|SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: K˘ga, Tosshi (6)
Existence: 1838 ~ 2 February 1886
Brother: Sawamura Tanosuke III
1838: born in Edo.
11th lunar month of 1842: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Sawamura Genpei II.
2nd lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" (commonly called "Izayoi Seishin"); Tossh˘ played the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, Kageyama Shigenoj˘ and the karuwazashi Tachibana Kotsuru [casting].
4th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Otomi", in English 'Scarface Otomi'); Tossh˘ played the role of Yosabur˘ [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1866: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Fune-he Uchikomu Hashima no Shiranami" (commonly called "Ikake Matsu"); Tossh˘ played the role of Moritoya S˘jir˘ [more details].
Summer 1869: tour in Shizuoka.
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Tossh˘ played the roles of Kanai Tanigor˘, Hosokawa Katsumoto, Hata Kaneuji and Kiura Nagasanosuke [more details].
June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Tossh˘ played the roles of Hosokawa Naizen-no-Kami, Shiozawa Tanzabur˘, Isshiki Saky˘nosuke and the menoto Masaoka [casting].
7 July 1878: his brother Sawamura Tanosuke III died.
May 1879: Sawamura Tossh˘ II took the name of Suketakaya Takasuke IV at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Nagoya Sanza Motoharu in the drama "Mukashi Moy˘ Sato no Sayaate"; the role of Fuwa Banzaemon Shigekatsu (Sanza's rival in the sayaate scene) was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.
13 April 1881: his adopted son Sawamura Genpei III died.
January 1886: Takasuke appeared on stage for the last time, in Nagoya at the Chitoseza. He suddenly fell ill during the performance.
2 February 1886: Takasuke died.
Suketakaya Takasuke IV was the worthy heir of his father Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V, excelling in wagotoshi, wajitsu or onnagata roles. He shared the stage with the Meiji giants Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V. He posthumously received the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VI.
 The 15th day of the 11th lunar month of the 6th year of the Kaei era was the 15th of December 1853 in the western calendar.
The actor Suketakaya Takasuke IV playing the role of the Princess Chűj˘ in the drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi", which was staged in March 1884 in T˘ky˘ at the Harukiza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)
The Sawamura Genpei line of actors
The Sawamura Tossh˘ line of actors
The Suketakaya Takasuke line of actors
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
The Sawamura S˘jűr˘ line of actors
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