Suketakaya Kodenji I
Suketakaya Kodenji I  In Japanese

Born in T˘ky˘, Asakusa, the 2nd of May 1884. Eldest son of Sawamura Tosshi VII and brother of Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ VII, he made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in May 1886 at the Azumaza. He received not a Sawamura name but the name of Suketakaya Kodenji I in order to keep the family name of Suketakaya alive as his latest holder was Suketakaya Takasuke IV passed away the 2nd of February 1886. He tourred with his father to Naogya in December 1892 and they performed in 1893 in ďsaka. When they went back to T˘ky˘, Kodenji became the zagashira of a troupe of kodomo shibai performing at the Miyatoza, later at the Shintomiza. He passed away the 24th of August 1899.

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A shinie of Suketakaya Kodenji I made by Utagawa H˘sai in 1899

Suketakaya Kodenji II
Suketakaya Kodenji II  In Japanese | Sawamura Harunosuke  In Japanese | Sawamura Chamemaru  In Japanese

Born in T˘ky˘, Asakusa, the 22nd of January 1909. He was a nephew of Sawamura Tosshi VII. He started his career in March 1913 at the Imperial Theater, where he received the name of Sawamura Chamemaru and played the role of Komawakamaru in the drama "Sakaro". He took the name of Sawamura Harunosuke in April 1925 at the Mikuniza in Asakusa. He finally took the name of Suketakaya Kodenji II in July 1927 at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Sano no Yatsuhashi". He joined the troupe of Ichimura Uzaemon XV. He joined the troupe led by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in 1947 and became a member of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan from 1949. He received the Sh˘chiku President Award (Sh˘chiku Shach˘ Sh˘) in October 1954 for his performance in the role of the r˘nin Komori Magoichi in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Koban Ichiry˘". He appeared on stage for the last time in December 1992 at the Kabukiza, where he performed in "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri". He retired after more than 79 years of acting and he passed away the 20th of February 1992. As a supporting actor, he excelled in important roles like Yazaemon ("Sushiya"), Kurosuke ("Sanemori Monogatari"), Rokur˘dayű ("Ishikiri Kajiwara"), Yamana S˘zen ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") or Hamamatsuya K˘bŕ ("Benten Koz˘").

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Suketakaya Hasegawa Toshir˘

Suketakaya Kodenji II playing the role of Hatsugiku in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was staged in January 1928 at the Sh˘waza

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