SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE I

Stage names:

Suketakaya Takasuke I In Japanese
Sawamura Chjr III In Japanese
Sawamura Sjr In Japanese
Sawamura Chjr III In Japanese
Sawamura Sjr I In Japanese
Sawamura Sjr In Japanese
Sawamura Zengor In Japanese
Someyama Kijr I In Japanese

Other name:

Sawamura Tosshi I In Japanese

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Tosshi (1), Kga

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

Existence: 1685 ~ 3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1756 [1]

Connections:

Master: Sawamura Chjr I

Son: Sawamura Kamesabur

Adopted son: Sawamura Sjr II

Disciples: Sawamura Chjr IV, Sawamura Otoemon II, Sawamura Sjr, Sawamura Genjir, Sawamura Kodenji II, Sawamura Ujr I, Sawamura Sgor I, Sawamura Chsaku, Sawamura Chshir I, Sawamura Somegor, Sawamura Unomatsu, Sawamura Nisji

Career:

1685 ~ 1715: born in Kyto. Third son of the samurai Miki Wakasa. His family was very close to the actor Sawamura Chjr I, who accepted to train him as a disciple. After a few years round about his master, he decided to leave Kyto, following the travelling actor Tamiya Shirogor. He gave up acting a few years later and learnt to play flute in order to become a musician.

1715: he was back on stage in Ise at the Furuichi no Shibai, performing under the name of Someyama Kijr I.

1716: Sawamura Chjr welcomed him back and gave him the name of Sawamura Zengor.

11th lunar month of 1716: Zengor performed with his master in saka in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Ichigura".

2nd lunar month of 1717: Sawamura Chjr produced in saka the plays "Keisei Chibiki no Ishi" and "Keisei Kokusen'ya" in which Zengor attracted considerable attention, especially in the second play in which he replaced the star Anegawa Shinshir I, who fell sick at the beginning of the performance, to play the prestigious role of Watnai.

1718: he spent a few weeks in Ise and settled in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1718: he took the name of Sawamura Sjr at the Moritaza, playing the role of Fujiwara no Takenori in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe". The ideogram "S" [in Japanese: ] chosen by the actor was the one used for the concept of totality.

1st lunar month of 1720: Sjr played at the Moritaza the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene, included in the new year sogamono drama "Yuzuriha Kongen Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Soga Gor Tokimune was Ichikawa Danjr II, whose incredible performance was a huge success.

1720: he decided to change his ideogram S, using the one meaning the origin [in Japanese: ].

1st lunar month of 1721: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Tsurukame Wakayagi Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune, Kud Saemon Suketsune and the courtesan iso no Tora (Jr's lover) were Ichimura Takenoj IV, Yamanaka Takejr and Nakamura Takesabur I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the role of Ashikaga Yorikane in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj"; he shared the stage with Matsumoto Kshir I, Ichikawa Danz I and Yamanaka Heikur I.

1st lunar month of 1722: Sjr played in the same theater 6 roles, including Soga Jr Sukenari, in the new year drama "Yaoya Shinj".

11th lunar month of 1722: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Sanada Yoichi and Minamoto Yoritomo in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

1st lunar month of 1723: Sjr's rank in the Edo hybanki was j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Manazuru Kaz Soga"; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan iso no Tora (Jr's lover) was Fujimura Handay II.

11th lunar month of 1723: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the role of Nakamitsu in the kaomise drama "Hinagata Shuten Dji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Ogino Izabur I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Kawazu Sabur and Soga Tar in the new year drama "Yomeiri Izu Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1724: Sjr moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjr II, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Matsumoto Kshir I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1725: Sjr played for the first time, in the same theater, the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Funadama Izu Nikki"; his performance was well received by the audience and the critics.

11th lunar month of 1725: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Oguri Hangan in the kaomise drama "Oguri Chseiden" (literally 'Oguri in the Palace of Long Life'); his stage partner in the role of Princess Terute was Yamamoto Hanasato.

