TAMAZAWA KJR

Stage names:

Tamazawa Kjr
Tamazawa Rin'ya

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Tamazawa Oginosuke

Disciple: Tamazawa Saijir I

Career:

3rd lunar month of 1707: first recorded performance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He is a disciple of Tamazawa Oginosuke and his stage name is Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1710: he becomes wakaonnagata at the Yamamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the play "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which is the first "Sukeroku" drama (Kabuki Jhachiban) in Kabuki history. Rin'ya plays the role of the courtesan Agemaki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1714: Rin'ya plays at the Moritaza the role of Nishikigi in the kaomise drama "Onna Ryko Futatsu Gashira".

11th lunar month of 1715: Rin'ya plays at the Moritaza the role of Yoshimasa's sister Yakumo-no-Mae in Mitsushima Shichirzaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1st lunar month of 1717: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1718: Rin'ya plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners are Matsumoto Kshir, Sawamura Sjr, tani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejr, Tomizawa Hanzabur I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Asao Jjir.

Fall 1719: Rin'ya moves to the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1719: Tamazawa Rin'ya takes the name of Tamazawa Kjr and becomes tachiyaku at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1720: Kjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Kud Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichikawa Kuz and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Tamazawa Kjr takes back the name of Tamazawa Rin'ya and becomes wakaonnagata at the Moritaza, playing in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Yr no Taki".

11th lunar month of 1722: Rin'ya plays at the Moritaza the role of Yawata Gozen in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Fukujukai".

1st lunar month of 1723: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Fujimura Handay II and Sanj Kantar II. He plays in the same theater the role of Ninomiya's elder sister in the new year sogamono "Suiry Soga".

11th lunar month of 1727: Tamazawa Rin'ya takes back the name of Tamazawa Kjr and becomes tachiyaku at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Hnen Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz I (Hata Rokur Saemon), Tomizawa Hanzabur I (Moron), Sakata Hangor I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Ichikawa Monnosuke I (Kusunoki Masatsura), Fujimura Handay II (Kusunoki Kikusui), Sodesaki Miwano I (Manj no Mae), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanazato (Kt-no-Naishi).

1st lunar month of 1728: last recorded performance of Kjr, who plays in the same theater the roles of Komurasaki no Kamon (a tachiyaku role) and the courtesan iso no Tora (an onnagata role) in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori Aioi Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1728: Kjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, falls to j-j-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Comments:

Tamazawa Kjr was a talented Edo actor, who achieved fame for himself during the first quarter of the 18th century. He was either an onnagata performing under the name of Tamazawa Rin'ya or a tachiyaku performing under the name of Tamazawa Kjr. This ability to switch roles was quite unusual at that time. As an onnagata, he succeeded in reaching the prestigious j-j-kichi rank. He was specialized in keiseigoto or onna bud. His field of excellence was nuregoto, a field in which he was considered as a pioneer in the city of Edo. He was also a very good musician. According to some Kabuki experts, he ended his career as a choreographer at the Moritaza.

The actors Narumi Goroshir I (left) and Tamazawa Kjr (right) playing in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1719 at the Nakamuraza

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu

 
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