SAWAMURA UJR
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Sawamura Ujr I
Sawamura Ujr I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1724. He was the son of the Nagauta shamisen player Kineya Uemon. He started his career in Edo in 1749 as a disciple of the actor Sawamura Sjr I, who gave him the name of Sawamura Ujr I. He performed as a dkegata in the 11th lunar month of 1749 at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Onn Taiheiki", which celebrated the shmei of Sakata Hangor II and Ichikawa Yaoz I. He performed in the 11th lunar month of 1765 at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Sakae Genji". His last ranking in the 1766 Edo hybanki, dkegata section, was j-j-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He died in Edo the 16th day of the 4th lunar month of 1766. This supporting actor excelled in sewamono and was also the tdori at the Moritaza, where he spent most of his career.

Yag Haimy
Kineya Bunpuku

Sawamura Ujr I playing the role of Bett Nken in the kaomise drama "Gyosei Kanatami no Megumi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1764 at the Moritaza

Sawamura Ujr II
Sawamura Ujr II  In Japanese | Sawamura Shichijr  In Japanese
 

Son of Sawamura Ujr I and disciple of Sawamura Sjr I, his first stage name was Sawamura Shichijr. He took the name of Sawamura Ujr II in the 11th lunar month of 1767 at the Moritaza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Sanada no Yoichi Banjaku no Iezuto". He also performed in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Chjr IV, Sawamura Kijr II and Mikuni Fujigor. His last ranking in the 1766 Edo hybanki, dkegata section, was j (superior). He appeared on stage for the last time in the same theater in the 9th lunar month of 1773, where he performed in the drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura".

Yag Haimy
Kineya Bunpuku
Sawamura Ujr 2.3
Sawamura Ujr  In Japanese
 

A wakashugata held the name of Sawamura Ujr between 1784 and 1791.

Sawamura Ujr (top) and Morita Kanjir II (bottom) performing yakko roles in a print made by Katsukawa Shunk (1783~1791)

Sawamura Ujr 2.4
Sawamura Ujr  In Japanese | Sawamura Kannosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Sawamura Gennosuke II, his first stage name was Sawamura Kannosuke and he made his debut on stage as a wakashugata at the end of the 1820s. He took the name of Sawamura Ujr in the 7th month of 1744 at the Ichimuraza, where he performed in the drama "Sawamura Sakisomete Yoshibei" which celebrated the shmei of his master Sawamura Sjr V. He was active in Edo up to the 1st lunar month of 1855. No record afterwards.

Sawamura Ujr 2.4 in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Sawamura Ujr III
Sawamura Ujr III  In Japanese
 

Born in 1849. Disciple of Sawamura Sjr VII, he held the name of Sawamura Ujr III between 1884 and 1917. He died the 23rd of March 1917. His real name was Hamada Shjir.

Sawamura Ujr III (left) and Nakamura Kantar (right) in a print made by Kchr Hsai

Sawamura Ujr IV
Sawamura Ujr IV  In Japanese | Ichikawa Engor  In Japanese | Sawamura Ujr IV  In Japanese | Sawamura Sji  In Japanese | Sawamura Tokan  In Japanese | Band Hanasabur  In Japanese | Ichikawa Seitar  In Japanese
 

Born the 14th of September 1887. His father was a theater dekata and was named tani Kichiz. He started his career in Yokohama, where he performed locally under the name of Ichikawa Seitar. He became a disciple of Band Rokuz and received the name of Band Hanasabur at unknown times. He joined the Sawamura clan led by Sawamura Tossh III in 1903 and received the name of Sawamura Tokan. later, he switched to Sawamura Sji in September 1908 when his master took the name of Sawamura Sjr VII. He became nadai and took the name of Sawamura Ujr IV in October 1918 at the Imperial Theater. He became a disciple of Sawamura Tossh IV and followed his master in November 1929 when he joined the Ichikawa clan. The master took the name of Ichikawa Shen and the disciple of the name of Ichikawa Engor. When his father quarreled with Ichikawa Sadanji II, they went back to the Sawamura clan and they took back the names of Sawamura Tossh IV and Sawamura Ujr IV in October 1936. One night, in saka in the backstage of the Kabukiza, he was spending the night gambling with several actors or staff members. Somebody betrayed them and they were all arrested by the police. One major saka newspaper reported it as "Sjr under arrest", mistaking the first ideogram of Ujr with the first ideogram of Sjr. Sawamura Sjr VII was so upset that he called his disciple Jr instead of Ujr for several years! After WWII and the death of Sawamura Sjr VII in 1949, he joined Sawamura Tosshi VIII and settled with him in saka in 1953, performing mostly in saka, Kyto and Nagoya. His last-recorded performance occurred in February 1961 at the saka Shinkabukiza, where he performed in the dramas "Inazuma Monogatari" and "Roji no Kitsune". No record afterwards. Day of death unknown. He had the reputation to be a party animal and a womanizer. It was a custom for the Sawamura troupe on tour to let him organize the parties. He was profoundly a good guy and always took good care of young Sawamura Yoshijir.

Sawamura Ujr V
Sawamura Ujr V  In Japanese | Sawamura Kiyoshi  In Japanese
 

Born in Tky the 24th of December 1965. He graduated from the Actors Training Center of the National Theatre (10th year) and made his debut on stage in April 1990 at the Kabukiza, where he performed in "Onna Shibaraku" and "Hototogisu Koj no Rakugetsu". He became a disciple of Sawamura Sjr IX in November 1990 and received the name of Sawamura Kiyoshi in January 1991. He became nadai and took the name of Sawamura Ujr V in October 2008 at the Kabukiza, where he played the roles of Yoshida Gengosa and the priest Unshinb in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare" and the dance-drama "Yakko Djji". He is a supporting tachiyaku actor of the Kinokuniya guild.

Yag Honmy
Kinokuniya Yoshida Akiyoshi
 
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