Stage names:

Sawamura Shozan III In Japanese
Sawamura Tanosuke V In Japanese
Sawamura Yoshijir˘ III In Japanese

Real name: Yamanaka S˘jir˘

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Shozan (3)

Existence: 11 October 1902 ~ 3 December 1968


Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII

Brothers: Suketakaya Takasuke V, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VIII

Sons: Sawamura Tanosuke VI, Sawamura Rokur˘, Sawamura Yoshijir˘ V

Disciple: Sawamura Chidori


11 October 1902: Born in T˘ky˘. He is the second son of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

September 1908: he makes his first stage appearance, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Yoshijir˘ III.

January 1920: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Sawamura Tanosuke V at the Imperial Theater.

1931: he spends most of this year abroad, studying Western theatre arts in Europe and the USA.

November 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's dance-drama "Kurozuka"; Tanosuke plays the role of the yamabushi Priest Sanukib˘ [casting].

March 1947: he achieves a great success at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ by playing the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Hikimado".

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi"; Tanosuke plays the role of Honda Jir˘ Chikatsune [more details].

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Tanosuke plays the roles of Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi and Aboshi Samojir˘ [casting].

2 March 1949: his father Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII dies.

July 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki"; Tanosuke plays the role of Natsumasa [casting].

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Tanosuke plays the role of the hatamoto Sekine Mondonoj˘ [casting].

30 August 1962: his eldest brother Suketakaya Takasuke V dies.

April 1964: because of serious health problems, he decides to retire, taking the name of Sawamura Shozan III and giving his previous stage name to his son Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV, who becomes Sawamura Tanosuke VI.

3 December 1968: he dies in T˘ky˘.


Sawamura Shozan III was a nimaime and a wagotoshi. His most notable performance was the role of Sonobe Saemon in the classic "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". In some books, he is referenced as Sawamura Shozan I.

Sawamura Tanosuke V playing the role of Miyazaki Kazuma in the drama "K˘chiyama", which was staged in November 1926 at the Imperial Theater

The Sawamura Yoshijir˘ line of actors

The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors

The Sawamura Shozan line of actors

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