|SAWAMURA TOSSHI VII|
Sawamura Tosshi VII
Real name: It˘ Sennosuke
Nickname: M˘yű ("the ferocious actor")
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Poetry name: Tosshi (7)
Existence: 20th day of the 4th lunar month of 1860 ~ 26 March 1926
Adoptive father: Suketakaya Takasuke IV
Adopted brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII
Grandsons: Sawamura S˘nosuke II, Sawamura Sh˘nosuke
Nephew: Suketakaya Kodenji II
Son-in-law: Sawamura Tosshi VIII
1860 ~ 1881: born in Nagoya in the district of Deki-Ch˘ in a samurai family. He becomes bonze in Ky˘to at the temple Daitokuji but leaves soon the monastic world to join a children-actors troupe. He makes his first stage apperance in 1874 in ďgaki, playing under the name of Ichikawa Sennosuke. A few years later he takes the name of Nakamura Sennosuke II. He moves to T˘ky˘ in 1877 and plays mainly at the Harukiza.
June 1881: Sennosuke gets married with It˘ Haruko, whose aunt is the spouse of the star Suketakaya Takasuke IV. Sennosuke is adopted a few months later by this actor.
September 1882: Nakamura Sennosuke II takes the name of Sawamura Tosshi VII at the Harukiza, playing the role of Oda Harunaga in the drama "Oke Hazama Narumi Gundan". Tosshi is one of the haimy˘ used by the Sawamura S˘jűr˘ line of actors and Sawamura Tosshi VII is the first actor to use it as a stage name.
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Tosshi plays the roles of Sasaki Katsuranosuke and Sasano Saiz˘ [casting].
May 1892: Tosshi plays for the first time the roles of Sodehagi and Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Sawamuraza (T˘ky˘); His stage partners are Sawamura Yodogor˘ (Munet˘), Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Okimi) and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IX (Yoshiie).
February 1900: Tosshi plays for the first time the roles of the villain Motoemon and K˘emon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which is staged at the Engiza (T˘ky˘); His stage partners are Nakamura Shikaku (Iori), Seki Hanasuke II (Genjir˘) and Ichikawa Danz˘ VII (T˘ma Sabur˘emon).
March 1903: Tosshi plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Shigetada in the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". His stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Iwanaga are Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Seki Hanasuke II.
June 1903: Tosshi plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Ohatsu are performed by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ IV and Nakamura Fukusuke III.
October 1905: Tosshi plays at the Engiza the roles of Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
May 1924: Tosshi plays for the last time the role of the villain Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which is staged at the Azabu Meijiza (T˘ky˘); his stage partners are Onoe Kikuemon (Iori), Nakamura Katsugor˘ (Genjir˘) and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II (T˘ma Sabur˘emon).
July 1925: Tosshi appears on stage for the last time, at the K˘en Gekij˘, playing the role of Baba Sabur˘ in the drama "ďsakazuki Shusen no Tsuwamono".
Sawamura Tosshi VII was a popular kaneru yakusha, who made a great career mainly on the Koshibai stages (Asakusaza, Azumaza, Engiza, Miyatoza). He excelled in the big tachimawari scenes, gaining the nickname of "ferocious actor" (m˘yű).
Sawamura Tosshi VII's best roles: Jir˘zaemon ("Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"), Marubashi Chűya ("Keian Taiheiki"), Terutora ("Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen") and Sodehagi/Abe no Sadat˘ ("ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara").
Sawamura Tosshi VII playing the role of Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1894)
The Nakamura Sennosuke line of actors
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
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