TAMAZAWA SAIJIRď I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: K˘ch˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Tamazawa Rin'ya

Career:

1727: he starts his career at the Moritaza as an iroko, disciple of Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1734: Saijir˘ becomes wakaonnagata and plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Secchű no Tamatori", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1737: Saijir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Takakura-no-Miya in the kaomise program "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII; the others stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Tsuruya Nanboku II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Saijir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Ukematsuri Manbai Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover) is Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I. According to the chronicles, the performance is not a success.

11th lunar month of 1738: Saijir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1740: Saijir˘ plays moves to the Nakamuraza and plays the role of Sagami Nyűd˘'s daughter in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1741: Saijir˘ plays in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono "Na no Hana Akebono no Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover), Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I and Arashi Tominosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1742: Saijir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I; his stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Sanogawa Senz˘, Ichikawa Raiz˘ I, Sawamura Utagiku and Ichimura Manz˘.

1st lunar month of 1744: Saijir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Saijir˘ plays the role of Haru [casting].

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Moritaza for the first time; Saijir˘ plays the role of Haru and Tonami [casting].

1st lunar month of 1751: last recorded performance of Saijir˘, who plays at the Moritaza the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year drama "Suketsune ďgi Keizu".

Comments:

Tamazawa Saijir˘ I was an onnagata actor, who made all his career in Edo during the first half of the 18th century. He excelled in the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (sogamono). He was very handsome and was popular among the female audience. One hy˘banki writer wrote in 1742: "For this person, I could cut my finger or die".

Tamazawa Saijir˘ I at the Moritaza in the 11th lunar month of 1750

 
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