1st lunar month of 1726: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Watanabe Tsuna in the new year drama "Kadomatsu Shitenn", which commemorated the 23rd memorial service (22nd anniversary) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjr I.

Summer 1726: Sjr performed in the drama "Suehiro Nagoya". He portrayed Nagoya Sanza, confronting Ichikawa Danjr II in the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in a great "Sayaate" scene.

11th lunar month of 1726: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Toriumi Yasabur in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jnidan".

1st lunar month of 1727: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Yuzuriha Gongen Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Soga Gor Tokimune was Ichikawa Danjr II.

3rd lunar month of 1727: Sjr and Ichikawa Danjr II played in the same theater the roles of Seigen and Utsumi Shintar in the drama "Konrei Otowa no Taki", which included a koroshiba well received by the audience.

4th lunar month of 1727: Sjr and Ichikawa Danjr II played in the same theater the roles of the rival warlords Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen in the drama "Ky Gun'u no Hanagasane".

11th lunar month of 1727: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Hata Rokurzaemon in the drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [more details]. This program celebrated the return of tani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) in Edo after 5 years spent in Kyto. This was also the first stage appearance for Ichikawa Masugor, the adopted son of Danjr.

1st lunar month of 1728: Sjr and Ichikawa Danjr II played in the same theater the roles of Soga Jr Sukenari and Soga Gor Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Soga Hraisan"; their stage partners in the roles of Kud Saemon Suketsune, Kobayashi no Asahina, iso no Tora (Jr's lover) and Kewaizaka no Shsh (Gor's lover) were Ogawa Zengor I, tani Hiroji I, Kirinami Onoe and Sanj Kantar II.

11th lunar month of 1728: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto Yoshitsune in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu"; his stage partners in the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Ky no Kimi were Sanj Kantar II and Sodesaki Iseno I.

1st lunar month of 1729: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene, which was staged within the new year sogamono drama "Suehiro Eh Soga". Sjr and Ichikawa Danjr II played the leading roles of the brothers Soga Jr Sukenari and Soga Gor Tokimune.

11th lunar month of 1729: great kaomise at the Nakamuraza; the 4 tachiyaku Ichikawa Danjr II, Band Hikosabur I, tani Hiroji I and Sjr performed together in the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya".

Fall 1730: the actors Ichikawa Danjr II, tani Hiroji I, Ogino Izabur I, Band Hikosabur I and Sjr performed in the drama "Meigetsu Gonin Otoko" ('Five men under the August moon'), which was staged in the same theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1730: Sjr performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima".

1st lunar month of 1731: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Nagoya Sanza in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" [casting].

Spring 1731: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Onitsugu in the drama "Muko Denju Nishiki no Tazuna", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world; his stage partners were Nakamura Shichisabur II (Oguri Hangan), Ogino Izabur I (Princess Terute), Segawa Kikunoj I (Tsumagi) and Ichikawa Danjr II (Got Saemon).

11th lunar month of 1731: Sjr performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Wag Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Chgor I.

1st lunar month of 1732: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsugoyomi Ainai Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Soga Jr Sukenari were Ogino Izabur I and Sadoshima Chgor I.

9th lunar month of 1732: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the drama "ich Sakae Kagekiyo" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1732: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto Yoritomo in the kaomise drama "Yamato Kotoba Imagawaj", which he wrote himself. This kaomise program welcomed in Edo the 2 Kamigata stars Anegawa Shinshir I and Sakakiyama Koshir I.

1st lunar month of 1733: Sjr, Anegawa Shinshir I and Ichikawa Szabur I played in the same theater the roles of Kih, Kurofune Chemon and Shhei in the drama "Kurofune Deiri Minato".

3rd lunar month of 1733: Sjr performed in the same theater in the drama "Tsuma Goi Sumidagawa", which he cowroted with Eda Yaichi and Kaneko Yasugor.

