Stage names:

Sawamura Gennosuke III In Japanese
Ichikawa Seijr In Japanese
Ichikawa Udanji In Japanese
Ichikawa Seishi In Japanese
Sawamura Seishi I In Japanese

Other name:

Sawamura Seijr I In Japanese

Guilds: Kinokuniya, Kiyotakiya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Seishi, Tosshi

Existence: 1804 ~ 15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1863


Brother and master: Sawamura Sjr V (Suketakaya Takasuke III)

Master: Ichikawa Danjr VII

Adopted son: Sawamura Gennosuke IV


1804: born in Edo. His father Hamazaki Chkichi is a dekata at the shibai jaya Izumiya, located in the Ichimuraza. His mother is the daughter of a farmer living in the district of Kameido. His first stage name is Sawamura Seishi I.

1814: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Danjr VII and changes his name to Ichikawa Seishi.

5th lunar month of 1815: Ichikawa Seishi takes the name of Ichikawa Udanji at the Kawarasakiza.

11th lunar month of 1822: Ichikawa Udanji takes the name of Ichikawa Seijr at the Ichimuraza.

1825: Seijr goes on tour in Kamigata and in the western provinces.

6th lunar month of 1834: Seijr goes back to Edo to perform at the Moritaza.

1st lunar month of 1846: Seijr goes to saka.

1st lunar month of 1851: Seijr goes back to Edo; he becomes a disciple of his elder brother Sawamura Chjr V and takes the name of Sawamura Gennosuke III at the Nakamuraza, performing in the new year drama "Konoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji".

8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura Sshi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Gennosuke plays the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto [casting].

End of the 1850s (1858?): Gennosuke goes to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1862: Gennosuke's rank in the Kamigata hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1863: Gennosuke plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of K no Moron and boshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1863: Gennosuke dies.


Sawamura Gennosuke III was a good 19th century tachiyaku actor, who was also able to perform female roles if needed and excelled in wajitsu. He was born and trained in Edo but achieved fame in Kamigata.

Sawamura Gennosuke III portraying Chienai in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1849

The Ichikawa Udanji line of actors

The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors

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