AZUMA TZ II

Stage names:

Azuma Tz II In Japanese
Agemaki Rin'ya In Japanese
Azuma Tz II In Japanese
Ikushima Daikichi II In Japanese
Azuma Tz II In Japanese
Band Kissaku In Japanese
Nakamura Seinosuke In Japanese

Nickname: Kobu Tz

Guild: Azumaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Enshi

Existence: 1724 ~ 11th day of the 4th lunar month of 1776

Connection:

Father: Nakamura Seishichi

Uncle: Azuma Tz I

Master: Ichimura Uzaemon VIII

Disciples: Azuma Tz III, Ikushima Daikichi III

Career:

1724: born in Edo. His father was Nakamura Seishichi, the brother of late Azuma Tz I. His first name was Nakamura Seinosuke. He took the name of Band Kissaku, when he became disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII.

11th lunar month of 1730: he received the name of Azuma Tz II and started his career as a koyaku at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1738: Tz became wakashugata.

11th lunar month of 1741: Tz became wakaonnagata.

3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Tz played the roles of Yae and Midaidokoro [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Azuma Tz II took the name of Ikushima Daikichi II at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Ayame-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari".

1st lunar month of 1748: Daikichi played in the same theater the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Shsh in the new year drama "Mon-zukushi Nagoya Soga"; the role of Shsh's lover Soga Gor Tokimune was played by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I.

11th lunar month of 1748: Ikushima Daikichi II took back the name of Azuma Tz II at the Moritaza, playing the role of Chitose in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi".

2nd lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chshingura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Tz played the roles of Osono and Okaru.

11th lunar month of 1749: Tz played at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jih II's kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi", which celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Sjr II.

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Moritaza for the first time; Tz played the role of Sakuramaru [casting].

11th lunar month of 1750: Tz played at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Hatsuyuki Reijin no Sode".

11th lunar month of 1751: Tz moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of Yaehata in the kaomise drama "Honry Hachinoki-zome", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actors Fujikawa Heikur and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

1st lunar month of 1752: Tz's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j (superior - superior). He played in the same theater the role of the courtesan iso no Tora in the new year drama "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jr Sukenari was played by Sawamura Sjr II.

4th lunar month of 1752: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Kiku-no-Mae and Princess Tamaori in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

11th lunar month of 1752: Tz performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Akazawayama Sum Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1753: Tz played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kt-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki", which celebrated the shmei of Ichikawa Masuz I.

1st lunar month of 1754: Tz played in the same theater the role of the courtesan iso no Tora in the new year drama "Momo Chidori Kuruwa Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jr Sukenari was played by Nakamura Shichisabur II.

11th lunar month of 1754: Tz went to the Moritaza and played the roles of Katsura-no-Mae and the keisei Michinoku in the kaomise drama "Kiichi Hgen Shinan-guruma", which welcomed in Edo the actor Matsuyama Sanjr.

1st lunar month of 1755: Tz played in the same theater the role of the courtesan iso no Tora in the new year drama "Sono Sugata Ariake Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jr Sukenari was played by Matsuyama Sanjr.

5th lunar month of 1755: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Okaru and Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

11th lunar month of 1755: Tz played at the Moritaza the role of Komachi in the kaomise drama "tomo no Kuronushi Sokutai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1756: Azuma Tz II took the name of Agemaki Rin'ya at the Moritaza, playing in the kaomise drama "Manazuru Heike Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1757: Rin'ya performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Wada Gassen".

5th lunar month of 1758: the play "Gion Sairei Shinkki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Rin'ya played the role of Princess Yuki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1758: Rin'ya played at the Moritaza the role of Shigarami in the kaomise program "Akazawa Genjiyama".

1st lunar month of 1759: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

5th lunar month of 1759: Rin'ya played in the same theater the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1759: Rin'ya played at the Moritaza the role of Yuya Gozen in the kaomise drama "Toki Tsukaze Heike Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1760: Agemaki Rin'ya took back the name of Azuma Tz II at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Asaka-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Ume Momiji Date no kido".

11th lunar month of 1761: Tz played at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Wakamusha Koky no Nishiki".

1st lunar month of 1762: Tz played in the same theater the role of the courtesan iso no Tora in the new year drama "Nokon no Yuki Katsuiro Soga"; the role of Tora's lover Soga Jr Sukenari was played by Ichimura Kamez I.

7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762: his master Ichimura Uzaemon VIII died.

11th lunar month of 1762: Tz played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tamaki-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi", which celebrated the shmei of Ichimura Uzaemon IX, tani Hiroji III and Nakajima Mihoemon II.