6th lunar month of 1733: Sjr, Anegawa Shinshir I and Ichikawa Szabur I played in the same theater the roles of tomo no Kuronushi, Godai Sabur and tomo Sanzen in the drama "Urawakami Iroha Komachi".

11th lunar month of 1733: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji". He welcomed the young actor Takinaka Utagawa, who arrived from Kamigata and settled in Edo.

24th day of the 1st lunar month of 1734 [2]: his master Sawamura Chjr I died in saka. Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Nitta Shir Tadatsune and Ky no Jir in the new year sogamono drama "Jhakk Imay Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Ky no Jir's wife was Segawa Kikunoj I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kamatari in the kaomise drama "Kyganoko Secch no Tamatori", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor I.

1st lunar month of 1735: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Oni Shinzaemon and Ky no Jir in the new year sogamono drama "Meizan Kasane Soga".

11th lunar month of 1735: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Abe no Yasunari in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda-zuma"; Sjr, in duo with Anegawa Chiyosabur I, achieved a great success in the michiyuki "Shinoda-zuma Michiyuki". There was a shortage of stars in the Nakamuraza line-up, compared to the rival Ichimuraza, and Sjr was the only one to be at the top of the bill.

1st lunar month of 1736: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Ykun Yoroi Soga"; his stage partner in the role of iso no Tora (Jr's lover) was Anegawa Chiyosabur. The two actors achieved an amazing success by dancing together in "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake" at the end of the program.

8th lunar month of 1736: Sjr celebrated his final performance at the Nakamuraza, where he spent 13 years. He played the role of Kan Shj in the drama "Kan Shj Nishiki no Tomozuna".

11th lunar month of 1736: Sjr moved to the Ichimuraza and played the role of Kimura Bunz in the kaomise drama "Izu Genji Hrai Yakata", which celebrated the arrival in Edo from Kyto of the actor Tomizawa Montar I and the shmei of Tsuruya Nanboku II.

2nd lunar month of 1737: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Shima no Kanzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Ima-ha Mukashi Omokage Soga".

Summer 1737: Sjr played in the same theater the leading role in the drama "Fry Shuten Dji".

11th lunar month of 1737: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hasebe Chb in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo gi no Shiba"; the line-up included Band Hikosabur I, Tsuruya Nanboku II and Tomizawa Montar I.

1st lunar month of 1738: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Soga Jr Sukenari, Kajiwara Genta and Shiraume Moemon in the new year sogamono drama "Ukematsuri Manbai Soga". According to the chronicles, the performance was not a success.

Fall 1738: Sjr and Matsumoto Kshir II achieved together a great success by playing in the same theater the roles of Tosa Jir and Sasaki Ganry in the revenge play "Katakiuchi Ganryjima".

11th lunar month of 1738: Sjr was back at the Nakamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Ume Yakata Inaba no Matsu", which celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Yodogor I and the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

1st lunar month of 1739: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Ky no Jir in the new year sogamono drama "Kamakuraf Aratama Soga".

8th lunar month of 1739: Sjr played in the same theater the role of the otokodate Tsurigane Yazaemon in the drama "Takaragane Chnin Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1739: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki"; his stage partners were Yamamoto Kyshir I, Ichikawa Danz I, Nakamura Shichisabur II, Segawa Kikujir I and Nakamura Sukegor I.

1st lunar month of 1740: Sjr performed in the same theater in the new year sogamono drama "Hime Kazari Nishiki Soga".

11th lunar month of 1740: Sjr welcomed the young wakaonnagata Takinaka Shigenoi as a disciple and gave him the name of Sawamura Shigenoi. He moved to the Ichimuraza and played the role of Nagoya Sanza in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji; Sjr confronted Band Hikosabur I in the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in a great "Sayaate" scene; Sjr's stage partner in the role of the courtesan Katsuragi (Sanza's lover) was Segawa Kikujir I.

1st lunar month of 1741: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Oni Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1741: Sjr and the Ichimuraza troupe performed in the second part (nibanme) of "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga", which was a triumphant success.

