Stage names:

Sawamura Tetsunosuke V In Japanese
Sawamura Tsha In Japanese
Band Kash In Japanese
Band Moriwaka I In Japanese
Sawamura Tokiya In Japanese
Sawamura Kuninosuke In Japanese

Real name: Kitami Yoshishige

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 22 August 1930 ~ 13 March 2012


Masters: Sawamura Tjr II, Morita Kan'ya XIV, Sawamura Tosshi VIII


May 1953: he became disciple of the actor Sawamura Tosshi VIII and received the name of Sawamura Kuninosuke at the Nakaza, playing a minor role in the drama "Taira no Masakado".

October 1953: Sawamura Kuninosuke took the name of Sawamura Tokiya.

August 1955: he became disciple of Morita Kan'ya XIV, who gave him the name of Band Moriwaka I.

July 1967: he became nadai and took the name of Band Kash at the Kabukiza, performing in the drama "Toyoshiga no Shi".

September 1979: he became disciple of the onnagata actor Sawamura Tjr II, who gave him the name of Sawamura Tsha; he played a bonze role at the Kabukiza in the dance "Meoto Djji".

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojsan Tsugi"; Tsha played the role of Okon [casting].

August 1996: Sawamura Tsha took the name of Sawamura Tetsunosuke V at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Okura in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 2000: Tetsunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Ok in the "Hikimado" scene of the drama "Futatsu Chch Kuruwa Nikki".

October 2009: Tetsunosuke appeared on stage for the last time, at the National Theatre, where he played the role of Kb's wife Okatsu in the drama "Ky-o Midasu Uwasa no Kagizume".

13 March 2012: Tetsunosuke died in Yokosuka, victim of a pancreatic cancer.


Sawamura Tetsunosuke V was a supporting actor of the Kinokuniya guild specialized in the roles of old women.

The mon of Sawamura Tetsunosuke V

The Band Moriwaka line of actors

The Sawamura Tetsunosuke line of actors

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