Stage names:

Sawamura Tosshi VIII
Sawamura Denjir˘
Sawamura Daisuke

Real name: Suzuki Daikichi

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Poetry name: Tosshi (8)

Existence: 2 November 1887 ~ 28 March 1963


Master: Suketakaya Kodenji I

Father-in-law: Sawamura Tosshi VII

Disciple: Sawamura Tokiya


January 1894: first stage appearance as a disciple of Suketakaya Kodenji I; he receives the name of Sawamura Daisuke.

January 1897: Sawamura Daisuke takes the name of Sawamura Denjir˘.

26 March 1926: his father-in-law Sawamura Tosshi VII dies.

July 1927: Sawamura Denjir˘ takes the name of Sawamura Tosshi VIII.

September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Tosshi plays the roles of the priest Seigen and the ghost of Seigen [casting].

October 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Yoshida Genjir˘'s drama "Nij˘-j˘ no Kiyomasa"; Tosshi plays the role of T˘d˘ Takatora [more details].

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Tosshi plays the role of Horiuchi Den'emon [casting].

January 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Edo-j˘ no Ninj˘" and "Daini no Shisha", the first and second plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Tosshi plays the role of Kajikawa Yosobŕ in the former drama and the role of Hara S˘emon in the latter drama [more details].

June 1938: Tosshi plays the role of the evil Yashio in the "Take-no-Ma" and "Goten" scenes of the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which is staged in K˘be, Nagasaki and Nagoya; the role of Masaoka is played by Nakamura Kaisha.

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Tosshi plays the role of Shimojima Jin'emon [casting].

1953: Tosshi settles in ďsaka.

January 1960: Tosshi plays at the Nakaza the roles of Hashiba no Ushiz˘, Tsuchiya Jiemon and Izumiya Seibŕ in the dramas "Onoe Idahachi", "Fűin Giri" and "Bunshichi Mottoi".

March 1960: Tosshi plays at the Nakaza the roles of Sagamiya Masagor˘ and the daimy˘ in the drama "Arakawa no Sakichi" and the dance-drama "Takatsuki".

April 1960: Tosshi plays in Nagoya at the Misonoza the roles of Saruta Hikodayű and Senoo Jűr˘ in the dramas "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and "Sanemori Monogatari".

June 1960: Tosshi appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he plays the role of Tachibanaya Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"; his two main stage partners are Ichikawa Jukai III (Sano Jir˘zaemon) and ďtani Tomoemon VII (Yatsuhashi).

28 March 1963: Tosshi dies.


Sawamura Tosshi VIII was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor. In his prime, he was a popular koshibai actor, excelling in nimaime roles and performing in venues in Asakusa like the Miyatoza. His most notable performances were roles like K˘chiyama S˘shun ("K˘chiyama") or Kataoka Naojir˘ ("Naozamurai"). He joined the Grand Kabuki world when he took the name of Sawamura Tosshi VIII and became a supporting actor in the troupes led by Ichikawa Sadanji II or Ichimura Uzaemon XV and the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan. He also spent quite a long time in Kamigata.

Sawamura Tosshi VIII's best roles: Rokur˘dayű ("Ishikiri Kajiwara"), Senoo Tar˘ ("Shunkan"), Senoo Jűr˘ ("Sanemori Monogatari") and Yazaemon ("Sushiya").

Sawamura Tosshi VIII playing the role of Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in November 1928 at the Hong˘za

The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors

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