6th lunar month of 1741: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Hagiwara Itsuki in the drama "Katakiuchi Mitsugumi Sakazuki".

7th lunar month of 1741: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "Yotsume Yui Katoku Sadame".

11th lunar month of 1741: Sjr moved to the Nakamuraza, where a great kaomise drama was produced to celebrate the arrival in Edo of the actors Nakamura Tomijr I, Nakayama Shinkur I, Sanogawa Mangiku and Nakamura Shingor I; Sjr played the leading role of En'ya Hangan in Hayakawa Denshir's kaomise drama "En'ya Hangan Koky no Nishiki".

1st lunar month of 1742: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Hida Saburozaemon, It Kur and the otokodate Chjr in the new year sogamono drama "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".

7th lunar month of 1742: premiere in Edo at Nakamuraza of the play "Keisei Hangonk" in which Sjr played the role of Nagoya Sanza [casting].

11th lunar month of 1742: Sjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Tkur Morinaga in the kaomise drama "Keisei Akazawayama".

1st lunar month of 1743: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Ky no Jir, Shigetada and the otokodate Ume no Yoshib in the new year sogamono drama "Kadomidori Tokiwa Soga"; his stage partners were tani Hiroji I (Kurofune Chemon), Sanogawa Mangiku (Yamabuki) and Nakamura Tomijr I (the courtesan Hidaka).

5th lunar month of 1743: special performance at the Nakamuraza related to the exhibition of a sacred image of Prince Shtoku in the Shitennji Temple in the district of Yshima. Sjr played the roles of the minister Iname and Ukamuse no Hachibei in the drama "Yamato Morokoshi Aish Kagami".

Fall 1743: Sjr and Nakamura Tomijr I played in the same theater the roles of the courtesans Yufuran and Yatsuhashi in the drama "Futari Yatsuhashi". They decided to go back together to saka.

11th lunar month of 1743: Sjr achieved a great success in saka at the nishi no Shibai by playing the role of Ashikaga Yorikane in Namiki Ssuke's kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which was produced by the zamoto Nakamura Jz I; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Konohana was Nakamura Tomijr I.

12th lunar month of 1743: Sjr and Nakamura Tomijr I played in the same theater the roles of Sait Shkur and the courtesan Tyama in the drama "monguchi Yoroi Gasane".

3rd lunar month of 1744: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of tomo no Kuronushi and fude Hachir in the drama "sh Shinobu Ishi".

9th lunar month of 1744: Sjr performed in the same theater in the drama "Yuki Moyoi Magaki no Hachinoki".

10th lunar month of 1744: Sjr moved to Kyto and took part in a 10-days long special program commemorating the 11th memorial service (10th anniversary) of the passing away of his late master Sawamura Chjr I.

1Fall 1744: Sjr went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1744: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the role of Ise no Sabur in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Genji Jnidan".

1st lunar month of 1745: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Aburaya Shkur and Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsu Goyomi Kotobuki Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Shigetada (Kagekiyo's ennemy) and Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) were Band Hikosabur I and Onoe Kikugor I.

5th lunar month of 1745: Sjr played in the same theater the role of Hiranoya Kyemon in the drama "Sato Gayoi Fujimi Saiky", whose plot and characters were related to the "Sonezaki Shinj" world; his stage partners in the roles of Hiranoya Tokub and Tenmaya Ohatsu were Ichikawa Danz III and Arashi Tominosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1745: Sjr played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Yoshisada and Akamatsu Norisuke in the kaomise drama "Onna Kusunoki Yosooi Kagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata onnagata Yoshizawa Ayame II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Sjr performed in the same theater in the new year sogamono drama "Kikeba Mukashi Soga Monogatari". Sjr used back again the old ideogram "S" (associated to the concept of totality) only for this performance.

