SAWAI SONOEMON

Stage names:

Sawai Sonoemon In Japanese
Sawai Sonoemon In Japanese
Sawai Sonoemon In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Brother: Nakagawa Somenosuke

Career:

2nd lunar month of 1692: the name of Sawai Sonoemon was recorded in the hy˘banki "Yakusha ďkagami", katakiyaku section.

1st lunar month of 1695: Sonoemon performed in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ima Genji Rokujűj˘"; his stage partners are Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, Yamatoya Jinbŕ II, Sodesaki Iroha I, Onogawa Ugenji, Matsumoto Rokuemon and Arai Hanzaemon.

1697: Sonoemon performed in ďsaka as a katakiyaku in the theater managed by Iwai Hanshir˘ I.

1698: Sonoemon played in Ky˘to the role of Sakagami no ďji in the drama "Semimaru Nido no Shusse".

1700 ~ 1703: Sonoemon performed in ďsaka.

1704: Sonoemon settled back in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1709: Sonoemon played in Ky˘to the role of Iwakura Hikozaemon in the kaomise drama "Kokonotsu Kogura Hitotsubu Manbai", which was produced by Miyako Mandayű for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

3rd lunar month of 1710: Sonoemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: Sonoemon performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Gokoku Wag˘ Fumi Kotoba".

1st lunar month of 1711: Sonoemon performed in the same theater in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kuhonji J˘do".

11th lunar month of 1711: Sonoemon performed in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Tsurukame no Aimuko".

12th lunar month of 1712: Sonoemon went to ďsaka, became jitsuaku and performed in the kaomise drama "Enmei Kobukuro", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

4th lunar month of 1713: Sonoemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1714: Sonoemon went back to Ky˘to, switched to katakiyaku and performed in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which was produced in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1714: Sonoemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1714: Sonoemon switched to jitsuaku and played in Ky˘to the role of Araoka Genta Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater. He changed the first ideogram of his given name:

Old name New name
澤井右衛門 澤井右衛門

3rd lunar month of 1715: Sonoemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1715: Sonoemon switched back to katakiyaku and performed at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Manp˘ Chitose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III and included a k˘j˘ commemorating the sudden death of Kataoka Nizaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1716: Sonoemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Kawaemon in Adachi Saburozaemon's new year drama "Keisei Otokoyama". He changed back the first ideogram of his given name:

Old name New name
澤井右衛門 澤井右衛門

Spring 1716: Sonoemon played in the same theater the role of Setoemon in the drama "Keisei Sennin Kagami". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Sawai Sonoemon was a Ky˘to katakiyaku actor, who was active from the beginning of the 1690s to the second half of the 1710s. He occasionally performed as a jitsuaku. He also occasionally performed in ďsaka.

Onoe Kojir˘ (top/1st from left), Sawai Sonoemon (top/1st from right), Shibazaki Rinzaemon I (bottom/1st from left) and Yoshizawa Ayame I (bottom/1st from right) playing the roles of Princess Yorozuyo, Araoka Genta Saemon, the r˘nin Takahashi Hikozaemon and Otoyo in the kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1714 in Ky˘to

 
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