1st lunar month of 1763: Tz's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj II, Yoshizawa Goroichi I and Osagawa Tsuneyo I.

11th lunar month of 1763: Tz played at the Ichimuraza the role of Takatoki's daughter in the kaomise drama "Shikai Nami Yawaragi Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1764: Tz moved to the Nakamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Hana Sma no Dairi".

5th lunar month of 1765: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Oishi and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

11th lunar month of 1765: Tz performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Sakae Genji".

1st lunar month of 1766: Tz's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shared the same rank with Segawa Kikunoj II and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III.

3rd lunar month of 1766: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Tadanobu in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Yoshitsune and Tomomori were played by Morita Kan'ya VI and Ichikawa Raiz I.

11th lunar month of 1766: Tz moved to the Ichimuraza and played in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi".

2nd lunar month of 1767: first Kabuki adaptation, at the Ichimuraza, of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Taiheiki Chshin Kshaku"; Tz played the roles of Ukihashi and Okiku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1767: Tz played in the same theater the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Yoshitsune and Tomomori were played by Ichikawa Yaoz II and Ichikawa Danz III.

11th lunar month of 1767: Tz played at the Ichimuraza the role of Ayame-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Nue Shiged Sakiwake Ysha", which celebrated the shmei of Sawamura Shirogor I.

8th lunar month of 1768: Tz played in the same theater the role of Matsumaru's wife Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Matsumaru was played by Sawamura Sjr II.

11th lunar month of 1768: Tz played at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe", which celebrated the shmei of Ichikawa Tomoz I and Tomizawa Hanzabur II. This was also the premiere of the dance "Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume", the first version of "Yoshiwara Suzume", in which Tz played the role of the spirit of a falcon disuised as a female bird seller [more details].

5th lunar month of 1769: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura"; the roles of Tonase's husband Honz and Osono's husband Gihei were played by Ichikawa Danz III and tani Hiroji III.

11th lunar month of 1769: Tz performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise", which welcomed in Edo the actors Onoe Kikugor I, tani Tomoemon I, Nakamura Kiyosabur I and Onoe Tamiz I.

6th lunar month of 1770: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Kiku-no-Mae and Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of Rokuyata was played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

11th lunar month of 1770: Tz performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Meoto Giku Izu no Kisewata", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata star Arashi Sangor II and celebrated the shmei of Band Hikosabur III, Band Sanpachi II and Segawa Kichiji III.

11th lunar month of 1771: Tz played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Kono Hana Yotsugi no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1772: Tz played in the same theater the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Chiyo's husband Matsumaru was played by tani Hiroji III.

11th lunar month of 1772: Tz played at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Edo Katagi Hikeya Tsunazaka", which celebrated the shmei of Ichikawa Danzabur III.

3rd lunar month of 1773: Tz played in the same theater the role of Akoya in the new year drama "Edo no Haru Meisho Soga"; the role of Akoya's lover Kagekiyo was played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX.

9th lunar month of 1773: Tz played in the same theater the role of Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chshingura".

11th lunar month of 1773: Tz did not take part in any kaomise.

1st lunar month of 1774: Tz played at the Ichimuraza the role of Onna mi, in reality Danzabur's wife, in the new year drama "Yuiganoko Datezome Soga".

8th lunar month of 1774: Tz played in the same theater the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1774: Tz did not take part in any kaomise.

1st lunar month of 1775: Tz was back on stage, playing the roles of Tsukisayo, Shigetada's wife Kinugasa and Suketar's wife in the new year drama "Shida Yuzuriha Hrai Soga", which was staged at the Moritaza.

5th lunar month of 1775: Tz played in the same theater the role of Tatsuta-no-Mae in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1775: Tz performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kikujid Shuen no Iwaya", which welcomed in Edo the actor Yoshizawa Iroha I.

1st lunar month of 1776: Tz's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He was the kanjiku for the onnagata actors. Tz appeared on stage for the last time, at the Moritaza, where he performed in the new year drama "Sono Kydai Fuji no Sugatami".

11th day of the 4th lunar month of 1776: Tz died in Edo.

Comments:

Azuma Tz II was a great Edo onnagata, who was active in his native city from 1730 to the beginning of 1776. He was outstanding in budgoto roles and was an excellent dancer. As a master of dance, he was the 2nd iemoto of the Azuma-ry, the Azuma school of dance, which still exists nowadays.

Azuma Tz II in a print made in 1770 by Ippitsusai Bunch
for the Ehon Butai gi series of prints

Print made by Okumura Masanobu

The Azuma Tz line of actors

 
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