3rd lunar month of 1746: Sjr played in the same theater the role of the shirozake seller Shinb in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hanamichi"; his stage partners in the roles of Sukeroku, the courtesan Agemaki and Iky were Onoe Kikugor I, Arashi Tominosuke I and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

5th lunar month of 1746: Sjr played in the same theater the roles of Abe no Seimei and Urashima Gor (V) in the drama "Ichi no Tomi Seiwa Nendaiki". This play was based on the legendary character Urashima Tar and the playwright introduces several generations of the hero and his heirs: Urashima Tar (I), Jir (II), Sabur (III) and Shir (IV) were played by Ichikawa Ebiz II, Sawamura Harugor I, Sawamura Kijr I and Ogino Izabur I. This unusual play was a triumphant success.

7th ~ 10th lunar months of 1746: Sawamura Sjr performed for a few months under the name of Sawamura Chjr III. His favourite disciple Sawamura Harugor I took the name of Sawamura Sjr [3] and held it up to his death in 1748.

11th lunar month of 1746: he went to Kyto where he took back his previous name of Sawamura Sjr (old ideogram "S" associated to the concept of totality), performing in the kaomise drama "Tomi Yakata mu Kotoba", which was produced by the zamoto Nakamura Kumetar I; his stage partners were Nakamura Tomijr I, Anegawa Shinshir I, Sanogawa Jkichi (final performance before his death) and Nakamura Utaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1747: Sjr's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was goku-j-j-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual].

3rd lunar month of 1747: Sjr and Nakamura Tomijr I performed together in the same theater in the drama "Kuronushi Iroha Mond".

6th lunar month of 1747: Sjr achieved an amazing success in Kyto by playing the role of kishi Miyauchi in the drama "yasu Yonjshichi Hon", whose script was based on the famous Ak vendetta.

Fall 1747: Sjr decided to play a jitsuaku role for his last performance in Kyto in the drama "Kant Koroku". the, he went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1747: he took one more time the name of Sawamura Chjr III at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Izu Gunzei Sum no Nishiki" and shared the top of the bill with the 2 stars Ichikawa Ebiz II and Segawa Kikunoj I. This performance was a great success.

1st lunar month of 1748: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki was -goku-j-j-kichi (grand - extreme - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the new year sogamono drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga".

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Chjr played the roles of Igami no Gonta and Tadanobu [casting].

8th lunar month of 1748: premire for the puppets theater in saka, at the Takemotoza, of the play "Kanadehon Chshingura", written by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shraku and Namiki Senry I. The main thema was the famous Ak vendetta and the vendetta leader puppet (boshi Yuranosuke) reproduced the acting of Sawamura Sjr in the role of kishi Miyauchi (==> 6th lunar month of 1747).

25th day of the 11th lunar month of 1748 [4]: his young disciple Sawamura Sjr died.

11th lunar month of 1748: Chjr played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Tada Kurando and Uji Tsen in the kaomise drama "Onna Moji Heike Monogatari".

1749: Chjr adopted the young actor Utagawa Shirogor.

1st lunar month of 1749: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki was shigoku-j-j-kichi (exceedingly - superior - superior - excellent). He played in the same theater the roles of Yoban Jnai (Jnai the night watchman) and Komurasaki Kamon in the new year sogamono drama "Otoko Moji Soga Monogatari".

3rd lunar month of 1749: Chjr played in the same theater the role of It Kur in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Ie Zakura", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Ebiz II (Sukeroku), Nakamura Shichisabur II (the sake seller) and Segawa Kikujir I (Agemaki).

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chshingura" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Chjr played the role of boshi Yuranosuke [casting].

11th lunar month of 1749: Chjr achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the roles of Bingo no Sabur and Hata Rokurzaemon in the kaomise drama "Onn Taiheiki". His adopted son officially took the name of Sawamura Sjr II at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi".

1st lunar month of 1750: Chjr played in the same theater the roles of Shigetada and Ume no Yoshib new year sogamono drama "kazari Saiwai Soga".

