Kkaid the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; The role of the courtesan giya Ygiri was played by Nakamura Baishi III.

June 1981: Sjr played at the National Theatre the role of Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Danshichi Kurob), Ichikawa Ginnosuke I (Issun Tokub) and Kawarasaki Gonjr III (Tsuribune Sabu).

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojsan Tsugi"; Sjr played the roles of Yui Minbunosuke and Nakano Tsuke [casting]. He also played the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

September 1982: Sjr played at the Minamiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya"; Sjr played the role of Fuwa Banzaemon's wife Fujikae [casting].

April 1984: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's 1813 kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma"; Sjr played the roles of the tsubone Inaba (in reality the hinin Kumade no Otsume) and Ibaragiya Onishichi's nyb Otsuna (in reality the jijo Tomaya) [more details].

November 1984: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Ohaya in the "Hikimado" scene in the drama "Futatsu Chch Kuruwa Nikki".

April 1987: Sjr took part in the revival at the Meijiza of the play "Jni Hitoe Komachi Zakura", which included the famous Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" [more details].

August 1989: first edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai, a gala program starring Sjr and whose main goal was the revival of long-forgotten plays; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Uwabami Oyoshi" [2].

December 1989: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

June ~ July 1990: Sjr took part in a Kabuki tour in the USA, performing 26 shows in several big cities; he played the role of Yamakage Uky in the dance-drama "Migawari Zazen" [casting]. Sjr plays also the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch", which was staged only in Los Angeles.

August 1990: second edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Benizara Kakezara" [3].

October 1990: Sjr played at the National Theatre the role of Onoe II in the drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji"; The role of the evil Iwafuji was played by Onoe Kikugor.

December 1990: Sjr played at the Gion Kaburenj (Kyto) the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Nyb Somewake Tazuna".

August 1991: third edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Onna sakazuki" [4].

November 1991: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

August 1992: fourth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Kijin no Omatsu" [5].

October 1992: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

August 1993: fifth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced the acts VI [6] and VII of the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi".

September 1993: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Issun Tokub in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon (Danshichi Kurob) and Nakamura Tomijr (Tsuribune Sabu).

December 1993: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Ofune [13] in the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi"; the role of Tonb was played by Ichikawa Sadanji IV.

August 1994: sixth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Nuregami Oseki" [7].

October 1994: Sjr played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Yosabur was played by Nakamura Baigyoku.

August 1995: seventh edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Onna Gonin Kiri" [8].

August 1996: eighth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced three new dramas: "Enmusubi Yy Banashi", "Natane no Michiyuki" and "Ygaodana".

August 1997: ninth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced and played the leading role of the drama "Mijikayo Ukina no Chirashigaki". He suddenly fell ill and the performance had to be cancelled.

November 1997: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Tyata Monogatari", which was staged to commemorate the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) and the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the passings away of late Band Mitsugor VII and late Band Mitsugor VIII; the roles of Iso no Tyata and Yoshitsune were played by Band Mitsugor IX and Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

August 1998: tenth edition of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produced the drama "Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto" [9].

December 1998: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Miyagino in the "Ageya" scene of the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi"; the role of Miyagino's sister Shinobu was played by Nakamura Shibajaku.

January 1999: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana"; Sjr played the role of Otomi [casting].

March 1999: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the roles of Ofude and Nureginu in the dramas "Hirakana Seisuiki" and "Honch Nijshik".

June 1999: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Yshide in the "Imorizake" scene of the drama "Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto".

July 1999: Sjr played the role of the evil Yashio in the drama "Date no Jyaku", produced by Ichikawa Ennosuke at the Kabukiza.

October 1999: Sjr played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the roles of Otoku and Sagami in the dramas "Keisei Hangonk" and "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" ("Kumagai Jin'ya").

November 1999: Sjr played at the National Theatre the role of Otane in the "Takenoko Hori" scene of the play "Honch Nijshik".

January 2000: Sjr played at the Kabukiza the role of Soga Jr in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne".

December 2000: Sjr appeared on stage for the last time, in Tky at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Ranch [10] and Omiya in the drama "Wakaki Uchina Gusa", which belonged to the Kinokuniya guild; The role of the courtesan Konoito was played by Nakamura Shibajaku.

12 January 2001: Sjr died in saka.

Comments:

Sawamura Sjr IX was an excellent onnagata and nimaime, the worthy heir of his amazing grandfather Sawamura Sjr VII.

Sawamura Sjr IX's best roles: Onoe ("Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"), Otomi ("Kirare Yosa"), Tanzaemon ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Oginoya Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba"), Princess Yshide ("Imorizake").

[1] The role of Sakuramaru in "Kamo Zutsumi" was played by Sawamura Sjr VIII.

[2] Not performed for 88 years.

[3] Not performed for 58 years.

[4] Not performed for 93 years.

[5] Not performed since 1964.

[6] Act VI was staged for the last time in 1935.

[7] Not performed for 179 years.

[8] Not performed for 166 years.

[9] The role of Dshin in "Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto" belongs to the Kga Jisshu.

[10] The role of Ranch in "Wakaki Uchina Gusa" belongs to the Kga Jisshu.

[11] The role of Oginoya Yaegiri in "Komochi Yamanba" belongs to the Kga Jisshu.

[12] The role of Fukuoka Mitsugi in "Ise Ondo" belongs to the Kga Jisshu.

[13] The role of Ofune in the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi" belongs to the Kga Jisshu.

Sawamura Sjr IX playing the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Kurotegumi Sukeroku" in a print made by Tsuruya Kkei in July 1982
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

The Sawamura Genpei line of actors

The Sawamura Tossh line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

 
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