SAKATA TJR
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Sakata Tjr I
  The actor Sakata Tjr I held this name from his childhood to the 11th lunar month of 1709.

Sakata Tjr I in 1693

Sakata Tjr II
Sakata Tjr II  In Japanese | Sakata Chzaemon  In Japanese | Kuwana Chzaemon  In Japanese
 

Born in Kamigata in 1669. He started as a disciple of Sakata Tjr I and performed as a tachiyaku actor in miyaji shibai or inaka shibai in the Kyto/Nara area. His first stage names were Kuwana Chzaemon and Sakata Chzaemon. He took the name of Sakata Tjr II in the 1st lunar month of 1711 in Kyto, playing in the new year drama "Keisei Nidai Otoko". He most likely retired from shibai around 1714 and died the 9th of the 9th lunar month of 1724. This actor, who was nicknamed Fushimi Tjr (because he was from the district of Fushimi in Kyto), was far inferior to his master the great Sakata Tjr I. He was the adoptive father of Sakata Tjr III and the master of Sakata Hangor I.

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Shinomiya Heihachi II (left) and Sakata Tjr II (right) playing the roles of Oen and inosuke in the kaomise drama "Toshitokujin Midoribune", which was staged in Kyto at Ebisuya Hatsuday's theater in the 1st lunar month of 1714

Sakata Tjr III
  The actor Sakata Tjr III held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1739 to the 8th lunar month of 1774.

Sakata Tjr III in a print made in 1770 by Katsukawa Shunsh for the Ehon Butai gi series of prints

Sakata Tjr IV
  The actor Sakata Tjr IV is the current holder of the name since the 30th of November 2005.

Sakata Tjr IV playing the role of the Wisteria Maiden in the dance "Fuji Musume" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2008) all rights reserved)

 
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