4th lunar month of 1750: Chjr played in the same theater the role of Shigetada in the drama "Shigetada Kariba Nikki".

5th lunar month of 1750: Chjr played in the same theater the roles of Kanda Kamonnosuke and tomo no Kuronushi in the drama "Shio Mitsutama Kazaori Komachi".

9th lunar month of 1750: Chjr took part in the special program entitled "Kanadehon Shijshichiji" commemorating the first anniversary of the passing away of Segawa Kikunoj I.

11th lunar month of 1750: Chjr played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Taira no Kiyomori and Kamata Hyei in the kaomise drama "Wakaki no Ume Taira no Kiyomori".

1st lunar month of 1751: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki was shingoku-jzu-j-j-kichi (sincerely extreme - skilled - superior - superior - excellent). He played in the same theater the roles of Yaoya Kyb and Oni in the new year drama "Izu Kosode Shbai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1751: Chjr played in the same theater the role of Tganeya Moemon in the drama "Hinagata Fuji Miru Sato".

7th lunar month of 1751: premiere in Edo at the Nakamuraza of the play "Koi Nyb Somewake Tazuna"; Chjr played the role of Hachiz's mother [casting].

9th lunar month of 1751: Chjr achieved a great success by playing in the same theater the role of Nagoya Sanza in the drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya"; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Katsuragi, Sanza's lover, was Segawa Kikujir I.

11th lunar month of 1751: Chjr played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Genzaemon in the kaomise drama "Honry Hachinoki-zome".

1st lunar month of 1752: Chjr's rank in the Edo hybanki was shin-goku-j-j-kichi (truly extreme - superior - superior - excellent). He played in the same theater the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of the brothers Soga Gor Tokimune and Soga Jr Sukenari were Ichikawa Yaoz I and Sawamura Sjr II.

4th lunar month of 1752: premiere in Edo at the Nakamuraza of the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; Chjr played the role of Rokuyata.

11th lunar month of 1752: Chjr moved to the Ichimuraza and played the role of Ono no Tf in the kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru".

1st lunar month of 1753: Chjr played in the same theater the role of boshi Yuranosuke in the new year sogamono drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which mixed both the Soga Brothers and "Chshingura" worlds.

25th day of the 4th lunar month of 1753 [5]: his disciple Sawamura Genjir died.

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting]. Chjr played the role of Gonshir.

11th lunar month of 1753: he moved to the Moritaza and took the name of Suketakaya Takasuke I, playing 6 roles in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky no Nishiki", which also celebrated the shmei of Ichikawa Szabur II; his stage partners were Morita Kan'ya VI, Sawamura Kijr I, Matsushima Moheiji, Tsuruya Nanboku II, Ogino Yaegiri II and Sawamura Utagiku.

1st lunar month of 1754: Takasuke played in the same theater the roles of Hj Tokimasa and Gentta in the new year drama "Mitsu Uroko Keisei Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1754: Takasuke became zagashira at the Moritaza and played the roles of Kiichi Hgen and Suzuki Sabur in the kaomise drama "Kiichi Hgen Shinan-guruma"; his stage partners were Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Azuma Tz II, Sawamura Otoemon II and Matsuyama Sanjr.

1st lunar month of 1755: Takasuke played in the same theater the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of the brothers Soga Gor Tokimune and Soga Jr Sukenari were Matsuyama Sanjr and Ichikawa Senz.

5th lunar month of 1755: Takasuke played in the same theater the roles of boshi Yuranosuke and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

11th lunar month of 1755: Takasuke appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played the role of tomo no Kuronushi in the kaomise drama "tomo no Kuronushi Sokutai Kagami".

3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1756 [1]: Takasuke died in Edo [6].

Comments:

Suketakaya Takasuke I was an outstanding actor, able to perform both tachiyaku and onnagata roles. He reached the highest levels of fame and was equally popular in Kyto, saka and Edo.

It is worth noting that he wrote around ten plays, brought a turban look-alike hat called sjr zukin into fashion and was the owner of an incense shop in the theater district of Sakai-ch in Edo.

Suketakaya Takasuke I was one of the 4 stars called Shitenn ("the big four", this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism) by the Edo audience (the three others were Ichikawa Danjr II, Band Hikosabur I and tani Hiroji I).

"Sawamura Sjr acted on the Edo stage with Danjr, the second, and is credited with greater versatility than the second Ichikawa. Born the son of a samurai of rank in Kyto, he was dismissed from his father's roof on account of dissipation. At first he served in a subordinate capacity in the house of Sawamura Chjr. Afterwards he undertook the duties of a clerk in the theatre, but at last requested to be made a follower of the Sawamura family. For some reason or other Sawamura refused to bestow his name upon this theatre upstart, there was a quarrel, and the would-be actor went off to seek another stage patron.
But as he could find no actor with sufficient faith in him to lend support, he was obliged to play in the unimportant theatres of the provinces. He was, therefore, unable to obtain the rank that would distinguish him as an actor of ability, and had to be content with the stage leavings, serving in the orchestra or playing small roles.
A reconciliation with his former master was at last effected; he began to play big roles and was immediately successful. Bad luck, however, pursued him, for recognition of his ability was delayed. The saka stage authorities, doubtless for reasons of their own, were not willing to grant him the rank to which he was entitled. Sawamura Chjr at last advised him to try his fortune in Edo.
On his first stage experience in the Shgun's capital he acted a minor rle at the Moritaza, and was not long in making a quick advance. Within five years he ranked second to Danjr, and after an absence of twenty-six years returned to saka with all his Edo Kabuki prestige behind him, and received a warmer welcome than when, as a greenhorn, he had attempted to obtain stage rank in vain.
One of Sjr's most famous rles was as Yuranosuke, the leader of the Forty-seven Rnin. Sjr liked to act ronin, for he was a free-lance himself, and he was seen in several pieces that had rnin as heroes. These plays were suppressed by the authorities in order to prevent the loyal retainers of the feudal lords from becoming dissatisfied. One of Sjr's rnin plays was based on the real story of the famous Forty-seven, whose master was forced to commit seppuku. They waited a good opportunity, and revenged themselves upon the enemy who had caused their lord's death, and then all took their own lives. The samurai's loyalty to his lord was not merely a popular stage theme, but in real life this laying down of life for a cause was characteristic of the people.
As he had been brought up the son of a samurai, he knew the N stage, and in all pieces influenced by the classic drama he was at home. In contrast to Danjr he spoke in the language of everyday life. Danjr delivered his lines as much as possible removed from the speech of ordinary mortals and their affairs. Sjr did not care for the elaborate make-up that was so thoroughly characteristic of the first two Ichikawas and the members of their family who were to come after. Sjr greatly depreciated Danjr's impossibilities. For instance, Danjr lifted up a house with both hands as a symbol of strength, which brought forth criticism from Sjr, whose faith in the real was so great that he never ventured to stray on the unknown highways and byways of the unreal." (Zo Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] The 3rd day of the 1st lunar month of the 6th year of the Hreki era was the 2nd of February 1756 in the western calendar.

[2] The 24th day of the 1st lunar month of the 19th year of the Kyh era was the 27th of February 1734 in the western calendar.

[3] He has never been considered as a member of the line.

[4] The 25th of the 11th lunar month of the 1st year of the Kan'en era was the 13th of January 1749 in the western calendar.

[5] The 25th day of the 4th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Hreki era was the 27th of May 1753 in the western calendar.

[6] His tombstone was located in the precinct of Chenji Temple in the district of Asakusa.

Suketakaya Takasuke I (right) and Matsuyama Sanjr (left) playing the roles of Kud Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year sogamono "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga", which was staged at the Moritaza in the 1st lunar month of 1755

Prints & Illustrations

The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

The Sawamura Chjr line of actors

The Suketakaya Takasuke line of actors

 
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